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Does carpal tunnel syndrome get worse during pregnancy?

Does carpal tunnel syndrome get worse during pregnancy?

Yes: There is increased swelling associated with pregnancy and as a result, carpal tunnel syndrome may also get worse. Hand braces may help alleviate symptoms. If you work with your hands, take frequent breaks. Also, avoid excessive salt intake to prevent any further swelling. The symptoms should improve after delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can pregnancy cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can pregnancy cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Carpal tunnel is when the main nerve of the hand, the median nerve, is compressed at the wrist. The fluid shifts associated with pregnancy can cause this space at the wrist to become tighter hence cause carpal tunnel. And in patients who had mild carpal tunnel prior to pregnancy will commonly see their get worse with pregnancy -. ...Read more

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Why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?

Why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?

Hormone changes: Hormone changes in pregnancy affect the fluid volume in hands & feet and can cause swelling, which can unmask or cause carpal tunnel symptoms. Interestingly, hormone changes during menopause are also a culprit! i personally experienced carpal tunnel with my pregnancy-- treated with a splint, then injection. Having carpal tunnel during pregnancy may increase your risk of recurrence later in life. ...Read more

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How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

Rest, Ice, Support: Pregnancy hormones cause laxity in our ligaments important for childbirth. They can also make it easier to experience ligament strains. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of repetitive use of wrist and finger for daily activities or work and is more common in pregnancy. Wearing a wrist splint will help as is icing the area regularly. It usually resolves after delivery. ...Read more

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If I don't get tested for carpal tunnel syndrome, what could happen? Will it get worse?

If I don't get tested for carpal tunnel syndrome, what could happen? Will it get worse?

Tws: Most people come in for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) due to the pain and numbness/tingling in the hands. The night time symptoms can be very disruptive. However, the most functionally dibilitating part of cts is muscle wasting. The muscles in the fat part of the thumb are innervated by the median nerve, which is compresses in cts. Eventually you lose the ability to grip or pinch. ...Read more

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Does cold make carpal tunnel syndrome worse?

Does cold make carpal tunnel syndrome worse?

Actually, yes: Nerve conduction speed slows in cold temperatures, and does indeed make carpal tunnel symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition? Is it that once you get it you always have it?

Is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition? Is it that once you get it you always have it?

Yes: Although the frequency and severity of symptoms may vary, once you have cts, it does not go away. It can be temporarily worse during pregnancy. Many people can get by with conservative care. It it gets too bothersome, surgery has a very good success rate. ...Read more

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Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano also?

Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano also?

Less common: Repetitive flexion/extension of the wrist may be encountered with a piano, but, as i understand it, this represents the non-preferred way of playing the piano, but see no reason it could not occur otherwise. ...Read more

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My mom gets carpal tunnel syndrome, so am I likely to get it later?

It depend: Carpel tunnel effect the people in young age because the kind of work they do, so if you do not have repetitive motion( kind work )most likely you will not have it. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel during pregnancy due to work or other?

Carpal tunnel during pregnancy due to work or other?

Blame it on the baby: The excess fluid accumulated during pregnancy can find it's way into the carpal tunnel and compress the median nerve. Numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, long and ring fingers, is a common complaint during pregnancy. Splints at night and steroid injections into the carpal tunnel may relieve symptoms. Once the pregnancy is over and the fluid goes away, so do the symptoms. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome? Affecting my job performance.

How can I get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome? Affecting my job performance.

Wrist splint, NSAIDs: Provided the source of your problem is carpal tunnel syndrome (which is diagnosed definitively by nerve conduction testing), the first step in treatment is to wear a carpal tunnel wrist splint while you sleep. These are available at most drug stores, usually for around $20. Anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen) can also be used for pain relief. ...Read more

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Does it happen that people get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome by massage therapy?

Does it happen that people get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome by massage therapy?

Sometimes: Carpal tunnel happens in individuals who are predisposed to having excessive pressure on their median nerves at the wrist by virtue of their wrist anatomy i.E smaller or larger carpal tunnel, sensitive nerve. On top of that predisposition, overuse of the wrist and specifically flexing/extension will bring on symptoms. While massage may presumably "loosen" up the tightness, the relief may be short. ...Read more

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Cold. I also sometimes get this light, achy pain in my wrist. Is it possible that I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Cold. I also sometimes get this light, achy pain in my wrist. Is it possible that I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Usually tingling: That's not a typical presentation. Carpal tunnel surgery is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist so symptoms involve that nerve and specifically sensory symptoms such as generalized discomfort of the hand, numbness and tingling on the thumb side of the hand as well as motor changes and specifically weakness of the hand especially involving the thumb. ...Read more

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Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from typing on a touch screen / tablet? Or does touch reduce the chances of getting injured compared to a keyboard?

Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from typing on a touch screen / tablet? Or does touch reduce the chances of getting injured compared to a keyboard?

Depends: Actually, the primary cause for cts would be prolonged wrist flexion, such as sleeping with the hands tucked under the pillow or head when sleeping. Touch screens vs keyboards would follow the same logic depending on the prolonged posture. If the touch screen patient holds the tablet with a prolonged flexed wrist while typing with the other, they would more likely experience numbness than others. ...Read more

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Who can get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Who can get carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you have a hand..: Anyone with a hand can get carpal tunnel syndrome. Certainly pregnant women, diabetics, hypothyroid patients and people who do a lot of hand intensive work have a higher incidence of it. None the less, you don't have to be in one of those groups to develop it. ...Read more

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Can children get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can children get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes but very rare: Yes it's possible but very rare in my experience in children <16. ...Read more

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What do I do to get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome?

What do I do to get relief from carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel : There is a genetic component that is what it is. Beyond that, take car of your hand. Make a paradigm shift: think about yourself like an athlete. No matter what the sport, even highly trained athletes don't just get to the ball park and start to play. They warm up, they stretch, they take breaks as needed. And none are playing for as long as a typical worker works each day i.E 8 hrs or more. ...Read more

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How can you make sure you don't get carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can you make sure you don't get carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more