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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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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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Are there any similarities between carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome?

Are there any similarities between carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Both are primarily due to compression. The median nerve at the wrist, the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The surgical goal to treat both problems is to decompress the nerve. Obviously these are different nerves. ...Read more

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Can it be possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Can it be possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Yes: I am regularly referred patients for EMG from primary care as ?carpal tunnel syndrome who turn out to have cubital tunnel syndrome so clearly the answer is yes. However careful attention to the anatomical distribution of the symptoms should usually indicate clearly which it is. A few patients have both conditions simultaneously ...Read more

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What are hand symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

What are hand symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Numbness/tingling: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) causes numbness, tingling and sometimes pain in the thumb, index, long and the radial half of the ring finger. As the median nerve compression persists, the muscles in the thumb can atrophy and the tips of the fingers can lose sensation. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and oral/injectable steroids, splints, therapy and/or surgery. ...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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Is it actually possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Is it actually possible to confuse cubital tunnel syndrome with carpal tunnel syndrom?

Different nerves: Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve at the medial ( inside) of the elbow, where we say the "funny bone" is. It causes numbness in the small finger and part of the ring finger. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist and causes numbness in the thumb , index and long fingers. Both syndromes can cause weakness of grip. ...Read more

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Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Depends: Injections, splint, rest, surgery if no improvement. Make sure there are no compression of cervical spine. ...Read more

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Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome onset?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome onset?

Numbness: The most common symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness or tingling on the palmar surface of your hand on the thumb, index, middle and 1/2 of the ring finger. ...Read more

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How are carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis different?

Many: Carpal tunnel syndrome means that there are symptoms from the median nerve being compressed inside the carpal tunnel. Tendonitis means that there is swelling of tendons. There are tendons all over the body, not just in the carpal tunnel ...Read more

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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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How wouldes typing and texting cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Repetition: Repetitive flexion and extension of the wrist might produce a localized inflammation termed a synovitis, which can narrow the carpal tunnel beneath the transverse carpal ligament. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel syndrome from masturbating?

Very unlikely: But if u have cts any activity can make it feel worse at times. ...Read more

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What leads to carpal tunnel syndrome?

What leads to carpal tunnel syndrome?

Nerve compression: Carpal tunnel syndrome is median nerve compression in the carpal tunnel at the base of the palm. Increased pressure in the confined space of the carpal tunnel causes compression of the nerve resulting in numbness of the thumb, index, long, and half the ring finger.Common causes are underlying tendonitis, overuse and repetitive use, pregnancy, and diabetes or hypothyroidism are predisposing factors. ...Read more

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Can i play tennis with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can i play tennis with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: If you have carpal tunnel, you generally should try to avoid activities that tend to make it worse. The steady grip of holding a racquet can make carpal tunnel symptoms worse, but not always. Try icing your wrist down after you play to minimize swelling. ...Read more

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Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

It helps: A carpal tunnel splint is a conservative treatment for carpal tunnel aimed at decreasing the pressure and constriction on the median nerve by keeping your wrist in a neutral position while you sleep. It typically won't cure the problem but will alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Could energy work for carpal tunnel syndrome?

The question is un--: Clear. It needs to be rephrased and/or edited. ...Read more

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Can elevation help with carpal tunnel syndrome pain?

Can elevation help with carpal tunnel syndrome pain?

Not usually: Try a cock up wrist splint that can be found in most pharmacies without a prescription. ...Read more

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I'm having nerve conduction tests for carpal tunnel. Couldl the same test show guyons tunnel syndrome?

I'm having nerve conduction tests for carpal tunnel. Couldl the same test show guyons tunnel syndrome?

Possibly: Depends on how detailed the neurologist or other physician is in performing the emg/ncv's. If your referring physician explains the need for testing the ulnar nerve in guyon's canal it can be done... In my experience most ' routine' EMG 's of the upper extremity will note conduction 'slowing' @ the elbow( cubital tunnel) but not @ the wrist... Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Not exactly: Symptoms may overlap but they are different. Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon, most commonly in shoulders, heels, elbows, and wrists. Symptoms include pain with movement, swelling, and tenderness. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve in the wrist is compressed, and can cause pain radiating to the hand or shoulder, tingling, numbness, and weakness of the hand. ...Read more

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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