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Why do the symptoms of my carpal tunnel syndrome worsen in the morning and right before my period?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: All about pressure

Symptoms of carpal tunnel are worse when there is increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist.
We tend to sleep with our wrists bent, which increases the pressure and causes symptoms at night or early in the morning. You have fluid retention and swelling during your period, which increases pressure as well. Your doctor can suggest tips to reduce or eliminate symptoms.

In brief: All about pressure

Symptoms of carpal tunnel are worse when there is increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist.
We tend to sleep with our wrists bent, which increases the pressure and causes symptoms at night or early in the morning. You have fluid retention and swelling during your period, which increases pressure as well. Your doctor can suggest tips to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hormones

Your menses may influence the swelling in your wrist as demonstrated by the increased incidence of cts in pregnant women.
The morning symptoms are not so easily explained.

In brief: Hormones

Your menses may influence the swelling in your wrist as demonstrated by the increased incidence of cts in pregnant women.
The morning symptoms are not so easily explained.
Dr. Thomas Riney
Dr. Thomas Riney
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Swelling

Overnight fluid redistributes from lower ext to upper. This causes wrists to swell and worsen symptoms.
When you menstruate prostaglandins are released which can cause swelling and pain.

In brief: Swelling

Overnight fluid redistributes from lower ext to upper. This causes wrists to swell and worsen symptoms.
When you menstruate prostaglandins are released which can cause swelling and pain.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Dr. Randy Hauck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Swelling

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve at the wrist and is usually worsened by swelling.
Hands tend to swell at night, just like you take on water during your period.

In brief: Swelling

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve at the wrist and is usually worsened by swelling.
Hands tend to swell at night, just like you take on water during your period.
Dr. Randy Hauck
Dr. Randy Hauck
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