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I’m experiencing this CTS starting from week 29++ until now.. adoii la.. sgt derita sementara nak menantikan week 38 sbb this pain will only end after giving birth.. Sangat sakit oke! Kadang tu terjaga tengah malam menangis sebab sakit sgt krem kt jari. Dah xley nak buat apa. Urut pun lom tentu hilang. Ini info dr baby center..

Why am I having tingling and numbness in my hands during pregnancy?

These sensations are most likely caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Although you probably associate this condition with people whose jobs require repetitive hand movements (such as data processors, computer programmers, and assembly-line workers), it's also more prevalent in pregnant women.

Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, burning, pain, or a dull ache in the fingers, hand, wrist, and even up the arm to the shoulder. In severe chronic cases, your hand may feel clumsy or weak.

Symptoms usually affect both hands and can appear at any time, but they're more likely to begin or worsen in the second half of pregnancy when women tend to retain more fluid. The symptoms usually go away gradually after you give birth, as the swelling from pregnancy subsides.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy?

The carpal tunnel is a bony canal formed by the wrist bones on three sides and a ligament that runs across the wrist on the other. The swelling and fluid retention that's so common during pregnancy can increase the pressure in this relatively narrow and inflexible space, compressing the median nerve that runs through it.

The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb and the index, middle, and half of the ring finger and is responsible for movement of a muscle at the base of the thumb. Pressure on this nerve is what causes the symptoms.

What can I do to relieve the pain?

If possible, avoid any activity that requires forceful, repetitive hand movements. Although these movements may not have caused your carpal tunnel syndrome, they can make your symptoms worse.

If your job requires this kind of movement and you must continue it, consider wearing wrist or hand braces while you work.

If you're working at a computer, adjust the height of your chair so your wrists aren't bent downward as you type. Using a special ergonomic keyboard can help in some cases. Remember to take breaks to stretch your hands.

If your symptoms bother you at night, shift your sleeping position and try to prop up your arm with a pillow or two when you feel the twinges. Avoid sleeping on your hands. If you wake up with pain, try shaking your hands until the pain or numbness goes away.

If you have a lot of discomfort at night, try stabilizing your wrist in a neutral position (not bent) with a splint or brace. A neutral position allows the carpal tunnel to be slightly wider.

Practicing yoga can help relieve the pain and increase hand strength. You may have heard that taking extra vitamin B6 can help, but two small clinical trials have shown no immediate benefit from this treatment.

When should I call my healthcare provider?

Consult your provider if the pain and numbness interfere with your sleep or daily routine and before taking any pain medication. Your provider may suggest wearing a wrist splint or hand brace, a treatment that has helped many with carpal tunnel syndrome.

If your symptoms are constant and severe — constant numbness, muscle weakness, or loss of sensation — you'll be referred to a specialist for treatment.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may gradually resolve on its own after delivery. If symptoms persist after your baby is born, be sure to mention it to your healthcare provider at your postpartum visits so she can refer you to an orthopedist if necessary. The specialist may first suggest splinting and taking anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.

If these conservative treatments don't help, the next step might be to get injections of cortisone. In severe cases, a simple surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on your median nerve.

Adoii la.. dugaan betul hujung2 pregnancy ni. CTS ni disebabkan water retention.. Alhamdulillah saya xde bengkak2 kaki bagai tapi dapat CTS ni plak. Sangat perit bila nak buat kerja rumah pun sakit.. even nak iron baju pun sakit, apalagi nak drive gi keje. Perit sgt.. Kalo teruk sgt maybe kena cari wrist splint utk initial treatment.

wristsplint

Tengok lah kalo teruk sgt sakitnya, next week punya appointment dgn gynae kena gtau mintak opinion dia. Nasib baik la menulis tangan kiri.. kalo x nak tulis rancangan mengajar pun tersedu-sedu menangis sebab sakit huhuhu.. memang dugaan betul la pregnancy kali ni.. Badan pun dh bagi sign untuk rehatkan diri.. ;p

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ApasH said...

Last pregnancy pon aku sakit camtu gak. Tapi lepas bersalin dia mmg hilang tapi yang sebelah lagi plak sakit. Menderita juga weh. Tak dapat nak mandikan Qaseh masa awal2 dalam pantang tu.

Lepas aku gi berubat dengan izin Allah baru hilang sakit.

m@y said...

Apash,
Masa preggy kt Yaya dulu aku dh jd gini tp masa tu dh ujung2 pregnancy so x terasa sgt la..lepas beranak mmg hilang. Masa preggy Hana xde plak then kali ni jd balik..awal plak tu baru 29 weeks dh sakit.Perit sket la sbb aku nak drive & dukung Hana sume..