Carpal Tunnel when sleeping?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I get it too often….. Not sure what it is, haven’t had it looked at

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@rachiebabie:  If you’re not able to sleep more than 20 minutes at a time I would really urge you to make an appointment with your doc as this seems a little more severe than just carpal tunnel. I only get that same feeling in just a little sliver of my right upper thigh, but I can still sleep through it if it happens (I just have to roll on the other side).

Perhaps a visit to the chiropractor or a massage therapist may help too?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had it later in pregnancy and it was terrible!  Per my midwife’s suggestion, I picked up some wrist braces which did help a lot.  It took a good month to go away after birth too.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@rachiebabie:  I feel you girl! I have been having pains in my fingers, hands, wrists, arms, legs and feet. Usually this happens at night while I’m trying to sleep. I don’t know if it’s carpal tunnel or not. I thought so at first. I do work on a computer all day, but mine is also in my legs and feet so I’m not sure. I’ve heard these pains can be from swelling/extra fluid although nothing seems swollen to me (I can still wear my rings and my ankles are the same size lol)

I find that it helps if I drink a lot of water and take several breaks during the day to stretch/massage my hands and arms. I agree with PP though, if it’s so bad that you can’t sleep at all you should probably consult your doctor about it. Hopefully it gets better for you. Come back and update us if you figure it out, I’d sure like to know what’s going on too 🙂

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had it with my first pregnancy (but not with my 2nd).  I ended up borrowing my mom’s wrist braces she wore before she had her real carpal tunnel surgery.  It helped, but the only long term solution was giving birth.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@rachiebabie:  Ugh lucky!! I am hoping that someone gifts me a message giftcard at Christmas. If not I may just have to invest in it myself (which I would happily do).

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@rachiebabie:  Sounds like a pretty nasty case of CT if it is waking you up that much! “Pain at night” is a cardinal sign of carpal tunnel though, and it is unfortunately super common during pregnancy. Until you can get in to see your doctor, I’d treat it like an acute injury – rest, ice, compress/protect it (a brace is a good idea), and elevate to keep any swelling down. Some self massage can work wonders, and stretching is good too.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had this pain during my first pregnancy, but not quite as severe as you describe.  I would suggest getting a wrist stablizer and try wearing it to bed.  Also if you do a lot of typing, make sure you are NOT using one of those mouse pads with the bump or the keyboard rests.  These bend your hands at an awkward angle and worsen the CT.  Also, if you can avoid typing/writing, do so when possible.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@rachiebabie:  I have a friend who is due 10 days before me, so she’s 25 weeks and I’m 23+4 right now. She’s been off work on disability since 14 weeks because of CT. She said it’s wicked bad, she got the shots in her wrist & its given her a tiny bit of relief (as in she’s able to sleep a little better) but she’s been sleeping with wrist braces on. She can’t drive more than 30 minutes at a time w/out her hands falling asleep, etc. Good luck to you! Maybe sleeping with braces on might help until you get into the doc next week?

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had it witin the first few weeks of my pregnancy.  I thought there was no way I could have it so soon.  I would just wake up and shake my hands awake and fall back asleep.  I found sleeping on my left side helped. 

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