Post # 1
For the last month or so, but mainly the last couple of weeks, I cannot sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time. My hands go numb, sore, throbbing, and it travels up to my elbow… so I lay there tossing and turning from one side to another with both sides, fingertips to elbows in so much pain! It’s terrible. Is it carpal tunnel? Did/do you have the same thing? If so, how did you cope with it, or better yet, sleep through the night?
Post # 3
I get it too often….. Not sure what it is, haven’t had it looked at
Post # 4
@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
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
@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 # 7
@megz06: I called and I can’t get in until late next week. Hopefully this weekend Ill be able to catch up on some much needed rest! Good call on the Chiro and MT, I actually have a gift card for a couples session from our Bridal Shower lol
@DaneLady: Thanks for that suggestion. I will go look at some after work!
@swanks4tw: lol, I don’t notice any “extra” swelling either! I have my rings on all the time and they’re not tight, all my pre-preg clothing fits still (20 weeks today), so I have no idea is it’s CT or not! I do drink 3L of water a day, but should start adding in some streches periodically, and yes, booked an appt for next week to see my doc!
Thank you for all your responses!
Post # 8
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
@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
@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
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
@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 # 13
Thank you for your responses!
I haven’t had a chance to get any wrist guards yet, but I have found a solution that has been working the last 2 nights – right before bed DH massages my forearms, wrists, hands and fingers to get some blood flow going and just release the tension. It has been amazing, and I have actually slept through the night both nights! Hopefully it keeps working since my appt has been moved to Dec 10.
Post # 14
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.