Carpal tunnel - how soon will it go away?

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Carpal tunnel - how soon will it go away?

Postby StephInSC » Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:56 am

Hi ladies -

For those of you who developed carpal tunnel during your pregnancies, how soon after delivery did it go away? I'm looking forward to being able to wash my hair without the awful pain in my left wrist. (Not that I'll have time to wash my hair, but at least in theory... :) )
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Postby LemonJelly » Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:08 am

Mine was gone within a few days of birth although I couldn't wear my rings again for about 6 or 8 weeks so I was still carrying water for a little while. If you haven't already get wrist supports to wear overnight - I found that really helped the pain and numbness
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Postby ivycrystals » Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:02 am

Mine seemed to be a little worse immediately after delivery. It was pretty bad for the first 6 weeks. Then it seemed to ease up. It took 12 weeks for all the numbness to go away. I had numbness in 2 fingers that seemed to hang on forever. But by 12 weeks that had finally gone away. It's been 4 1/2 months and I'm just now able to get my rings back on.

Sorry that's not good news momma!
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Postby just_concieved » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:38 pm

mine took FOREVER to go away.. 10 weeks !!!

i had it real bad in the thumb and first 2 fingers... after birth it eased off but I would wake with pins and needles.

You can get a splint to wear which helps a little.

Breast feeding and holding babies head caused the most discomfort though

good luck hope it heals soon xox
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Postby shan8 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:36 am

I had it so bad with my first pregnancy - I couldn't really feel my hands, that I was referred to a physiotherapist who gave me the splints to wear and then onto an osteopathist who gave me steroid injections in my wrists. I was told that it should clear up about a month after giving birth and sure enough, it did! Luckily I didn't get it with my second pregnancy.
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Postby AmandaBug » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:04 am

Mine took about 2 weeks to go away at first it seemed way worse but slowly got better. Hang in there!
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Postby panacea » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:49 pm

:hi: Steph! I didn't develop carpal tunnel during pregnancy, but I got it from nursing and the way I was holding him. The LC told me to try to keep my arms and hands straight and not curl my wrist around the baby, by putting a rolled up towel against the baby and then my arm/wrist/ hand against that. Hope yours gets better soon. Mine is a lot better after trying to keep everything straighter for a week and a half.
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Postby Tracylee » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:36 am

Thanks for asking the question,,, I just delivered 11-13-09 and mine is horrible. I didn't have anything before the delivery, mine showed up afterwards and OMG is it painful.
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Postby StephInSC » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:26 am

I just wanted to update for anyone else who is wondering about this.

My carpal tunnel problems disappeared immediately after Benjamin's birth! The swelling in my fingers went down, and within a week I was able to get my engagement ring back on. (My wedding band is slightly larger, and I was able to wear it throughout my pregnancy).
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Postby Tracylee » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:37 pm

glad you are feeling better. It's been almost three weeks after Dominic's birth and mine is still really bad. Hopefully your good JUJU will rub off on me.
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