How To Relieve Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel, Because You Have Enough Going On

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Being a professional writer and full-time student, I’ve grappled with the pains of repetitive use injuries like carpal tunnel. Yesterday, I woke up with such an ache across my neck and shoulder with tingling sensations in my fingers. I’d had it before, and wanted it gone. In pregnancy, treating nerve pain is harder — many of the meds are contraindicated for pregnancy, and simple pain relief is often out of your grasp. (No pun intended.) Determining how to relieve pregnancy carpal tunnel becomes paramount for your well-being if you’re suffering from the painful condition.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition wherein there is pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, and it causes a tingling or numb sensation spiderwebbing out from the point of pressure, according to The New York Hand and Wrist Center. Essentially a pinched nerve in the wrist, it is traditionally treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroids, but NSAIDs are unsafe during pregnancy, and steroids are only safe for limited use during the third trimester, noted a study in The Journal of Research in Medical Sciences. Non-pharmacological methods for relief include splinting, therapy, stretching, and frequent breaks from activities that inflame the disorder, like typing and chopping. Swelling during pregnancy is the primary factor that contributes to the condition appearing other than genetic predisposition, so it’s important to try to prevent the swelling before it becomes issue enough to press on the median nerve.

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According to the doctors at The New York Hand and Wrist Center, carpal tunnel can cause pain, numbness, and grip issues, making your grasp weaker…

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