Pain In The Wrist, Stiffness, Numbness, And Stabbing Pain When 7 Months Pregnant?
Hello doctor. I am 26 years old woman. Have no history of serious illness. At present I am almost 7 months pregnant (27 weeks). A few days ago after waking up, I felt a pain in my left arm. At that time I thought it was a result of my sleep habits where my hands under my pillow were crushed by my head. But it turned out the next day the wrist, palm u0026amp; my fingers are also very painful, my fingers are stiff, difficult to move, lost energy and are stabbed. Two days later, my right wrist suddenly ached as well. Does this have to do with my pregnancy? Because this is my first pregnancy u0026amp; I have never experienced this before. What should I do? If you have to see a doctor, which doctor is suitable? Thank you
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Pain in the wrist, stiffness, numbness, and pain such as being pricked as you feel can appear during pregnancy. Data also shows that about 35% of pregnant women will complain of pain, weakness (loss of energy) on their wrists during pregnancy, especially in the second trimester and entering the third trimester of pregnancy or when the pregnancy enters the age of 27 weeks - 28 weeks. This often happens because the buildup of fluid in pregnancy, causing pressure on the wrist.
The human wrist has a tunnel (tunnel) that contains nerves, this tunnel is called a carpal tunnel. And if the tunnel is depressed as a result, the nerves that run in the tunnel will be pinched and cause symptoms called carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which are symptoms in the form of pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and numbness. The buildup of fluid that occurs naturally in the mother hamin is what causes the nerves in the wrist to be depressed so that it can cause symptoms that you feel. But usually the pain can gradually improve when you have given birth.
CTS or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a collection of symptoms that arise due to pressure on the median nerve (nerves that run along the carpal tunnel). The median nerve will run in this tunnel and have the function to give a sense of touch to the palms of the fingers, index, middle finger and half ring finger. In addition, the median nerve also has the function to energize the muscles of the hand to bind, assume, pinch objects by the tips of the fingers so that if there is interference with the median nerve this function can occur.
Although not all pregnant women experience this condition, there are several conditions that become a risk factor for the increase in the occurrence of CTS, for example:
There are other family members who have the same history or have experienced CTS, for example parents, siblings. Have experienced interference or injury to the neck, back and shoulders. Experience excessive weight gain during pregnancy, including when pregnant with twins. If in a previous pregnancy having CTS, then subsequent pregnancies can be more at risk of CTS. If the cause is CTS, this event is generally not dangerous but can be quite disturbing. And to be sure you should consult the problem with a neurologist. Next the doctor will ask a few questions and also do a physical examination on your hands directly. So you can know more clearly about the causes of symptoms to you.
If your symptoms are not so severe, your doctor will recommend simple treatment of wrists for example, and anti-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory drugs that are safe for pregnant women
In the meantime, here are some things you can do at home:
Resting the wrist that has a complaint by reducing the activity that uses the wrist. Cold compress the wrist, or with ice wrapped in a towel and then compressed for approximately 10 minutes several times a day to reduce swelling. Elevate the wrist for example when sleeping by placing the wrist straight position on a pillow for example. Reduce salt intake Using a splint or brace on the wrist so that the wrist is always in a neutral position so as to minimize the movement that triggers symptoms, but discuss more about this method with your doctor The following article you can read more about: Hands Often Pain During Pregnancy
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