Anyone have wrist pain after pregnancy?

Erica - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I went to the doctor and they did xrays and nothing to be seen. I've looked online and it looks like it could be tendonitis (sp). They say the best relief is to not continue the use of the wrist. With a 10 mo. old that is not possible. Any ideas????

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Laura - posted on 11/09/2009

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I knew a woman who got tendonitis from carrying the infant car seat. I would advise you to rest your hands/wrists when possible-you could you a wrist splint at night (they are called wrist cock up splints and the brand Futuro sells them in most drug stores). Avoid keeping your hands and wrists in extreme flexion or extension for long periods of time. Try gentle stretches. Always use larger joints to do things (carry your bag on your shoulder and the baby carrier with your elbow if possible), Ask your doctor if you need occupational therapy to find ways to do things that will help you to protect your joints. Good luck!!

Christina - posted on 11/09/2009

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I have it....I forget the long drawn out name- tendons are swollen, had a cortizone shot and a splint, now need to see a hand specialist. The inside bone looked like it was broken, but nope, just swollen decompressed tendons! hope you find relief!

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Stephanie - posted on 11/20/2009

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I have this problem also. There isn't much they can do for it unless you want to go to therapy 3 times a week. They told me it was tendonitis. The doc said it caused from lifting the baby with your wrists instead of your arm. Its like when your supposed to a lift a heavy items using your knees and not your back...same w/ a baby i guess. You should use more arm strength then wrist to lift your child. I have to sleep w/ a brace on and it always bothers me...but it's much better then it was 8 months ago! Just takes time to heal...TO much time if you ask me!

Michelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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Like the first post, I had a similar type of tendinitis that actually started before my daughter was born. There is a test you can do to see if it is the same. You make a fist with your thumb on top and try to tilt your hand forward. If that cause more pain in your wrist, right below your thumb it is probably the same. It was extremely painful until I got a cortizone shot from the doctor. I've had no problems since. If you still have pain that might be the best thing to try.

Erica - posted on 11/18/2009

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Thanks so much for everyones comments. I have wrist braces that I have tried to wear at night. I can wear them until I have to pick her up. I tried the ones that are more like bandages and they did nothing because my wrists pop in and out of place. That is when it hurts the worst. And, of course like everyone else they hurt worse at night. My daughter has started to walk and crawl more and I think that is helping. I feel much better knowing I'm not the only one. It would be better if it was just one wrist instead of both but I hope the pain keeps getting better so I don't have to see a specialist. Good Luck to everyone else that has the same problems. Again, Thank You so much for your comments!!!

Stacey - posted on 11/11/2009

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I wake up in the middle of the night with severe wrist pain from just sleeping iwth my wrist bent. I hear that it's carpal tunnel, but I've never really had it looked into. I was hoping it would go away on its own, but now my son is 6 months old and it hasn't gotten much better. It never hurts during the day, just at night. Sometimes while I'm holding him or twist it the wrong way I will get excruciating pain in it, but the prolonged pain is always at night. I was really hoping it would go away sooner!

Brandi - posted on 11/09/2009

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Do you carry your aby in the same arm all the time??? I do and my left wrist is always sore. Plus when I do dishes I always steady the plate in my left hand and wash with the other, so that is more use of that arm. Try to switch hands if at all possible. I think it's an occupational hazzard.

Jennifer - posted on 11/09/2009

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I had tendonitis(sp) for a while after I had my daughter it was especially painful while I was holding my breast nursing her. Eventually it went away on its own and doesn't bother me at all now.

Anna - posted on 11/09/2009

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Are you using cloth diapers with pins? That is really hard on the wrists. If so, you could change to using those snappi things instead. It can be hard on the arms lifting a heavy baby all the time too. Does your wrist have a kind of creaky feeling to it, like you can almost hear it? That's what tendonitis was like for me. You could bandage it for some extra support, and try to avoid repetitive movements.

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