I am 14 weeks pregnant and have a severe pain in my right hand. Has anyone else experienced this while pregnant?

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Pam - posted on 02/24/2009

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The pain in the hand is on the top of the hand though, not on the inside of the wrist where the carpal tunnel syndrome is. Did any of you have the pain on the top of the hand? It's difficult to write with my hand as well because that little bit of pressure and the hand position makes it painful!!

User - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hello! First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy. I have five children and my carpel tunnel started about 3 months into my first pregnancy and had the pain in each subsequent pregnancy. I slept on my back (I normally like to sleep on my stomach) and placed my arms on pillows beside me. I would check with your doctor. The symptoms do get better after the birth. Mine didn't completely go away but got so much better. Good luck!!

Kelly - posted on 05/01/2014

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I have the same tendon-like pain across the top of my right hand. I'm 16 weeks with my 3rd child and haven't had anything like this in the past until 2 weeks ago. I got a manicure today and yelped when she massaged my hand....Elisabeth - does it go away after birth?!

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Elisabeth - posted on 08/30/2013

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I realize this is an old post, but I also have a severe pain in the top of my left hand. I am 41 weeks pregnant (and due any moment). The carpal tunnel aches and joint pains started at around week 33. But this actual PAIN in the top center of my left hand feels more like a tendon issue and started about 3 weeks ago. It prevents me from actually being able to turn my hand down at certain angles without an intense tightness and shooting pain, much like an IV needle missing the vein. Ow! Even to touch the spot (or massage it) causes sever pain. I've even accidentally applied too much pressure when rubbing lotion on my hands and really regretted it for the pain afterwards! Did you ever figure out what it was? I'm just kind of hoping that with baby coming any day, it will go away. I have had the tingling, numbness and joint aches for a couple months now. But the hand pain...not fun!

Beth

Pam - posted on 02/25/2009

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Thanks everyone for the comments. I sure hope this goes away, but I think I'm in it for the long haul! :( I guess I'll just deal with it and hope that the symptoms die down soon, and certainly go away after the birth!! Thanks again everyone!

Monica - posted on 02/24/2009

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Yes, I had severe pain in my left wrist leading into my thumb.  I didn't get the pain until later in pregnany probably at about 7 months.  My babies are 5 months now and I still have pain.  It is slowly getting a little better.  My OB/GYN to me that it is carpel tunnel caused by swelling while pregnant.  I've been sleeping with a wrist brace.   I hope this helps. 

Caroline - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hi there hun, i suffered badly with carpel tunnel pain through my 2nd pregnancy and early on in this one too. With the 2nd pregnancy i was prescribed a wrist splint from maternity services and returned it a few weeks after the birth. I also have some arthritic pains in my wrist so have splints already, happily i can report my pain disappeared by about wk 16 so it could still go away..It should go completeley after the birth.  I'd just mention it to yr midwife next visit and see if they can prescirbe those splints to use at night... Good luck and hope that helped oh and i'm 24wks into my pregnancy and still no pain lol xx

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Hello Pam,



I did have a similar problem. When I asked my doctor about it she said that unfortunately there was nothing to do for it because it was a result of the nerves in my back being pinched from how the baby was positioned. I will say that I feel for you because it does "suck" however, know that it WILL go away for sure once baby is born. The things I did to help it not seem so bad were to soak it in warm water, have my husband massage it (sometimes that was painful though too) and when I did get prenatal massages I told them about it and they had temporary solutions. Good luck!

Sheila - posted on 02/23/2009

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I had carpel tunnel syndrome in both hands while pregnant which caused problems with me work as I am a musician.
I used to regularly bathe by hands and arms in luke warm water but what did work for me was when I slept having pillows on both sides of me and resting my hands and forearms on them while I slept. Felt strange at first but soon got used to it. Sx

Angie - posted on 02/23/2009

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Yep, I had that. My right hand would have severe tingling--almost like it was falling asleep, but painful. My index finger, middle finger and thumb would swell and I would lose feeling. I talked to my doctor and he said it was a pinched nerve in my neck. He said I should see a chiropractor or a physical therapist. I started seeing a chiropractor and it worked! Hope that helps!

Laura - posted on 02/23/2009

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hi ive never had it myself but i have heard of women suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome its when the nerves get blocked i think! good luck with your pregnancy and birth.

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