Anyone ever had Carpal Tunnel, any tips for better sleep?

Jo - posted on 07/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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doctor told me i have carpal tunnel, my hand goes dead while im a asleep and wakes me as it loses feeling and then hurts, very irritating, takes ages to come back to normal, have hand support which helps a bit. any advice?

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Sharon - posted on 07/11/2009

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I was able to get some relief from it by wearing the hand brace day and night for a while, but I also had to wrap a towel around my elbow so I was unable to bend that arm (fortunately is was only the right hand). I was always waking up with my hand up under my head, numb as can be. It took a while but it actually went away for now. I also haven't been doing as much work on the computer either though. Hope this helps!

Martha - posted on 07/11/2009

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At first the hand braces worn at night helped me, but as the carpal tunnel got worse,they stopped helping. I tried the injections, but they did not help at all. I finally had the surgery on one and then after it healed on the other. The surgery was not bad, but it was awkward wearing the bandages after surgery and not being able to use the hand at all until it healed. Afterwards, it has been great and I have total relief. I recommend the surgery if you are really in constant pain.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2009

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Wondering if you are pregnant as well....I am 34 weeks pregnant with my second...with my first pregnancy I would wake up in the middle of the night and my arms would be DEAD numb so much so it "hurt." it didn't matter how i slept and even at random points during the day my arms would go completely numb. dr. said it could have something to do with how the baby is sitting on my spine which could be pressing on nerves. i haven't had that problem at all this time but I did ask a physical therapist about it "just in case" and she suggested rowing exercises to open up area between chest and shoulders so blood could flow more. Good luck I know how miserable you must feel!

Leigh - posted on 07/11/2009

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My husband had this as a result of being a welder, & when we went to see the specialist he told me that the majority of his paitents were Mum's, that the constant 'grasping' of babies can cause it. Get the cortizone injection, it helps with the inflamation.

Janet - posted on 07/05/2009

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first, r u pregnant at the moment? I have alaways used my hands since my very first job. When I was pregnant with my first boy it was just a little more irratating than normal,I was 32. Subsided back to irratating after he was born. Four years latter at 36 I was pregnant with my second. It was tens times worse! Both my arms would go numb and I would practiclly freeze. Didn't matter where I slept either. My doctor told me that becusae when your pregnant your body carries extra fluids (which in my case I carried extra,extra fluid) that it can make the condition more extreme. The only exersize i kn ow of is to turn your wrist palm up arm extended out, press your hand backwards and down (hold 5 sec), press up into a fist (hold 5 sec).My husband used to work for a meat packing company and they taught thier workers this exersize to help with bloodflow, because so many workers complained about Tunnel Carpal. Hope this helps.

Mary - posted on 07/05/2009

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My chiropractor told me I have it and told me to wear wrist braces when I sleep or anytime they bother me. I use them when I have to drive long distances, too and when I am typing a lot or on the computer using the mouse a lot. He also adjusts my neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists if they are bothering me. Wearing the wrist braces when I sleep, even a nap, really helps, as does being adjusted. I hope to never need surgery and have heard it doesn't really solve the problem. Wrist braces and a good chiropractic adjustment when needed goes a long way.

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