Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to a condition of swelling and pain in the wrists and hands. It is usually seen to develop during mid and late pregnancies and disappears after delivery.
During pregnancy, there will be an excessive retention of fluids in the body causing swelling especially in the region of your hands. The excess fluid accumulated in the body exerts pressure on the nerve endings in the wrist thus causing pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is characterized by pain in the hands .The pain is usually referred to as having pins and needles in the fingers. Sometimes there will be a shooting pain that reaches up to the forearm. The fingers will be numb and you will experience a tingling sensation in the hands. Weakness of the limbs also characterizes the condition of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
If the condition is severe, then you will experience an overall feeling of clumsiness. You will have difficulty in holding objects and processes like driving become very difficult. The pain and discomfort is seen to increase at night. This is because the fluid gravitates to the upper body while you lie down to sleep.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be tackled in many ways. Avoid activities that cause repetitive stress and injury. Do not work continuously and take frequent breaks from repetitive tasks. Avoid forceful and repetitive hand movements. Also avoid holding objects for a long period of time.
While sleeping, do not sleep on your hands. Rest your hands on separate pillows.If you wake up with pain, you can try circling and shaking your hands until the pain and numbness goes away. You can also apply a cold compress by using chilled towels.
Exercises like flexing, stretching and circling of hands are seen to counter the painful discomforts caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to a great extent. Practice of yoga is also seen to relieve the pain and increase the hand strength. Certain acupuncture techniques are also practiced for pain removal. Wearing hand or wrist braces is another remedial measure.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome normally disappears after delivery. If the condition still persists, then you can visit your physician for further treatment. Physicians usually recommend an extra dose of vitamin B6 to deal with this condition.
But in severe cases, the situation is usually brought under control by giving a steroid injection around the nerve thereby erasing the swelling and pain.