I am 5 months pregnant with my fourth child and suffering with almost constant pins and needles in my hands. I find that even simply pushing a pram or driving the car, my hands cannot be in one position for more than a few minutes without them tingling and going numb.
At nights I am awoken to find my hands completely numb, dead, no feeling at all. This can happen several times a night.
I also have sciatic pain down my left leg.
I am starting to worry as this problem with my hands seems to be getting worse. It can take me an hour or two in the mornings before I can actually grip something properly, opening a jar is almost impossible.
I am also getting pain from my left elbow down towards my fingers. A real aching pain.
If you could give me some idea as to what is causing this, I would greatly appreciate it.
The carpal tunnel is a bony canal formed by the wrist bones on three sides and a ligament that runs across the wrist on the other. The swelling and fluid retention that's so common during pregnancy can increase the pressure in this relatively narrow and inflexible space, compressing the median nerve that runs through it.
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