By Sonam Sia @mommastic
“𝐃𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐩𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐛 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭”
Carpal tunnel is one of most annoying yet the least talked about symptom of pregnancy and postpartum.Since the onset of this predicament in the eighth month of my pregnancy, I always felt that I belonged to one of the rarest bunch of moms who suffered from it until I read a post by @raisingmyprince and realised that I was not alone.
The burning pain, the numbness, the weakening of grip etc. these discomfort are typically experienced in the dominant hand and arm. The other hand might also go numb occasionally too. You never quite know when it’ll start. For some it disappears completely after giving birth while some like me have to live with it postpartum. In the meantime, I’ve learned quite a few tricks for surviving the pain. Being a constant struggler of the issue, I have tried my hand at a plethora of recommended remedies. Some that have helped in reducing the symptoms along with the ones that have not worked for me.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐝
- Soaking hands in warm salt water alternatively an electric hot water bottle
- Taking magnesium supplements
- Stretching and wringing my hands occasionally
- Restricting wrist movement by covering them with a tubigrip or a breathable thumb and wrist stabiliser.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤
- Wrist brace with plastic rods running across the top
- Using ice packs
- Sleeping with my arm under my head or sleeping with my hand hanging from the bed
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘳 :- 𝘕𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘐’𝘮 𝘢 𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦. 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘱𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘭 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵-𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘮