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    HELP!!! Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    I am desperate! I have really bad hands pain during my last trimester, it was so bad that I cried and cried at night until I was so tired that I fell asleep. Doctors (Gyne and GP) both say I should at most take a couple of panadols and the pain will go away after I deliver my baby. It has been two weeks since I gave birth and the pain is still there. Panadols don't help at all. I really want to hold my baby, but the pain is so severe (especially at night and in the mornings) that I have to sometimes ask someone else to hold my crying baby for me....I have to struggle in order to finish the changing nappies process....when I am breastfeeding, I cant hold my baby close, I have to place him on a pillow...this is all so depressing! Doctors now say that it is common for the pain to subside after one or two months. I cant wait that long, and I am not convinced that the pain will dissapear by itself eventually. Does anyone know what kind of doctor that can help me? Any recommendation will be great great greatly-appreciated!

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    Help for your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Hi

    So sorry to hear that you too have what I had about 9 months ago, it got even worse after the delivery of my daughter. Anyway, if you had a C-Section (Caesarean birth) or an Epidural, then the anaethetist would have pumped you up with with fluids (a drip that went into the vein in your hand), this actually makes the carpal even worse.

    You should feel better by the 4-5th week, but it could be longer depending on your body.

    BUT, go and see a physiotherapist, as one was sent to see when I was in hospital after I complained that my wrists were hurting that that they'd identified it as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The physio will teach you some massaging techniques and also fit you with some tight fitting braces which you should wear as it may help. If you are in tremendous pain and the massaging and braces don't help, then you can request for an operating to relieve the pressures that's on your median nerve in your wrists and this will solve your carpal problem forever, because when bub no. 2 or 3 comes along, this will happen again.

    See http://www.wikihow.com/Release-Carpa...assage-Therapy for some massaging tips and links to other sites.

    I was almost opting for wrist surgery but thank god after 6 painful weeks, the carpal subsided. I found that the best way to help the pain was to sleep with my arms above my head, I had two large pillows under my head and shoulder where I would place my head on the lower pillow and my wrists/arms above my ears on the larger pillows.

    I really hopes this helps, so sorry to hear that you're going through this

    BIG HUG.

    P.

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    Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a vascular or neurological trapment at the wrist. It can also be more than this. It can be stemming from the elbow and neck. It can also be related to the increase in fluid durnig pregnancy and when in certain positions during breast feeding, diaper changing etc. You sound like you are in so much pain, I recommend an alternative approach, an Osteopath who has structural experience. I know many pregnant women who have found great relief after seeing an Osteopath. Try Benjamin Lai or Elaine Ward at Balance Health.

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    Thanks!

    Dear Phylicia and Kerry,

    Thank you so much for your kind advise and the much needed big hug! I have just called both a physio and Balance Health and the earliest booking I can get is Benjamin of Balance Health, which is tomorrow!!!! Thank God! So, I will try Osteo first, and if the treatment doesn't work, will try physio next.

    Words cannot describe how grateful I am to both of you ladies!

    Mailmail

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    I had it, though mild, and accupuncture really helped me. It was almost instantaneous relief. Unfortunately, the lady I was using relocated and I'm not sure where to.

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    I had a closely related condition to CTS and found REIKI (the Japanese healing system) to be excellent. I had been to see physios and a number of specialists back in the UK and found that things only marginally improved. I had had problems for over a year but, once I was getting Reiki treatment, I found it cleared up within 2 weeks and stayed away ever since. Really amazing.

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    I too had painful wrists and forearms!! for a month after birth I used sports tape and taped up my wrists to decrease the movement while I did baby stuff. It was pretty painful!! I was doing some pretty unnatural movements with the wrist, i.e. when supporting baby's head with my hand and constantly picking up baby. It got better on it's own after a month or 2...hang in there!

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