Is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnant women?
Hello, I am 25 years old female and pregnant. I was having excruciating pain in my right hand for the last two days but yesterday I felt tingling and numbness which made me anxious. I was worried and tried to contact my doctor. The doctor asked us to take a few tests and after seeing the reports he told me that I am suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome which is most common in cyclists. He said I shouldn’t worry as many women get it during their pregnancy. Is he right? Is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnant women?
@ednah Hello, Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is common during pregnancy and almost 30% to 60% of women suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy. The most typical symptoms are numbness and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and radial half of the ring finger. During pregnancy, blood volumes double that extra fluid increases pressure and swelling in the blood vessels throughout your body. The median nerve gives sensation to the palm-side surface of the thumb, index, and middle fingers, and half the ring finger. It's also responsible for helping to move the muscles in the hand that bend your fingers. Nerve compression can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in the wrist and hand.