Have you ever heard of CTS?
I hadn’t until about 5 months into my pregnancy. I woke up one day and I had numbness in my hands. I thought I had slept wrong or awkwardly and that this discomfort would go away. Well it didn’t, and it actually got slightly worse. Since that day I had to live with numbness and pain in my hands until about 3 months after my pregnancy.
So what is it?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) causes tingling, numbness and pain in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and the thumb side of the ring fingers. There are a few reasons why you can end up having it; one of them is pregnancy and this was the case with me. They say it’s common; however I have only met one person who has had to deal with it too. CTS happens when there is a build up of fluid in the tissues of your wrists. It may also weaken your grip and make it much harder to move your fingers (I have dropped so many things I have lost count haha).
I did some research online on the things I could do to ease the pain… these were some of my findings:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Wearing hand splints at night (game changer)
- Massaging (my partner was my helper, lucky me)
- Exercising the wrists
None of those things took the numbness and pain away but they helped me to deal with the syndrome.
I was lucky enough that I had stopped working when I was 4 months pregnant. I would have struggled a lot doing a computer job if I still had to work. However, I didn’t feel sorry for myself.
Even though I felt pain and numbness every day I decided not to waste my precious time.
I managed to do two courses. One of them was a nail technician course and the second one was an eye lashes extension course.
To this day, I am very proud of my self and still wonder how I managed to do all of that. Doing nails wasn’t so bad, however it was painful to do them as I had to use my hands a lot. Doing eye lashes on the other hands was way more difficult. The job required lots of patient and accuracy. It was hard but I completed my course successfully and managed to train on a few people.
Also I didn’t postpone house work. I cleaned, cooked and did everything else as I would normally do. A lot of this is your mind. If you don’t find excuses but instead find the strength, you can do it.
My daughter is now 6 months old. I don’t have CTS anymore. It eased off after I gave birth but it went away completely maybe after 3 months.
Do you suffer with CTS? If yes, how are you dealing with it? Do you have any tips that could help others?
Please let me know in the comments below.
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