Not wanting to sound alarmist

but I’ve woken up today (actually it was there last night but I just tried to ignore it) with swollen fingers (actually that has developed as the day has progressed), the inability to form a fist (not that I was planning on hitting anyone), tingling and general numbness through my thumbs, the spongy part of your palm and also the next finger along. It’s worse in the left hand, but present in both. I can now clench my hands but it’s really painful in that weird pain sort of way, you know, not the “ouch” jump back kind of pain, more the I can do it but it really hurts kind of pain.

On self diagnosing using the internet this morning, Chef came across some sort of disorder which basically had me in intensive care by the end of the week. And quite frankly, I could do with the rest.

I’m thinking tendernitis (sp?) or carpal tunnel, whatever it is, it’s kinda incapacitating, which is also nice as I can’t do anything for anyone. Mwahahahahahahahaha.

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  • daysgoby

    Both are crappy diagnoses!

    Here’s hoping you just strained something….

  • Joke

    Can you claim it’s something contracted from cleaning kitchens while gestating?


  • Kim

    J – I’d like to think so, but I think it is somehow connected to being pregnant and carrying Jasper around a lot. Sad but true.

  • Jenn

    I have carpal tunnel in both hands, fairly severe cases (I keep putting off surgery, too much downtime required!), and I’ve never experienced the swelling. The pain, numbness, tingling and inability to make a fist or FEEL anything with the hand, but never any swelling.

    My hubby often gets swollen, painful hands from high blood pressure. Being preggo, you may want to have the ole blood pressure checked, just to be on the safe side.


  • h&b

    i’ve heard carpal tunnel is a common pregnancy association, and should right itself after birth ?

    Obvious Note:
    I am not a medical practitioner.
    If symptoms persist, please seek medical advice.

  • sueeeus

    I had what you describe when I was pregnant with my Boo Boy. I gained 20 lbs in water from edema in the last trimester, and I had carpal tunnel and was numb like that and couldn’t even hold a fork. I felt like my skin was going to split, I was so swollen. It all went away after delivery, in less than a week.

  • Kim

    Hey all – thanks for the advice and suggestions – further internet research indicates this is something I’m just going to have to live with for this ride. Nice.