Wrist pain since 14th week of pregnancy Now 3 months post-partum

by Kateland
(Woodburn, OR. United States. )

I'm a 22yr old female with chronic wrist pain since my 14th week of pregnancy. I am now 3 months post-partum.

The wrist pain is constant and nothing but high doses of Ibuprofen and Vicodin help to alleviate it. Splinting my wrist hasn't helped. On a scale of 1-10 when I don't have pain medication it is a 10 without exaggerating.

My Primary Doctor doesn't have a clue what is wrong and is having me see an Orthopedic Doctor. (I've already been to one) I have had an X-ray done which showed nothing. I also had a steroid injection put into the palm of my hand by an Orthopedist because he was 100% sure it was carpal tunnel, but now my Primary thinks otherwise.

The pain I am having radiates from my wrist all the way up my arm and into my shoulder. It affects my fingers and makes my ring finger wiggle rapidly when I attempt to extend my fingers straight out.

I would describe the pain to be sharp, shooting, throbbing and debilitating.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Kateland.

My first thought is 'Nutritional Deficiency'.

I don't know what your work or hobby physical activities were, but pregnancy takes a big nutritional toll on the human body, and most mothers aren't all that nutritionally sound -before- they get pregnant.

So if you tell me you used your hands A LOT, and/or still do, then we can talk about purely physical factors, but for right now you need to get to work on the nutrition side of things.


1. What's your Vitamin D level? Go get it
checked. Tomorrow.

2. See: Magnesium for Tendonitis

3. Did you know that B6 deficiency causes Carpal Tunnel Symptoms?

See: Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel

4. Did you know that Inflammation causes B6 deficiency?

See: Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency

5. Did you know that being low in Vitamin D and/or Magnesium and/or B6 can cause symptoms that mimic Wrist Tendonitis Symptoms?

6. Did you know that if you're short on Vit D your baby is short on Vit d? And that the Vit D levels of the mother (during pregnancy) affect the lifetime health of the child?

7. The doc that was sure you had carpal tunnel....do you have numbness or tingling in your hand or fingers?

8. So, how are you doing now? Give me an update and we'll go from there.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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