Sweet balls of fire, my hands and wrists are not doing well. I suppose it’s a retention issue, compounded with the holiday season and me doing a lot of work with my hands. But whatever the case, I am sitting here in a wrist brace and the real causal factor: I’m pregnant.
I wake up in the night not because I have to pee (although once I am up I might as well) but because my hands are burning and tingling. The right is worse than the left, but they both suck. Tingling fingers torture me constantly. It feels like I am wearing tight leather gloves, so I can barely move my fingers. My grip strength has gone to shit. I drop stuff now and have to switch hands constantly as I am doing things.
Even eating hurts. Holding the fork is really quite painful. Chopsticks are a workout. It’s really quite insane. And as time passes, it just keeps getting worse. Rumor has it, it will continue to worsen until I deliver this baby, then it will go away. Not right away, but within the first few weeks. I can’t wait. Presently my right thumb feels like I smashed it with a hammer. Why? Because I am typing. Oh no, really it’s cuz I am pregnant.
My feet/ankles look pretty much fine and feel about the same as pre-pregnancy, but my hands are suffering. Swollen, tingly, burning and sore. The tank brings down the swelling a little bit, enough to make a difference.
I wrote this when I was about 6 months pregnant. I dealt with this pain for months. Massage helped a bit, acupuncture could provide temporary relief, the wrist braces at night helped a tad… but really the best help was floating. The Epsom salts are anti-inflammatory, they would help to reduce the swelling and retention issues due to pregnancy. Also the soak helped my circulation and lowered my cortisol levels. In other words, when I felt less stressed out, I felt a bit better.