Hello, is your hand falling asleep also? If so, which fingers are falling asleep?
yes, my hand as well. My fingers, but not thumb really
Is it all the other fingers or primarily the index and middle?
Feels like mostly my index and middle (I think) although I do feel it in the other 2 a little, hard to tell
How far up your arm does the numbness go?
to about right at or before my elbow
Are you having any neck pain?
Ok, thank you. It does sound like you may have carpal tunnel, which is compression of the nerve that supplies the thumb, index and middle finger....although you don't have all of the classic symptoms. The nerve (called the median nerve) can get irritated at the wrist (most commonly...as it passes through the carpal tunnel) but also can get irritated at the elbow area or the neck.
Because you do a lot of lifting, it may be due to that.
And it is very common for symptoms to be worse at night.
The symptoms can radiate up the arm as well...
The initial treatment is to try wearing a wrist splint that keeps your wrist from bending at night.
Since you may be pregnant, you want to avoid any antiinflammatories.
Your doctor should also consider performing a nerve conduction study on your arm to determine exactly where the nerve is being irritated.
Called an EMG test.
Depending on the severity of the irritation of the nerve, and if it is occurring at the wrist, a steroid injection may also be helpful for you.
Should I go to a Gen Practitioner for this? Should I avoid holding my son on this side, although it is hard to not lift him.
If you can avoid holding him on that side, that would be ideal, yes.
Your GP can order the appropriate testing and can also treat you initially.
If you have medical supply coverage with your insurance, he can order the splint for you as well.
How urgent is this to go in? We are moving, ect.
If you are noting that your hand/arm is staying permanently numb or for long periods, you at least want to get the splint started. It is not an emergency situation.
The splint should help you.
I would try to get in over the next few weeks.
If you notice any weakness in your grip or in your arm, then you need to be checked out now.
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