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Tingling sensations/hip pains 

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow but I'm not sure if this is something I should bring up with my OB/GYN or if I need to make an appointment with my regular doctor, it's so hard to tell if something is pregnancy related at all or not =/

About 3 days ago I noticed a tingling sensation in my right arm, kind of like what it feels like when your foot or something falls asleep and starts to get blood flow back to it. Every day it's gotten worse and worse and today if I do anything with my arm besides lay it at my side I get pain up in my shoulder blade and a tingling sensation all down my arm. I can't lift it, support my weight on it or grasp anything without getting this feeling, could this be a nerve problem? I don't know if I should see a chiropractor for this or who to tell =/

Also my hips have hurt for a few months but lately the pain has gotten a lot worse. Sleeping is the worst for me, I tend to roll from one side to another a lot and whenever I roll over it's one of the worst pains I've had in my hips, and in the mornings my hips feel like they will pop in and out of place as I roll over. Is this just something I'll have to quietly suffer with until the end of my pregnancy, or is this something I might see a chiropractor for as well?

Thank you for the responses ahead of time!!


26th-Apr-2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome. It's not uncommon for pregnant to develop it during pregnancy. I know it made mine worse.
26th-Apr-2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
The pain radiates more from my shoulder blade and down my entire arm though, and carpal tunnel (i believe) affects your forearm and wrist mainly.
26th-Apr-2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
The wrist is where the problem originates, but the symptoms aren't localized just to there. I have a repetitive stress injury in my wrist and found out because my whole arm was affected like you describe.

That said, I'd talk to your OB about it. All doctors went through the same general medical training and will understand the basics enough to refer you to somebody that can help if they can't. No need to go to a billion appointments around town.
26th-Apr-2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have carpal tunnel and when it was really bad it affected my whole arm.
27th-Apr-2009 05:03 am (UTC)
i agree, try wearing a brace to see if it helps support you more and cause less pain.
26th-Apr-2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
I had both of these symptoms to some extent during pregnancy. I can't remember the reasoning for the tingling, but I would often wake up with both arms "asleep", and sometimes they'd get tingly during the day. It does sound like a nerve issue; I think a chiro would be a good person to talk to about it.

The hip pain is just normal for pregnancy. Switching sides while sleeping is good, but a chiropractor could probably help too. Do you sleep with a body pillow, or a pillow between your knees? That would probably alleviate some of the pain, if you don't already.

Chiropractic is the one thing I could never have given up during pregnancy. Especially if your insurance covers it, or you can flat-out afford it, it is SO worth it!
26th-Apr-2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I've started sleeping with a pillow between my legs but it's really just not an option as I toss and turn so much there's no way for me to keep a pillow between my knees. I guess maybe I'll have ask my OB tomorrow if I can get a referral for a chiropractor.
27th-Apr-2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Your first symptom sounds like something I've been getting for weeks- my doctor said edema is compressing the nerves that go to my arms, making them feel like they're asleep.

I've been having hip pain recently too, and the midwife and doctor have assured me it's normal- the bones are shifting to allow the baby's head to drop. However, I'm a bit further in my pregnancy than you (36 weeks), so it may be something you want to get checked out, if only to be assured by a medical professional. :)
27th-Apr-2009 02:50 am (UTC) - Tingling arms
I had this before I got pregnant.

My doctor diagnosted me with tennis elbow, of all things. But it turned out to be true...when I wore the brace, no more tingly arms...it got to the point with mine I would be unable to move my last two fingers on whichever arm was affected.

I still have to be careful not to overstrain the joint, or my hands go numb. I'd get it checked out, sometimes the pain did radiate to my shoulder.
27th-Apr-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
The hip pain, for me, is probably the worst. I hate it so much. It used to be just when I was sleeping, if I'd been on one side for too long, but now they hurt all the time.
27th-Apr-2009 05:17 am (UTC)
My hip pain is the worst while I sleep, but also if I've been sitting for any amount of time and go to stand they feel like they're going to give out on me!
27th-Apr-2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Haha yep! Whenever I stretch them, they totally pop.
27th-Apr-2009 09:49 am (UTC)
I had the arm problem about a year ago. They tested me for B12 deficiency (it's a symptom of that) and were going to do some nerve tests but I declined, afraid that it would affect mortgage/ insurance arrangements (my grandfather had multiple sclerosis). It was only a temporary thing. It was suggested it could have been carpal tunnel syndrome and I must confess, I only get it now when I play for too long on my Nintendo DS... :)
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