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Kerry Godliman from Derek got carpal tunnel syndrome during her pregnancy

Carpal tunnel syndrome is common, affecting up to 1.5 million people in the UK.

While it often occurs in pregnancy — 50 per cent of pregnant women develop it to some degree — it can also be caused by conditions such as diabetes or arthritis, and lifestyle factors such as being overweight and even drinking too much.

And it’s a problem that’s on the increase, according to Zaf Naqui, a consultant hand and wrist surgeon at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and the Spire Manchester Hospital.

‘Partly, there is a greater awareness of the condition, but it’s also due to an increase in diabetes and obesity,’ he says.

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