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Pregnancy sure does complicate things!

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I know that you have increased levels of relaxin when you're pregnant, but man, I had no idea how bad that could be.  On Wednesday  (it's Saturday today), I was sitting with my son on the couch. His head was on my lap because he was sick and I sat awhile with him in sort of an awkward position. Nothing major but I noticed when I got up, I had a knot on my left side of my back. Well, I went to bed and kept waking up in pain.  Pain was just radiating down my back and side.  On Thursday it was still sore but when I went to work later, it became much worse. It started spasming in my seat and when I tried to stand up, I couldn't.  Thursday night I didn't sleep at all. Literally not for one minute because I could not lie down.  If I laid on my back, stomach, or side, I got this excruciating pain in my back and chest and couldn't breath.  On Friday I went to urgent care and then to a chiropractor and they said my ribs are completely rotated and my whole back is knotted up.  I am still not able to lay down at all and am in constant pain. It is horrible. The doctor was like, "if you weren't pregnant, we could just give you a shot and some muscle relaxers and you'd be fine but since you're pregnant, there is nothing we can do."  Even the chiropractor wanted to do electrical stimulation but couldn't so just did some gentle adjustments and massage.  I called him today because I was in so much pain and he's coming in tomorrow just to see me.  I literally have never been in so much pain in my life. I was whimpering in bed last night while I was trying to get my dd to sleep and she says, "Mommy, are you crying?" and I said, "yes, honey, I am. My back hurts."  She said, "I can rub it mommy and hold your hand."  It was so sweet.  I just hope the pain ends soon. I can't believe I have only slept 3 hours total since Wednesday night and with me still not being able to lie down, I am probably not going to get much tonight either. It's really hard to sleep when you have to be completely upright!

post #2 of 12

Oh my goodness! Callie that sounds awful!!!!! I hope there is something else the chiropractor can do to give you some relief! hug2.gif

post #3 of 12

That sounds terrible.  I hope you feel better soon.  hug2.gif

post #4 of 12

omgoodness, mama! that is horrible!  can you go to the chiro every day for slight adjustments, or every other day? 

 

I hope it gets better soon!

 

post #5 of 12

I'd be grabbing the doctor by the sleeve and demanding some pain pills on threat of....umm..I mean..

Yeah, nevermind. Thats totally what I would still do.

 

Feel better soon. I am having a weird knot in my back that just started today and my husband said it feels like everything on my hips is being pushed to that side. I am in mild discomfort. I can only imagine the pain you describe.


I'm sorry :(

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

See, that's the problem - i can't take any pain pills since I'm pregnant!  It stinks.  The doctor said I could take tylenol but that it wouldn't help (I had already tried and it didn't) and she would normally give me some with codeine then but I told her I wouldnt' take codeine (which she figured anyway). That's what makes it so hard. She said this was the worst possible time for it to happen because I'm in the first trimester when it's such a critical period of development and that anything I were to take would potentially cause many more problems than if this had happened later in the pregnancy.

 

I'm off to the chiropractor again soon.  He's stopping in to do paperwork and is seeing me just because he feels so bad.  I have an appointment tomorrow as well so I'm hoping after tomorrow I should be OK. He seemed to think it shouldn't take long. He said usually it just takes people 2 adjustments and they are fine, although he said mine is a little worse because it involves the whole back and also involves the lower ribs, which I guess is harder to fix.  But maybe 3 adjustments will do the trick. I hope - I miss lying down!  And I need to get back to work. With a husband who is unemployed and having a job where I only get paid when I'm there, we cant' afford to miss more days of work!  

post #7 of 12

I had a pinched nerve in the arm that was debilitating and I couldn't work.  My Chiro had me come in every other day for a week (3X one week) to adjust my wrist/elbow/ribs and massage the muscles in my arm.  Then I had to come in 2X the following week, and then once a week for 2 more weeks. 

 

It totally fixed the problem!  It was awesome.  I cant make it through a pregnancy without the chiro every 2 weeks at least! 

post #8 of 12

Wow, you know I've never been to a chiropractor - ever! I might start going because a friend of mine happens to be a chiropractor who just opened her own place right down the street from me & I've heard it can be wonderful during pregnancy ... I dunno, I'm just a little nervous since I have no experience with it!

post #9 of 12

Callie, that sounds completely miserable.  I'm sorry you are dealing with that.  I hope your chiro does a miracle job on you and you feel better soon.

 

Meredith, getting adjustments can really help, especially in pregnancy.  I have back issues anyway but they've gotten worse.  I go to a DO who also does adjustments.  I've been in twice already in the last couple weeks and my hip was out of place.  Also have had issues with my pelvis & neck.  It does help though.  I also do stretches too to hopefully get my body to stay in the right place but the relaxin we have in pregnancy really makes things so loose we pop out of place easier.

post #10 of 12

I sure hope the chiro does the trick. :(
 

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Originally Posted by callieollie View Post

See, that's the problem - i can't take any pain pills since I'm pregnant!  It stinks.  The doctor said I could take tylenol but that it wouldn't help (I had already tried and it didn't) and she would normally give me some with codeine then but I told her I wouldnt' take codeine (which she figured anyway). That's what makes it so hard. She said this was the worst possible time for it to happen because I'm in the first trimester when it's such a critical period of development and that anything I were to take would potentially cause many more problems than if this had happened later in the pregnancy.

 

I'm off to the chiropractor again soon.  He's stopping in to do paperwork and is seeing me just because he feels so bad.  I have an appointment tomorrow as well so I'm hoping after tomorrow I should be OK. He seemed to think it shouldn't take long. He said usually it just takes people 2 adjustments and they are fine, although he said mine is a little worse because it involves the whole back and also involves the lower ribs, which I guess is harder to fix.  But maybe 3 adjustments will do the trick. I hope - I miss lying down!  And I need to get back to work. With a husband who is unemployed and having a job where I only get paid when I'm there, we cant' afford to miss more days of work!  



 

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone.  My back is slowly getting better. I can almost lie down - I can do it but it still hurts a little so I'm still elevated but it's better. And I can walk upright now which is good.  It should be good enough for me to work Wednesday so that's good. I just hope it stays better!  I feel so much better that I'm not in agony anymore though - that was really horrible!

post #12 of 12

Wow, Callie.  That's awful.  I'm glad you are getting it worked out. 

 

I also have back issues and last pregnancy was really bad.  I started going to the chiro, too, and feel like a junkie now.  It feels SO good when I leave there.  The relaxin does mess up adjustments, though.  Sometimes I am back out of place by the time I get in the car. :(

 

I haven't yet gone in this pregnancy.  I'm traveling, and I want a new chiro.  I just don't totally trust my old one, and it's a drive.  I need one that specializes in scoliosis, and in pregnancy, AND is close to me.  So, I need to call around.  But, I really, really need to go.  My neck is out, my left ribs are out, and I have a place in my mid back that's hurting, too.

 

Callie...thinking about back pain, and about how I would gasp and fall down last pregnancy...I am really, really feeling for you.  Are you going to continue to go to try to keep yourself in a good alignment?  It might be a good plan and help the baby stay in a good position for delivery.

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