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Originally Posted by nighten
So my sciatica's been nonexistent since I started seeing the chiro a few months back, but my sacrum area (sacriliilaiaialac joint or however you say it) has been horrible -- until this past week, when it kind of calmed down a bit!
I was thrilled! Except then I started getting this cramp in my lower left abdomen, which the m/w says is a ligament pain (because it only hurts when i change position or walk -- it's fine when I'm seated or lying still).
And when the cramp started, the sacral pain went away. It was pretty bizarre actually.
But yesterday I had a chiro appt and a massage and they both concentrated on my sacral area and something's gone wrong and now I can barely walk.
And my cramp hasn't gone away entirely -- if anything, there's another one on the right side now, so my lower abdomen HURTS when I move. But that's nothing compared to the knife in my lower back.
I mean seriously -- there were times last night when I thought I wouldn't be able to get out of bed to go pee. Somehow I managed but I was almost in tears several times.
Should I call the chiro for an emergency adjustment? His office is closed today so I'd be calling him at home and there's a good chance I wouldn't be able to get him regardless. Or was it the massage? The whole area feels so tender now (my left side, sacrum --the right side is fine). I'm losing it -- it really hurts. I took some tylenol but that did nothing.
I've tried ice and heat, and tiger balm, and it still hurts like mad -- I can barely walk. Should I call my m/w and get some big pain meds? I don't want to drug up the baby though. But I'm really hurting.
Advise me, oh wise ones. What should I do?
Originally Posted by Black Orchid
I've had sciatica my whole pregnancy and just started seeing an acupuncturist in Feb... it is my salvation! I see a chiro regularly, but he wasn't able to do much to help me long-term. But acupuncture is working miracles. Mine is CNM also, so she is really familar with the way women's bodies work. Is that something you can do? I highly recommend a consult to see if there is anything that can be done.
My issue is that I tore my rotator cuff several years ago and have significant scarring on a muscle that is tied to the muscle group which the round ligament is a part of. Everything gets all misaligned and I get realyl bad swelling that causes my sciatica to flair.
Something else that helps is sitting on my birth ball as much as I can and using a seat wedge when I can't to properly align my pelvis.
I hope you find some relief, I totally sympathize with what you are going through!
Originally Posted by nighten
I have a birth ball -- but the thing is that sitting is fine for me -- my back doesn't hurt when I'm sitting -- it's the walking and standing that are problematic, so sitting on the birth ball offers no more relief than sitting in the recliner. Does that make sense? Unless maybe sitting on the ball will help loosen something up? I'm scared to try anything that could make things move at this point, truthfully. You think it couldn't hurt regardless?