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And leg cramps along with it? It was so bad today that by this evening I was in tears from the pain. I had it with dd, but not until MUCH later in the pregnancy. With this one, leg cramps were one of my first symptoms.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
So what are you doing to cope with it? I'm opposed to ibuprophen or tylenol or anything like that generally. I'm seeing my chiropractor at least once a week, and while my back feels better, my leg does not. I'm taking calcium/magnesium supplements and eating high potassium foods. And sleeping with a hot water bottle. I thought I was managing it until today when I actually woke up with pain - I don't think I slept funny. Usually it's moderate in the evenings, and bad if I've done a lot of standing/walking/holding my toddler. The only thing that brought the pain to a managable level this evening was a hot epsom salt soak in the tub followed by an ice pack.<br><br>
Anyone have any suggestions? Please please please?
 

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Hey there- I feel your pain-<br><br>
Although I don't have a lot of sciatic pain with this pregnancy, I have had a lot of experience with sciatica. Good that you are seeing a chiro. There are some other stretches that have always been helpful to me: double pigeon pose, and standing half child's pose are two really good ones. The other thing that has really helped me is rolling out on a foam roller- (if you don't know what I'm talking about ask your chiro- they'll know.<br>
Here's a link for an image of double pigeon, I couldn't find one of the other<br><a href="http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/2114_1.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/2114_1.cfm</a><br><br>
As far as leg cramps go- I have been having evil ones this pregnancy. I find that if I take my cal-mag supplement right before bed, I don't seem to have them at night. The other thing that helps is exercising and stretching during the day.<br><br>
hope this helps...
 

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My sciatica comes and goes - the chiro helps.<br>
RRL & Nettle tea is GREAT for leg cramps! I can always tell when I've gone a day or two w/o drinking it.<br><br>
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I've been having them, too, and no advice, just wanted to marvel at how PAINFUL and debilitating it is! I didn't know that nerve pain could make a whole limb just go out on you. Not cool when carrying a toddler around.
 

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I'm just all messed up over here. I don't have true "sciatica" but my sacrioilliac joint is all messed up as well as my hip joint. I also have increased pubic and pelvic pain. FUN!!<br><br>
Sometimes I can not move or walk without excrutiating pain. I have been in tears several times over the past two weeks.<br><br>
I've been seeing a chiro, getting massage etc. While some things are better, some things are worse. It comes and goes.<br><br>
I have taken Tylenol a couple of times when the pain interferes with my sleep or I HAVE to do something and can't take it easy.<br><br>
I have none of this with DD, ever. I'm not that much older!<br><br>
Afraid I'm going to be crippled by the time this pg is over and not be able to function.<br><br>
I am really not enjoying being pregnant this time around and I loved it the first time.
 

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Are you sleeping with a body pillow, or a regular pillow between your legs? I've noticed a real difference with hip pain/sciatica on the nights I do that versus when I don't. I second PPs suggestions for stretching and massage.<br><br>
My periformis has been in spasm or on the edge of spasm since long before I got pregnant. The pain has only been getting worse as I get heavier and the relaxin kicks in.
 

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Oh Ladies: doesn't this just suck!<br>
The funny thing (for me) is that I generally treat this condition in pregnant women as a bodyworker and now, I can't because I have it myself!<br>
I don't have such bad sciatic pain as SI joint pain. Wearing a SI belt when doing anything physical helps me as well as heat. For some people, ice will be better. If you have nerve inflamation, you need to ice it. If you have tight muscle pain, use heat. Try them both and you will be able to tell which helps more. And seeing the chiro helps alot as well. NO sage advice, just loads of compassion...
 

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Well, I just dug out the belly support system thingy - I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for all the tips! I'm going to have to start up my RRL tea again - I stopped drinking it while I was having m/s and never started up again. I'll definitely give that and nettle tea a try!<br><br>
I've been sleeping with a pillow between my legs for like 13 years now! Started after having knee surgery and never stopped (tried a few times, but was always uncomfortable). I don't know how people sleep without them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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This may sound odd- but it works. I had sciatic pain with DD and just starting to get it with this one. I take a gym sock, and put two tenis balls in it- tie up the open end- it needs to be one of those tall socks, so that the balls can be a few inches apart. Then when sitting in a medium soft chair, or laying on the floor, place the balls under you, one for each "cheek". Move them around as it feels good- sometimes I like it at the top, near my tail bone, others in the middle of each cheek. I only do it for as long as it feels comfortable. It hits pressure points and as I breath deeply, my legs and hips relax. So lovely.<br><br>
That's my two cents.
 
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