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I had back labor for about 12 hours last Sunday and delivered a beautiful baby that evening. Now, a week later, my pain is still so severe I have problems walking and getting out of bed or a chair. My DH has to help me get out of bed. The pain is in the same spot as the back labor was. Has anyone experienced this? What did you do about it? I have gone to the chiro. (went all through preg. as well and felt great until last Sunday) and plan to see him again this week. Was hoping my last visit would be the "cure" but it wasn't. Thanks for your advice!
 

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No advice, sorry...but I get backaches & I can't even IMAGINE how much you hurt...so I comes sans advice but bearing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> 's! Hope you're feeling better soon!
 

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Is the back pain low enough that it could be your tailbone? It's possible that during pushing/expulsion that your tailbone swung out (which is normal) to make room for the baby to pass through the pelvis but didn't go back into place afterward. One of Ina May Gaskin's books (I think Spiritual Midwifery) has a drawing of how to push on the back to put the tailbone back into place.<br>
It's also possible to break your tailbone during labor/pushing.<br><br>
I hope you get some relief soon! I had back labor with both of mine, but the back pain went away as soon as the contractions stopped, I can't even imagine how you must feel.
 

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The pain isn't above my tailbone...it's to the right of the tailbone, halfway between the tailbone and hip. Although that is really interesting about pushing the tailbone back into place.
 

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My mil apparently broke her tailbone during the birth of her second baby... if the pain is that severe, you might consider calling some sort of care provider to make sure that you didn't somehow break something?
 

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I would definitely see the chiro again, because whether it's bones and ligaments or muscles, it may take several adjustments to get things back how they ought to be. You might also look into massage therapy, with the thought that it could be muscular pain.<br><br>
Hope you feel better soon, mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I broke my tailbone when giving birth to my daughter. I'll not go into the agony... But my doctor told me there was nothing they could do aside from surgery to remove the tailbone. After all, it's not like they can put it in a cast! It took a whole year to heal, I'm sorry to say. And it still troubles me depending on the weather. I call it my "butt barometer". I bought a birthing ball to sit on at the computer/dining room table/etc., and it helped a lot. Hugs.
 

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I had similar pain after my last birth/back labor. I found a heating pad to be helpful. I also took the Ibuprofin they gave me at the hospital. I remember it lasting for quite a while (weeks, sorry), but it did slowly get better.<br>
Sorry you're having a hard time, you're not alone and it WILL get better!
 

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I was hoping for more information before posting as there could be several things going on. It could be a broken bone, injured muscles, nerves, tendons, cartilage, periosteum, etc.<br><br>
Have you tried homeopathic <i>Arnica</i>? It will reduce swelling, bruising, and achy-ness in the soft tissues. If the damage extends farther than skin/fat/muscles, you'll need to follow up with another remedy.<br><br><i>Hypericum</i> is potentized St. Johns Wort. It has a special affinity for the nerves and is called "the <i>Arnica</i> of the nerves." It's used in injuries to nerve rich areas (fingertips in car doors, concussions, falls on the tailbone, etc.) It is characterized by both throbbing pains and pains that shoot toward and up the spinal cord. Pain is relieved by elevation of injured part.<br><br><i>Symphytum</i> is potentized comfrey (a.k.a. knitbone) and quickly repairs broken bones as well as treating bone pain. After six weeks on painkillers for a broken wrist, my m-i-l was on <i>Symphytum</i> for two days, sleeping undisturbed through the night and off all meds. <i>Caveat: Symphytum works rapidly and using it before setting a bone is set can result in a bone needing to be rebroken and to be set properly.</i><br><br><i>Rhus tox</i> is potentized poison ivy and has an affinity for tendons. It is known as the "rusty gate" remedy. Pain is worse at initial movement but better with continued movement. It's pains are improved by pouring warm to hot water over aching part.<br><br><i>Ruta gravolens</i> is potentized rue. It has an affinity for the periosteum covering of the bone as well as where the tendons attach to the bone. "Shin splints" is from damage to the periosteum of your shin bone. It resembles <i>Rhus tox</i> pain in that it's worse on initial movement and better for continued movement.<br><br>
Arnica plus one of the four remedies mentioned should clear up the vast majority of vaginal birth pain. If none of the descriptions match your symptoms you could try asking me a question but you'd probably do better by visiting a classical homeopath that can see you and take your full case in person. Do feel free to ask questions if you please.<br><br>
~BV
 

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Oh, I feel your pain! I had back labor and had pain in exactly the same place for WEEKS afterward. It DID slowly get better...I really think it was bruising that went down to the bone. I agree with bryony about the homeopathics probably helping a great deal. We discovered homeopathics after I had my kids...and we have had great success with them. As anecdotal evidence, my dd's broken leg healed in two weeks so that the doctor (who was absolutely dumbfounded) sent her home with no cast, when he expected her to be casted for a MINIMUM of 6 weeks. We did arnica, comfrey, and then also gave her liquid calcium supplements.<br><br>
I do think that you should continue to be adjusted, though, as it COULD take a few tries to get the adjustment to "stick."<br><br>
Warm compresses helped too, and I also found that staying standing up felt a lot better to me than sitting.<br><br>
Good luck, and enjoy your new little one! Happy Babymoon!
 

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Thank you for all your replies!!! I'm going to try some of the homeopathic things mentionedand continue to see the chiro! Thank you so much!
 

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My sacrum was seriously out of whack after dd's wham-bam back labor. Chiro fixed it in one visit, though. Talk about a weird adjustment! But it was instant relief.<br><br>
I agree with the bruising possibility. Arnica is wonderful.
 

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I had back labor with my last child and the pain lasted for about a year before i did anything about it...call me crazy i know..plus keeping dc in a sling 24/7 didn't help either...so i started off going to a chiro and the pain would go away and then come back...so i had a MRI and i have a bulging disk.....went to a pain center...they tried to push meds...which was not the route i wanted to go...so i started seeing a WONDERFUL massage therapist...i mean wonderful and she has helped me so much...she also has me doing little exercises to keep my lower back in shape...good luck...but i would try to deal with the muscle end along with the chiro...b/c for chiro to work idealy the muscles need to be loose too. Hope you feel better
 

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I had severe sciatic pain with each contraction. At one week PP, I was still having trouble walking and couldn't carry anything at all (including the baby) without severe pain and feeling like my legs would collapse.<br><br>
At two weeks, I was substantially better, though the pain while carrying the baby was still fairly severe.<br><br>
At six weeks, I'm okay, though my left hip flares badly when walking a lot, especially while wearing the baby.<br><br>
It takes time to heal. I have an appointment with my joint/back doc next week--he was out of town all through May and I didn't want to see anyone else. Hot baths with epsom salts helped me tremendously in various ways (muscles, joints, swollen tissue, hemorrhoids, etc). I took two-three baths a day for the first week, then sort of tapered off.
 
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