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Hi Mamas! I'm hoping to get some advice for one of my soliders. She's 26 weeks pregnant and has been having intense back pain for a few days. Its in her lower back, left side. She says it's fine when she's sitting but starts throbbing and increasing in intensity when she gets up and starts walking. Also, when she lays down she gets a sharp pain shooting up her spine.<br><br>
The doctor gave her some pain meds but told her to only take them in extreme cases b/c they may cause birth defects-so she threw them away.<br><br>
Are there any positons, stretches, exercises, etc. she can do to alleviate the pain? I suggested some cat stretches to see if it'll get the baby to change positions. Your tips and any advice is really appreciated.<br><br>
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I know I am going to step on some toes here, but specific chiropractic care is really the best answer for her. On another chat group, the same problem was posted. I suggested the same to her. She was seeing a chiropractor at the time & switched to a specific chiropractor. She is out of pain, working out for the first time in months & feeling great. She is about 29 weeks now.<br><br>
Please make sure she gets to someone specific though. The only other suggestion is ice on her low spine/sacrum. (I am a massage therapist & wouldn't even recommend massage.) The swelling needs to be reduced, massage will inflame the area.<br><br>
Please let me know if I can help you find someone specific in your area.
 

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If it's about midway between her tailbone and hipbone .. and only on one side - there may not be much she CAN do for it.. It could be a reactivated loosened sacroiliac joint. I go through it with every pg ~ the throbbing, burning, numbness-causing pain that only happens when I'm standing/walking/driving a car with a clutch - anything that uses my left leg .. and it's worse when rest for a while then get up and moving again. Light stretches seem to help if I do them right before I stand up - like sitting on the floor cross legged, and alternately turning my upper body to the left for about 45 sec, then to the right. (WTH's that stretch called? LOL)
 

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Chiropractic, ASAP. Even if she doesn't "believe" in it or whatever <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, it's so worth the try. With my last baby, I had severe back pain---so much that I couldn't sleep and was up all night crying. I was desperate. Within one chiro visit, I felt almost 100% better. It was miraculous to me. The pain meds will only mask the symptoms and not address the cause.......I hope she gets to feeling better soon!
 

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Mommyto2, what do you mean by specific chiro care? Do you mean someone who specializes in pg?
 

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Same question here!
 

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chiropractic adjustment, St John'swort oil topically, alternating ice and warm pack, sleep with extra pillows between knees and under belly<br>
Rule out UTI
 

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I cannot answer for Mommy2to, but I can give you a little insight into what a the chiropractic community considers "specific".<br><br>
Many chiropractors adjust based on very minimal findings...in other words, they just find a high spot or stuck spot in the spine and adjust that area. Typically, this means many "general" adjustments in a single chiropractic session.<br><br>
A specific chiropractor or a "subluxation specific" chiropractor is focusing on finding out which area or areas of your spine are actually causing the problem. A subluxation is when the spine is both 1) out of place and 2) putting pressure on the nerves in that area and undermining function. Non-specific adjusting is adjusting all the areas that might be out of place...but not acertaining how the nerve system is reacting, not finding out if the "stuck" area is actually the problem area or just an area of compensation etc... While this care is seldom "hurting" things...it is generally not as effective or able to produce the long term results possible with specific chiropractic care.<br><br>
I personally recommend finding a chiro who 1) uses the word subluxation and focuses on the correction of subluxation 2) sees families and kids on a regular basis 3) has a goal of corrective/maintainance of chiropractic care rather than just a few adjustment sessions to relieve pain. It does not typically matter exactly what technique is being used to correct the spine and restore the nerve flow...what matters is that the actual goal is to correct the spine and restore the nerve flow. You might be suprised how many chiros don't really care about this and are really undermining the true purpose of chiropractic care. A chiro who speciallizes in pregnany is great but not a necessity if the chiro is focusing on the right things and experienced.<br><br>
Okay...lecture over. I hope this helped.
 

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Yeah!! I am sorry I was off the computer for the weekend. I am almost glad I was! What a great answer, Chiromom! There is no way I could have said it better!!!!<br><br>
Thanks!!!!!
 
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