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I woke up this am with a back ache that I thought was like a kink or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Its not going away and its really bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Its similiar to the knot I had in my back when I was having DD. Maybe not so intense. The tylenol didn't help and laying down is what did it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (since I woke with it.) I can't carry DD at all and I had to take the trash out and that was not fun! Plus I have a daycare child and today had two extras! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> Any ideas. I even tried putting the shower head right on it! Helped until I stopped! :LOL Anyways everyone else who wants to whine please feel free! I will even feel empathy for each complaint you have I'm sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Angel- it is so hard to know with back pain- what causes it and how to fix it. Plus it all depends where it hurts. My own back hurts in the middle on the left side and kind of changes a little from day to day (up a little, over a little, more pain, no pain.) What has helped me most is changing positions as much as possible during the day (not so easy when I am supposed to be laying,) and being mindful of my posture. I try though to stand/walk a little, sit a little (the birth ball is nice) and then lay a little. And when none of that works I have my dh give me a massage- I cover the back of a dining room chair with a pillow and lean my big self over the back in as close to comfort as I can find. This usually gives relief for about 15 min, but I lie a little and tell him how wonderful it is. One day, it seemed to help when I held my arm above my head, but this was only for one day. I don't have a heating pad, but a lot of people say that cold to hot compresses work. I hope that you feel better soon. Michelle
 

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OH thank you Michelle! I did try the hot pack on my back but it really didn't help at all. My problem is probably more that I have HUGE breasts! (I'm not kidding or exagerating!) Plus hes weighing around seven pounds at this point I would imagine and thats by my estimation a good 30 lbs hanging off my front! :LOL But I made DH rub my back last night and was able to sleep fine and then when I woke it was not as bad as yesterday. I even took a super long shower! DH said there wasn't really any hot water left for him! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I go to the docs today and thought I might mention it and see if they would send me to a chiropractor. this issue is more than just a pregnancy issue for me IMO! Does anyone ever go to a chiropractor during pregnancy?
 

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angel - i went to a chiro regularly with my pregnancy with dd because of the same back pain that's recurring now - the only reason i haven't again is that i have yet to find one that accepts my insurance. getting aligned properly would at least help, if not completely relieve your pain.<br>
my back is awful right now too - to the point where i want to cry at times... the one thing that worked for me recently was to put a towel-wrapped ice pack behind me and just sit against it for as long as possible (better at night when my kids are sleeping... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> ) and then climbing into a nice hot-as-possible (without being dangerously hot for babe) bath for about 20 mins.<br>
epsom salts never hurt either - just dump about a cup or so into the tub.<br>
between the cold and then the nice floaty heat, my back pain disappeared completely for the first time <span style="text-decoration:underline;">ever</span> and i slept really well.<br>
up to that point, things were only somewhat helping, and then only for as long as i kept them up - never after i stopped.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> - i know how much back pain can knock you out... - good luck
 

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Acupuncture really helps with my back pain...
 

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Sorry you're in so much pain! I am lurking from august...<br><br>
I am a pregnancy and pediatric chiropractor as well as pg myself. As a PP said, there could be many reasons for the back pain. Something you could also try at home is to put your hands against the wall and spread your legs apart, kind of in the "frisk me" position. Then DH or somebody should stand to the side of you and put one hand on the front of your abdomen/pelvis just below the baby and very lightly compress (it's more like just thinking about compressing instead of actually doing it). Then with his other hand, find the top of your sacrum (PM me if you need help with finding this), put the heel of his hand at the top with his fingers running down the center towards your tailbone. Then have him put very light downward (toward the floor) pressure on the sacrum, not so much that his hand slips off (again, it is almost more of a "think" than an action) and just hold that for maybe even 20 minutes.
 
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