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Ever heard of it? I was just diagnosed with this - a higher grade, I would suppose, as there is about a quarter-inch gap in one of my vertebrae. Anyone else out there into baby wearing had to deal with this condition? If so, what do you do?
 

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What does it feel like? what part of your back does it affect?
 

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It mostly affects my lower back, and is sometimes accompanied by sciatica (pain shooting down the legs). Normally it is just like my back is completely vulnerable and any sudden move can bring paralyzing pain. (I have almost found myself in an awkward position while carrying my dd in an ABC in a public restroom - not able to get up.) Sometimes I get back spasms. I think that is about it. Do you have chronic pain as well, and wonder why? Just curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't have that, but I do have a curved upper back. It's inherited-- my grandmother and great grandmother have it. It makes babywearing very tiring after awhile. I have found the hip carry to be the most comfortable because it puts less pressure on the back. Also, if yuo can find a carrier that puts most of the pressure on your waist and the shoulder straps are just for balance, that makes it better, too. I have both a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB00009X3Y7%2F102-3643742-8286538%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dbaby%26me%3DA1F83G8C2ARO7P%26vi%3Dpictures%26img%3D14" target="_blank">Snugli front to back carrier</a> that's comfortable (but she's going to outgrow it soon), and a frame backpack. However even with those I can only go about an hour before I start aching. The sling hip carry lets me go up to 2 hours (I have gone longer with Abi, but it gets worse as I get older).<br><br>
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My sister has scoliosis and I don't envy her. I can't use a side carry at all, and the best I have found is a mei tai. I think I just have to limit my carrying when it starts hurting. My doc would probably totally frown on me for doing it at all but we don't agree on everything.<br><br>
This spondylosysis thing seams really scary to me. I wonder if it progresses rapidly or if it is manageable, and what some might do for it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My doc would probably totally frown on me for doing it at all but we don't agree on everything.<br><br>
This spondylosysis thing seams really scary to me. I wonder if it progresses rapidly or if it is manageable, and what some might do for it.</div>
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what kind of doctor do you have? i don't know much about this, but my understanding is that an MD would be pretty useless (generalization!).<br>
i would seek out a good chiropractor.
 

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nak.........<br><br>
I do have chronic back pain and those paralizing shooting pains sound very familiar to me. I still insist on carrying dd but do have to take day to 2 day long breaks sometimes (dh does the carrying when I break). I will see chiro. soon so I think I will ask him about it. How are you coping? Do you have to take meds? I hope you are finding it manageable !!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I have a agervated vertabrase that could possible need to be fused in the future... the drs say it's b/c i'm such a small built person and have had three kids at my age (i'm 21), and gained to much weight while pregnant, and then had large babies to carry around... all that together SUCKS! LOL i went through 3 months of physical therepy after having the first two and pretty sure i'm on my way there again since i've been having scyatic nereve pain again... I have to get an MRI ever other year till they finally worsen enough to do sergery...<br>
I refuse to take "hard" meds of the pain usally just tyelnal and a heating pad after a long day will help. I CAN NOT do a hip carry with a pouch/sling at all way to much pain. I had only been using a pouch/sling before but now that i have an ABC it help reduce the pain a lot. also when using a pouch or sling i had to be sure and rotate sholders though out the day so i didn't strain on side more then the other...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">nak.........<br><br>
I do have chronic back pain and those paralyzing shooting pains sound very familiar to me. I still insist on carrying dd but do have to take day to 2 day long breaks sometimes (dh does the carrying when I break). I will see chiro. soon so I think I will ask him about it. How are you coping? Do you have to take meds? I hope you are finding it manageable !!!!!!!!!!!</div>
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I do suggest you check it out - I thought I was being a baby until I saw the x-ray. wow. There is a huge gap there. They have given me Celebrex which is supposed to be excellent, but it doesn't seem to help. The only things I can take for it, but don't, are either debilitating or illegal. So, I am set up with PT (something to be said for the military's medical policy) and getting a MRI in about a week. The also can give me injections (ibuprofen in my bum) on a regular basis and they have a "pain clinic" that I will check out. This latter suggestion from my doctor assures me that I might be able to do something (if just psychologically) about my irritability.<br>
The idea with the PT is to strengthen your "core" muscles - basically the Pilates philosophy. I have basically NO abdominal muscles to speak of, and I carry a lot of weight there after my 2 pregnancies. I am also scheduled for consult for a tummy tuck with may help my center of gravity.<br>
I think the "shooting" sciatic pain comes from when a nerve slips in the break, but I could be wrong. I think there are probably a few reasons for sciatic pain. I am just learning about all this stuff.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a agervated vertabrase that could possible need to be fused in the future...<br><br>
I CAN NOT do a hip carry with a pouch/sling at all way to much pain. I had only been using a pouch/sling before but now that i have an ABC it help reduce the pain a lot. also when using a pouch or sling i had to be sure and rotate sholders though out the day so i didn't strain on side more then the other...</div>
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Surgery is also an option for me, and I am a good candidate since my other diskls are all in good shape. However, this is not something you jump into, becsuae when you do fuse vertebraes, it shifts the pressure to all the other vertebraes, which starts a degenerative process. Something to really look into before doing - a hard decision no doubt.<br><br>
I also can't use a side-carry, and my center of gravity is a HUGE concern - thus, the ABC is the only option for us.
 
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