Hi, I am looking for information about dealing with a hernitated disc while pregnant. I just found out that I am pregnant. Obviously it was not planned, as I wanted to wait until my back issues were under control. I am wondering if anyone else has dealt with this, and were you in severe pain during pregnancy? What did your doctors recommend? I have a young daughter already, and need to be able to function during pregnancy. Thanks for any advice you have! Below is some of my background info:
I have a herniated disc at L4-L5 (since April '08), along with bulging discs above and below. I have had 2 epidural steroid injections. The first injection really helped my sciatica pain, almost instantly, the second one helped a little. (Before the injections I had sciatica pain down the right leg, and numbness in the pinky & 4th toe).
I have been to physical therapy, and day to day I am not in severe pain anymore. I have leg pain only if I move a certain way, sometimes while tying my shoes, etc. I do have some back soreness/stiffness that has returned just recently. I know that I am not healed. I cannot run at all, without triggering pain, and I feel that I can't do anything active, for fear of aggravating the discs. This is very frustrating because I am only 30, and am not used to not being active, especially because I have a young daughter, and want to be able to run and play with her. Doctors have told me that surgery is an option - but they would want to do some sort of test beforehand, to confirm which disc is causing the pain. The options given to me are PT (already tried), Meds (not into taking meds), accupuncture or surgery. And now that I am pregnant, I have no idea how this will affect things....I haven't talked to my doctors yet, but plan to do so. Thanks!