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History, back pain, DDD and pregnancy

ezraeezra Posts: 72
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I don't know where to post this. I am 21 and was diagnosed with DDD and L4 L5 herniation in March. I then found out that I was pregnant. The past year has been hard on my back. I was "hurting" it every few months come January I have had pain more often than not. I kept going to the Dr. because I couldn't walk without help because it caused such intense pain. They told my I sprained my spine and sent me home on meds. After going to the Dr. three times for the same thing I told them "I want an MRI" I got that and found out about the DDD and herniatied disks.

I went to the Dr almost two weeks ago and while giving me a check up she hit my back too hard and now I can not get the pain to go away. I have had these problems for years but never has it been like this. Is it normal to have such bad pain when someone touches the back. My husband has noticed this for years, he will rub my back and I will tell him that it hurts. He can hardly touch my back. A pillow sitting behind me feels like a brick is digging into my spine.

When I had my second child the epidural caused the worst pain I've ever felt. The pain went down to my toes and made contractions hurt in the spot in my back instead of stomach. While they finally got the epidural in it did nothing to help the back pain and I ended up hurting for a week after giving birth because of the epidural. Now I am very afraid that having another epidural is a bad idea. I am worried that the weight I put on with the child is going to hurt my back more. I'm just so afraid of causing more damage to my back.

I have not been to ortho because of new pregnancy and the fact that my Dr. has not sent out the required forms for me to get in with my insurance. So I don't know anything about what is going on. I hurts like hell to pick up my kids, I have a 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old. It hurts to stand for extended periods of time and I end up not being able to walk afterwards. Cleaning my house is becoming impossible because of bending and strain. I can't even sit or lay without pain. I feel useless. I don't know how I am supposed to take care of my kids when the pain is just getting worse and lasting longer. How do you control your pain while your pregnant? Can going through childbirth cause more problems, with the pushing and sress it puts on the back?


  • Hi Ezra

    I am so sorry to hear you are in so much pain. I had a discectomy and laninectomy 18 months ago and have just found i a pregnant with number 3 too. Although I am in no where as much discomfort as you I have spoekn to my OBGYN and he says that a caesarian is my only option as I am still having back issues and he is worried about the epidural. They are therefore proposing to deliver under G.A. This is actually fine by me - I know I need to ru around after 3 kids afterwards and will do whatever it takes to protec my back.

    I do know that he is worried about the epidural and the fact that you then have to give birth on your back which causes undue pressure on disks. ( He has a theory my first baby popped one of my disks out during delivery - which started my troubles!)

    I will say though - it sounds like you may need a new dr. Try getting your OBGYN and back specialist talking... they may be able to come up with some ways to help you.

    Anyway - I know I am not in your situation but just wanted to let you know that you are not the only "backie" to be pregnant and my thoughts are with you.

    Congratulations on your baby and try hard to get your feet up!

  • It sounds like your Dr listens to you. I am hoping to find one of those, I am seeing a NP for my OB and I'm not happy about it. I should be seeing ortho soon. I called my PMC and fussed because they hadn't did the paperwork I have been waiting on for two months. So it should be in by the end of the week and then MAYBE I can get some answers from someone that knows that the hell they are talking about....My NP is incompetent!
    Thank you, I had just decided to ask about getting a C-section. You have helped answer some of my questions and that is a load off. I might be able to not think so much now. I go back to OB on Friday so I'm going to hope that she will listen to me and help me figure things out more.
    Congratulations on number three! I hope you feel as good as possible. Take it easy.
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