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?