I had a severe disc prolapse (diagnosed after MRI as protrusion and degeneration of a disc in lower back) 2 years back. Lifting a heavy bag triggered it. Earlier I had a milder episode once. This time it was severe. The doc put me on hydrocodone. Many months I was walking slowly. All actions were slow and careful. In the last two years it healed very gradually. I had sciatica when the pain was bad. Now when I over exert I feel some back pain and sciatic pain.
I am not on pain killers. At the same time I don't bend and pick up anything at all. I don't lift bags. I cannot run, do pilates, yoga as exercise. I recently started doing Tai Chi and like it. I am trying to walk regularly.
I would like to know about the experiences of women with bad backs going through pregnancy and childbirth. I would like that to happen but would not want to compromise on taking care of my four year old, my full time job and other housework. How have others gone through this? It's hard to pluck up the courage remembering how bad it all was!
Thank you for your responses:)