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Severe back pain, unknown cause?

jillybeanjjillybean Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Chronic Pain
I am 23 years old and have a 6 month old child, and about 3 weeks into becoming a mother I began to experience extreme pain in my back. It started in my left, lower part of my shoulder blade but now it affects my entire back especially in the shoulder blades area. I think it may be because of my breasts becoming and staying so large (I am now a 42 DD and I am 5'3) but I am not completely sure... I have lost about much of the weight i put on during my pregnancy but my breasts haven't gotten smaller... The pain is getting so bad i am near tears by the end of the day and I am having trouble sleeping...i know that everyone here has severe and substantial cause for there own pain situations but i was hoping someone could help me with some information maybe...even sitting in the chair is typing is getting unbearable...i want to go to my doctor but i am afraid he will just tell me to take Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin, or Aleve, using ice or a heating pad, and try exercise or switching my diet, all things i have tried, i don't know what to do. My grandmother had a prescription for Hydrocodone 500 mg, I think it was, and when I was in so much pain I could barely take out the garbage she offered me one and it worked very well, but I hear that that medication is very difficult to be prescribed, which is understandable. I would just appreciate any kind of help, thank you...


  • I am sorry to hear of a new mom being in so much pain. I suffer pain very similar to what you describe, but before I tell you what my doc is doing to treat it, I want to be a nosey parker if you'll permit me to be one.

    Are you by any chance a nursing mom? You mentioned your breasts becoming enlarged and I was (awkwardly) wondering if they remain the size you mentioned? Were you ever given a professional bra fitting postpartum? I was a 38DD before baby and after went up to a 44H. Gratefully, I settled post-nursing on a 36G and can honestly say the bra I wear makes a world of difference. The spinal accessory nerve that provides motor innervation to your scapulae runs from the base of your skull down to the muscles of the scapula (shoulder blade). Any unsupported breast weight will pull on your upper back muscles and cause fatigue, muscle soreness, and inflammation of the connective tissue between the muscles. It's called the muscle fascia and it's where fibromyalgia derives its description of symptoms.

    If you are nursing, are you using a supportive pillow to bring the baby to the breast instead of leaning forward the whole time you breast feed? What about a nursing stool? They are like $20 and they elevate the lap to take further pressure off the neck, shoulders, and spine while nursing. If you will send me a PM, I'll send you the links on my favorite breast feeding support pillow and stool.

    Your breasts are likely pendulous and heavy, no? I personally would wear a bra even to sleep in. Gravity cannot make to sag that weight which is supported. Sports bras make great sleep bras. My fav is a $25 leopard skin print cotton number that is so comfortable! PM me if you want that link too.

    The OTC meds you are taking are where we all started, but we all had to move on to seeing our general practitioners for referrals to pain management specialists.

    I get burning, sizzling pain from the base of my scalp to the tips of my shoulder blades and everything in between. I get the shots every 3 months. Other than the Botox, Lyrica works to help the burning pain.

    A visit to the local LaLeche League, an international breast feeding support group, would probably prove invaluable in figuring out the least painful position to be in while nursing. And a great pain mgmt. could help you navigate which meds would be safe to take for this, for example which ones get passed to the baby during nursing.

    I wish you well. Write back if you have more questions and to keep us posted on how you are doing.
  • Best start is with your Dr. and see what he says and you can try Physiotherapy to build up your arms neck and shoulder muscles and chest(pecs) to carry the weight if that's what the cause is. But you want to make sure breast size and weight is causing your pain.

    I swear being a large size causes me neck pain and even my Dr. said that. Your body could change over the years and your size may go down a bit after you're done having children. There's a posture brace you may want to try, I have one with magnets on the back or you can get without magnets that supports your chest and could bring your shoulders back to help with your posture that may give you relief with the weight of your chest.

    Try the brace and don't take anyone else's medication without your Drs consent because Hydrocodone is a narcotic. You may need to have more diagnostic tests first but see your Dr. first. I hope you get some relief soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • thank u very much for all the advice and helpful information. by the way, i am not and have never breast fed and i do have a nursing pillow which i still use when i feed my child, it is very handy. i think this pain is unfortunately something i will just have to endure with over the counter medication and a strong ability to put pain in the back of my mind
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