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Hi I'm new please tell me I'm going to be ok. I'm 33 female. Have had a sore back for few weeks tryed to take it easy did exercise. Then last Sunday woke up with horrendous pain in bum all down leg. Not able to walk its excruciating. It's been 6 days its pure agony managed to get tophysio who found it easy to manipulate me but no relief I'm back there in Monday. I can't take any anti inflamatory because I'm pregnant. on codeine and worried about baby I'm only 11 weeks. Can someone tell me how long this bout will last I can't move from floor. I'm crying all the time. Please help.


  • Hi there, Gemma:

    Sorry to hear about your pain. Unfortunately, no one can tell you how long your pain will last because everyone is different and you don't know what the real issue is.

    It does sound like something is pinched (according to this lay person). Is there a way for you to see a chiropractor or an osteopath or someone who could assess the real issue and hopefully get you out of pain? Of course, there is also the option for an orthopedic doctor.

    What I found is that if I SLOWLY stretch, it usually works itself out. And, if you have a hot tub or jacuzzi tub available - or even a really warm bath - if you can stretch while there is warmth on your body to loosen things up, that can help.

    I know it sounds counter-intuitive because you probably don't want to move at all, but slow stretching could help if you are in tune with your body.

    When I have lower back stuff going on, I take a tennis ball and stand against a wall with the tennis ball between me and the wall - and I push into the tennis ball down my spine - and it helps to loosen up the area and if something is stuck or pinched, while it hurts to press into at the moment - if I slowly and gradually press into it and take deep breaths, I find for me personally, it unpinches it that area.

    I am not a doctor, but I know what has worked for me over the many years.

    Good luck to you!
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • Thanks for replying. I can't believe I am still in so much pain. I will try to stretch and my physio is anti chiropractor and said he can do the manipulation so I guess for now that is what I'll go with. Thank you for taking the time to reply. Being in pain can feel so lonely.
  • Hi Gemma
    Sorry to hear of your pain, I know I the UK when a friend has this problem they gave her a lumbar support to wear during her pregnancy. I don't know if it will help, it did her and kept the baby warm lols.
    I do hope you find a solution soon
    Regards Dawnylou
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  • I also had back pain and sciatica down right leg when I was pregnant with my first child many yrs. ago :) The bigger my belly got the worse the pain was so I was given a band that went around my belly but worse it under belly and up around back so it took some of the pressure off my back. They wanted me trying to walk for exercise but by my 7th month it was just so painful to walk. That is when my back problems started way back in 1984 but was able to put off surgery until 1994. I had another child in 1990 and went through the same symptoms as before but was able to work until 7th month and walk until delivery. Being pregnant and back problems just dont work together but so worth it :) I used ice packs at all times when awake and while working would tuck them into my belly girdle...lol in the back so I could move around while icing back. Hardest part was no pain meds. I can't take codiene and during last trimester no Ibuprofen so was very miserable the last few months. I hope everything works out for you and if you ever have any questions of just want to vent please dont hesitate to PM me.

  • Hello

    I cannot relate to being pregnant with my kids as my back issues started when they were teens. My second baby liked to push on the femoral nerve but I could walk around and get her resituated. I wanted to suggest to talk to your doc as far as what stretches will be most helpful and about the brace. You might check your insurance too and check how durable medical equipment is covered.
    I know it's not much help but as I read your post I feel for you, its tough but you are NOT alone. I have found alot of support here, mostly reading.
    Take Care
  • Thanks for your comments everyone, I got my MRI results which say I have a L5s1 moderate prolapse that is hitting the sciatic nerve. I have begun to feel better. I am in my 6 week of this and I am walking around now and sometimes I have pain in Barack and not leg which I think they call centralisation which is a good sign am I right? My question now is will I continue to get better or. Kyle there be a chance I need surgery. I think the fact that I'm pregnant is a coincidence rather than this happening because I'm pregnant. Any more advice would be welcome.
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