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Pregnant with severe sciatica

I am 14 weeks pregnant (which means I still have six months to go), I recently developed low back pain with severe pain in my hip with cramping, pain, and numbness all the way down my hamstring, calf, and into my foot. Doctors say to stick to Tylenol for pain which does nothing. They cant help me in any other way until after baby is born. I can't sleep, I cannot get comfortable laying down, standing, or in any position. I can barely get myself to the bathroom, let alone drive myself anywhere or do anything, I have two small children and I am falling apart going crazy. HELP!! What can I do?? Any suggestions that don't involve drugs that I can't take?


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  • kamgramkkamgram Posts: 483
    edited 08/13/2013 - 6:46 PM
    Pregnant Kate I am so sorry for your pain in a time when you should be happy :( My back pain started when I was pregnant with my first child at age 20. Had horrible sciatica also and bigger my belly got the worse it got. I did find a couple of maternity girdle like things that supported my back some but didn't squish my belly. Maybe check with your doctor about some pool time. I didn't swim alot but would use a noodle and just float and let the water take pressure off my back and body. I was even able to take short walks afterwards without pain. If it helps it did get better after giving birth and even though I still had pain on and off I was able to put off back surgery for 10 yrs. I hope you are able to find some ways to ease your pain.

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