I'm a 31 y/o woman, and my husband and I were hoping to start a family at the end of last year. We put those plans on hold because of my horrible back pain, which radiated down my left leg. After two months of physical therapy and a month of chiropracty, an MRI revealed that I had a very large herniated disc at L4/L5, and I ultimately had a microdiscectomy two months ago (end of Feb).
I'm feeling pretty good although I do still feel pain down my leg and in my glute sporadically. I've been in physical therapy for about six weeks which has helped a lot, and I take an anti-inflammatory (celebrex). My physical therapist (who is obviously not an MD) said that he thought the pain down the leg was normal because I'm active again. I feel the pain down my leg and in my glute when I do certain exercises (e.g., planks), or when I've walked quite a distance, but I do also just feel it randomly at times. I feel like I'm on the upswing, though.
I'm currently planning to stop the celebrex when I run out of my Rx tomorrow, and trying to conceive. My orthopedic surgeon as well as an orthopedic surgeon that I consulted with before I had the surgery agree that it's safe for me to try to conceive. I have some other medical history (a blood clot 11 years ago) and a bleeding disorder that means my pregnancy will be high-risk. Because of that history, I've already had a fetal consult and met with a maternal fetal medicine specialist who also agrees that my back and my microdiscectomy recovery shouldn't be a barrier. I've been taking prenatal vitamins in preparation. My heart is really set on trying to conceive as soon as possible.
My concerns, though, are that if the pain comes back, I won't be able to take pain pills or anti-inflammatories because of the pregnancy. I'm also concerned because pregnancy puts so much stress on the body--I don't want to prematurely put myself at risk of having the back pain come roaring back or a reherniation. But, I am anxious to start a family, and I fear that it might be difficult for us to conceive because of other family history that I won't get into here. I'm starting to establish good routines (exercise, stretching) that I will plan to stay on board with as best I can when pregnant and when caring for a baby. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband.
Anyone have experience or thoughts on the topic? I appreciate it.