Hi everyone really hoping to hear peoples stories.
I have had back problems for 5 years now and its been a journey as I'm sure all of you can relate to. It all started with my first pregnancy but did improve about a year after birth considerably but I did have pain but it was mild.
I got pregnant again and had a better pregnancy and not too bad of pain until about 6 months after delivery. I started to not be able to sit any more than 10 mins at a time with backache and sore tailbone.then the horrid sciatica started it was horrendous I could barely walk or get out of bed at times. I ended up with a mri eventually and found out I'd multiple bulging discs,spondylosis and degenerative disc disease in l5s1. In l5s1 I had a moderate buldge. So got physio and slowly was fit to move again but then a year later I got tingling in my crotch and incontinance problems so i had to get another mri cause I flagging cauda equina symptoms.
Most recent diagnosis as I seen a surgeon not long ago was that I had a moderate bulge in l5s1 and the rest of my spine was stable. I got to see the mri myself and my bulge was about half way maybe a little more into my spinal canal. I have no idea how bad that actually is but he said it was moderate. L5s1 was black on the mri and this meant I had little fluid in the disc.also I did not have cauda equinna. He said it was OK for me to get pregnant and providing I had no weakness in my legs I would be able to deliver naturally. He checked my reflex's and done some tests and said that I had no sciatica (even though I feel some discomfort in my toes at random times) and that I was doing well so as it stands I do not need treatment. I was having mild pain in my hips but it eases when I walk so he wasn't concerned.
A few days later I found out that I was pregnant with my third pregnancy. So thankfully I had asked him about pregnancy. He said I would experience more sciatica and it was hard to know if further damage would be done. I would love to know other peoples stories on being pregnant with spinal problems. I am in the early stages of pregnancy so I am a bit apprehensive. This pregnancy came as a surprise so I am a little in shock but I am very grateful to be pregnant as I love children.