Hi, since I'm new I'm sure you know the first post is always a long one.
I am 27 years old, 5'3 and (now) about 15lbs overweight. However, this lower back pain has been there since I was probably around the age of 20 or so. I never paid attention to it, as I wasn't in pain all the time. I would feel the pain if I laid on a flat surface. Example: after getting up from laying in the tanning bed, I had to sit down to put my pants back on. I couldn't lift my left leg without substantial pain. It would go away fairly quickly though.
I became a vet tech, and that is definitely physical labor. I've had to go to the doctor twice for pulled muscles in my back. Lifting dogs, fighting with dogs that are thrashing around...and the steady flow of dogs that I was bathing, which meant spending a good amount of time bending over the tub. On days like this, the pain was a bit more severe. However, I still did nothing about it...that is, until I got pregnant.
I noticed very early on in pregnancy that my back was hurting every single day, even when I didn't really do anything. I was expecting to have back pains, but not this early. I basically got to a point to where my leg would give out on me when I stood up, bent over, or sometimes just in mid-walk. I would yell out a bit, and have to catch myself from falling. It was intense and sharp pain, that would cease pretty quickly. I ended up having to leave work at 7 months pregnant because I could no longer even bend over to clean kennels, or do something as simple as sweep the floors without extreme discomfort.
The last trimester was HORRIBLE. I did begin to see a Chiropractor at that point, who told me his thoughts were that I had SI joint dysfunction. He couldn't do any x-rays or anything because of the pregnancy....but I began the therapy. I went 1-2 times a week, as much as I could afford to go. The last 2 months were the worst ever. I had to wake up at night every 30 minutes in severe pain, knowing I needed to roll over to my other side. I would have to reach up, grab the head board, and use my arms to pull myself over. After laying down for that long, I couldn't lift my legs at all. I would have to keep myself very close to the edge of the bed so I could literally "roll" out of bed in the morning. I couldn't even sit up or do anything that involved movement of my legs.
I have had times during pregnancy where I moved the wrong way, and I could literally feel the "pop" sensation, which is where I would imagine the SI joint to be. After that, I was in agony. My husband had to drive me to the Chiropractor's office and physically get me out of the car because I couldn't lift my legs. After an adjustment, I wasn't pain free, but I could move a bit easier.
Well now my child is 2 years old. I have been back at work for some time. I am now finally doing more of the physical labor part of the job, and have been for the past couple of weeks. Lots of bending over to clean kennels, bending over to wrangle squirmy pets, bending over to bathe dogs, and of course picking up the heavy guys as well. I am thinking now of how out of shape I must be. The familiar pain is now back again. This week I have been working doing the physical stuff, and as of today (my off day) I have been in a good amount of pain. I had to clean a few things around the house today, and found myself asking my husband to pick things up, so I didn't have to bend over. When I get up from sitting for a bit, I feel that extreme sharp pain that makes me want to just fall down.
After I sit down for a few minutes the pain pretty much goes away. Sitting down during pregnancy always made it go away as well. If I was feeling extreme pain, just sitting down made it feel like my pelvis was going back into place or something...not sure. But standing back up is a different issue. I feel like I have been walking around somewhat "stiff" legged for the past 2 days. And today was worse. I remember telling my husband, "My back is on fire!"
I am not sure what to do from here. If I should continue seeing the Chiropractor, or if I should go to an Ortho or what? I definitely love my job, and do NOT want to give that up...can't afford to anyway. I have never been the type that wants a desk job. I don't want to feel crippled for the rest of my life either, I am not even 30 years old yet! And of course, this makes having another baby seem unrealistic now. As I'm sure the pain would be far worse the second time around. I am now not even sure if this SI joint diagnosis is correct.
Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated.