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Pregnancy and Pain

I had a discectomy in June of 2014. It was the L5-S1. I'm now starting to feel similar pain on my right side. I'm getting a bit of the discomfort down my leg (nerve pain like I had on the left side) and the feeling like I need to crack my back but can't. It's tolerable right now, but I still have 16 weeks left with this pregnancy and a 20 month old that requires lifting throughout the day. I'm so nervous that 1. The pain will continue to get worse and 2. That I've done irreversable damage again and will need to consider surgery after the baby is born. I've had a pretty good recovery on the left side, but I know that isn't always the case. My orthopedic doctor pretty much said there's nothing we can do until after the baby is born. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to minimize any further damage? I'm hoping the pain I'm feeling now is more temporary and will go away once the pressure is off my back but I don't know. I'm really afraid that I'm going to get to the point where I can't stand straight again and I won't be able to take the gabapentin to help with that.


  • Disc damages take a few years to heal (and you have to treat it gently). It requires quite a bit of patience. In the meantime, I wouldn't lift, bend, twist too much. I understand it is difficult for you with a kid. But unfortunately we have to deal with it for awhile and get it fixed in a durable manner. Then hopefully we don't have to be too anxious about the future.
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