Monday, November 26, 2012

(Another) Trip to the ER

This pregnancy is kicking my ever loving ass.  Saturday Isabella and I met my friend and her son at the Children's Museum.  We played for a few hours, had lunch, played some more and then went home.  It was a great day.  I was actually feeling really great.  Getting my energy back, doing some laundry, starting dinner and then I felt a little tightness in my back.  No bigs.  I've had a problem with low back pain before.  I started looking for the heating pad, but couldn't find it.  So I started doing some stretches and it still felt tight, but nothing crazy.

Isabella wanted to play a game so I sat on the floor with her and then when I went to stand up, I felt an excruciating pain in my lower back and an almost numbness in my left leg.  I could barely move and the pain was so sudden and sharp that it felt like someone was literally stabbing a knife into my back.

By the time Andy had gotten home it was so bad that I couldn't walk.  I couldn't go to the bathroom by myself.  He ran out to get me a heating pad, which offered no relief.  I almost cried trying to go up the stairs.  I literally had to crawl with Andy helping me.  Not my finest moment.

I was hoping that I would wake up the next morning and it would be gone, like some sort of post-Thanksgiving miracle.  But it was just as bad.  I couldn't walk without assistance, so after Andy gave me a shower, and not in the sexy way, we headed out to the ER for what would be my second trip for this pregnancy.

Andy ran in to get me a wheel chair and they wheeled me right on in.  After waiting for an eternity, the doctor finally came to check me out.  He poked my legs, lifted them, pushed around on my back and asked me a lot of questions about the pain.  He diagnosed me with a pinched sciatic nerve since the pain was radiating down my left leg and ass cheek.

He prescribed me percocet, which is a class c drug, but even though he said it's ok to take, I decided against it.  He recommended that I talk with my ob about options such as chiropractor, physical therapy, massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, etc.  I'm going on Thursday for my regular appointment so I'll follow up then.

I've been doing some light stretches and trying to do some gentle walking around the living room so that it doesn't stiffen up, but when I woke up Monday morning for work there was no shot I'd be able to do it.  I couldn't even get out of bed or get dressed by myself.  Today it feels a bit looser since I've been doing my stretches all day and not just laying down.  So I'm thinking I'll make it in tomorrow.

Anyone have any experience with sciatica and/or low back pain in pregnancy?  I'm all ears for tips and advice.


Katie F said...

I had it really bad with my second pregnancy. I took a lot of Tylenol, did a lot of laying around and constantly used a heating pad. Other than that I have no other advice and it sounds like you have it way worse than I ever did. Just take it easy and don't try to lift or do to much. Sorry I'm not much help

bailey j said...

I have a bit of trouble with my sciatic nerve. Yoga can do wonders! Hope you find some good help!

Stefani said...

I have trouble with back pain all the time, but it was way worse when I was pregnant. I did acupuncture which did help and also had a prescription for massage. I coupled that with Tylenol and heat pads and made it through... although I ended up on bed rest at week 27 so taking it easy was 'easier' for me than for most... Sorry you're in pain :( Hang in there!!! <3


Jo said...

O dear! Sorry to hear about this! You are probably starting to think that if it's not the one thing its the next .... I hope you are in less pain today.

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

That is awful! Wish I had some words of wisdom for you, but all I have is sympathy - hang in there girl!

Gourmetmama said...

Hey there! Yes i had a problem with my sciatic nerve while pregnant. While it was never as severe as you described it was very uncomfortable and my leg would occasionally want to give out. I went to a chiropractor, and while i was wary of this while pregnant it helped a lot! He didn't do a huge amount of cracking, only a bit in the hips and mostly manual manipulation exercises. It really didn't bother me much after a few months and I went right up until the week before i delivered!

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