Herniated Disc during Pregnancy.

Tara - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Well after months of horrible back pain I finally went to see a back specialist and he told me that I have a herniated disc around my L4/L5 maybe even S1. The pain has been unbearable. I have had to quit my job as a NA/R and I was told I'm not even suppose to lift my 19 month old daughter (impossible by the way!) I have had numbness down to my foot for far to long and I just simply can't deal with the pain. I have tried all natural ways of pain relief (except message simply because it is to expensive) Has anyone else delt with this during their pregnancy and have any pointers that may help ease the pain? I'm only 24 weeks, so I have a long road ahead of me. :( Any advice would be nice, thanks!

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Victoria - posted on 03/21/2011

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I can't belive you even got someone to see you. Because I'm pregnant its like they won't touch me with a ten foot pole. PT is helping some with my herniated/bulging discs. I am also doing acupuncture at a school so its A LOT cheaper. I would try a school for massage. TENS is great and heat/ice therapy. I really wish I could fine some real help.

Aicha - posted on 08/09/2010

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Sorry to hear your in back pain know were you are coming from because my back went out and I am 14 weeks pregnant . Have you tried a heating pad and warm baths also try buying a hand held back massager from the drug stores and see if that helps also ask the doctor about physical therapy and if it gets to bad muscle relaxers and pain medications safe for pregnancy

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Jessica - posted on 04/28/2013

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Has anyone given you any back stretches/exercises to alleviate the pressure? Those were helpful for me and I also have herniated discs (and they are degenerated) on L4/5.

Deanna - posted on 04/23/2013

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I was in a car wreck when I was 20 weeks and now Im 32 weeks. Im miserable and they wont help you at a Orthopedic doctor. The only thing you can do is use a heating pad and prop your legs up. The more im on my feet the worse and it might be best that you get one of those canes that has a thing to pick up stuff on the other end so you are not bending over. My orthopedic doctor said that they will not do anything until after I have my baby in early June. They said do not go to a chiropractor they can make you even worse.

JenRogers - posted on 09/26/2012

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Hi Tara

I had a numb left leg for most of my pregnancy and found out after I gave birth that I had 2 slipped discs, one at L5S1 and one at L3L4. I have found a combination of pilates and osteopathy has worked for me but it took several months after giving birth. I would strongly recommend finding a pilates teacher that specialises in rehabilitation and is willing to work with you 1-1, after 2 or 3 sessions you should have a set of daily exercises that could really help. Although I started this after pregnancy my pilates teacher is confident he could help during pregnancy as well. I also found osteopathy very helpful and found an osteopath who specialises in cranial osteopathy and treats during pregnancy. If none of this works then I also had an epidural of antiinflammatories which helped to get the pain levels down so I could start exercising, and after you have had your child then disc microdissection is also an option and often done keyhole now. Good luck!

SB - posted on 08/15/2012

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I am in my 10th weeks and I have a protruding L5, Lumbar area. My daughter is now 4 and since I found out about my problem, I made it a point that I don't carry my daughter anymore. That time she was 2 and a half. We need to get some help if you really can't do it.

Each time I wake up from my sleep, I felt pain on my back and legs. I asked my gynae and he said there is nothing that I can do about it because I wanted this pregnancy. After reading the comments here. I realised there is something that I can do with the help of physiotherapist. Maybe I will change to another more resourceful gynae. Thanks for your advice.

Casey - posted on 04/02/2011

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I am 27 weeks and have had this pain since before I found out I was pregnant and I know exactly what you are talking about!! I have (at least) a bulging disk in my lower back from a car accident the month before I got pregnant (last september) which is pinching my sciatic nerves down both my legs making almost anything unbearable when it is inflamed. I was going to wait until I delivered to do anything about it because like ^Victoria they wouldn't run any tests on me after they found out I was pregnant. Now I am in physical therapy because the pain got so bad I couldn't just do nothing anymore. He told me to stop doing stuff at home like pick up my 2 yr old son (I agree impossible) I am not allowed to bend down to pick up anything so there are constantly toys everywhere. I am not supposed to do any cleaning like dishes or vacuuming and most recently not to go on walks because it causes inflammation. Basically he put me on mild chair rest (not bed or couch because it rounds your spine and causes pain). But I really do think physical therapy is helping at least a little bit the only problem is after you leave there you are in so much pain and can only take tylenol. Plus I have to get a babysitter so I can go which isn't easy but if it helps it will all be worth it.

Some tips he gave me that seem to work:
Don't sit on the couch or any cushy chairs (which is all you want to do when you are pregnant) You should sit in a firm chair with a pillow behind your back for support but don't put your feet up. It rounds out your spine which causes inflammation and pain.
You would have to ask a physical therapist because everyone is different but there are different exercises to do at home to reduce pain that actually do help after a while.
The great thing about a physical therapist instead of a massage is that they can help fix the pain instead of relieve it for a short time and they are covered (at least partly) under most insurance companies.

I don't know if any of this helps and I am so sorry to hear you are going through this too because it really has been horrible. If you ever want to talk about it or if you find anything that helps to relieve your pain and feel like passing on the tip just post on my wall. Good luck and I hope it gets easier for you.

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