SEVERE PAIN DOWN LEFT BUTTOCK AT 23 WEEKS PREGNANT.

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FOR THE PAST 3 WEEKS I SEEM TO ON AND OFF GET A SHARP PAIN FROM MY LEFT BUTTOCK DOWN WHEN I MAKE ANY MOVEMENT. ONE MINUTE IT CAN BE COMPLETELY GONE THEN IT RETURNS FOR A WHILE AGAIN. WHY IS THIS ?

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I also agree with most of the moms on here.....I had Sciatica also when I was pregnant...It came and went a lot unexpectedly.....Disappeared after the babies were born.

Jenna - posted on 01/20/2010

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Its either and issue with your sciatic nerve or actually your sacrum could be slightly dislocated (which is what happened to me). When this happens you will feel numbing, shooting pains as is somebody is hitting you from behind with a baseball bat. My best suggestion is to go see a chiropractor who can give you a hip adjustment. Just be careful who you choose because not all chiros are trained for specific prenatal adjustments. Also sitting with good posture can make a huge difference. Always sit with your knees below your hips-NOT Slouching or in a spinal C position for two reasons 1: you don't want baby in that position for labor or you will have immense back pain during labor and 2: your pain might subside. Good Luck!

Lara - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hi Faheemah I am a chiropractor and a Mom to an 11 month old. As baby grows he/she pushes on the sciatic nerve in the pelvis which causes this pain down the leg.It may just be positional ie how baby is lying that particular time in the day and as baby moves and your activity changes the pressure is removed.



It also may be coming from your sacro-iliac joint it may be stuck and as baby needs more space it becomes inflammed and refers pain in buttock and down the leg.



I would recommend seeing a chiropractor in your area if pain persists.



Hope this helps.



Lara

Allison - posted on 01/20/2010

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Sciatica! Horrible feeling. The only thing that helps me is stretching, heating pad and ice packs.

Becky - posted on 01/19/2010

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It may be the piriformis or the sciatic nerve but the best thing to do is stretch your hip and get into all 4's which will allow the baby to move forward, off of the nerve. This should hepl

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Shaye - posted on 01/20/2010

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I agree with everyone else....sciatic. I had this before I was pregnant for months. Went to chiropractor, physical therapy, tried stretching and nothing worked. The only person who was able to help was a rolfer. Most similar to chiropractic work in order to describe but they don't use jerky movements and work with deep tissue. I then went to my rolfer once a month during pregnancy and he worked wonders with the various issues that spring up.

Laura - posted on 01/20/2010

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Your doctor is the very first person you should ALWAYS consult when you have ANY questions while pregnant!! It sounds like you are having pain from your siatic nerve.

Sharon - posted on 01/20/2010

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I am not a doctor (I am a nurse) but more importantly have 5 children (no multiples). It sounds like sciatic nerve to me too. Check with your doctor and ask about positioning that may help to relieve it. I found counter pressure really helpful. My hubby would push in on the area where I was having the pain while I lay down on my side. Feel better, it's not fun. But it is SO Worth it on Birth Day!

Danielle - posted on 01/19/2010

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Not trying to scare you but I had the same problem. It is your piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve. My daughter will be 3 tomorrow and I still suffer from it. Follow your doctors regiman or relieving the pain right now. After you have the baby get a chiropractor to set your hips back in line and you should be good to go. I wish I would have know that before my hips set themselves back wrong.

Bridgett - posted on 01/19/2010

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my sister had the same thing happend to her she actually lost all feeling in her legs and collapsed to the floor at any given time...i would say that its prob a pinched nerve as the body is going through lots of changes like carrying extra weight etc etc... i would talk to your doctor about it but i think its will be just fine she got over it after a while, it just passed, or maybe it was the baby hitting a nerve or something..you never know but its best to talk to your doctor.

Tara - posted on 01/19/2010

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most likely sciatica your symptoms match perfect check with ob first im sure they will say ok then go visit chirpractor they are very safe have spacial tables for prego moms and if its in your budget go weekly best thing i ever did when i was pregnant

Carrie - posted on 01/19/2010

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Yep, sounds like your sciatic nerve, you might want to see a chiropractor, that really helped the pain for me. :)

Christine - posted on 01/19/2010

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i had that exact pain but it didnt stop it went all the way down to my heel.....it was sciatica...

Linda - posted on 01/18/2010

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Sounds like a pinched sciatic nerve, the best news i can give you is that it goes away once you have the baby...

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2010

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Could it be your sciatic nerve, I have had that problem for sometime now, and it can get severe .

Barb - posted on 01/18/2010

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This is sciatica or an inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Often heat and an anti inflammatory will help. If you are pregnant use tylenol. I've been a midwife forever and this is the most common complaint I hear!!1

Barb

Monica - posted on 01/17/2010

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I had the same thing. I was told that the baby is lying on a nerve and it gives you those sharp pains. I went for phisiotherapy and acupuncture and it went away after about two months.

Monica - posted on 01/17/2010

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I had the same thing. I was told that the baby is lying on a nerve and it gives you those sharp pains. I went for phisiotherapy and acupuncture and it went away after about two months.

Monica - posted on 01/17/2010

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I had the same thing. I ws told that the baby is lying on a nerve and it gives you those sharp pains. I went for phisiotherapy and acupuncture and it went away after about two months.

Edith - posted on 01/17/2010

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sciatic nerve for sure. I get this all the time before, during and after pregnancy. Chiro helps and i see a remedial massage therapist to release the nerve. To give me relief so i can sleep before i get to have treatment i find just stretching out that area helps a lot. A massage therapist or phiso can give you some good stretching positions to help out.

Christine - posted on 01/17/2010

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I had the same thing and it can be agony. I thought it was sciatica which yours could be, but it was a pelvic disorder due to over flexible joints when preg! you need to see a physiotherapist.

Margie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Yeah, probably pinched sciatic nerve. Mine was on the right side. Guess it can be on either side.

Nichelle - posted on 01/17/2010

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It sounds like the sciatic nerve to me. I had the pleasure of experiencing that pain.

Margie - posted on 01/17/2010

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I had the same problem when I was pregnant with my oldest child. He will be 38 Feb. 28th & I still suffer from this pain. My doctor told me "it would go away after the baby is born". I have been to chiropractors over the years & still continue to suffer from it. Mine acts up sometimes when I walk. Yes, try a chiropractor or acupuncture. I have had great success with acupuncture for other problems. I guess I have a pinched sciatic nerve but chiropractive treatments only help for a little while, but have never tried acupuncture.

Carol - posted on 01/17/2010

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It could be your sciatic nerve. Perhaps the weight of the baby is pressing on it. I would suggest you ask your OB/GYN about it.

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Hi! you are most likely be suffering from a nerve impingement....Please see a Rehabilitation/Nerve specialist to verify if it is a Sciatica....

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sciatic nerve pain, had the same thing, had to sleep on my couch the last 3 months of both my pregnancies. and sad to say i still have it and its even worse, chiropractic adjustments can help after pregnancy, if u can afford it. there are some hamstring stretches that help (u can get these exercises from a physical therapist or even online). I feel ur pain, literally. Some days i can hardly walk up the drive way, the pain now goes from my lower back, down left buttock, thru my hip, down my thigh around to the front of my calf and even to the top of my foot. Pain meds and even ibuprofen dont really help, sleeping on my right side is best and sometimes i put a heating pad on it. it helps some. good luck and hope u feel better soon.

Erica - posted on 01/16/2010

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Sciatic nerve. I had it on and off during my pregnancy and know a dozen or so women who had the same issue. This is very common and can be very easily addressed without meds and with immediate resluts. Find a good chiropractor in your area. I went to one during my pregnancy and after and he was a lifesaver. Chiro's arent' just for "cracking backs", they're a great way to relieve stress, pain, pressure and just get your body back in balance. This is so very important for everyone, but even moreso for a pregnant body where everything is out of whack, and continues changing/shifting weekly. Anyway, that's what I did and it was the best gift I gave to myself during/after pregnancy! You really must get a recommendation for a good chiropractor though. This is important. Best of luck!

-Erica

Nora - posted on 01/16/2010

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That sounds like sciatic nerve pain. I had acupuncture treatments and with each treatment the pain diminished and went away. I also was taught some exercises that helped strengthen the stomach and back muscles. When sleeping on your side use a "knee" pillow to keep your spine supported. Pelvic rocks also helped me a lot.

Michelle - posted on 01/16/2010

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its got to be sciatica!! i had it with both my pregnancies and its very painfull,swimming and walking is very good for sciatica,good luck with your pregnancy xx

Jenny - posted on 01/16/2010

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id sat its sciatica, i had it and sounds same, it can b painful anywhere frm the top of the buttock dwn to ur ankle, its a nuisance but will stop :)

Susan - posted on 01/15/2010

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I would totally imagine this is sciatica, esp. with the gestational age of your baby. I'd also agree 100% with seeing a very good chiro for support. It can improve (mine did)!

Stephanie - posted on 01/15/2010

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definetly your sciatic nerve. happened with both my pregnancies and can be debilitating at times. unfortunately there is not much you can do since you cannot take anti-inflamatories during pregnancy. Hang in there! :)

Karen - posted on 01/15/2010

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You have siatica. I don't know if I spelled that right but it means a pinched nerve that results in a sharp pain that travels from you mid buttock down your leg and sometimes going all the way to your ankle. To releive pain, take a bath in epsom salt. It help to reduce inflamation. Use about a 1/2 cup of epsom and soak for 15-20 minutes.

Cat - posted on 01/15/2010

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That nerve pain is horridly annoying...always talk to your doc or MW if it makes you feel better, but I agree with PP, after four, and going thru my fifth PG, Its either nerves or cramping of muscles..another wonderful PG thing...GL with your pregnancy tho!! :)

Robin - posted on 01/15/2010

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It all sounds like sciatic pain. As an RMT, I would definitely recommend massage and chiro, as it could be from your spine directly (where the nerve root exits) from the increased weight load in the front belly, or looking at your Piriformis muscle (in your glutes)where the nerve travels through and could be compressed (gotta love the extra hip rotation and pressure).. Abbie and I are on the same page... don't ignore.. this could only get worse... deal with it now, or else you are gonna be sore later on!!

Tina - posted on 01/15/2010

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that is probably your siatic nerve. Your baby is probably pressing on it. My third one did. He was born sunny side up - very painful! It gets worse at times my leg would be "stuck" and I couldn't move it for a few minutes. Good luck!

Leslie - posted on 01/15/2010

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Chiropractors can sometimes actually induce labor if they don't know what to do. I also had the front of my thigh numb for 6 months after having my twins. That was a weird feeling and thank goodness it went away on it's own. The neurologist said it's common as well and it's just from the weight of the baby (ies) and weight gain :(

Breck - posted on 01/15/2010

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I had that, too, when I was pregnant with my second daughter -- it was my sciatic nerve & it HURTS! Unfortunately, I don't think there's anything you can do about it -- the nerve is pinched in between your bone & expanding uterus. Hang in there, it may go away for good at any time.

Rachael - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yep, sounds like sciatic pain...Had it with both of my babies and the only thing that will get rid of it is delivery. Good Luck! More reason to lay down and take it easy!

Leslie - posted on 01/15/2010

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It's your sciatic nerve...from the pressure/weight of the baby against the nerve. It will go away once you have the baby. It's very common. Congrats and enjoy every minute! :-)

Chelsie - posted on 01/15/2010

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Round ligiment pain, everything is stretching and probly in combination with sciatic nerve as well. I don't suggest going to a chiropractor with out talking it over with your OB. You are in a very delicate state and you don't want to risk anything so I would get Dr's ssuggestion first. You can take REGULAR strength Tylenol not ADVIL or any sort of IB profin or Anicin

Karen - posted on 01/15/2010

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sounds like a pinched nerve. I have a pinched nerve where the pain
goes down my buttocks and my leg. Sometimes comes around the front
of the pelvis

Melissa - posted on 01/15/2010

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It sounds like a pinched sciatic nerve. Primary treatment is usually rest and sometimes a muscle relaxant will be prescriped by your physician. Good luck.

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i had that before. it is probably sciatia. you can go to physical therapy to help it. ask your doc to be sure. it's annoying, but it will go away after pregnancy.

Julie - posted on 01/15/2010

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Well depending on how your baby is positioned in the uterus it can be putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. It can be very uncomfortable when it happens and sometimes laying on the opposite side can relieve the pressure. I've had 6 children and even though I'm not pregnant now, I will still sometimes occasionally get a sharp pain going down that side for a few minutes and I'll have to adjust my position until it goes away. Unfortunately just one of the side effects of having babies. I also found sitting in one position too long can affect it. So make sure if you have a job where you have to sit at a desk, that you get up every hour to move around. That also keeps your feet from swelling too, besides elevating them.

Netta - posted on 01/14/2010

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It could be the baby laying on a nerve. When I was expecting, my baby was large and in the last weeks of pregnancy I started dragging my left leg when walking around in the office. I told the dr. and he said because the baby was lying in a funny position. See if you could move or encourage the baby to move into another position that would be off the nerve.

Katie - posted on 01/14/2010

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its more than likely your sciatic nerve. my kids are 2 & 4 & mine still bothers me from time to time. its from your hips spreading & the way you stand. what works for me is stretching & if it doesnt go away i go to the chiropractor. she pops whatever & it feels so much better. i know my chiro will adjust you when your preggo but youd have to check in your area if theres one that does.

Melony - posted on 01/14/2010

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I had this with all three pregnancies...it;s important to have good blood flow do a few excerise or a warm bath...

Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2010

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I had the same trouble and was admitted to hospital. I was told it was from the baby sitting on a nerve. After a few days of trying different pain methods i was given a TENS Machine which send little pulses into the area to block the pain signals. It worked really well and i was able to go off pain killers within the week. You can hire them from the Chemist for a small cost. Was well worth it.

Kimberly - posted on 01/14/2010

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It's called sciatica. I don't know too much about it but it has to do w/ the baby's weight putting pressure on the sciatic nerve which runs through the piriformis ( butt muscle). I didnt have it very bad through the pregnancy but what helped was massaging the area. Or if you have a basketball or weighted ball you can sit on it and roll on ur left buttock. But be very careful not to fall off! Always have at least one hand on the ground to stabalize.

Nadine - posted on 01/14/2010

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I agree with Abbie. As a LMT- I have seen people who have had the same problem as you and once it is worked out - you'll do alot better. Find someone who does Pregnancy Massage and you'll be fine..

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