Sciatic nerve pain and other crap

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Sciatic nerve pain and other crap

I'm having a rough week. For the last 6 or 7 days, at the end of the day I am having intense to severe pain in my left buttocks and hip... it shoots down my leg to the heel of my foot... After doing some reading, I think it is sciatic nerve pain. From what I read I need to lay down and walk to help it, and not sit. I work on a computer all day so this is hard to do! Anyone else dealing with this and any remedies you have?

I also have waned tremendously on energy. I barely do anything as it is, but the smallest little tasks are so difficult, like folding laundry, I have to rest afterward! I barely have the energy to take the trash out. My belly seems to ache a lot too... I have been getting a lot of BH, especially after any level of exercise or exertion! They are really uncomfortable and make my back ache.

This is officially my whiny thread! This on top of my hormones and my lack of energy to give to my DH, I am feeling really down... mostly bc I may have to deal with this for 2 more months if it doesn't improve.

If you got this far, thanks for reading. I'm so distraught by this all I'm actually crying... damn hormones.

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Try laying on your back on the floor and pulling your knees (one at a time) across the opposite leg and up a little. That will help relieve some of the pressure on the nerve. Its definitely not a fix but it will give you relief.

I could post my own whine thread too...but I am about to leave for the day.

I hope everything gets better for you soon.

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Aww, I'm sorry, Julie. Whining is allowed at this point! I'm not having back issues just now but I have dealt with my share of sciatica and was recovering from a discectomy when I got pregnant with twins -- many apologies to my spine. Having some disc bulges is normal and they're usually asymptomatic but pregnancy puts on weight and awkward standing positioning, sometimes making them press onto your nerves when they normally wouldn't. Any bending of the spine in your lower back causes the vertebrae to squeeze together on the side you're bending toward and if there's a disc bulge it can then press harder on the nerve. So yes, sitting is the worst but also avoid twisting at all (I can't do that anyway with the belly right now - not sure about you!) If you can stand without getting too tired from the other pregnancy aches, that will REALLY help your back. For a long time I kept my home laptop on top of a tall kitchen counter to stand while working. At work, I kept my computer at a podium. Making these changes to avoid sitting will make a HUGE difference. At home, avoid sitting at all: eat standing up, watch TV lying down. Continued pressure on the nerve roots can cause permanent damage. It's not anything horrifying, but annoying nonetheless, like cramped toes or an inability to pick up the front of your foot, depending on which nerve root is compressed.

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Aww, I'm sorry, Julie. Whining is allowed at this point! I'm not having back issues just now but I have dealt with my share of sciatica and was recovering from a discectomy when I got pregnant with twins -- many apologies to my spine. Having some disc bulges is normal and they're usually asymptomatic but pregnancy puts on weight and awkward standing positioning, sometimes making them press onto your nerves when they normally wouldn't. Any bending of the spine in your lower back causes the vertebrae to squeeze together on the side you're bending toward and if there's a disc bulge it can then press harder on the nerve. So yes, sitting is the worst but also avoid twisting at all (I can't do that anyway with the belly right now - not sure about you!) If you can stand without getting too tired from the other pregnancy aches, that will REALLY help your back. For a long time I kept my home laptop on top of a tall kitchen counter to stand while working. At work, I kept my computer at a podium. Making these changes to avoid sitting will make a HUGE difference. At home, avoid sitting at all: eat standing up, watch TV lying down. Continued pressure on the nerve roots can cause permanent damage. It's not anything horrifying, but annoying nonetheless, like cramped toes or an inability to pick up the front of your foot, depending on which nerve root is compressed.

I forgot about twisting. My chiro told me when I had mine that twisting was the worst thing you could do with sciatic nerve pain. It makes the spine compress the nerve even more.

if you can go to the chiro - go. That's how I got instant relief.

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I am so sorry Jules! I don't really know what to say, except that you are not alone in the hormonal aspect. I have been a crazed bi*** this entire pregnancy.

You are at the end!! You can vent anytime you need to. We are all here & have either gone through, are going through or on our way to feeling the way you do. It is okay to not always feel good & positive!

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:bighug: I hope you feel better soon. And yes the uncomfortable, miserable part of pregnancy is starting to hit here as well. I don't remember it being this yucky with Brynna.

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When I gave birth to DS1, it put something out of whack, and I had sciatic nerve pain on and off ever since then. Now that I'm carrying DS2, it started coming back more and more frequently.

I'd never been to a chiropractor before, but it got bad enough so that I actually did. We agreed that there was a chance that giving birth to DS2 might throw things out of whack again, so it didn't make sense to do too much--- but she'd do what she could that day and see if it helped. She did warn me that I'd be sore the next day.

It took about two adjustments on each side, and a whole lot of soreness the next day, but it's probably been a month or two since I had it done, and the sciatic pain hasn't come back. It's nice to be able to, you know, be able to stand on one leg to put your pants on in the morning again! Biggrin

So, yes, I definitely sympathize with your pain! I hope you find a solution, too!

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Aww, so sorry! I had that terribbly with my first. She sat on that nerve the entire pregnancy. Try sitting in a reclining position on a pillow with your feet up, oh, and a heating pad (on low, of course!)

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Thanks ladies for letting me whine and cry, and for sharing your stories and sympathy. Luckily my DH is so understanding of it all! I think he is dealing with it far better than me, or than I could have ever imagined. I just don't remember feeling this bad when I was prego with DS, even with the gout...

I tried a walk today... it was pathetic and it hurt but I have to start somewhere. Working from my recliner now, but I like the idea of standing in the kitchen and working Sheila! I will plan to break it up so I'm not sitting all day. Looking for an ext. cord so I can sit on my heating pad now.

I could have gone on with my complaints, but I figured nobody wants to hear it, even me. These are just my chief issues right now. Going to see about a manual PT adjustment too, as my sister seems to think my pelvis being out of whack is a huge contributor as well (she is a NP). Thanks again ladies... i appreciate your empathetic ear. :bighug:

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I was going to suggest the chiro too. I hope you get relief soon! Fir me going to the chiro has helped a thousandfold!

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Any way you can get in a pool? Maybe there is a YMCA nearby. It might help. I hope you feel better!!!

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Another chiropractic success story here. My chiro treatments have made a tremendous difference in how my back feels.

And re: the heating pad - I was doing this too, as it felt like it helped, but my chiro said that you really don't want to add heat to the area. You've already got nerve inflammation, and heat will make inflammation worse. So she recommends ice on the area actually, to help numb the pain a bit.

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A pool?! Most of the pools close during the off months, but I will look around.

Oh great, as I'm sitting here on the heating pad as I type. I have an appt with a PT for a PT manual therapy adjustment on the 25th, but that is going to feel like forever away! I have to get a referral, so I will make that appt. and ask my MW about it at my appt next week. I'm scared of chiro's, I don't know why!? My BIL is a PT and he adjusted me before using manual physical therapy, and that worked, so I'm hoping that will do the trick again. They adjust the muscles and loosen the tissue around the muscles, rather than the bones. My DH loves his chiro though... so I may end up trying that if all else fails!

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I can totally relate to the sciatic pain. I had it terribly before I ever got pregnant...to the point where I couldn't even stand to go shopping after work because it hurt so bad. Two trips to the chiropractor made it completely disappear!

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My DH loved his PT. He doesn't nessecarily like the chiro so much. So you could try both.

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Jules, you and I are cut from the same pregnancy cloth! This is me to a tea! My back has been killing me since the beginning of this pregnancy, and it's only gotten worse the farther along I get. I think it's the worst when I move from one side to the other in bed, it makes me want to cry. I also sit at work all day, so I try to get up once an hour and walk, but it hurts so much from sitting for that hour I don't know what to do... and taking Tylenol is like drinking water, so it does nothing for me. But then like you said, it hurts to walk around, too! I went to the casino that DH works at yesterday and met him for lunch, and just walking from his office to the restaraunt... I started having contractions!! Ugghhh... 7 more weeks lol...

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I had some sciatic nerve pain right at the beginning of my second tri but it hasn't bothered me much since then. But I remember how miserable it was...I hope it doesn't come back. Laying down and staying really still is the only thing that made it better for me.

And don't worry about whining...I'm getting to the same stage where I fell like I'm always complaining about something. Hope you feel better soon and your nerve pain subsides.

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:bigarmhug:
I'm with you in regards to being tired. I think this last stretch of pregnancy is the hardest!

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I'm so sorry you've been in pain and feeling so down! Sounds like we are all hitting that uncomfortable stretch, so go ahead and whine! Lots of sympathetic ears here Smile hope you find some relief soon!