Has anyone else experienced numbness in their legs?
When I am on my feet for more than 15 mins or so (either standing or walking) my right thigh goes numb. Results from a google search seem to indicate that this could be sciatica which I had with my first pregnancy but that was painful. There is no pain with this currently only numbness which goes away once I sit down.
Looks like I will find out in an hour or so, they want me to come in and be checked out.
Doc says it's the weight of the pregnancy compressing a nerve. Not harmful just annoying and uncomfortable. If it gets worse they'll send me to physiotherapy.
His recommendation is to stay off my feet as much as possible.... that's not likely to happen though.
Danielle that's horrible! I'm sorry you have such bad medical care is your area
Yeah, this area is pretty bad some times. I also have low blood pressure and I suspect that's a large part of the dizziness/shortness of breath issues I've had for YEARS. It's worse during pregnancy so I said something to the mw (that I'm still trying to replace) and she actually said, "yes, your bp is lower but we usually don't do anything about it unless you're actually fainting." Nevermind the fact that I've been disgustingly close to fainting. Seriously, there have been instances where things get dark, I get some severe vertigo and my head feels kind of flushed and I can just feel it...I'm going to go down. Thankfully when that occurs, I've been able to get myself to a seat and rest until I feel better. I've been that close to fainting but they won't help me.
What if I faint while driving? What if I faint while walking down the stairs- and god forbid, what if I'm carrying Xander down those stairs? Doesn't it make more sense to fix the problem before it becomes dangerous? Not to mention, when a patient is telling you that their quality of life is negatively impacted, isn't it your job to improve their quality of life if you can? I can barely function. I can't make it through the grocery store without problems. I can't even enjoy walking around a flea market/fair/etc. I can't play with my kids. I can't walk from one side of my garage with laundry from the washer to the other side where the dryer is without feeling winded or like I'm going to pass out. I am useless and uncomfortable and they won't help me unless it gets worse. That's pretty messed up IMO.
I'm glad your dr gave you an answer and I hope you feel better!!!
I'm glad it's not anything serious. I bet it *is* annoying though. I find that my limbs fall asleep pretty often lately but not when I'm moving around. I hope it starts going away for you and not get any worse!
Danielle, sounds like you need to fire your doctor and find another that is willing to look into it further! I have zero tolerence for doctors who won't listen to me or take me seriously. I'm outta there so fast it's not even funny! I hope you get some answers!
Crystal, I had bad sciatic pain in one leg with some numbness when I was preggers with my DD. Sitting on an exercise ball (a rather large one filled firmly) and rotating around while sitting on it helped a lot. Also, I used a foam roller and that helped massage my hamstrings and glutes. Not sure if it was one or both that helped but they both felt good! I ended up using the ball instead of my office chair toward the end.
How to Use Exercise Balls During Pregnancy & Labor | eHow.com
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*scroll down and it show a foam roller and how I use it.
***disclaimer: please check with your Dr before trying anything new.***
BTW Danielle, I am so sorry you are going through this! I would be "interviewing" all of my mommy friends to see who really "loves" their DR and would be making an appt to check them out. Don't give up girl!
Jacki, since this is baby #4, I've pretty much seen every single OB and CNM in this area. Based on my experience in the past, there's not really a "good" dr here. There may be one and I may see him about the fainting issue but he's still not going to be a good dr for me b/c he's not a fan of vbac's after multiple sections.
I just need to live in an area rich with providers that actually care about their clients.
How are you feeling now Crys?
Danielle that sucks! It's one bonus to our Canadian system, doesn't matter who you are or how much money there is in your area. Doctors are government employees and everyone is treated the same.
I'm coping with the numbness, short bursts with lots of sitting between. Today will be a big test though since I have to get groceries and that takes me a good hour. Thanks for thinking of me!