Herniated Disk

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lisarenee - March 9

I am seven weeks pregnant and have a preexisting herniated disk in my low back. I found out that I had it in November after being laid up from an ectopic pregnancy; it flared up. After numerous Dr. visits and an MRI I found out what it was and then with exercise and stretching I got stabilized again. Now I am worried about what getting bigger will bring for pain. My goal was to loose weight before pregnancy so it might be easier on the back but it didn't turn out that way :) My husband was a little bit eager. Anyone else have a herniated disk? Were you at an ideal weight before pregnancy? How is it now?

 

pueppschen - March 9

i have had herniated disk for the last two years. surprisingly 5 weeks into pregnancy, the pain stalled. i have not had the pain since (i am 25 weeks) and no sciatica pain either. my physiotherapist tells me that the body releases some kind of harmone which acts like painkiller. and it also prepares for the uterus to enlarge, thereby shifting a little of the spine spaces so it stops pinching of the affected nerves (ofcourse temporarily) thereby reducing the pain. gl

 

ophelia73 - March 9

Lisarenee - I have had two herniated discs since I was 16 (17 years), as well as degenerative disc disease. My back ached almost constantly, unless I made it a point to walk every day. Anyway, I am almost 27 weeks, and really have not had much issue with back pain. Most of what I feel is in my left hip/b___t cheek, which I believe is just normal stretching, and maybe baby girl hitting a nerve. It's always worse once I lay down at night. My advice is to KEEP MOVING. Once you get into a sedentary lifestyle, you will be sore constantly. I started out at about 165 (I'm 5'6"), and have gained about 20 pounds. I wasn't as thin as I wanted to be before pregnancy, but you work with what you must!

 

lisarenee - March 9

Is yours bulging out towards your back, or in towards your tummie? Mine is unusual and bulging out towards my back, so as my tummie gets bigger and my low back starts to arch more is what I am worried about. The sport medicine Dr. said if it was facing the other way that pregnancy would feel good as the spine spread out. I sure hope that painkiller hormone works on me! You have given me hope regarding my biggest worry. Thank you!!!!!!

 

ophelia73 - March 9

Mine are more out & to the side, they hit my sciatic nerve quite a bit on the left side, usually.

 

lisarenee - March 9

Oh interesting. Well I hope you stay without that pain during and after pregnancy!

 

ophelia73 - March 9

Right back at ya!! :)

 

Tracy88 - March 9

I thought for sure my herniated disc (lower back) was going to cause me grief while PG, but ironically it hasn't at all. I am currently 30 weeks, and the only time my lower back ever makes me whince, is if I have been laying on the couch on my side and I get up too quickly. I'll take two steps and the pain is gone though. Now my upper back is a different story. I had to start going to physical therapy for upper back pain because my center of gravity changed and the muscles in the upper back were compensating and thus, spasming daily. I started this pregnancy at 126 pounds and had more pain then, than I do now at 173. I know, I have gained a lot of weight, but I was on bed rest for a while and that didn't help! Good luck!

 

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