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August 25th, 2006, 04:10 PM
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As if I wasn't uncomfortable enough, now I have this to add to it. I was standing at my office door today when one of our patients fainted in front of me. It was my first instict to try to catch the guy. The problem was that he was about twice my weight! As soon as I caught him I felt a really sharp pain in my lower back. I kind f went up against the wall. The doctor I work for checked it out (he's an orthopedic) and said I probably just strained it. But it hurts so bad. I can barely stand up or walk or anything, not to mention get comfortable. I took some Tylenol and I've been putting ice on it, but it's not really helping.

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I don't really want to bother my midwife since it's not an emergency.
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August 28th, 2006, 11:44 AM
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I would try heat--lay on your side and try to put heat on it. Also, stretch your hamstrings, that may help some as well--just stretch to the point of feeling it, not to any pain. Now that it is 48 hours post injury, heat should help some. If it's not better in a few days, see if you can get a referral for PT--they can help a lot. Also, you may want to try a pregnancy support brace to help take the pressure off your low back (I am not sure how much you are showing, but the pregnancy belly pulls a lot on the low back! Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
Also, if the pain is more at the top of your butt, it may be sacroiliac problems and they are easily corrected by a PT!
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August 28th, 2006, 04:20 PM
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I would try heat--lay on your side and try to put heat on it. Also, stretch your hamstrings, that may help some as well--just stretch to the point of feeling it, not to any pain. Now that it is 48 hours post injury, heat should help some. If it's not better in a few days, see if you can get a referral for PT--they can help a lot. Also, you may want to try a pregnancy support brace to help take the pressure off your low back (I am not sure how much you are showing, but the pregnancy belly pulls a lot on the low back! Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
Also, if the pain is more at the top of your butt, it may be sacroiliac problems and they are easily corrected by a PT![/b]
Thanks for your help. I saw a Chiropractor today, but he wouldn't do anything. He said that he was concerned about the possibility of a disc injury because of the location and severity of my pain. He referred me to a spine specialist, who I will see tomorrow. I will ask her about physical therapy.

I am really starting to get scared. I can't even imagine trying to deal with this the rest of my pregnancy, not to mention the labor and delivery. I can barely function.
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August 29th, 2006, 10:52 AM
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It's good you're going to see a specialist. Are you having pain down your legs or any numbness? Those are definite signs of disc or nerve injury. I worked in PT for awhile (as an athletic trainer, but I still dealt with patients) and I saw a few pregnant women come in and they had the same worries--that they would have pain throughout, but with the right exercises & stretches, they went pain free afterwards! Think Positive!!!
BTW--I have had sacroiliac problems for 8 years and I thought I would be miserable, but the PT helped a lot!
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August 29th, 2006, 04:04 PM
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It's good you're going to see a specialist. Are you having pain down your legs or any numbness? Those are definite signs of disc or nerve injury. I worked in PT for awhile (as an athletic trainer, but I still dealt with patients) and I saw a few pregnant women come in and they had the same worries--that they would have pain throughout, but with the right exercises & stretches, they went pain free afterwards! Think Positive!!!
BTW--I have had sacroiliac problems for 8 years and I thought I would be miserable, but the PT helped a lot![/b]
Yeah, I have been having a lot of pain down my leg and numbness and tingling in my left foot. I saw the specialist today and said she was pretty sure it was a disc bulge at the least. She put me on three days of prednisone to reduce the inflammation, and I'm going for PT twice a week. I am glad to hear that it helped you as well as your patients. She said worse comes to worse, she could do an epidural steroid injection and that should resolve the symptoms to at least get me through the pregnancy.

Thanks for all the positive thoughts...all of this is really scaring me!
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