Update from my appt yesterday

I got off work early yesterday, so I stopped and bought a Boppy Body Pillow! I think everyone should have one, pregnant or not. They are expensive, but I will tell you that it made a big difference in my sleep last night. Definitely worth it. I was also looking for some sort of low back support pillow, but could not find one. I want to find something to use at home, work, and in the car.

boppy

Next, I went to my OB appointment to address my back/butt pain and swelling. The swelling is actually improving a little, because I’ve been peeing a lot everyday this week. I think it’s most likely medication induced. My OB wasn’t worried about it. My urine was clear and my blood pressure was good. Her scale had me gaining 1.5 lbs since last week. I still think that’s mostly water weight, but that’s way better than the 4 lbs from Tuesday. So phew! That is a relief. We will keep an eye on it for sure though. I’ll continue to monitor my salt intake, drink plenty of water, and put my feet up whenever I get a chance.

The back/butt pain is another story. No relief there. 😦 My OB poked and prodded me while examining my lower back. She had me in tears. It hurt so bad just from touching. She said right away, that these are not normal pregnancy aches and pains. She said it seemed like something was wrong with my SI joint. There are 2 SI joints – one just to the right of the tailbone, and one to the left. My troublesome spot is the right side. It didn’t seem like Sciatica to her. She wanted me to get checked out by someone who would know more. There’s a Physical Therapy/Rehab office right upstairs, so she sent me there. First, they said they couldn’t see me until today at 2:30pm. I went home, but then they called me with a cancellation for that same day! I snatched that appointment right up and went in yesterday afternoon at 3:15. I was so grateful to get seen so quickly.

The Physical Therapist poked and prodded me some more, and she also made me do some exercises. I knew she had to though, to figure out what was wrong. She did find out the reason for my pain. My right SI joint is “locked” in the wrong place. Every time I move, I’m rubbing bone against bone! My whole lower back is completely inflamed, and my right leg/hip is weak. She tried some gentle exercises to “release” the joint, but it would not budge. She’s going to have to talk to my OB to see if I need to see a specialist, like an Osteopath or something. Not likely a Chiropractor – at least not right now. Due to my conditions, pregnancy, and medications, they must proceed with caution and be gentle. The Physical Therapist did give me some exercises and tips I can try on my own. I will totally do anything that might help. She also said ice is the best treatment, due to all the inflammation.

At first, I was feeling strong and positive. That I can manage. We know what’s wrong, and a doctor will help me soon. It’s not going to be that bad. After all, it’s for a really good cause – my baby! I have to admit though, I broke down last night. I called my Mom, crying like a baby. I cried so much all last night, it was ridiculous. Nothing helps the pain though. I’ve been sucking it up and dealing with it like a champ all week! Now I’m worried that maybe they won’t be able to fix this anytime soon. I can’t take off work because my boss is on vacation for the next 11 days! I’m sorry for whining. 😦 You guys know I’m usually optimistic and have a good attitude. Just not today. I don’t feel like myself, between pain and fatigue. I bet I’ll feel a little better after I rest this weekend.

I just called my OB’s office to find out what the next step will be. My OB is in surgery all morning, so the nurse won’t be able to talk to her until at least 1:00pm. It will probably be too late then to set up a plan today. I was hoping she would get me in today to see a specialist or whatever she had planned. Bummer. The nurse told me to go to the ER if my pain continues to be severe. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet. I’m at work now, but I’ll probably go home in a couple hours. I got everything done already, and we don’t have patients today.

Thank you all for the comments, support, and advice as always!

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10 thoughts on “Update from my appt yesterday

  1. I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this! I had something very similar to this at like 22 weeks, and massage therapy helped a ton (unexpectedly too since I was just trying everything at that point). She had me lay on my side and massaged the area and rocked the joint and my hips for an hour and it seemed to loosen it a bit. My pain went away after 2 weeks. I would definitely try it if you can!

  2. So exciting you are to 17 weeks!! Sorry you are in so much pain. That stinks. I had a similar problem when pregnant with my daughter. I went to physical therapy as well. They used massage to help me and also used ice. The greatest relief I found was water in a dixie cup, frozen. Then I had dh rub it on the spot. They did it at PT too. Maybe try ice?? I actually was not even able to walk because my pain was so bad. I was expecting the same pain when I was pregnant with my twins but it wasn’t the case.

  3. When I was a teen, I fell of a horse, broke my tailbone and severely sprained both SI joints. To this day, they still give me trouble. Being pregnant, especially at the end, it was almost impossible to move. What helps me is rest, alternating heat/ice, warm baths, and deep massages. You can also lay on your back on the floor with knees bent and press your pelvis into the floor, hold it, release and repeat. Hope you find some relief soon! Those joints are no joke when they hurt!

  4. Lisa, I have been following you for a long time…I have never left a message before, but I have been meaning to tell you — congratulations first off, and then again for having a boy! And I see how you’ve been having a rough, painful week and I just wanted to give you a little support and encouragement! I hope you feel better really soon, and I’m glad you were able to get into your two appointments and get a few answers. Please take care of yourself! I know you are taking great care of your little man! Hugs! Have an easy weekend and put your feet up even if you don’t feel like you need to!!

  5. Hi. You don’t really know me, but I was in the August, 2012 DDC from TWW with you, and I’ve been following your blog ever since! I just wanted to say congratulations!! I also want to say, don’t ever feel guilty for complaining a bit or being unhappy for whatever reason. The same goes for after your little one is born. Even though you’ve tried for so long for this baby and you harbour a bit of guilt over getting to experience this when so many of your friends are still trying in vain, you have as much right as anyone to complain about all the crazy things that can and will happen along the way – aches and pains, hormones that will make you crazy, and later on sleepless nights and more crazy hormones! You’ll undoubtedly have times when you’ll think, ‘Was I crazy to have a baby?” which I think every momma does at some point, at least for a fleeting moment. Don’t feel guilty for that either! You’re only human so you shouldn’t feel like you have to be 100% happy with everything all the time, just because you’ve gotten what you’ve been trying for for so long. That’s a lot of weight to carry! I just get the feeling from reading your posts that you feel guilty if even for a second you’re not ecstatic, but sometimes pregnancy just plain sucks, even when there are no extra issues and pain such as you’re experiencing. Even if you don’t express it through your posts, I hope you can feel free to feel a little sorry for yourself sometimes – guilt-free 🙂

  6. Ugh I’m so sorry about this back pain–it sounds so horribly painful (bone against bone?? aahh!) And being pregnant you can’t really take any pain medication for it. I hope they can set up a plan to fix this for you soon!! Does laying down/staying off your feet help any??

    I hear the body pillow is awesome–I never got one out of sheer laziness/lack of time, but I should have. It would have made life a lot easier!

  7. Congrats on the pillow, but so sorry to hear you are in pain. That just sounds relentless and awful. I don’t know how you feel about acupuncture but I’ve read good things about pregnancy and back pain with acupuncture??

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