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.
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!