I had a baby 3 months ago and about a month ago my lower back started killing me. When I sit and get back up (even for just 2 mins), I can hardly walk for a minute. I did have an epidural and C-Section. Could it be a complication, or perhaps my body just isn't used to carrying a baby around? It wasn't his bad while I was pregnant.
I am no Doctor, but I can tell you to go see one. Having a baby will push the spine out of whack, but you could have injured a disc lifting the baby, you may have put on weight that puts stress on the spine, you may have a bulge, get to a spine only Doctor, and not the family doc. Get an MRI done. A chiropractor can fix most things, but a bulge or herniation they cannot. They can realign you to put you in the place for healing, but if the pain keeps coming back, see a spine dr. Do not put this off. Self-diagnoses never get fixed.
Good to get yourself checked out. Could be some changes in your spine post pregnancy.. and could be you are just not lifting properly and causing you some back pain.
But.. not something you want to leave unchecked. If your insurance will cover you seeing a specialist, I would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in the spine. If not, a regular MD is a great place to start and can then refer you further from there.
I am not fond of Chiros for spine diagnosis, but having said that.. this is very early on for you. I note that caution... from personal experience of bad chiro care peformed on me.
If you have trust in this chiro.. that means something. At first signs that your Chiro is working with you and you are in the same or worse pain.. dont delay in getting yourself to an ortho spine surgeon.. ASAP. Best wishes to you. Take care. Tammy
Well, I've done lots of research and I feel the Chiro can help me without medication and without cutting into me. I don't trust surgeons as I feel they are all after money. Not all Chiros are quacks. This is one I feel confident with and before I got pregnant, she was able to get rid of my headaches completely and worked on some muscle spasms in my upper back. It really worked. I think I'll go back. I'm tired of being under the knife!
Paula, Indeed go where you have trust in your doc. I dont think you are any where inline for any surgery regardless of where you need to go. Just remember that if the Chiro.. can't resolve your issues or you start feeling worse.. then definitely seek counsel of a certified spine surgeon. My surgeons did not want to do surgery on me at all. I suffered many years before I got so fed up with the horrible pain.. that I ASKED for the surgery.
Don't forget to put aside sometime to take care of you. It's easy to get caught up in motherhood like most of us do, and we put our needs last. Just keep paying attention to your body and get treatment as you need.
Best wishes to you! Tammy
Last edited by Justoneofus; 07-22-2006 at 10:11 AM.
Update: Baby is now 4.5 months old. My whole spine hurts. I can hardly walk after sitting. I'm very tired even though the baby is sleeping better now.
Could I have some type of infection? Should I just exercise and wait a few months to see if that helps? It's starting to scare me....I keep thinking of cancer and stuff....
if you have insurance, why not get an MRI, and at least see a spine doctor for a diagnosis? I loved my chiro also but she wasn't able to diagnosis my problem, even my GP couldn't read my xray correctly. It took a spine specialist to diagnosis me with spondylolithesis and other things that could have been made worse with ongoing chiro adjustments.
You don't have to jump under the knife. I'm not either.
It would help to put your mind at ease knowing what is wrong, or possibly if it is muscle spasms from the stress of birth. good luck and congrats on the little one