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KaliM, to answer some of your questions:

Well, it's only during acute flare-ups that my activities are severely limited. During these flare-ups I can still get out of bed, but it's extremely painful to do so, especially first thing in the morning. As soon as I stand, the pain makes me nearly pass out for a few minutes. It only gets slightly better once I move around for a bit, and of course take my meds (Darvocet, Flexeril, and either Advil or Vioxx). During these flare-ups I can't do any kind of exercise except walking. Initially I can't even do my back exercises, until it calms down a bit. These flare-ups usually last a good 2 months. That being said, I'm only in this predicament during an acute flare-up. Now, I can still drive, I can still grocery shop (although the hubby normally does this anyway), as long as I rest frequently and don't overdo it. I can still shower, but I can't "linger" for 20 minutes..I try to keep it within 10 or 15 minutes. I can still work (I have a desk job) as long as I get up and move around as often as I can. I have had 2 major flare ups and one very minor one since 1998. In between these, I'm pretty much okay except for occasional achiness if I overdo something.

My OB/GYN told me that yes, narcotics are okay within reason...meaning, as long as I'm not popping them like candy, and I keep them at a minimum. And yes, if I flare up like I normally do, I would need something stronger than Tylenol...even before my back problems started, Tylenol was like drinking water for me. It does jack poop, nada, nothing. She didn't say surgery is optimal during pregancy, but if it was absolutely necessary, then it could be done with little risk to the fetus. Again, that would be a last resort thing.

As far as what I do "in-between" flare-ups. Well, I try to go to the gym and workout at least 3 days a week, if not more. I am trying to lose some weight, also. I walk the treadmill, or do the elliptical and I do machine weights, relatively light ones. I do my stretching, I do ab work and back strengthening exercises. Unfortunately, I still have not made much gains as far as flexibility...my back does severely limit me there. I've been taking a good multi-vitamin for over a year now. I am trying to eat healthy, too.

I cannot run or do any jumping/jarring type of activities, or else I will flare-up.

I have a central disk herniation, as opposed to right or left of the midline...doc says it's going straight into my spinal canal, and, from that, I also assume dangerously close to the cauda equina. Which is why I'm so worried about a pregnancy. The weight will only push the disk further into this area as far as I can tell.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

[This message has been edited by hotsong (edited 12-09-2002).]