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Old Jun 11th, 2010, 16:54 PM   11
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I have had degenerative disc disease for over 4 years and I am now 18 weeks pregnant. I've had 2 lower back surgeries. The most recent, a L4-L5 spinal fusion. I am doing just fine.



 
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Old Jun 21st, 2010, 13:27 PM   12
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Its sooo nice to see im not the only one who has degenerative disc disease and worries about how it'd be with pregnancy. Ive not had any children yet, but am planning to in the (near-ish) future. My doctor told me to think about children sooner rather than later because of my back, i dont know if this a true? and if so its possible id need a c-section rather than natural labour, which worries me. Im waiting to see a back specialist so will see what they say. Great to see im not the only one, ive been so worried since i was diagnosed with it, i never had a problem untill i was in a serious car crash 5 years ago and since then have suffered really bad with it. Am really scared about how pregnancy will be specially in the later stages, is one reason i dont wanna leave it too long to start trying.



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Old Jun 21st, 2010, 14:45 PM   13
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Hi I have an old spine fracture that didn't heal, and osteitis pubis which is pain in the pubic bone and ligaments around the pelvis. It was caused by having my last child, and I thought I wouldn't be allowed anymore. My consultant told me that it would be a bit of a hard pregnancy towards the end and I will need a c-section, they have also kept me on some pain killers that are safe. I really hope things work out for you, I can't see why you wouldn't cope with a pregnancy with what you have. Good luck x



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2010, 10:12 AM   15
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i have degenerative disc disease... also have si joint disfunction... yeah its painful... but its worth it nd with rest / physio / painkillers i''m havin a relatively easy pregnancy.
i have however already been signed off on the sick.
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Old Aug 20th, 2010, 13:59 PM   17
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i'm on codeine nd paracetamol, plus i have a ibuprofen gel.
i do my exercises (laid flat on back with legs at a right angle - normally against a wall - nd bend my knees nd gently bring close to my body) nd rest as much as possible as i don't like to use painkillers unless absolutely necessary.
i tend to use paracetamol nd the gel durin the day... nd take 2 codeine before bed to help me get a good night sleep xx



 
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Old Dec 20th, 2010, 04:57 AM   18
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I just want to say that the above posts are so helpful to me. I have a degenerative disc (lower back, L4/L5), but not DDD. I also have coccydinia (tail bone pain), another thing that I just developed. I have since had cortisone injections in my tail bone, which worked wonders, but I cannot shake my disc pain. I am extremely worried about being pregnant with these problems.

I used to have a very strong core, I did pilates, body surfing and walking, but I am finding it harder and harder to be able to do these things. Especially after I was told that some excercises can maybe do more damage to my coccyx. Grocery shopping is a hard task now. I don't know anyone in my situation (back issues and WTC). I guess what I am trying to say is that it's great to get an educated opinion on these issues and read that there are others out there with the same issue and concern as me. I can see now that it's ok to be worried and it's ok if I have to see my physio and specialists more often if I need to.

I know I need to get myself strong again to be able to carry a baby, and now I am going to try my hardest to get back to how I was (without doing more damage) and give myself the best possible chance of having a good pregancy. I also know it's not going to be easy and that's why I am reading your posts. Thanks for your tips and advice!



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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 00:06 AM   19
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I have big time lower back problems, bulging discs, sciatica, among other things. Have had daily pain since I was 18. (34 now)

You probably won't beleive this... but pregnancy put pressure in all the right places for me, and my back never felt better. Now that I'm not pregnant, I'm often found saying I need to get pregnant again to get rid of this back pain! This also happened with a friend of mine, so you never know.



 
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 09:58 AM   20
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Hi Ladies

I dont have DDD but I do have lower back problems following a car crash 4 years ago. I had spinal surgery a year ago to fix my disk at L5/S1 but I still have a disk out at L4/L5. My pain has increased but this is because I am not taking my painkillers. I cant have an epidural during labour because of the scar tissue in my back so I just need to be open minded about labour and a possible C section. As long as it leads to a healthy baby I'm ok with this.

I hope you are coping ok x x



 
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