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Old Feb 23rd, 2010, 13:48 PM   1
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Degenerative Disc Disease...?


Has anyone had this? I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this...if not, my apologies!

I have had degenerative disc disease (lower back) for a few years, and was wondering if anyone has been through pregnancy with this? I have not started ttc yet, and am really worried about whether pregnancy/labor/delivery is going to be excruciating (more so than usual, anyway) because of this, and what others have done about it?? I plan to ask an OB about this before ttc (GP was no help whatsoever), and haven't ruled out adoption, but does anyone else have experience with this? I can function, in general, but not always well, and I do hurt at least a little most days (and sometimes a lot if I don't take it easy)...and this is when I'm not pregnant! :/

Would appreciate thoughts from anyone with personal experience!



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Old Feb 27th, 2010, 17:48 PM   2
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As a follow-up to this, has anyone had ANY kind of pre-existing back problems (or other chronic pain), and if so, how did this affect your experience/how did you deal? One dr told me i could be on pain meds during pregnancy, and another said no way, only tylenol (which does nothing), so i have conflicting information. And as far as an epidural for delivery, it sounds like that may not be a pleasant option given where they place it, although I'm not sure about that (will have to ask).

Also, to those of you who already have kids, any advice on how to make things easier on your back when taking care of them? Someone told me to get a good stroller with adjustable height handles...any other tips that might help someone with a goofed up lower back? For example, I am having trouble imagining getting a LO in and out of a car seat or crib! Not sure if there are any tricks for that that may make it easier. I guess I'll learn as I go, but if anyone can think of anything that may help save my back, please let me know!

Thanks! =)



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Old Feb 28th, 2010, 05:42 AM   3
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Hi hon,
No experience myself but I also suffer from recurring slipped discs - I'd be interested to see any responses too.

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Old Mar 2nd, 2010, 11:15 AM   4
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Has anyone had this? I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this...if not, my apologies!

I have had degenerative disc disease (lower back) for a few years, and was wondering if anyone has been through pregnancy with this? I have not started ttc yet, and am really worried about whether pregnancy/labor/delivery is going to be excruciating (more so than usual, anyway) because of this, and what others have done about it?? I plan to ask an OB about this before ttc (GP was no help whatsoever), and haven't ruled out adoption, but does anyone else have experience with this? I can function, in general, but not always well, and I do hurt at least a little most days (and sometimes a lot if I don't take it easy)...and this is when I'm not pregnant! :/

Would appreciate thoughts from anyone with personal experience!
Hiya hun,
I have degenerative disc and margin disease too, but the damage is in my upper back.
I've not had a bambino before, so it's all new to me too, but so far I've been fine - the usual pregnancy stuff.
My midwife said it may put a bit of extra strain on my back (as with any pregnancy) as well as the hormonal changes - relaxin etc. but nothing bad.

I know how it feels to live with long term aches and pains, how depressing it is. But being pregnant with a few long term health issues, well it's is such a blessing for my hubby and I, I'm just going with it, and all is well
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 21:27 PM   5
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Thanks for your response. I am really freaking out about this, so it is good to hear from other people who are going through this! I hope all goes well for you!



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Thanks for your response. I am really freaking out about this, so it is good to hear from other people who are going through this! I hope all goes well for you!
You are welcome hun
I think we often imagine the worst case scenario (I know I do!) But I try to remember that pregnancy is a totally natural thing, and I really believe the body somehow compensates for the different occurrences that happen throughout the 9 months.
Actually, a lot of people with muscular/bone/ligament problems feel much better during pregnancy - go figure!?


I wish you well for the future hun.

And thanks for the warm wishes too
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 20:06 PM   7
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I had lower back problems going into my pregnancy with my firstborn and had been recieving chiropractic treatment for it in previous years and the pregnancy did caus pain problems but they were handled with the help of Codine , post pregnancy i started getting severe back spasms , i believe because i ended up giving birth on my back with my legs in the air ( i had planned a waterbirth ) and I had 8 months of severe back spasms before i could get proper treatment it was to the point of not being able to drive or get in or out of a car without assistance, this pregnacy ive suffered from PGP/SPD quite severly which i think is linked to the birth siutaiton of my son, but thankfully my back hasnt been an issue for over a year now



 
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I had lower back problems going into my pregnancy with my firstborn and had been recieving chiropractic treatment for it in previous years and the pregnancy did caus pain problems but they were handled with the help of Codine , post pregnancy i started getting severe back spasms , i believe because i ended up giving birth on my back with my legs in the air ( i had planned a waterbirth ) and I had 8 months of severe back spasms before i could get proper treatment it was to the point of not being able to drive or get in or out of a car without assistance, this pregnacy ive suffered from PGP/SPD quite severly which i think is linked to the birth siutaiton of my son, but thankfully my back hasnt been an issue for over a year now
Ditto on the codeine front, when needed. xx



 
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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 00:40 AM   9
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Some ideas


I have degenerative discs and have had two children. I also had a back surgery when I was 20. I was very worried, as you are now. I am not going to say it will be easy, but it will be worth it.

It is hard to say exactly what pain issues you will deal with because everyone is affected so differently with their pregnancies and back issues. My back problems have been much more prevelant since having my first and deciding we would like one more has been a difficult decision.

In my case, the third trimester was when my back would start shifting. Massage and chiropractic care helped me through that. Labor and delivery is what I really worried about, but had to pain (well, extra pain!) or extra difficulty due to my back. However, the biggest problems came after the babies were born. Especially with my second. My back shifted extremely out of place. It was one of the hardest times for me because I had a young child and a baby that needed me and I could not easily move. After a couple months of physical therapy and a cortisone injection things improved and I have not had any other major issues in the 2+ years since.

Recently, since we are preparing to try for a third, I asked my back doctor about the big trouble coming after. He said hormones might play a role since they are changing so much. I also believe it is because the muscles that have to work extra hard to support a spine with DDD are stretched out and weak.

Okay, so I have been thinking about what I should do to hopefully not have a repeat of what happened after my second. Maybe some of it will help you.

First, try to be in good physical condition really focusing on core strength. I was in pretty good shape that way and still had major issues. I would just hate to see how much worse they would have been had I no strength or stability in my core. Work on the exercises your doctor, therapist, chiroprator give you. Stretching has made a huge difference in my back functionality.

Second, enlist the help of a chiropractor or physical therapist from the beginning. I plan on going back to my chiropractor for most of the next pregnacy in hopes that it will help keep things relaxed and flowing better. I am not going to wait for any pain or shift to really set in. My chiropractor did have me see the massage therapist a lot last time and I am convinced that played a major role in things calming down. So a regular massage is on my list of things to do during the next pregnancy.

Third, try to get in to a physical therapist after delivery. I plan to do that as I believe their techniques will help the body adjust to all the post-pregnancy changes.

I am nervous about going into this again, and I am not getting any younger, which is not in my favor when it comes to a bad back, but my husband and I have felt strongly that our family is not quite complete. My hope and prayer is that these things will help it run more smoothly, but I know the blessing that will come to us will be so worth it. There is nothing like the feeling of delivering your baby and then holding him/her in your arms.

I wish you the best in your decision. I know you posted this a few months ago, but I hope it helps. As I said before everyones' body is different. Best luck in finding what works for you.



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Old Jun 10th, 2010, 16:41 PM   10
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I don't have degenerative disc disease but it runs in my family, with my second baby I had severe back problems and I was so terrified I'd be diagnosed with this problem but I was recommended glucosamine and it worked absolute wonders; for anyone with mild to moderate joint problems of any type who isn't currently pregnant I could really recommend trying that out. I do have a friend with this problem and she was fine until she had two children within a year (after already having two), then things really started to go bad and despite several surgeries she has not recovered. Make sure you're not doing anything in the post natal period to strain your back; get a co-sleeping type of crib or bassinette if possible; a pushchair with adjustable handles and that is lightweight, and if your budget stretches to it get yourself a firm ajustable reclining armchair or glider chair to sit in we had one when I had my youngest and it made a huge difference xx



 
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