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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 13:53 PM   1
HandM
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anyone suffer from herniated discs??


If so, what do you do to cope with the pain? I have been doing therapy on and off for the last 2yrs ( i am not at this time though, trying to pay therapy bill off).
I try heating pad, massages, exercises, and tylenol.
I was on vicodin for the last year and a half ( i am now on an extremely low dose, Only when absolutly needed) But it makes me nervous.
Anyone with similliar stories????



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 13:59 PM   2
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Ya me. I dont have that but I have a terrible back. I have arthitis, I have an extra bone growing on my spine that rubs my sciatic nerve, I have slight scoliosis, and my disks are almost rubbing. I am on percocets permently. Ive cut myself down to the bare minimum but Ive been on them too long and if I tried to stop id miscarry cause I would have withdrawls.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 14:13 PM   3
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notmommyyet, that sounds terrible! Im somewhat comforted knowing that someone else MUST take pain meds during their pregnancy. seems to be a touchy subject for some, without realizing people NEED it. Thank you! and good luck!



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 14:15 PM   4
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No prob. my doc actually said there are no studies to prove either way thats its good or bad. BUT I know a doc that prescibed them to my friend in the middle of her pregnancy so he couldnt have been that worried. Also because of the pain it wouldnt be healthy for me to just lay around and stress over pain. Ive cut my intake massively. i used to take 1 pill every 2-4 hours and now I take half a pill every 4 hours.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 14:35 PM   5
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I quit taking mine for about 1 to 1-1/2months but i wasn't sleeping at all! i had tried everything i was even using my pregnancy pilllow. I was keeping my husband up at night (he has to get up at 5 for work) so i was just sitting on couch all night watching tv and crying. I have a 2yr old son who i couldnt keep up with and i was grumpy cause i was hurting so much and exausted! so when i went to my first OB appt bout 2weeks ago she put me back on my pain meds. my lack of sleep, stress and moodyness wasn't good for anyone! haha



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 16:57 PM   6
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Ive been on mine for ever. so when you stopped taking them you must not have been taking them for an extended period of time every day. Cause if you were you couldnt just stop. You would get sick like the worst cold ever. hot flashes, sweating puking, shitting you name it. Migrains. Its the worst thing ever. And itll take about a week of that till u start feeling a little better, but then itll take a few months for you to be 100% better. Its an aweful thing to go through and no baby could survive it



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 18:10 PM   7
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for about a year i was taking 7.5/750 3 to 4 times a day. I slowly backed off them then wasn't on anything for bout month and a half. for about the first week of not being on them at all i was just really tired, and alittle irratable. at least i can sleep now! and sit or stand for periods of time. but i very rarley get sick ( knock on wood) when it comes to anything.



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Old Nov 2nd, 2011, 22:14 PM   8
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I have fractured my back at L-4 and L-5 in the last year and broke my hip in 2005 so I know what your going thru with pain. Physical therapy has done nothing due to arthritis. I'm currently taking nothing, stopped everything about a week ago, I plan on talking about my options with my OB when I see him next week, I'm sure the further along I get the more it'll hurt.



 
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:00 AM   9
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thats what im worried about, the fact that it may get worse as my pregnancy progresses! I keep telling myself that maybe my growing belly will shift and take the pressure off my lower vertabrae! haha wishful thinking!! good luck at your OB appt!



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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:37 AM   10
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I have degenerative disc disease-- I fractured my tailbone, and since no doctor believed me at the time, it healed at a bad angle. I also herniated three discs in my lumbar spine and could barely walk at one point.

What helped me were the epidural spinal injections-- but I got them done a while back, before the pregnancy. Then went into physio for a year. The spinal injections were a godsend as they treated the inflammation enough for me to do the physio without exacerbating it.


One other thing that helped which is probably okay for pregnancy-- there are physios that can use ultrasound technology to decrease the inflammation. I went to one for a few sessions and it helped me enough that I could walk again (this was before the third disc went though). It cost the same as a regular session.

I'm just starting to get achey now. Am a bit worried how it will be later on when I'm carrying a heavier load!



 
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