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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 09:41 AM   1
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Back pain/ibuprofen


Is it OK to take ibuprofen when pregnant? I have hideous back pain in my lower left back that I can't shift. I've tried massage, deep heat and a warm bath and nothing helps.

Most of the time I'm OK, but little things like picking things up off the floor are absolute agony. I was sitting on one of our beanbags yesterday and I actually couldn't get up - my OH had to physically come and pick me up because I just couldn't do it on my own

I had a similar pain in the first couple of weeks and it went away of it's own accord after about a week so I'm hoping that it this time it will also fix itself again...



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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 09:45 AM   2
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Hi,

Afraid not, ibuprofen is a no-go.......i've suffered from severe back pain and all you can do is exactly what you're doing but you can try paracetamol. I got myself a heatable wheat bag and it's been a godsend. I place it at my lower back whenever i'm in a sitting position and it seems to help the pain when i go to try and get back up.

Really hope you feel better soon x



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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 10:14 AM   3
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Agreed as above. I went to the chemists today as I have been really struggling with back pain and then decided to try and walk through the bed this weekend so battered the knees too (oh the joys of decreasing balance of an already clumsy person!). She said a big no no to Ibuprofen but did advise I could use paracetamol when really necessary. I took one tab of 500 mg and my word, wish I'd done it sooner. Still painful but bearable!



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 10:18 AM   4
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Thanks...I'll try some paracetamol



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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 10:18 AM   5
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You can take up to 4000mg of tylenol in 24 hours. (If you have to take 2 extra strength, 500mg, then every 6 hours)
but, my advice is, if you're in that much pain, you might want to call your mw/dr??



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 10:23 AM   6
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Is it OK to take ibuprofen when pregnant? I have hideous back pain in my lower left back that I can't shift. I've tried massage, deep heat and a warm bath and nothing helps.

Most of the time I'm OK, but little things like picking things up off the floor are absolute agony. I was sitting on one of our beanbags yesterday and I actually couldn't get up - my OH had to physically come and pick me up because I just couldn't do it on my own

I had a similar pain in the first couple of weeks and it went away of it's own accord after about a week so I'm hoping that it this time it will also fix itself again...
Ooooh like others have said, Ibuprofen is a big NO. I took it once, told my Fertility Specialist/OBGYN and he stared at me with big goldfish eyes and said NO. He says it's too strong to be used by pregnant ladies.

Also, Deep Heat is a big NO also. The chemicals in Deep Heat goes through the skin and is absorbed by the uterus/placenta.

I had horrible backaches and stuck to Panadol/Paracetamol and heat packs. That's about what's allowed, got to stick through it



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 10:23 AM   7
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if ur in lots of pain then go to ur dr who can examine u, find the root of the pain nd then treat it.
u may need physio / belt / crutches / stronger painkillers / etc.
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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 10:41 AM   8
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It sounds like it may be your sciatic nerve? Try laying on the opposite side for a while and see if you get any relief.

Ibuprofen is on my safe list from my MW--for the second trimester ONLY. It can cause big problems in first or third tri.

ETA-although my MW said not to take it in first tri, according to the FDA its category B in first and second trimester, and category D in the third.



 
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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 11:42 AM   9
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It sounds like it may be your sciatic nerve? Try laying on the opposite side for a while and see if you get any relief.
Don't know...I don't get the shooting pains which I think are normally associated with sciatica? It doesn't feel muscular though - the pain is quite deep in my back/hip area. Got a midwifes appointment next week so if I've still got pain, I'll mention it then.

I'm useless at sleeping on my side, even using a pillow between my knees. I know you aren't meant to lie on your back during your pregnancy but every time I wake up, I've thrown the pillow away and am on my back again



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Old Sep 14th, 2010, 11:46 AM   10
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My doc told me i could take co-codamol. Give your midwife a call and she can prescribe you the low dose xx



 
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