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Old Oct 16th, 2008, 22:18 PM   1
Hope22
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SEVERE back pain


Help! I've been experiencing some degree of back pain for a while now, but in the last week it has increased daily and now it's bordering on unbearable. The pain is in a strange spot: under my right shoulder blade, sweeping down and to the outside. It feels as though someone is stabbing me/hitting me; I think the pain is muscular, but I'm not positive.

Massage does nothing, Tylenol (aceteminophen, paracetemol) does nothing, heat doesn't help much. No matter what position I try - sitting, standing, lying down, on my side, back, other side - it hurts. I tend to sleep on my left side, curled up, with a pillow between my knees, which is one of the (relatively speaking) better positions.

During the day at work I'm in agony. Sitting at the computer, on our couch, in a chair (hard or soft), slouched or upright, it just never lets up. It has gotten to the point where I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep and the pain wakes me up repeatedly in the night, and my work is suffering - I can't concentrate because of the pain and tiredness. I spend my days contorting myself into strange positions to try and find relief, but as my belly grows, it just keeps getting worse.

Can anyone suggest anything? I'm going to ask my OB about this at my next appointment (next Thursday), but meanwhile I'm at a loss. Thanks for listening.



 
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Old Oct 16th, 2008, 22:53 PM   2
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Sorry hun, it is caused by the added weght on your stomach and the loosening of everything. All your muscles and ligaments in your body loosen while pregnant, and then when you get bigger your center of gravity shifts your whole body and posture.

Tylenol, a warm bath with epsom salts or a heat pack are pretty much all you can do. Make sure you have good posture at work.



 
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Old Oct 17th, 2008, 03:06 AM   3
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I suggest you see a doctor before your next OB appointment. Thats far to long to stay in this state. There is obviously something wrong and it could be something easily treatable by the experts.
Hope you get some reflief soon.



 
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Old Oct 17th, 2008, 23:53 PM   4
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Thank you both. Hubby and I were talking, and we're wondering if it's gallbladder related -- I have had (mild) gallstones for years, without issue, but now that everything inside me is being squashed maybe it's causing issue (because there's less room for all the organs and they're moving over/up). That, or maybe one or more of the stones have grown larger and are starting to become symptomatic. The reason we are guessing this might be the problem is because the pain is similar to what people experience with gallbladder issues (one side, stabbing, under the shoulder blade) and seems to be worst in the afternoon/evening -- could be coincidental, but this is usually when I eat my largest meal, and I'm not always the healthiest eater (I love cheese and while I make sure I eat fruit, veggies, yogurt etc. I do indulge in burgers & fried foods more than I should). I'm going to try to get away from greasy and heavy foods to see if that helps -- if it does, I'd say we may have found the issue and I'll ask my OB what the next step is.



 
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