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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 16:02 PM   1
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Achy lower back, sore bum muscles and jumpy legs?


First off, I apologise for sneaking over here a little early. I feel I've outgrown 2nd tri, and would also like to ask you ladies with a few more months experience!

I was in hospital 7 weeks ago with a septecemia, and was suffering rigors. I was told that these could cause muscle soreness for a while. But, I have this pain in my right buttock, going down the back of my thigh. Its generally just in my right leg, but every now and again it feels like it 'jumps' over the my left leg for an hour. I presumed it was from the rigors, but its progressively getting worse now.

For the three weeks or so, I've had 'jumps' in my legs. I normally get this when I'm overtired. I suddenly have this urge to move my legs. I cannot describe the feeling, its kind of a numbness, but tingling too, and itchy, and I just NEED to move them. Then as soon as I relax, the weird feeling returns. Its gotten to the point where I can't ignore it, and I must get up and walk around for a while. Only happens though when I'm still and relaxed.

And now I've developed an ache in my lower back, and sometimes around my hips. Seems to be worse and more uncomfortable at night. I'm having serious issues rolling over in bed. And getting out of bed, or standing up from any sitting position, is torture!


I had an appointment with my midwife last week and raised these points, and she just said, "Oh pregnancy comes with many issues, what you're going through is no different to anyone else". Which is all fair and well, but I want answers! I've tried ignoring it, but its seriously effecting my day to day life. The jumps in my legs are keeping me awake all hours, and my bum is driving me absolutely potty. I'm trying my best to just move through the pain, but bloody heck, is it getting hard! I think I'm slowly turning into a waddling duck!

Anyone having/had a similar experience? I feel like a right softy, like I just cannot handle pregnancy!

Edit: I'm so sorry for the length of this post! I haven't half rambled! Thank you very much to those who find the energy to read through all that!



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 16:13 PM   2
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The jumpy legs is known as Restless Legs syndrome... Very common to develop during pregnancy. My doctor approved the use of Icy Hot to use on mine. It works amazing! Relaxes the jumpies right out of my calves.

The only other way that I know of to deal with restless legs is to get up and walk around for a while. Even just standing makes them stop, but walking around for 10 minutes or so usually helps mine to calm back down for a while.

The muscle pain and pelvic pain you described sounds similar to SPD to me. Maybe look up the symptoms of SPD and see if it fits? I've got it bad, too... can't roll over, standing up from bed is agony, walking is painful and slow. I believe it can be the cause of your muscle soreness too, but I'm not sure.

Editted to add: I've not read of a single cure for SPD. You can take Tylenol for it, but if the Tylenol doesn't help (doesn't help me), its basically a lot of resting. There's things like pelvic tilts and Kegels which are supposed to help, but it doesn't seem to make any difference for me. Moving slowly, sitting to rest frequently and using your upper body to help you roll are the best ways I've found to handle it. But that doesn't mean I don't cry in the morning when I try to stand up. And walking still hurts. I feel your pain!



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 16:25 PM   3
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It sounds like a mix of restless legs syndrome, SPD and sciatica to me.

Try getting a birthing ball to sit on when watching telly etc, you can bounce about a bit which will help the restless legs and its instant relief for sciatica I find (the buttock pain down and pains down the back of your legs. The only time I'm comfortable.

I notice your in Manchester? Whereabouts? North/South? I pushed my midwife because of the SPD pain and have finally been referred to a physio who's has helped a little. x



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 17:58 PM   4
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Sorry for the delay!

The pains in my buttock feels more like a shooting pain, rather than an ache. Definitely more shooty when I stand up, and walking around. I notice its really uncomfortable lifting my leg too, and separating them.

The restless legs, I've had this before pregnancy. But it was just when I was overtired or stressed. I'd get it for a week or two, then it'd go for a few months. Its now WELL worse than it ever has been. I can be up on my feet all day, then as soon as I sit down, I get the jumps. Its made more awkward with the amount of effort and pain involved in getting out of bed! Lose, lose situation!
Is there a known cause of restless leg? Could it be not enough exercise or maybe poor circulation? or is it just one of them things?

The birthing ball is a fantastic idea! It never crossed my mind. comfy movement sounds like heaven right now.

I'm in Bury. Not too far away! I'm heading over to altrincham next week for my 3D scan!

I had a feeling there wouldn't be much I could do but find some good techniques to ease the pain. I'll push when my midwife a bit more when I go see her in a couple of weeks. I'll feel better if they atleast acknowledge I'm having a few issues. At the minute I just feel like the moaner



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 18:16 PM   5
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Didnt want to read and run, I have developed the restless legs during pregnancy as well and my nurse practitioner told me that caffeine during the day makes RLS worse at night so she said try cutting back in caffeine and it does seem to help. As far as the other aches and pains, I too have been experiencing these things off and on and I think it might just be something we have to deal with until we have the baby. Hugs hun, hope you start to feel better soon



 
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