For the last 24 hours, I've had horrible pain in my right hip and thigh. It comes about every 10-15 minutes and lasts about 1-2 minutes at a time. I've tried lying and sitting in numerous different positions with pillows or towels between my legs if I was on my side. I've tried walking around, but it hurts so bad and that doesn't help at all. I've tried some stretches, but they haven't helped at all. I've been taking 1000mg of Tyenol every 6 hours (the recommended dosage and frequency allowed), which doesn't seem to help much at all. I tried using a heating pad, but it doesn't help, just makes my leg/hip extremely hot, but they still hurt. The only thing that gives me any relief is a hot bath, and I've taken about 5 or 6 in the last 24 hours. However, as soon as the water begins to cool, the pain returns. It feels like a stabbing or shooting pain that begins in my hip and travels down the front of my thigh. When the 1-2 minutes of excruciating pain is over, there is a dull ache for the next 10-15 minutes until the pain returns again. I've googled it and think it sounds like a sciatic nerve pain, but I'm not sure, I'm no doctor of course. Also, since I've had this pain, I've had a near constant urge to use the restroom. Sorry if TMI: I've probably peed 50 times in the last 24 hours, and um gone number 2 at least 15-20. I have my regular doctor's appointment tomorrow at 2pm, but I don't think I can take another 28 hours of this pain. Please tell me someone knows something about this and has advice for me. I can't take it anymore.
After reading more and more online, I'm starting to wonder if I could be having preterm labor pains. As I mentioned, I have a constant need to go to the restroom, and when I go, I feel like a downward pressure. I'm also having back pain as well. However, I don't feel my uterus "contracting", which is why I'm hesitant to think it could be any kind of labor pain...
Well, to answer my own question in case anyone else ever has this problem... I got suggestions from a couple of friends on facebook who said my sciatic nerve is probably pinched. I googled some stretches for sciatic nerve pain while pregnant and found two I really liked. These have worked great at lessening the pain for me:
1. Cat Stretch: Begin by getting on the floor on your hands and knees. Now arch your back up towards the ceiling and roll your pelvis and hips up towards your shoulders. Hold this for a count of 5 and repeat five times.
2. Inner Thigh Stretch: This exercise stretches the adductors or muscles of the inner thigh. Sit with your back straight, bend your knees and put the soles of your feet together. Slowly press the knees to the floor and lean forward from the hips. Hold for 10 - 20 seconds and repeat.
I've been doing these everytime I get out of bed, or start to feel pain. Also, I'm trying to just walk around my apartment for a few minutes afterward. It is uncomfortable at first, but gets easier and feels better. Good luck to anyone else who experiences this, it's awful!
Oh Hon.... that sounds awful! I have terrible sciatic nerve pain but its constant and I don't get the pressure in the bathroom... I have discovered a yoga(ish) pose that helps, similar to the cat stretch you mentioned but a little different.... I kneel on my bed and lean forward till my elbows are resting comfortably on the bed, then sit back on my feet, that way my belly is kinda "hanging" there and not putting pressure on anything. If your belly is large, mine isn't, the bed will support it.... its kinda like child's pose, pregnancy style. I've often wondered if I could get any sleep in that position.
I really hope you feel better, but if the pain keeps coming and going like you described, or gets more intense, or frequent, PLEASE, go get checked out.... its always better to be safe than sorry. Oh, and have you tried a heating pad? Its OK to use on your back and leg.
Thanks for the suggestion of the modified child's pose. I've been wanting to do that, but didn't know how it would work with my belly. I've tried a heating pad. I tried it on my hip and leg and it did nothing for me, but now I've been using it on my back when I sleep, and I still feel the cramping, but the heat at least makes it more tolerable. I've moved from being able to only sleep 10-15 minutes at a time to now sleeping up to an hour without having to get up and stretch. Progress is progress, and for just one day, I think that's pretty good. I have my regular doctor's appointment tomorrow and I will definitely be mentioning it and seeing if there's anything else I can do, plus making sure that's really all it is.
Good, I think you should tell the doc for sure.... I know sciatic pain can be brutal. I did WAY too much walking Friday night and its taken till now, with almost total bed rest to ease the horrible pain all that walking caused.
hi, i know i am replying to an old post. but i was hoping for an update . was this indeed the starting of labor for you? did you really feel you were having hip labor? I am a doula and trying to help a client. thank you for your time. sorry for all low case, it is my key board.
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