Increasingly Severe Back Pain

I don’t know how many people I’ve actually told about my back issues, but if I haven’t, then I am now.

I haven’t had back pain for a long time. I mean, I had the occasional back ache here and there just like anyone does, but I never had true back pain until I was pregnant with my son. It wasn’t too terrible until the end, but I mostly attributed it to part of being pregnant. I was carrying my son much differently than I had carried my daughter. My daughter widened me side to side, while my son widened me front to back. I figured this difference in positioning was to blame for the pain.

The pain was especially bad right after my sons birth. I had labored for 11 hours before having a cesarean. Honestly, I think I could have delivered him vaginally had I had more support, but I was tired, and in pain, and I gave in and gave up. Next time, I will have a doula. No ifs ands or buts. But like I said, I labored for 11 hours, then delivered via cesarean.

I don’t think the cesarean is to blame for my back pain. The pain isn’t located near the epidural site. The pain is actually lower, near the lumbar vertebrae, starting with the part of my spine level with the illiac crests of my hips.

When he was first born, it just ached. It would feel better if I put my hands on my lower back, and leaned back and popped it. I tried not to, but my back would hurt so bad, and it would “lock up,” where I couldn’t move and falling asleep became painful. I usually only popped my back once a day. Then, it would be fine for a while. But it progressively got worse. It got to where I couldn’t pop it how I normally did, and I discovered if I laid down on my stomach and bent my knees and moved my legs slowly (so that my feet touched my bum) and then kind of arched my back, that it would pop, and I could have some kind of temporary relief. However, just like before, it got to the point it hurt too much.

It got to the point that whole area of my spine just hurt. It was tender, it ached, and any kind of movement that directly or indirectly affected that area of my back was uncomfortable and I tried to avoid it. When my back locked up, I couldn’t really pop it anymore because it hurt too much. If I tried, I would end up almost crying.

To top it off, I slipped on our amazing Alaskan ice a couple weeks ago, and ever since, the pain has been almost ten times worse, a lot of people have recommended me to use the products from, they say they are very good and efficient.

So, when I was at the doctor for my monthly check up (I’m on Ritalin, so I have to have a monthly check up) I told them about it. I was just afraid of having to contact if there were any mistakes. I had been on a small dose of pain medication for it beforehand (I usually only took it one or two times a week when the back pain was worse than normal), but it wasn’t bringing any kind of relief, so I made the decision to ask about it. I asked about being referred to a chiropractor at the Pravo chiropractor in Menomonee Falls, WI, because I’ve heard a lot of good about them, but they wanted to order an x-ray first to make sure it wasn’t something to do with a fracture or bone placement. So, I had the x-ray done, and I’m waiting for them to call me and tell me what the results are. They did talk about doing an MRI to see if it’s something to do with the muscles, but I really don’t think it’s muscular. I mean, it could be, but I really feel like it’s a bone thing.

They prescribed me a higher dose of the pain medication, and combined it with a muscle relaxant, and gave me these pain patch things in the meantime. The combination works and it does help alleviate the pain, but I don’t want to be taking/using them forever. I’m really hoping the x-ray will give them a better idea of what’s wrong with it, and hopefully, whatever it is, is treatable and repairable. I really don’t like the idea of having to depend on these medications just fir my back not to hurt. It makes me nervous. My mom has really bad back problems, so I can’t help but worry that I’m going to as well. I’m 21. If it’s bad now, what’s it going to be like when I’m 40?

On top of that, I plan on trying for another baby in the next year or two, and I really don’t want to be in horrible back pain when I’m pregnant. Being pregnant is hard enough, you know? I don’t want to have back problems when I’m pregnant. So, getting all of this cleared up and figured out before I get pregnant is probably a good idea.

Wish me luck, and pray that the doctors are able to help me.


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I am Samantha. I am twenty years old, and have a gorgeous little girl, and a baby boy who I am expecting in May. I am married to my best friend in the entire world. I am a full time student, and am torn between pursuing a career as a midwife, or going to medical school to become an obstetrician.

6 thoughts on “Increasingly Severe Back Pain”

  1. Hi there, I just stumbled upon your post and, based on your description of the pain, wanted to mention the possibility of sacro-iiliac joint dysfunction. I developed this toward the end of my pregnancy and it completely f’d up the labor process for me (ended up with an epidural before I even progressed to active labor). It was simply excruciating, and I’ve had it on and off since her birth. I’ve seen an osteopath about it with some success, and plan to try a chiropractor next. I’m also planning another pregnancy in the not too distant future (my daughter is almost 1), and I’ve read that it can get worse and worse and start earlier and earlier with each pregnancy so I plan to be aggressive about dealing with it. Good luck!

    1. Sacro-illiac sounds like it could be it! It’s right in that area, and it’s mostly in the lumbar vertebrae but sometimes it spreads to my hip joints. Not often, but it does, you know?

      I’m hoping I’ll hear from my doctor soon!

  2. First of all congrats to you new born Cutie pie. Thanks, that you share your story to everyone and I am really sorry to hear your situation and the problem you are facing. As what you have said, the situation seems like little critical. I like the ideas of not depending on medication, it will be good for you too. Don’t worry everything will be fine, consult with the best Doctors and follow whatever he told you. All my best wishes is with you. Get well soon your new born son is waiting for his younger brother/sister. 🙂

  3. Just visiting here but I can relate. I had horrible back pain during pregnancy before I even put on weight. Heard of the term relaxin? That’s what happens during pregnancy to get your body ready for birth. Towards the end I couldn’t move. I told my doctor and sheignored it. I took yoga and had some relief. Well my daughter never flipped and I considered chiropractic and the Webster tecnique which helps align your back and pelvis so the baby has optimal positioning. But I tried a medical intervention instead and it didn’t work, so I had csection. I still feel my back get out of alignment when carryingmy daughter and I almost have to hop on one leg. I will be pursuing chiropractic in the future for sure as I want to have a VBAC. Hope everything goes well for you.

    1. VBAC’s definitely have way more benefits that a repeat cesarean, and it’s definitely easier on your body and your chances of successfully having one are very good, so it’s definitely something to aim for when you’re having another baby!

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