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Help - severe back pain in early pregnancy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 31, 2007
  • 03:43 PM

I am 6 weeks pregnant and last week I nearly passed out due to pains across my lower back, it was so intense I had to lay on the floor at work. I went to the doctors and he diagnosed me with a kidney infection and gave me pregnancy safe antibiotics. The pain was still continuing and not lessening after id finished my 7 day course of antibiotics so I returned to the doctors who told me to go to casualty if I got the pain again. Soon after returning home I got the pains and went to the casualty at the hospital. They refered me to the gynocology ward & took a blood and urine test & found no signs of a kidney infection and both tests were fine. They prescribed me some pregnancy safe painkillers and said that it was probably high hormone level or ligments softening for pregnancy. It has now been 9 days and Im still suffering with such severe lower back pain that I cannot stand up when it comes, leave the house on my own, drive or go to work. The only symptoms I get are pain in my lower back which comes every 8-10 hours & lasts for about 15 minutes (no bleeding so not eptopic). Im so upset and distressed now as I cant believe that the ligments softening is so unbearably painful that I nearly pass out each time it happens and have to lay on the floor and I have no idea of how long this is going to last. The doctors arent very helpful either as they havent given me any further medication or any definite answer of what it is. If this is "ligments softening" has anyone had or heard of anyone suffering pain as severe as this? Please help because im at my wits end.

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  • did you get this sorted out? My wife seems to be having the same symptoms, and the hospital up here is usless. I would love to know if your pain subsided after time.
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  • Oh God this sounds very familiar but until reading your post and speaking to a friend of mine recently who had a similar experience, I had been feeling completely lost, very much isolated and desparate for an answer as to why I was having such 'unusual' symptoms. The doctors were unhelpful. My pain was mostly in my lower back and hips but radiated both upwards and downwards, was excrucitaing and came on around the time my period was due (I am currently just over 4 weeks pregnant). It lasted over a day and a half. I still have lower back pain but the pain is now bearable. My friend did warn me that she experienced it for about three months and each time the pains came on around the time when she would have had her period. Hopefully given the date of your post you are over the worst of it but I hope this also helps other people out there also going through this.
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  • I hope you all got this sorted out and your pregnancies continued uneventfully, unfortunately I too had severe lower back pain early in my pregnancy and of me it meant a missed miscarriage. This is when the baby dies but your body does not expel the pregnancy. My advice to all of you would be to not ask but DEMAND both an ultrasound and beta blood work to make sure the fetus is alright. I learned the hard way not to trust the doctors without some solid evidence to back up what they say. When I was pg with my daughter I never had back pain in early pregnancy, only later on. I for one don't believe back pain in early pregnancy is normal but is a warning sign of trouble.
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  • I agree with the posting #4. I have been pregnant 3 times in the last 11 months. The first two pregnancies ended in miscarriage. The doctors didn't say why, but both times I experienced severe back pain first. This time I am at 4weeks and I had severe back pain one night. I was terrified that it was happening again. Thank goodness it was better the next morning, but I don't know if the fetus is ok or not. I will go today to get an ultrasound. Always be persistant if things don't seem right. You know your own body best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 11:55 AM
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  • i have been having the same symptoms which came on yesterday evening . i am 10 weeks pregnant and two weeks ago i had abdominal pain and when i went for a scan was told that there was heammoraging around the baby.then early hours of yesterday morning i had the same abdominal paain but it went away and then comes this lower back pain. its so severe i cant breathe, move, talk i just have to lie there until it subsides. i am not sure if i am misscarrying my baby or what. the pain has come back again this morning and it is dreadful. i have been advised to go to thehospital but dont no whether im just wasting mine and their time.
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    • February 29, 2008
    • 09:09 AM
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  • Stretches and ExercisesTherapeutic stretches and exercises are an excellent way to keep the pregnant body flexible, strong and mobile. Chiropractic doctors utilize these therapies to assist the muscles in coping with the increased demands caused by the sudden weight gain and change in weight distribution - which fatigues and irritates unconditioned muscles. Keeping the pregnant body strong and flexible increases comfort and improves the likelihood of having a successful pregnancy.BACK TO MENUProper Body Mechanics and Postural PracticesSudden weight gain and altered weight distribution also lead to a number of improper postural and biomechanical habits. Improper postural and mechanical habits further increase spinal and pelvic stress which increase tissue irritation and produce frequent bouts of pain and discomfort. Chiropractors focus on teaching proper postural habits and body mechanics to minimize stress on the body, minimize the risk of injury and keep mom functioning optimally and without discomfort throughout her pregnancy. Hope this helps! http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=21322I am 6 weeks pregnant and last week I nearly passed out due to pains across my lower back, it was so intense I had to lay on the floor at work. I went to the doctors and he diagnosed me with a kidney infection and gave me pregnancy safe antibiotics. The pain was still continuing and not lessening after id finished my 7 day course of antibiotics so I returned to the doctors who told me to go to casualty if I got the pain again. Soon after returning home I got the pains and went to the casualty at the hospital. They refered me to the gynocology ward & took a blood and urine test & found no signs of a kidney infection and both tests were fine. They prescribed me some pregnancy safe painkillers and said that it was probably high hormone level or ligments softening for pregnancy. It has now been 9 days and Im still suffering with such severe lower back pain that I cannot stand up when it comes, leave the house on my own, drive or go to work. The only symptoms I get are pain in my lower back which comes every 8-10 hours & lasts for about 15 minutes (no bleeding so not eptopic). Im so upset and distressed now as I cant believe that the ligments softening is so unbearably painful that I nearly pass out each time it happens and have to lay on the floor and I have no idea of how long this is going to last. The doctors arent very helpful either as they havent given me any further medication or any definite answer of what it is. If this is "ligments softening" has anyone had or heard of anyone suffering pain as severe as this? Please help because im at my wits end.
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  • I know that many women may experience many different things during pregnancy. I was experiencing some VERY severe pain that statred under my right breast and radiated towards my back. I was throwing up and I couldn't sleep because of the pain. Come to find out, after I couldn't take it anymore I went to the Emergency Dept. and found out that it was Gallstones. My gall bladder is going to have to be removed. The doctor's would like me to try and eat a low fat diet and they got the pain to subside and they are going to try and keep it subsided until I am in my second trimester, if not after my pregnancy is over. What I would like to say to you ladies is, trust your body, If something doesn't feel right, always have it checked out.
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  • I am currently 10 weeks and 4 days pregnant and have exprienced for the first time yesterday excruciating backpain. I immediatly thought I had a kidney infection and went straight to the doctor. They did all the tests and like everyone else posted, the test came back negative. Again this morning I experienced the back pain in the same spot. The pain started off light and increasingly got worse to the point of pain I have never experienced before for about 20 minutes. My doctor hasn't said much of why this is happening or how to prevent it but assured me my baby is fine. Everyone in the office did not seem too concerned and I have not had any abdominal pain or bleeding. I did some research on the internet and why it did not help to let me know how to prevent or solve this back pain it was pretty clear this isn't uncommon just misunderstood. A moist heating pad has helped somewhat for me and I was told I could take regular Tylenol for the pain.
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    • November 3, 2009
    • 06:58 PM
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  • I am six weeks pregnant. At four weeks pregnant I had back pain so bad that I fainted at the physio. I have never fainted before in my life so was quite shocked. I lay flat on my back on the floor for a week and could not stand up straight. Apparently, it is the increased levels of progesterone loosening the ligaments and discs that haved aggraved my back. The only thing that has helped me is very gentle swimming every day for the last week. My back is still unstable but my gyno has said this won't improve till later in pregnancy when my hormone levels change. I am 6 weeks pregnant and last week I nearly passed out due to pains across my lower back, it was so intense I had to lay on the floor at work. I went to the doctors and he diagnosed me with a kidney infection and gave me pregnancy safe antibiotics. The pain was still continuing and not lessening after id finished my 7 day course of antibiotics so I returned to the doctors who told me to go to casualty if I got the pain again. Soon after returning home I got the pains and went to the casualty at the hospital. They refered me to the gynocology ward & took a blood and urine test & found no signs of a kidney infection and both tests were fine. They prescribed me some pregnancy safe painkillers and said that it was probably high hormone level or ligments softening for pregnancy. It has now been 9 days and Im still suffering with such severe lower back pain that I cannot stand up when it comes, leave the house on my own, drive or go to work. The only symptoms I get are pain in my lower back which comes every 8-10 hours & lasts for about 15 minutes (no bleeding so not eptopic). Im so upset and distressed now as I cant believe that the ligments softening is so unbearably painful that I nearly pass out each time it happens and have to lay on the floor and I have no idea of how long this is going to last. The doctors arent very helpful either as they havent given me any further medication or any definite answer of what it is. If this is "ligments softening" has anyone had or heard of anyone suffering pain as severe as this? Please help because im at my wits end.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2009
    • 04:47 AM
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  • So glad I am not the only one, I thought I was going crazy. I have a VERY high pain tolerance and this lower back pain that started at 4 wks pregnant has brought me to my knees, the floor, and tears to my eyes for the past 3 1/2 wks with no end in sight. I had some sciatic pain with my first preganancy starting around 20 wks and lasted through the end and I would love to have that instead. This pain is so intense I uncontrollably "yelp" in pain. I have never experienced anything like it, it feels like two broken bones crashing together. I do not wish this on anyone. If I can get out of bed and move around enough, it loosens a bit and sharp pains only happen when I move a certain way or sit or lay down then get up. If I keep moving, it stays a bit less painful but still at a 7 or 8. Hope it helps someone else. I can't wait until it stops!
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    • February 27, 2010
    • 02:36 AM
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  • I am also experiencing this same this. Two weeks ago I ended up in the hospital and they told me I had a kidney infection. I just found out I'm pregnant a couple days ago. I'm not sure how far along I am but my lower back pain in unbearable. I can't sleep at all at night. I only had back pain about a week before I went into labor with my son. I'm very worried and I can't get into the doctor for a couple weeks. I don't know whether I should call and tell them I think there is a problem. Any advice would be great!! Hope you all start to feel better!
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  • I am 13 weeks pregnant and have severe lower back pain. It came about after I had my first child who is now 15 months. It became much worse after I got pregnant again and comes and goes. When it comes though, it will last anywhere from 2 to 6 days depending on the severity.I was told, (aside from the MRI I had before the pregnancy which said I had a bulging disc) that it is the ligaments loosening as well as your spine being pulled forward. the bigger your uterus gets, the more it pulls the spine on your lower back forward which can cause severe pain to the ligaments, discs, and nerves in the area. There are a few different things you can do to fix the problem.1. Exercises. there are pregnancy safe exercises that you can do to help strengthen the muscles in that area and pull your spine more into place. These include, small crutches, buttocks flexes (lay on your side and flex your butt muscles holding it for 5 seconds and releasing doing it for 10 times at least twice a day), and hip rocking (where you lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat, sway your hip in very gently and lightly from side to side eventually making a small hoola hoop movement for a short period of time, at least twice a day).2. Try physical therapy. It can help and they will message you as well as give you tips on lifting and exercise.3. Even though my doctor or physical therapist never mentioned this to me, I find that it helped with the pain the BEST (and I found it in my baby book the hospital gave me ;) ) alternate heat and ice to the effected area. DO NOT keep heat on it for more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time because you don't want your body temp to rise or it could harm the baby. and always end with ice. after a while, you may still have a little pain, but it won't be NEARLY as bad and it will feel almost 100% better.I know this is late for the original poster, but I hope this helps others who may read this!
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  • I am happy yet apprehensive to post this reply and it seems the other posts are at least three years old. If anyone is out there that is still experiencing this and can help me in any way i would appreciate it. i am currently - week pregnant and have been having lower back pain with broad spectrum lower pelvic pain. no bleeding at all. the pain only seems to come around the time i expect my period and it is rhythmic. it used to occur every hours and now it seems to be coming every two hours at least. i cant seem to find a pregnancy safe medication that works and quite honestly i would love to complete this pregnancy without ingesting anything that will compromise the health of my baby. IF YOU ARE OUT THERE and have any words of advice or have heard of a possible diagnosis PLEASE REPLY. :( Sincerely, feeling sad and hopeless
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    • November 27, 2010
    • 08:19 AM
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  • I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and the past few days I have been suffering from sharp pains in my hips. I have felt this pain before, usually after long hours on my feet, but never this intense and frequent. It makes me gasp in pain and throws me off balance. The only thing that seems to help is lying down. Stretching helps but it comes right back. I am getting very nervous that this my be a very painful pregnancy, possibly no work and bedrest. That is my worst nightmare. I have not gone to the doctor about it but have looked into my hip pain before, to no avail. I don't want to waste my time if there is no solution. Has anyone experienced sharp pains in the hips along with back pain?-desperate
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  • Hi i too have the back pain problem suring my third trimester of pregnancy state back pain during third trimester of pregnancy this helped may a lot i will help u
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  • Pain during pregnancy is very common.Prenatal yoga workout works wonder in relieving oneself out of all pain.Healthy pregnancy is a sure result of prenatal yoga postures.http://bit.ly/pVxxeV
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  • So I just want to share with everyone possible that I am very newly pregnant with 4 back surgeries and a spinal cage, my hips were KILLLING me every night and throughout the day to the point I woke up crying all night, with a sharp pain deep in my sacro ilac joints, and was in constant agony. A fitness trainer I somtimes see who is also a physiotherapist, suggested I put a pillow under my *** (halfway down)...folded to whatever is comfortable to take the stress off my hips when I sleep (you also want to keep your knees raised in this position or you feel wobbly) and my goodness, the pain has gone down tremendously where I am not up all night crying in pain. Pass it on!!! I never read this recommendation after a full week of exhausting internet searches. Let me know if you need a better description of how to arrange yourself, you want to be basically let your hips drop off the pillow downwards of course. Pam.
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