(Closed) Chronic back pain and pregnancy

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@glimmeringone:  I could have written this post myself. I have the same exact issues – 2 herniated discs, spinal stenosis, osteo arthristis in the spinal joints and hips. As soon as it flared up I always “popped a pil”.  You can take Extra Strength Tylenol but thats it.  I am currently over 18 weeks and my back has done pretty good to this point, but the past few days I’ve been feeling the pressure.  If you can, swimming does wonder and lots of back stretches.

Good luck!

Post # 4
214 posts
Helper bee

@glimmeringone:  While my back pain is relatively minor compared to yours (lower back scoliosis). I’ve been working closely with my chiropractor who does a lot more muscle work than adjustments.  He’s been able to get my muscles to work correctly and adjust for the scoliosis (I used to have to go to the chiropractor every 1-3 weeks with frequent back spasms for years and now I can go up to 6 months to a year without pain). Have you worked with anyone who focuses on deep tissue adjustments?

Post # 6
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I take vicodin.  I’m 31 weeks pregnant and started taking it around 14 weeks (the OB wanted me out of the first trimester first).  At this point, the main issue is withdrawal, so I’ll be getting off of it at 36 weeks.  I was also on something stronger for about two weeks (I don’t remember what it was called) and then morphine in the hospital (had surgery).

I didn’t have much luck with tylenol or heat/ice or yoga or acupuncture in the first trimester.  

There are pain medications you can take if your OB is willing, but from what I understand, the addiction is the major issue when it comes to the fetus, so I know I’ll have to be careful weaning off, since even if I don’t have any issue, the baby may.  

I know a lot of people are against any medication in pregnancy, but for me, I think that you have to make yourself reasonably comfortable.  I have two other children and I can’t just lay in bed for 9 months (just like other people have jobs or hobbies or friends or lives or what have you).  If you have to beg for percocet, don’t feel guilty.  I’m not sure if percocet is one of the safer options, but there are several class B and C pain medications so there *are* options that are relatively safe.  Even if you take nothing during pregnancy, there is no guarantee your baby will be 100% healthy, so weigh your potential costs with the benefits.  

You can take tylenol in the first trimester.  I’ve never read or been told by any of my OBs that I couldn’t, and in fact, it was suggested to me by my OB to take them.  I do remember you have to be careful about how much per day you take, but I know I could take them every 4-6 hours.

Post # 8
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@glimmeringone:  I take tylenol 3x a week because my back pain/ migraines get unbearable. My doctor said it was fine in the first tri but i just need to be careful

Post # 10
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@glimmeringone:  Your welcome! I hope it gets better. 🙁 I have a tens unit but I don’t really think it helps any.

Post # 11
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

Look into Blair upper cervical chiropractic. 

Post # 12
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

From what I understand, tylenol does very little for the issues you’re describing (herniated/degenerated disks, sciatica idk about the other stuff) so I would ask your Dr at your upcoming appointment about the safety of NSAIDs (Advil/ibprofen) for pain relief too. I don’t know anything about pregnancy or if you’ve tried those already but when my disk problems, sciatica or TMJD flare up my spine is only helped by a reduction in swelling which isn’t something tylenol does. But high doses of Advil, icing, and flexeril (which probably isn’t good for baby either, but also maybe worth asking about?) helps, for me at least. 


Sorry! I hope you feel better soon. 

Post # 13
1785 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@stuckinwonderland:  I am so glad to see you post this!!!! I have always wondered what would happen if I got pregnant. I have talked it over at the Pain Center that I go to and the Dr’s are on board with helping me though a pregnancy, thru the use of medications. I have had 3 back surgeries, have herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. I have had over 90+ injections and had my nerve ending burned off (RF procedure) twice. This has been an ongoing life sentence since I was 19, now 33. I have some good days on medication, but without medication everyday is a bad day and I am not able to be a productive citizen/teacher. I am so happy this thread is here and I hope everyone can keep an open mind to this. I never injured my back – one day at 19 I was putting away dishes and a disc slipped. Since that day it has been a nightmare. I hope people don’t judge because this can happen to ANYONE at ANYTIME. Good luck to you – and I will be keeping this thread on my favorites and checking back often. Very happy to see this! Made my day!

Post # 14
3697 posts
Sugar bee

@funkybutton:  The info my care providers gave me has said that Tylenol is fine during pregnancy but ibuprofen, etc., should be avoided, just FYI.

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