Post # 1
Anyone dealing with this?
My husband is currently on strike with his job so we’ve been cut off from the insurance until they settle a new contract.
I called the nurse & she said I shouldn’t be having cramping this soon, but the back pain could be the baby being on a nerve. I would rather be safe than sorry, but I also don’t want a $1,000 emergency bill. Hoping I can get some advice, or similiar stories?
The cramping mainly happens at night when I’m sleeping, feeling similar to period cramping. And my back pain has been happening today on and off.
Post # 3
My cousin’s wife experienced this late in pregnancy and she found that sleeping in the recliner really helped. Hope you can get some relief soon. Can you go to a minor clinic? We have them here where you don’t have to have insurance and it would be cheapier than the ER etc. Also I know some pharmacies have started having clinics in them. Like CVS has the minute clinic which has a registered PA. I’ve gone there for a flu shot.
Post # 4
Can you get into your OB’s office just to make sure you’re not actually in early labour? I know the lack of insurance coverage right now is really difficult but based on the symptoms you’ve described, I think it’s really important you make sure the cramping and back pain aren’t indicative of contractions. I know ER visits are super expensive but an office visit to your OB shouldn’t be more than a few hundred dollars.
I haven’t experienced this but I do know back pain and cramping are the signs of early labour and for me personally, I would rather be safe than sorry.
I’m sorry – I hope you find a way to get some answers soon and hoping for a good outcome for you!
Post # 5
With something like this I would say screw the medical bill and go get checked out. No bill is worth something being wrong and not getting the attention it needs. I understand it’s tough without insurance but since your baby is involved I suggest going in ASAP.
With that said, I had a period of time around week 24 where I had horrible pain and it turned out to be pressure on a nerve. But it sounds like you said cramping which to me is not something that I felt. My pain was in my back. Please go get checked out just to be on the safe side. I hope things are ok and you find some relief 🙁
Post # 6
It could be like sciatica…which I have been having. But now that I am 28 weeks, I’ve noticed its kind of gone away….it was feeling bad for a couple weeks.
Post # 7
@luvalways86: hmm if you can’t pay the 1,000 ER bill (WHO CAN!?) then i’d say try to aim for a couple hundred dollars or less and go see a chiropractor. I know here, 1 visit for a check-up on your back and an alignment can be about $75.00-$120.00. You never know, it might be better after that….at least the chiropractor can tell you if they’ve seen this before and what you should do.
I felt back pain too but yours sounds more dramatic so I’d get it checked out SOMEWHERE…not the ER. They do nothing anyways.
Post # 8
Is your back pain all over or spot specific? I had kidney stones at about 28 weeks that was the worst stabby back pain I’ve probably ever felt, but it was spot specific to my right kidney. It would come and go in waves, but persisted off and on for 4 days, with the worst being about 24-36 hours. I ended up in Labor & Delivery at the hospital for it, but there was nothing they could really do other than pain meds.
As far as the cramping goes, are you hydrating enough? Nightime is a classic time to become dehydrated. You might try chugging lots of water to see if that helps. That said, if the cramping is intense, I’d bite the bullet and try to get an appointment with your OB or an urgent care clinic or something….somebody/place that can monitor if you’re having contractions that maybe you can’t feel, and can check your cervix, etc to see if you’re dialating.
Hope you feel better (and get your insurance back) soon!
Post # 9
Thanks for all the advice and kinds words. Lately there’s been no cramping, just back pain. Husband is going back to work Tuesday, so hopefully i’ll get back on the insurance and go to the doctor!! Yay!