Has anyone had this this early? I lifted a few boxes of wine up the stairs on Thursday night at work and since then I've had this horrendous pain in my lower back and down my right leg. GP gave me two weeks off work but the pain is unbearable! Any ideas how to relieve the pain?
I've had back pain not related to pregnancy for years. Yoga really helps me, and I try to practice daily. I will send you a few links to useful excercises to beat sciatica. Try staying in them for at least a minute each initally. Double pegion posture is really great for tacking hip/upper leg pain.
I also had very bad siatic pain during my pregnancy to the point that i could not even get out of bed. I actually found that yoga made it worse. We ended up calling a physiotherapist to the house and she did a massage (obviously being very careful cause of the pregnancy) for 45 mins. She showed my husband how to do the massage and the pressure points so if I was in pain he could do the massage. It made the world of difference! before having the massage i had to get a certificate from my doctor stating that I was permitted to have a massage and then we had to ensure that the lady was experienced with massaging pregnant women. Also a hot water bottle helped. Good luck!
gysela I'm so sorry, and I wonder why your colleagues couldn't carry the boxes of wine?????
I had a ruptured disc/sciatica before pregnancy and 2 surgeons recommended surgery as the only option, which I refused. So I swam 3x weekly and took smaller Pilates classes, and now no pain. All docs thought that a pregnancy would bring this back, but I'm 25 weeks and (knock wood) it's not. However, I do about 25 minutes of Pilates/Yoga combo EVERY morning (in addition to a long weekly pregnancy-focused class) to ensure that my core/pelvic floor muscles are fit.
Don't over-do anything while the pain is bad, but do try some of the yoga postures when it subsides during the day.
If you have access to a pool, try walking in it first, and just moving about, and if feeling better, then do a few laps to start. Or if there is a local pregnancy Pilates class, check with your mw/dr to see whether you can go.
The belt is good for a while, as long as you don't use it for long periods...try to rely less on that than your pelvic floor muscles, which will give you more strength.