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TOTALLY DESPERATE - could awful labour/ epidural with DC1 be causing these pains in DC2 pregnancy?

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BlueFishWonder Thu 28-Mar-13 19:41:30

I had a horrid labour with DC1, back to back, stuck in birth canal, blood loss, forceps etc, etc. After 29 hours I was given an epidural, it didn't work and only numbed by left leg. when it wore off I still had no feeling down my left thigh. During the course of the following 5 to 6 months the feeling gradually returned but never came back fully and over that time whenever I sat down for more than half an hour or lay day at night I had the most awful cramp and pain down my thigh.
30 weeks pregnant with DC2 and the pain has returned in my thigh. It has been building up gradually over the past few weeks but is causing me hell, I can't sleep, rest, etc. I've been diagnosed with SPD and the midwife thinks it is this causing it though she hasn't come across the thigh pain before, but if it is the SPD why is it identical to the pain I was left with after my epidural last time??
Can anyone help, offer any advice? I am almost in tears with a mixture of pain and tiredness. I haven't had more than 4 hours sleep per night for the last week, I'm desperate!

AndFanjoWasHisNameO Thu 28-Mar-13 19:47:54

It could well be a condition called meralgia parasthetica. I had it in my first pregnancy and it was worse than my SPD. I ended up having cortisone injections into my hips but the best cure is sadly childbirthsad keep pressure off the nerves with a huge belly bandage (physio can get you a tubigrip) or buy a support from eBay. Co coda mol takes the edge off it and try not to stand in one position for too long -no ironing etc grin

FergusSingsTheBlues Thu 28-Mar-13 19:49:59

Interestingly....i had a 37 hour back to back with son, and had spd from six weeks of which was nuts...ive always wondered if it was related to the strain.

I have no advice apart from the fact that it really eased when i did take it truly easy..lhavent lifted more than a bin bag in months and worked from home from second trimester onwards.

My back and hips lock v easily now. I had a csection second time around as i didnt want to risk further damage esp to pelvic floor.

BlueFishWonder Thu 28-Mar-13 19:52:42

I suppose what I find most concerning is it is pain I first had when I wasn't pregnant it occurred after. Could it be nerve pain?

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