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Q about round ligament pain....or is it a cyst??

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ffauxlivia Tue 20-Oct-15 18:45:09

Hi all,

I didn't get far when calling my docs with this, so looking to hear some experiences. I'm approaching 18 weeks, and for 3 days have been having an uncomfortable dull, often pulsing ache low down in my left abdomen. Also I have dull aches in my lower back, near my tailbone and sometimes slightly to the left.

Everything I've read about round ligament pain seems to suggest it's more likely to be on the right, and will be short, sharp stabby pains, which can be eased by changing positions. This isn't the case for me. I seem to get my pain whether I am lying down, walking, sitting etc. It's not all the time, but on and off throughout the day

The nurse said it is RL pain and just to use heatpacks, and that is doesn't sound like a UTI.

Earlier in pregnancy I did have an ovarian cyst on the left side, and the pain felt very similar. At 5.5wks the cyst was 6cm, at 7.5 wks it and shrunk to 3cm, but a new, smaller one had popped up. At the 12 week scan they forgot to check, and I forgot to ask with the excitement of seeing baby! Since the pain had stopped I assumed the cysts had gone, as they often do by 12 wks. They just said they would check again at 20 weeks and not to worry.

The pain just instinctively feels wrong to me, and I worry after a previous MC. But then again I am a clueless FTM who is prone to anxiety, and if I have something to worry about I will!

So did anyone have RL pain which felt like this, is it normal? thank you!!

Llouh Tue 20-Oct-15 19:05:03

Well.. When I was about 20 weeks I had pain which was attributed to a cyst I have and round ligaments but actually turned out to be a uti.

Did they test your urine? I had to book in with a GP to get mine sent off to a lab. It took 4 weeks to get it sorted in the end but all was fine and I'm 39+4 now so was nothing to worry about.

ffauxlivia Tue 20-Oct-15 19:27:17

thanks for the reply Llouh

urine was tested at my last appt 2 weeks ago and was fine, and next appt is in 2.5 weeks. I asked the nurse about UTI as that was what I was worried about, but she said it didn't sound like one. I'm currently in the US so if I go see my OB I could get a test and the result back immediately, but she seemed to think it was okay to wait 2 weeks. Should I push to go in and get a test this week?

Llouh Tue 20-Oct-15 19:30:59

Yeah I'd go and get it done sooner if you get the chance. I left mine and it turned into an upper uti which wasn't even less pleasant. Hopefully it isn't a uti and it is just rl pain but if you aren't convinced now then it will play on your mind.

Like I said though, if it is a uti, they are easily treated and won't effect your baby although they make you feel poo!

ffauxlivia Tue 20-Oct-15 19:38:32

thanks, I will def try and get in over next couple of days to ease my mind - I just hate being one of those people who comes in all the time! I thought bladder pain wouldn't be on the left, but I guess everything just gets pushed around a bit maybe!

Skiptonlass Tue 20-Oct-15 19:50:50

Definitely get a uti check.

My spd started with tailbone pain - get that checked too.

Round ligament pain for me was in response to movement- a sharp stab in response to sneezing for example. It wasn't throbbing and it was never very bad. Spd, by comparison was like constant toothache in my back and pelvis and si joints. It was sickeningly bad and constantly there

ffauxlivia Tue 20-Oct-15 20:20:39

thanks skiptonlass, wow that sounds awful, you poor thing. Hope this is not the start of worse things to come!

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