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Severe back pain and slipped disc (29 weeks what happens next?)

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Red193 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:09:32

Hi! I've a slipped disc in both my neck and lower back. I've had these for probably 10/12 years now. I was told I would probably have problems carrying a child and it seems they were right. I'm now in week 29 and in severe pain. I have a midwife appointment coming up and will not be leaving without a referral to physio but can anyone advise on what plan of action would be taken (will I be induced early and will I have to have a section??)

I am currently living with a hot water bottle glued to my back. Pain all across the lumbar region of the spine with associated sciatica and restless leg and numb toes where I appear to be getting poor circulation and my foot is frozen. Also pain in the hips and problems passing a motion.


Wolfiefan Tue 05-Jan-16 22:10:55

Please don't leave this. I don't want to alarm you but you should seek advice ASAP.

Red193 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:19:03

I spoke to physio today and they said speak to midwife for a referral. I have an appointment Thursday morning so will be speaking to her then. I tried ringing my midwife helpline today but no one answered

Wolfiefan Tue 05-Jan-16 22:22:43

Don't leave it that long. Please. I don't want to scare you but altered sensation and bowel issues are associated with cauda equina syndrome. Please get checked out.

Red193 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:26:54

I know about cauda equina (worked in a physio department) and it's not he same as that. I'm struggling cos I'm a bit constipated and it really hurts to sit on the toilet. I will try the helpline again tomorrow though. The physio was really good today when I explained my symptoms but I'm just depressed as it hurts so much and I can't survive another 11 weeks like this.

originalusernamefail Tue 05-Jan-16 22:28:07

I'm afraid altered sensation in the lower limbs and loss of control of bladder/bowels is an A&E type emergency. These are both symptoms that there is pressure on your spinal cord, the longer you leave it the higher the risk of permanent damage.

originalusernamefail Tue 05-Jan-16 22:30:46

X post. The other option is to have your GP refer you tomorrow. They can also advise you re: pain control. Both times my physio referrals took weeks to lead to an appointment. You can't suffer for that long.

Ditsy4 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:32:26

Go to an Osteopath some specialise in pregnant and post women.

Red193 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:33:43

Physio have told me as soon as they get the referral it is a maximum 2 week wait but I will try calling the dr in the morning and see if she can get it put through tomorrow instead of waiting til Thursday. Thanks everyone

Red193 Wed 06-Jan-16 16:30:08

Managed to get a referral done today but been told to call physio tomorrow if I haven't heard from them today. Hopefully they can get me in quick

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