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I have horribly painful backache

(7 Posts)
kazbeth Wed 03-Sep-08 18:52:27

Is there really nothing I can take for this except paracetamol? It's really painful when I move or if I'm sitting still for too long. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do please. No idea what caused this it just suddenly seemed to 'go'. I'm 24 weeks gone if that makes any difference.

I currently have a heat pack on my back - is this a good idea?

Thanks

MarkStretch Wed 03-Sep-08 18:57:25

Has it just started in the last couple of days?

AllieBongo Wed 03-Sep-08 19:04:07

I have this. try to lay on your side with cushions under all pressure points ie knees, belly, between ankles, push yourself up onto your side rather than try and use your tummy or back to sit up. If it worsens, have a chat with your midwife who will recommend you to a physio, which will do naff all and will give you a huge tubi-grip to wear over your bump. I had this with both other pregnancies. If you can afford to see an osteopath who specialises in pregnancy pain then go for it. hth. i know who you fell, it's bloody agony

kazbeth Wed 03-Sep-08 19:18:27

It started this morning .. think I was just reaching up for something in the cupboard and felt a pain but then it went away again. After a few hours it got worse.

Thanks AllieBongo .. you don't sound too impressed with the physio then. I've been to an osteopath years ago when I did my back in before (not pregnant then). Since then I'm usually so careful about it that I can't believe it's happened again. I've done it a few times before but just taken nurofen and it's been fine by the next day. Not sure I can afford to go again though. Did yours stop hurting after the pregnancy?

AllieBongo Wed 03-Sep-08 19:21:58

yes, it was fine. I think it's all down to the softening of ligaments and the pelvis moving etc. If i sit down for a long while or lay flat on my back it feels like it has locked and i literally can't move. i think it is quite common, but it still sucks

hanaflower Wed 03-Sep-08 19:22:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bikerunski Thu 04-Sep-08 10:00:14

I have been almost surgically attached to my hot water bottle for back ache for the last 8 weeks (38 + 3 now). I love it.

PG pilates and swimming also help. If swimming breastroke though, don't hold your head out of the water. it puts too steep a curve into your back. The pilates exercise that helps mosty is to sit on a gym ball and make little circles with your hips, and also plevic tilts back-forward and side to side on the ball.

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