I have a pain

I’m not sure what I did to myself, but it feels like someone has literally stabbed me in the back. The whole left side of my spine hurts in a shooting, pinchy kind of way. It woke me up at 4:30 yesterday morning and has hurt ever since. I can’t figure out how sleeping (my favorite thing in the whole world) can cause a back injury.The chances of this being caused by hard work or exersize are less than zero. The worst part is I can’t isolate the pain. I begged E to rub my back last night but no matter where he pushed it wasn’t where it hurt. I’ve already learned that pregnancy can cause things to feel weird or hurt more than normal, but I thought the back pain was supposed to come later – like month 7 or 8, when I’ll have a watermelon stapled to my stomach. I suppose the strain of my ginormous boobs might have thrown things off balance, but what am I supposed to do about that?

The list of drugs you can take during pregnancy is pretty short. Actually, it’s pretty much just Tylenol. I was planning on calling the doctor if it still hurt this much today, but now I’m not sure who to call. My baby-maker feels fine, so my OB-GYN isn’t really going to care. My regular doctor is impossible to get an appointment with, and I’m fairly sure his response will be “Go lie down. Take some Tylenol.” What I need is a chiropractor but I don’t think the military health care system believes in those. The Navy prescribes foot powder and Motrin for every ailment short of an actual missing limb – even then you’d probably just get the extra-strength Motrin. I think I’m going to just have to suck it up and deal but I’m a huge baby about pain. I really should have thought this pregnancy thing through a little more.

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7 Responses to “I have a pain”

  1. meghanstrader says:

    The great thing about being pregnant is your OBGYN will see you for any ailment you have—b/c your pregnant. When I had broncitus with my first son, I went to my OBGYN; when I had a sinus infection with my second son, I went to my OBGYN. They have to make sure that you are feeling good, so they will see you. Probably this week! Just call them ;)

  2. kt says:

    my sciatic nerve started hurting like a biotch probably last month or so.. maybe week 14? it’s calmed down a bit thankfully. i’m sure it will be back in full force soon enough.

    also soon you will know the joys of boob leakage. i woke up with a nickel-sized spot on my shirt this morning. it was cool and sorta gross at the same time. i wanted to wake my husband up to say “look what i did!” but i am merciful.

  3. stacyinbean says:

    Hey doll, I’m with meghanstrader on this one. Call the obgyn, this shit is their specialty. Plus, your a first time preggo, you’re supposed to ask a bajillion questions! Update us!

  4. AGreenEyeDevil says:

    You need to speak w/your Ob/Gyn about this!

  5. J.D.Regent says:

    so easy to pull a muscle in the middle of your back… happened to me last week and i was CRYING, writhing in pain like a total baby but it went away in like 4 days. it hurt EVERYWHERE no matter how i moved. I recommend warm baths, deep slow breaths and “happy baby” yoga pose. good luck!

  6. sarrible says:

    Does the happy baby yoga pose involve putting your feet in your mouth? Because they always look delighted when they do that.

  7. FourInchHeels says:

    I’m so sorry that you’re in pain! And I’m even more sorry that I was literally laughing out loud in a hallway on campus reading about it. Only you can make miserable pain sound somewhat comical. But I’m with everyone else — your Ob/Gyn is there to make your life better. If she’s not the right person to talk to, at the very least she’ll send you to the proper person. But don’t forget to play the “I’m a first-time mommy, I have questions. Deal with it” card – after “I’M GROWING A HUMAN! I DO WHAT I WANT!” card, I’d say it’s your best bet.

    I’m sending lots of pain-free thoughts your way!

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