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Friday, November 11, 2005

Back pain in pregnancy

Dear Dr Amy,

I am feeling pretty worried right now about my back pain. I'm 19 weeks 2 Days, & am having trouble walking, and standing up; I often have to limp. It seems to be a combination of sciatic pain down my legs & also getting stabbing pains in lower left of my back & lower middle back. Often when I stand up, I 'yelp' out in pain because it hurts so much. Also, the pain is relatively constant.

I'm only half way there, I'm feel like i'm going to be in a wheelchair by the time I'm 30 weeksif it gets any worse! Is this normal or should I call my doctor?

RH

Dear RH,

You should definitely talk this over with your doctor, because it is not normal. You may have a back problem such as a herniated ("slipped") disc. An orthopedic doctor could tell you more about what is going on.

Sincerely,
Amy

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