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Pinched nerve 
31st-May-2010 11:22 am [aches and pains, numbness and tingling]
I am fairly certain I pinched a nerve in the left side of my back. I woke up this morning in serious pain and it took me a while to actually get out of bed, when I did get up I noticed my right hand was numb and feeling like pins and needles. I figured I slept on my arm but it wouldn't stop for about an hour or so and still I feel it a bit in my finger tips.

I'm unable to see my Dr til friday, so I went to the closes walk-in clinic to see if I could just speak with a Dr and get some suggestions and what not. The wait was about 4 hours, so there was no way I was going to sit there like this for that long. So I went to speak with a pharmacist to see if there was anything he could suggest that was safe to take for pain, all he could tell me was "The safest thing to take while pregnant for pain is tylenol.." I am well aware of that haha So I left and I am again at home in pain.

Of course I'm not looking for a medical diagnosis, just wondering if this has happend to anyone else while pregnant and how was it treated?
31st-May-2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
This happened to me about a month and a half ago, and my doctor basically told me the same thing as the pharmacist. Take tylenol and try a warm bag or some ice. Honestly nothing really helped me and I was in agony for for a couple weeks, and slept sitting up at night because that was the only comfortable position.
I know I am of no help, and I sure hope your doctor has some better suggestions than my useless one.
31st-May-2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I still appreciate the reply. I ended up going to the emergency room on the advice of a nurse mainly because of the numbness, but again it was going to be a seriously long wait and I am just not in the mood or condition to be sitting in a waiting room for that long, I'd rather be home in bed. So we'll see what a couple days of tylenol and a heating pad do.
31st-May-2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Totally OT, I assume: I didn't read your post, and had to scan past it really fast. Your icon is flashing in a way that can be really problematic for certain people who are susceptible to migraines and seizures.
31st-May-2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
I've had a pinched nerve in my right shoulder since about week 26 or something like that...now hitting week 35. There's nothing that the doctor can do about it. She suggested a professional massage and i've heard other people on here talk about chiropractors being really helpful. I can't afford either so that's kind of out for me. I use a heating pad when it gets bad and really tingly, but generally it's just another joy of being pregnant. Sorry I can't offer any helpful advice. :( But if it makes you feel any better, i feel your pain...
1st-Jun-2010 12:08 am (UTC)
How the hell do you, do your day to day thing? I had such a hard time just getting out of bed and getting to the dr, let alone work. :(
1st-Jun-2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I don't know. There have been moments where I just sit on the couch and cry about it because it hurts so badly. But for the most part I knew that I had school until 32 weeks and that I just had to get up and get things done, so I did it, despite the pain and the tingling and the occaisional numbness in my fingers. Maybe I have a high pain tolerance, or maybe mine isn't as bad as yours...i'm not sure. Some days it's tough. There are certain things that I just can't do...like the dishes...but I never really liked doing those anyways... :)I hope yours feels better soon. Mine has gotten a lot more bearable since school is over and i'm not hunched over a desk or a lab bench all day.
1st-Jun-2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Today it is a bit better if I don't strain my neck or twist my back so I am at work. Sitting very still and seein how it goes. heh.
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