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Unbearable Back Pain In First Trimester, Why And How???

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I just found out on the 29th that I am pregnant. The shock of this hasn't gone away yet. (my hubby is fixed)

for over a week I have been going to the doctor everyday to try and find out the cause of the most excruciating back pain I have ever had in my life. I can not move in any way with out all the muscles in my back and around my lower sides seizing up and going into spasms. It does it when I just move my head or try to inhale a little bit more than normal. I am unable to do anything. The pain is so intense.

I have had so many tests run, they have looked at my bones and major organs! My doctor was stumped. I suggested a preg test, at the urging of a friend. Not 30 mins later he telling me that i'm pregnant!

I am still taking a 30mg codeine sulfate twice a day. (which I was assured that this would not harm the baby) and I was taken off all other meds.

Yesterday I went in for an ultrasound to be checked out. We were hoping to determine gestation. They used the wand that gets inserted into the vagina since it's so early. They didnt find anything but the cyst thinggie in there. They think I may only be 2-3 weeks preg.

How the heck can I be in this much pain and only be 2-3 weeks preg???

(this will be my 3rd child) my other two preg were quite plesant!!!

If anyone knows whats going on here I would love to be informed. My doctor says that theres no real reason for me to be in this much pain.
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replied January 31st, 2007
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Some cysts can release the hormone hcg and cause you to get a false postive pregnancy test. I had a false positive back in november and just now found out that I have multiple cysts on each ovary. I would ask for another ultrasound because if you are pregnant then they should be able to see something with the transvaginal ultrasound. It would be very small but you would be able to see it.
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replied January 31st, 2007
They tested my blood twice and checked some nubers. I asked them if there was anyway for it to be a false pos. They said no because of the amount of (?) in my system. I cant remeber what it was. The schedueled me for another ultrasound in a week. They said it was normal to not be able to see anything if I only got preg 2 weeks ago. Its not in the uterus yet.

I was reading the "tummy and back cramps" forum. So much of that sounds like what i'm going thru...

Does the cramping from the uterus feel like deep muscle cramps? Is this what im feeling? Or is it different?
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replied February 1st, 2007
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Shocked ...What?


Correct me if i'm wrong here...


You can't be pregnant 2 weeks. Pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last period. 2 weeks would be roughly(depending on the length of your cycle) the time you ovulated. And it takes roughly 10 days after that for an egg to implant. That being said....


lizardlaird wrote:
they said it was normal to not be able to see anything if I only got preg 2 weeks ago. Its not in the uterus yet.



is not true because in order for your body to produe the .Hcg horomone, the egg has to be implanted in the uterus lining.


But maybe you mean you are 2 weeks pregnant because you're counting from your concieved date(ovulation) so then that would make you 4 weeks pregnant (which is still kinda early for it to be seen on u/s I think)

i don't understand why the doctors would tell you that you're 2-3 weeks pregnant. That makes no sense.


Try posting this in the "am I pregant?" or "pregnancy" forum. You might get more replies.


Good luck!!
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replied July 9th, 2009
I am 7 weeks pregnant and I too am in UNBEARABLE back pain!!! I started having some lower back pain abour 2 weeks ago and it just kept getting worse and worse as the days went by. I went to my PCP and he said that he thought it was just my body's way of getting ready for the baby to grow. I called my OBGYN office and they said that the hormone that would cause that big of a growth spirt wouldn't happen until much later in the pregnancy. The pain got so bad that I ended up in the ER last night! They did and ultrasound and said that everything looked normal with the baby and that they didn't know what would be causing so much pain. I can't sit, stand, lay down or anything without being in excruciating pain!!! Does this sound like what you are going through now and did you find any answers...does ANYBODY have any answers? I have a 2 year old that I have to take care of so I am relying on a lot of help from family. What do you think???
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replied September 17th, 2011
back pain while pregnant
i had a back injury 7 years ago and have always had minor to mild back pain since then that even runs down my leg.. but now i am 7 weeks pregnant and the pain is unbearable as well i cant sit lay down walk , i went in to the er yesterday and they gave me 2 doses of IV morphine and muscle relaxers and it didnt even touch my pain thats how bad it is. they cant x ray to look at my spine but i know how you feel. ive been searching the web and no one seems to have an answer or even what to do about it. i honestly dont know if i can continue this pregnancy if it doesnt get better i cant handle this now, how would i handle it once i have a bump and extra weight. im really worried.
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replied November 4th, 2009
Lower back pain
I am 11 weeks pregnant and this is my 3rd child and I am also having excruciating lower back pain /ache. I also have some pain in my abdomen, mostly on my left side. It is so uncomfortable and back massages only make it worse. I had some slight back pain with my 2nd child, but this is unbearable on most days. I worry so much about miscarriage, because I did not have this experience with my other pregnancies. I am just hoping that somehow, it will get better after the first trimester. I have had to hire a nanny, because along with the morning sickness, I can't take care of my young children. On most days, I can't cope!!
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replied November 22nd, 2009
I am also 3 months pregnant. I started having back pain about 7 weeks ago. I have the feeling that I need to pop my back. This is my first pregnancy and I am really nervous about this pain.
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replied January 5th, 2010
I am 14 weeks pregnant, first pregnancy, couple of weeks of pain especially at night and trying to get up of a morning. My back seizes up.

About 6 years I had an excruciating back problem for many days, taken to hospital in a wheelchair, unable to move as my back kept seizing up.

It was basically a result of my own mismanagement of stretching etc. I.e. I know my hamstrings and glutes, shoulders, neck etc. are always very tight. My flexibility is poor. I should be more diligent in looking after my body/muscles.

Six years later and I'm still not stretching, same pain during pregnancy. However, I too would have thought it would be later, say third trimester, when I'd be carrying more weight. Certainly not the case!

My understanding however, is that even in early pregnancy, the pelvic bones become soft.

I am going to see a physiotherapist/osteopath and I am under no illusion that it will be a once off visit during my pregnancy.
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replied July 5th, 2010
I'm 11 weeks pregnant with my first and have also been experiencing these symptoms. I'll talk with my obstatracian when I see him this week but I have been having bad lower back pain for 3 weeks and have in the last week been experiencing severe hip pain (mainly my left) particularly in the morning and at night. It mainly happens if I have been sitting or lying in one position for about 15min or longer. It was so severe tonight I had to get my husband to help me sit up and stand. It is winter here and the cold seems to be aggravating it. It is also much worse after nights when I exercise (yoga, walking etc). I used a warm heat pack on my lower back tonight and that helped heaps. I think this may have something to do with the loosening ligaments etc that starts to occur around now. I have had some lower body alignment issues when I was a young teenager, however this eased with age and increased muscular development to help hold everythinG in it's correct place, it may be that rearing it's head again. It definately feels muscular and skeletal to me and I had my 12 week scan a couple if days ago so I know bub is fine. Be careful of acupuncture in your lower back also, I have been using it for many years to treat various issues and my acupuncturist advised this was a 'no go zone' during pregnancy as there are points in the area that can trigger labor. Take care ladies and I hope you find relief soon as well as much love for your upcoming bubs.
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replied October 14th, 2010
my daughter is 15 weeks pregnant with her first baby, she has also been having these really awful pains.she is having severe pain in her ribs,her mid back, stomach pains.she was that bad i took her to her gp he said it was to do with the baby growing, and her muscles and ligaments stretching.but she knows her own body and feels this is incorrect, as she is in absolute agony!!! im really worried about her and the baby. iv had 4 children and never experienced any pains, or seen anything like it. CAN ANYONE HELP ME! IM A WORRIED MUMMY, AND NANNY TO BE!!!!
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replied October 14th, 2010
I am now in my 27th week (3rd trimester) and am continuing to have these problems, that can at times be completely debilitating for days. I've even had to stop going to yoga classes and be very careful of any movement, particularly twisting, bending and turning.

I have been told by various sources (obstatrician, midwifes, physio's and gp's) that it is definately part of 'relaxin's affects. I find gentle, short periods of movement can help ease the pain followed by short periods of rest. It also greatly helps to ensure you are using good posture (engage those core stomach muscles - draw your belly button in and up, but continue to breathe normally and hold this for 10 breaths or so and repeat - and practise the pelvic floor exercises as well as some basic yoga poses like cat stretch, child's pose and mountain pose) and always keep in mind the three "s"s of pregnancy - slowly, smoothly and symetrical when moving, bending, sitting, standing, turning etc. Also I have found heat packs applied to my lower back and hip ease the pain, especially if I apply before bed and sleep supported by pillows (one between my legs and under my belly and another supporting / proping up my back from behind). I also use plenty of pillows when sitting, usually one in my lower back and one under my belly and always ensure I am sitting properly with good, even posture. I find a combination of all these helps most of the time, but I can still get severe 'flair ups' that completely debilitate and prevent any/all movement and I have to spend most of the day in bed and getting up occassionally to walk around.

I am also going to visit a physio that specialises in pregnancy this afternoon - if you're in the Brisbane area and would like her details please let me know and I will post her name here as well as some brief feedback on how my session goes this arvo (first visit).

Good luck ladies - keep well and look after yourselves xxx
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replied January 30th, 2011
hi i ended up in er lastnite!!with the same prob excrusiating back pain !!!im tterrified of wen i get it next!!the docs told me its acid reflux,take gaviscone two parecetmol after every meal and drink sips of cold milk,i pray to god this will wurk and it doesnt come bak!!!!!!!!!!
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replied March 20th, 2011
lower annoying back pain
hi all, i just found out that i'm preg and am experiencing back pain, it tooo scares me but hearing that its normal helps some. my past pregnancies have not been perfect, i'm thankful for my son who is now 11 and so very happy to have the opprotunity again. i've had miscarriages and 2 ectopic pregnancies am left with one tube. i pray all is well, no bleeding, no cramping, just lower back pain, my appt is not until the end of the month but may need to get in sooner to make sure all is truly well. be blessed
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replied September 15th, 2013
back pain
I been having back pain for 2 weeks or more n couple of days later I had a bad urge to pee every 5 minutes, this past week I went to 3 doctors n one told me I might be getting a urine tract infection n the other said that I don't have nothing that everything is good n the last doctor said just to wait if I get my period but I have a toddler which she's my 1st child only, but yesterday I had the back pain really bad it was so intense I couldn't be still it was hurting n today am fine but now am getting itchy on my stretch marks n I have no idea what's going on
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