Chronic Pain & Caring For Babies & Children

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ohthepain
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   Posted 10/17/2011 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an 11 week old baby girl and I'm starting to have a really bad time with my back...my pain is spiking almost every night now, and to the point where I feel physically ill and have trouble getting a deep breath. I am not on any meds right now b/c I am nursing and I'm not willing to give that up. I recently started streching again and have been getting massages every other week from a friend who charges me 1/2 price and usually gives me some extra time. The Fibro has at least been mostly under control, I'm having small flares with weather changes and when I don't get any sleep but they seem less severe & shorter lasting than before I got preg.
 
So my question is, how can I limit the stress on my body from caring for a newborn? I know some of it will come as my body adjusts to the new demands on it but I am really struggling right now and would appreciate any advice anyone has!
 
Thanks
-Carina

Jim1969
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   Posted 10/18/2011 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
The first thing that comes to mind is have everything you think you might need laid out and ready to go in such a way as to minimize having to bend and reach. This can be done by your husband the night before or before he leaves for work. Also make sure the crib is raised as high as safely possible. At 11 weeks you should be able to have the mattress set at the top level with no problem. If the crib has a lowering side, lower it whenever you put the baby in or take the baby out.

An over the counter pain patch might also help. I suggest the patch over the creams for you so you won't have any worries about any of it getting on the baby.

Lay down and rest during the day at least once when the baby is taking one if it's naps.

If you have a washing machine at home, do smaller loads. If you have to go to a laundromat then if possible go more often.

Talk to your doctor, but a few Ibuprofen a day may not do anything to harm the baby through your milk and will help with the pain and reduce any muscle swelling.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Jim1969
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 2042
   Posted 10/18/2011 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
The first thing that comes to mind is have everything you think you might need laid out and ready to go in such a way as to minimize having to bend and reach. This can be done by your husband the night before or before he leaves for work. Also make sure the crib is raised as high as safely possible. At 11 weeks you should be able to have the mattress set at the top level with no problem. If the crib has a lowering side, lower it whenever you put the baby in or take the baby out.

An over the counter pain patch might also help. I suggest the patch over the creams for you so you won't have any worries about any of it getting on the baby.

Lay down and rest during the day at least once when the baby is taking one if it's naps.

If you have a washing machine at home, do smaller loads. If you have to go to a laundromat then if possible go more often.

Talk to your doctor, but a few Ibuprofen a day may not do anything to harm the baby through your milk and will help with the pain and reduce any muscle swelling.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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