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A 44-year-old member asked:

why is sciatic pain common during pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Arched back in preg: There are many causes of back pain in pregnancy. As the abdomen protrudes people compensate with an increased back curve and poor posture. Having weak muscles in the abdomen and low back combined with tight hamstrings makes it worse. Stretching and prenatal yoga. Making friends with a local chiropractor trained in pregnancy care can help too. More info: http://macobgyn.Com/drpl/?Q=node/67.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Growth of the fetus: The placenta and baby get larger and compress nearby objects, and not unique to have back pain and even sciatica, but departs after labor and delivery.

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Is it advisable to immobilize my leg after pulling my hamstring if the pain is not severe?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
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No: Try to massage the hamstring with a roller and stretch the muscle gently as much as possible.
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What could cause contractions if you are not pregnant?

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Dr. Andrew Blazar
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Normal: Uterine contractions ("cramps") are common-though they may not be noticable.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How are pregnant women tested for group b beta strep?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Vaginal swab culture: All pregnant women are tested by a swab during 35to37weeks gestation aswab is taken from vagina and rectum and sent to the lab to be tested for groupb strep and result is available in 24to 48 hours.
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My daughter just came back from haiti..She has a 1" radius of redness with a black center? Is this a spider bite? She is having pain with it.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Could be : She needs to be seen and have that evaluated. Black center means a necrotic center and may need to be debrided. Make an appointment.
A 25-year-old female asked:

I feel like I have pain in my kidneys. What could this be?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Muscle pain?: Pain in back muscles is more common reason for this complaint than actual kidney pain. But kidney stone possibility cannot be ruled out. Also, could be related to kidney infection esp if you have signs of of UTI e.g. Burning, frequency, or foul odor with urination. A visit to your doc will help differentiate this.

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