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Sciatica And Multiple Gestation
Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more
Multiple babies: Multiple gestation means more than one baby at a time. They can be twins, triplets, etc. The multiple can be identical or fraternal. Our infertility treatments increase the risk for having multiples. Multiples are much more complicated pregnancies (more for babies than mom). We are trying to reduce the number of multiples with our treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had two grade A blastocysts transferred on day 5. My hCG levels are: 9dpt 498, 13dpt 2994, 16dpt 9400
Does this suggest multiple gestation?
Pressure: There are a few causes of sciatica during pregnancy- among these are pressure on the lumbar plexus of nerves by the uterus/baby, increased pressure on the disks from increased weight in pregnancy, or simply increased stress on the piriformis muscle imitating sciatica. There are a few more but these are some of the more common ones. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When I neared the end of my pregnancy I got debilitating sciatica nerve pain. What causes that? I am terrified of experiencing that type of pain again
Common in pregnancy: L4/L5 level of the lumbar spine is particularly vulnerable in pregnancy due to mechanical issues such as joint laxity, altered posture, muscle weakness or connective tissue fluid retention. These physiologic changes can irritate and inflame the vertebral facet joints putting pressure on the sciatic nerve which is derived from several spinal nerves, most notably L4 and L5. ...Read more
Usually not: Low back pain in pregnancy is usually related to the extra weight being supported by the lower back muscles. Think of your spine as the middle of a see saw. The more weight in front has to be balanced by more effort by the back muscles. Good luck sleep on a good mattress and on your side with a pillow between your legs. ...Read more
I have a fibroid and am experiencing low back pain & spotting in early pregnancy at 6 weeks - could the fibroid be the cause?
Should see doc ASAP: Although spotting is very common during early pregnancy, the associated back pain is concerning. If your fibroids normally cause you to have back pain with your period, this may also be so. But, if this is new, it is more concerning. I recommend getting checked out by your OB doc asap. Congrats on the pregnancy and good luck to you. ...Read more
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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