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23 Weeks Pregnant - Anyone Know How to Get Relief from Sciatica Pain?

I am 23 weeks pregnat and have a 2 1/2 year old little boy. I developed a sharp pain on the right side of my body (hip/buttox area). At first I thought maybe I pulled a muscle, but my sister said it sounds like sciatica. I go to the OB this week, but was wondering if anyone had advice on how to handle the pain. It seems to be much worse in the evening, or when bending up and down. Thanks.

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The "pigeon" yoga pose specifically addresses the sciatic nerve and opening the hip. I did it all the time when I was pregnant; my sciatic nerve gave me lots of trouble and doing that was the only thing that helped.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVlX5HNKamw

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Definitely talk to your doctor. I had horrible lower back pain when I was pregnant. It would twinge even just when I made a left turn in the car. My OB prescribed physical therapy (which I didn't end up doing), but also advised walking every day. She said that I needed the endorphins from the exercise to deal with the pain. Well, it so worked! Even if I just waddled slowly for about 1/2 hour each day, it made all the difference. I also did prenatal yoga and wore the maternity belt. These helped, too, but the most helpful thing was the walking.

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My mother got relief from her sciatica pressure by going to a chiropractor. They have ones that specialize in Pre-natal. Maybe this will help you.

FYI: The Sciatic Nerve attaches runs down spine (L4 - S3) and splits at the hip to run down both legs. Sciatica is a condition where the Glutius and the piriformis muscles in the butt become inflamed and pinch on the never causing pain and tingling in various areas like the low back, hips, and legs. Worsening conditions can cause the body to try and adjust causing further pain in the mid and upper back and neck.

Another possible cause of your low back pain could be from muscle tightness or injury to the QL, psoas and iliacus muscles. During a pregnancy, the baby could be causing abnormal posture and the overuse or pressure on these muscles. The QL connects from the back of the T12 vertebrae to the iliac crest (hip bone). The iliopsoas muscles start in the front of the T12 and connect throughout the pelvic and groin area. The muscles also play a part in low back pain
“Psoas muscle pain may show up as groin pain (psoas tendinitis or psoas bursitis), deep pelvic pain (lumbopelvic pain), pain deep in the belly, or lower back pain. Iliopsoas syndrome is a collection of symptoms, such as those listed above, caused by tight iliopsoas muscles.”
http://www.somatics.com/psoas.htm

MASSAGE! find someone who specializes in pregnancy massage and enjoy! :)

Make sure you are wearing the correct shoes with arch support and some cushioning. I had horrible pain for the first few months of pregnancy until I stopped wearing flip-flops and put on some better shoes. It helped so much.

I have sciatica pretty bad from time to time. The best thing to do is move. The more you lay in place the worse it gets. It is a nerve thing and not a muscle thing so stretching doesn't really help.

Also, ask your OB what analgesics you can take. Usually they will let you take tylenol. That may take the edge off.

to help stretch the area- If possible while standing, squat just a little and bend the leg on the side that is hurting and put it so your heel of that foot is on your other leg around your knee. You end up kind of looking like you are sitting in a chair with one leg crossed. You can probably do something similar while sitting. Here are a couple of websites with some other exericses that might help. The last one shows something similar to what I am talking about on the left done while sitting in a chair

http://quickcare.org/musc/sciatica-exercises.html

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/exercise-sc...

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/exercises-to-release-sciat...

http://www.drbackman.com/piriformis-muscle-stretch.htm

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