A.T. asks from Oregon City, OR on August 20, 2008
Nearly 20 Weeks Pregnant & Having Worsening Glutueal pain...sciadic Maybe?
Hello! This is my second pregnancy and it is so different from the first! Lately I have had increasingly tight gluteus muscles....yes in my butt :) and it seems to be getting worse. I find myself saying "Ow!" several times a day from doing regular activity. I have been trying to stretch daily to help the situation, but because it is getting worse, I am now wondering if it has something to do with my sciatic nerve....which I've never had an issue with... my 20 week appt is coming up so I plan on talking to my ob/gyn about this too. I have an appt in two weeks for a massage...I see a chiropractor regularly and generally am pretty good about taking care of my body. Any thoughts from other mom's would be most welcome. Thank you mamas!!
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Thank you everyone who has responded to my question. I really appreciate it!! I have a massage scheduled in two weeks and will be seeing the chiropractor next week. I also talked with my yoga instructor about good stretches to do, many of which have been suggested here in this forum. I plan to talk to my ob/gyn tomorrow as well. It's nice to know I am not alone..... Thanks again!!
N.P. answers from Portland on August 21, 2008
Hi there! I had a similar problem during my pregnancy with pain especially along the top of my glutes that made it really painful to walk. It was tight muscles, and also was causing some nerve pain. Though, it wasn't sciatica in my case - if you have sciatica you would expect pain extending down you leg.
In my case, it was a chiropractor that helped. I hadn't previously seen a chiro, so it may not be the answer in your case! It actually got worse for the first couple weeks, then got better. After a couple months, she advised me to do massage therapy instead because the structural issues were resolved. When it was really bad, I had to stop going for walks for a couple of weeks, because it seemed to make it worse, at my chiro's advice.
The other thing that worked well was icing it - I would just sit against an icepack. It actually helped both the muscle and nerve pain. I'm assuming it's because it reduced the muscle swelling and the nerve pain was caused by the muscle irritating the nerve.
Hope that helps a little - I know how frustrating it is!
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C.A. answers from Portland on August 21, 2008
This might be related to your pelvic floor instead. I had problems with my butt being tight such that it would hurt to sit for more than 20 minutes even on a soft surface. It turned out to be due to pelvic floor spasms. This went undiagnosed after my first pregnancy and made labor very painful the second time around. After delievery I got the right diagnosess, and I went through extensive physical therapy. You would be lucky to realize this now and get some intervention before labor/delivery.
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S.T. answers from Portland on August 21, 2008
I did start having this problem during the first trimester as well. The pain was almost completely under control in the second trimester by doing some floor exercises where you get down on all fours and stretch the back like a cat. A physical therapist advised that I do this several times a day. Massage therapy also helped. I would also suggest wearing a pregnancy belt when you do walks or when you need to be on your feet for some time.
All the best for you,
T.N. answers from Portland on August 21, 2008
As a doula, I can tell you a lot of my birthing mothers have had issue with this and the sciatic nerve does run right through your cheek! I would talk with your chiropractor about it as there is likely something that can be done to help even though it can't be taken away completely. Also, stretching can aggravate it more if it is indeed sciatica. Lastly, you might speak with your chiropractor about the benefits of a T.E.N.S. unit to short circuit the pain receptors. My clients love the T.E.N.S. units.
Best of luck with your newest addition!
T. Nelson CD (DONA)
H.C. answers from Portland on August 21, 2008
Have you thought of seeing an Acupuncturist?
Acupuncture is really effective for nerve compression and muscle tightness. If you want some referrals, just send me a message.