L.R. asks from Venice, CA on May 30, 2008
Severe Joint Pain
I have been experiencing severe joint pain since before giving birth to my 11 week old baby boy. It is mostly in my fingers, wrists, hips, knees, and spine. Having a really hard time going up and down stairs. The pain is worse in the evening, can only describe it as feeling like I am broken. Is this normal? Can you develop arthritis during pregnancy? I had to have a c-section, don't know if this can have anything to do with it. I am also breastfeeding.
I have been experiencing this joint pain since the middle of my pregnancy. My ob/gyn says its not pregnancy related, but my primary care doctor thinks it is. Any insight or knowledge of what this can be or what I should do to find a diagnosis would be appreciated.
N.H. answers from Los Angeles on June 01, 2008
I had bad pains in my wrists after my son was born. The doctor did tests for arthritis and lupus (2yrs ago), the lupus came back abnormal (ana positive), apparently joint pain is a sign of lupus. I'm not symptomatic and have since tested negative, but it's something to be aware of.
A.K. answers from Los Angeles on May 31, 2008
Sounds like you need to see a rheumatologist(arthritis specialist). There are different types of blood tests they can do. Feel better!
D.T. answers from San Francisco on May 31, 2008
I had the same thing happen. I can't even stand on my feet in the morning without limping to the bathroom. I have severe stiffening and joint pain in my ankles and feet ever since I gave birth 11 months ago. It still hasn't gone away. All my other joint pain has gone away with the help of losing weight and doing pilates. Stretching and pilates has helped with the back, hip and hands. Just my feet still have pain. I still have 20 pounds more to lose, so I am hoping it will go away once I lose it.
T.M. answers from Los Angeles on May 31, 2008
It's not normal whether stemming from pregnancy or not. But I do believe that your body is really being zapped (as all womens are) from the nutrients needed to provide for pregnancy/breastfeeding.
I know that without my herbalist and Chiro....I could NOT have made it through giving birth to my 2 babies (@ 40 and 46) without the Chiro support...to make sure that all is in alignment and working order. And without nutritional support through the supplements, i.e; vitamins/minerals/herbs.
Women underestimate what our bodies are put through with our children at birth and through the nursing stages.
Your whole skeletal changes from the position of having to carry a baby and the delivery! So all the MORE, things need to be 'put' back in place correctly for you to function again as before. And no, it doesn't always go back by itself. In fact many women experience all kinds of problems from that point on - and FORGET and don't attribute it to their pregnancy/ies and giving birth.
In fact my kids were checked at HOURS old to make sure they weren't 'tweaked' when coming out. They strain just as much coming out of that little canal. And it is very possible for them to end up with problems if something isn't in the correct position.
And it really doesn't matter your age. It matters what your diet is like, exercise, how much you are taking in...and even then it's not enough. You'd have to eat an unmentionable amount of food to stay on top of it. (Supplements,not the 'junk' vitamins from the stores...but from a legitimate neuropathic, homeopathic or herbalist).
Before you go the 'drug' route. Find a good Herbalist and make sure your body is running on a full tank.
The arthritis concerns and any virus connection concerns are a 'symptom' of something missing...not cause. (see Epstein-Barr connection to shots/vaccinations on the internet).
Your body is an amazing machine capable of so much if 'fed' correctly.
Even after you've had 30yrs of mercury poisoning, antibiotic overdose, vaccine overdose, damage from tetanous shot, pneumonia for a year, 4 car accidents, deafness, doctors want to do a hysterectomy cause of all the damage, and bed ridden for 80% of the time for 10 yrs.....you can STILL have your body recover from all the 'damage' if you properly 'feed', support, supplement your insides, and keep your spine in balance physically and chemically WITHOUT drugs.
You can find yourself STILL delivering 2 (miracle, not supposed to be) babies (no infertility drugs)in your 40's, all natural with no drugs...and find yourself living a normal life.
The point is, it doesn't matter what it's 'related' to and what is causing it. But I would think a bit of common sense would have you asking that if you DIDN'T have these problems BEFORE the baby....then it must be something from the pregnancy, c-section, and nursing, all AFTER the fact.
And to that I say....go back to reading this from the beginning because I think you are severely depleted. Something as simple as calcium could be the culprit.
Just before you go the medical route where they'll want to throw drugs at you...which would cease the all important nursing for the baby.....just get yourself checked out by someone who can tell you right off the bat what IS wrong. I stopped accepting the negatives, and shoulder shrugging from doctors when they didn't have the answers. Just because THEY don't know, doesn't mean another form of doctor (non western) couldn't help. And in my experience and hundreds of others over the last 27 yrs....all got help when they sought out the latter.
(Side note ** quick story. A dear friend of mine of 27 yrs. has a husband who has suffered for years with some 'disease' I can't pronounce nor spell. They took out some vertebrae, and then did brain surgery and took out a portion of 'bone' at the bottom of his skull by the neck. With all of his physical 'problems' over those years...they then gave him a clean bill of health. Until a few months later the SAME symptoms came back. He can't take care of himself, can't think straight, is narcoleptic, the list is too long. I URGED my friend to finally go see the herbalist and they did out of desperation. He started to do real well but it wasn't enough. I knew why. I URGED her to finally go see our Chiropractor. He said my husbands friend had maybe another 1.5 yrs left had he not started help. His 'brains' were coming out through the area in which they took out bone!!!!
He's a severe case. Getting care 4 times a week for the next year. But for the first time in years, he can actually think for himself, shower for himself, and he's starting to 'function' again like a normal human being. He may even be able to work one day again. And Lord willing, if he continues to spiral upward like he has been, he'll see his kids graduate college.
Now THAT'S why I say our bodies are amazing machines. They just need the RIGHT help. And after 27 yrs of preaching it to family, friends and any one within ear shot.....it hasn't mattered if someone has had a minor or major problem, like my friends husband. They've ALL recovered in leaps and bounds when giving their bodies the right support).
Good luck....it'll get figured out.
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C.L. answers from Reno on May 31, 2008
Well sorry to hear your feeling bad I know how it goes I wake up some mornings almost unable to pick my DD up. The problems could be pregnancy related or could very well be something more brought out in the open by the pregnancy and birth of our children. There are several things you need to consider also for some things may be solve with small lifestyle changes. Be assertive and self aware although the problems could be something very simple they very well could be something more.
Now back pain and a c-section or epideral is normal the spinal block they give us does create a certain amount of scar tissue and with that some related pain and complications this varies from person to person. For me a few good trips to the chiopractor has helped wonders. Our hips should hurt for a few weeks as we get back to normal and adjust to not carrying around baby anymore.
Other pains hands, arms, wrist, shoulders, etc. some things need to be considered. I am still over weight from my pregnancy and having a c-section myself didnt do to terrible much but take care of kiddo after giving birth as there is an 8 week recovery time where walking is a must but lifting etc restricted to child only.(thank goodness for hubby). Being over wieght will cause pain in the hips, legs, knees, ankels an feet especially after a recovery time of not doing much.
Do you hold your child a large portion of the day I dont know how big your lo is but just think about the stress holding 8lbs or more constantly puts on muscles and joints. Now im not saying don't hold your baby please no one take that wrong, but consider the amount of hours. There are several slings and wraps etc that do wonders for relief of the body stress. Also if your brestfeeding and not using one condsider a feeding pillow, stool or positioner to help easy some off the pressure and stress from tired mummys and their bodies.
Now all those take all things in consideration. This leaves a large area of things needing to be discussed with your health care provider. There is blood work and tests out there to help you find answers ask for them be assertive and firm if you GP wont work with you mabey your ob will. Find a doctor that will validate what your going threw and helping you to find solutions instead of blanketing it as having a child and dont worry it will go away eventually.
HTH and in the mean time feel better vibes for you.
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D.D. answers from Los Angeles on May 31, 2008
have u googled your problem? also you should go to Wholefoods and tell the nutritionists that work there in the vitamin area what you're experiencing they might be able to help..i wonder if you have a pinched nerve affecting you? do you try to get out and do some walking? i take this supplement called H.A. Joint Formula by Purity Products www.purityproducts.com
Maybe you should look into that..also are you taking DHA? Maybe start taking flaxseed oil or get the seeds and sprinkle them on your food. There is a book called Prescription for Nutritional Healing ..sold on amazon or at Wholefoods..there's probably something in that book on what you have and what to take.
also get some acupuncture.....i bet that would really help..also look into some relaxation yoga. good luck*
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C.S. answers from San Diego on June 03, 2008
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L.B. answers from San Diego on May 31, 2008
I do believe it is pregnancy related. My daughter is 4 months old and I have been experiencing the same aches and pains. I too had a c-section and have wondered if I had arthritis. Mine is mostly in my wrists, back, shoulders and ankles. I had a chiropractic adjustment and that helped. I was told that it takes a while for your bones to "settle" back into place. My chiroprator also told me to be aware of my posture while breastfeeding. A nursing pillow and a stool to elevate your feet should help. Always make sure you have good back support while breastfeeding.
Also it didn't occur to me for a while (I wish someone had told me), that it is not necessary to take the car seat in and out of the car with baby in it. Car seats are heavy, and carrying one around, even from just the house to car can add wear and tear on body. It was also easier to transfer baby when I finally switched the car seat from the center to the passenger side of the back seat. I couldn't believe the difference those two ergonimic changes made on my back. I also suggest you invest in an excellent pair of shoes and a good massage every now and then never hurt anyone :-) Good Luck!
D.M. answers from Los Angeles on May 31, 2008
I had a little of this during the first part of my pregnacy's. Which is odd since it has to do with loosening you up for delivery. My point being, that there are a lot of different varriables caused by pregnancy. It is quite possible that it's pregnancy related. However, I would check with a doctor to rule out RA.
O.R. answers from Las Vegas on May 31, 2008
Congratulations on having a boy... When pregnant, the body undergoes a lot of changes in order to accommodate the growing baby, so the joint pain you are experiencing might be due to that...
If you would like some relief of joint pain, you might want to consider acupuncture and herbal medicine... In Eastern medicine, the idea is that the body experiences pain because it is not in balance, so these therapies work to resotre those imbalances. If you are in the Las Vegas area and would like more information, feel free to call me at Rhee's Acupuncture Clinic: ###-###-####.
Best of luck,
J.D. answers from Los Angeles on May 31, 2008
Listen to your OB, she has alot more experience regarding pregnanacy side effects than your primary care doctor. I'd get to a good rheumatologist now.