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    Default Sciatica. How did you deal with it?

    Hi Ladies, just over 8 weeks & having bad sciatica (or pelvic girdle pain?). Sore lower back, sharp pains through buttocks & unable to put weight on my left side - issues taking stairs, getting in & out of car and simply walking!

    Off to see my doc on Thurs for advice but my doc leaves a little to be desired. So wondering how you dealt with it (osteo, physio, chiro?) and when or if it went away? I have a long way to go yet!

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    I get a pregnancy massage ever 2nd week which I have found to help relax and loosen my back muscles

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    Didn't have sciatica (don't think) but had hip issues with pain like you speak of, sometimes couldn't walk without limping, go to stand up and jab! I fall down...:-/ doctors were useless...nothing wrong with me apparently...turns out Chiropractor had me get x-rays and discovered I have scoliosis. Her treatment was amazing. Helped sooooo much. Anytime I notice I'm getting a bit tight or sore I will go back to her and it is so much relief hope that helps!

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    i got it at about 30 weeks, ended up on crutches etc, i went to the physio, hot baths etc, i ended up being induced at 38 weeks due to it, baby didnt want to come ( failed induction) and he must have been sitting funny and the pain went away, sometimes a belly brace will help too

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    I went to a chiro who specialised in the Webster technique with my sciatica. Initially I went weekly, then fortnightly, then every three weeks and then monthly. It made a world of difference.

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    Thanks ladies, really appreciate your replies.

    4littlemonkeys, I'm so worried I'm going to need crutches! Cant imagine that would have been easy when you were heavily pregnant.

    Really was hoping to hear that it went away for some of you (wishful thinking!), but at least your treatments made it manageable.

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    Jungle I had Sciatica in early preg too, its so painful!

    I found gentle stretching of lower back, heat pack or panadol immediate fixes. I also had a few warm baths.

    Mine settled by 12weeks although I do get little spasams at times. Longer term physio is great to provide relief. I am hoping for some massage soon too

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    I had sciatica in the right leg in my third trimester. Most of the time it hit when I was getting out of the car for some reason! It would go away after about 5 mins though.

    ETA: I haven't had it since DD was born.

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    Sciatica is generally caused by a muscle in your glute tightening around the sciatic nerve and compressing it.. A cheap way to possibly help alleviate the sciatica on your own is to get a small ball (tennis ball for example) and sit on it/roll it around your glute.. There will be a spot that is much more sensitive, this is where you should try and put the pressure of the ball and roll ever so slightly around this spot.. It should help loosen the muscle and therefore lessen the sciatica. Just an idea for those of you who are struggling


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    Dear Junglemum, I feel for you. It is awful! You are right to get onto it now and try to 'manage' it was the duration of your pregnancy. I had a crippling case with my most recent bub (crutches by 20 weeks, wheelchair, pain meds, hospitalisation), but I truly hope you can manage it right through. Some great ideas already- I would suggest wearing a pelvic support belt for as long as you can, especially if the pain moves into your pelvis, get physio or a massage as often as you can to try and relief the pain in the area, take up swimming as it is low impact, cut down on all unnecessary walking and straining (eg: avoid pushing shopping trolleys), use heat packs, flat shoes, don't separate your legs when getting in and out of bed/ car etc, and if you are getting worse as the weeks go on, buy some crutches to use around the house. All the best! Hopefully it will disappear for you with some rapid treatment x

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