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    Default Being a stay at home mum with chronic pain

    Does anyone have any tips for being a SAHM to a young baby (5 months old) with ongoing chronic pain?

    Im finding it really hard to manage. Its my neck, so even picking up ds & carrying him around makes it worse. Baby wearing is out of the question. I have to hold him for every sleep at the moment & sitting still for that long us making all my neck & shoulder muscles seaze up.

    Panadol doesnt do much & I dont want to take anything else as im breastfeeding.

    I had a massage last weekend & by monday afternoon I was in pain again. Its not possible to get a massage every day.

    This would also be the case with physio, osteo, chiro, accupuncture etc as ive tried them all before & they all only work for a few days.

    Its getting to the point again where im having headaches all day every day, sometimes they are so bad that I feel nauseous.

    The doctors are closed until 5th Jan & they are a complete waste of time & money anyway - ive had this problem for over 10 years but looking after ds is making it a hundred times worse. Ive seen a ridiculous amount of doctors & specialists & theyve all just brushed me off because nothing ever shows up on xrays or mri's.

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    yep, my back & neck is in chronic pain, tried absolutely everything and gave up. I have kids 2, 4 & 6 and just put up with the pain. I have spent $$ to be told what I already know.. not much I can do about it really.

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    My first child needed to be held/worn, but thankfully was long and skinny so could sort of wrap around me and distribute her weight. DS wasa a chubbins and doesn't cling when being held so has really exacerbated my upper back pain. Plus I had to be so specific with how he was held to feed thanks to his tongue tie and I'd be craning to see with was latching right.

    I have learnt to adjust the way I do some things. A visit to a phtsio who specialises in postnatal could be worthwhile as they can walk you through daily activities like feeding, carrying, changing, cooking dinner with baby on your hip and see if there are small changes to the way you move that you reduce the strain.

    When DS was that age I started to get a massage every couple of weeks (cheapy shopping centre one). It only gave me a couple of days relief but, at a time when sleep deprivation was really starting to take its toll, two days of less pain was enough to help me cope with it all. It was just nice to get a little break.

    Also, have you tried nurofen? Now bub is older, old enough to take it them self, that would be safe during breastfeeding.

    One last thing, do you have a chiro- approved pillow height fitted for your sleep position? I get neck agony if I spend even 1 night off my beloved pillow!!

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    hi heartstringz, my daughter has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. perhaps you can google to see if the symptoms fit you. finding a doctor that will accept that fibromyalgia exists, is another matter. my daughter just knows that she can not do everything everyday, she has to have a rest day. she takes pain relief only when it is really bad. hugs, marie

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    You can take pain relief stronger than panadol. Go to the chemist and ask what is safe for BF, but you can take nurofen in the meantime.

    I have IBD which seems to be flaring up again. It's causing me bad wrist pain (an unfortunate side effect of IBD) and it hurts to pick up DS from his bassinet, especially overnight. I use nurofen gel on my wrists to help. I would take nurofen in conjunction to help too but it causes me to flare as its hard on the gut, so no can do. The gel helps a lot though. Maybe a gel will help you as well, there are a number on different types at the chemist.

    Also ask your DH to give you a massage every day if you can. Even just 10/15 minutes while he watches tv help relieve my neck and back pain which also causes me pretty awful headaches.
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    Dh does give me a massage & it helps a little.

    I didnt know I could take anything other than panadol, I called 13health to ask & they said no just panadol. Ill ask at the chemist

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    Have you seen the disposable heat packs you can get?
    They just stick on to the area - so your neck/shoulder and heat up. They last 8 hours.

    As a PP said, Nurofen may be more useful. Take it regularly - so in the morning and at night for example with food.


 

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