In pain ever since childbirth

Kirsty -

Posted 2008-07-20

I suffered with no back problems until I delivered my son. I had some complications in pregnancy, I was prescribed Clexaine to thin my blood and prevent D.V.T . One of the side effects of this, is that it can cause your bones to become brittle with extended use, I injected for the whole 9 months of my pregnancy, though I am not sure if it has any bearing on my situation.

During the birth, forceps and venthouse needed to be used. My Doctor, told me afterwards, that he "bruised" my coccyx, but it would heal with 6 weeks, he reckoned that it need not to be written in my notes. By the time the spinal wore off, I was in complete agony, the first time I stood up I fainted. I tried to explain my agony to the doctors at the hospital, but they just presumed it was pain from the stitches, birth. This was the first time that I have had a child, and as naive as it is, I thought that what I was going through was probably normal. I had no other pain medication while in hospital, though I struggled to sit, lie, stand, move etc.

By the time that I got home I was worse, I again brought this to the attention of my GP who just put it down to birth trauma. By now, I could not walk more than a couple of meters, at would take me 10 minutes to walk from my living room to my kitchen sink. A trip that takes all of seconds. By the time I managed to get up and make my way. The pain was horrendous. I found that by being on my knees with my elbows on the floor, in a dog position relieved the pain a bit.

It is now 5 years later, and though the pain is still bad, I have learned to cope with it, though it is so tiring being in pain all the time. I am in agony if I overdo something, walking etc. I can't run, kneel on the floor for long periods, sit stand, you name it. Weather is also a factor, in winter I have to walk about with a warming patch in that area.

Before and during my period is a nightmare, as is sex, as a result, my marriage is suffering, I can only wear certain clothing, anything tight is out, even fitted jeans where they might be a bit tighter over my hips causes pain as does high shoes.

I have not officially been diagnosed, as my doctor does not seem to think that anything is wrong. Does anyone have any advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


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