Debilitated after giving birth

Jaime -

Posted 2015-08-23

I gave birth to a 9 lb baby boy very fast in November 2014. I was completely debilitated after his birth for roughly 12 weeks. I took a contract position driving to Fargo every day which is a 3 hour daily commute because we needed the income. Things improved enough for me to handle the commute but only with pain meds and ibuprofen. I tried physical therapy, myofascial release, massage, chiropractic and finally started with steroid injections. The chiropractor was a last resort since I typically do not think it works. My hips were actually twisted which was part of the problem. We are slowly correcting that but the tailbone pain remained.

It wasn't until I met Dr. Colon (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, North Dakota) at the pain clinic that I felt anyone truly understood this pain and how it was affecting my daily living and mental health. He's amazing! I struggled with postpartum depression and PTSD from my delivery. It was hell but I thankfully found an amazing therapist and quit the antidepressants that were making things worse.

I finally relented and turned in my notice at my dream job. I accepted a position closer to home in order to hopefully allow my coccyx to heal and get my life back. I had my second injection yesterday and while I'm in pain today because of the pressure from the extra fluid, I'm hopeful that starting my new job next week will allow me to heal properly and enjoy my life and my children.

If anyone is in the West Central MN area and needs someone to listen or suggestions on doctors or alternate therapies, please feel free to email me. You're not alone!

Update, 2018-03-18

I'm happy to report that I'm doing much, much better! I still seek chiropractic care as needed and get regular massages every 2-3 weeks. I do yoga every day, even if it's only for 5 minutes. Most days I do a 20 minute session and at least twice a week I get an hour session in. I do not buy or wear anything restrictive. Even my jeans have to have a good deal of stretch in them and thankfully professional looking ponte pants have been a staple for me. I don't wear anything with a heel and regularly change out my work shoes. I haven't needed the cushion in a really long time, not even on long car rides.

My coccyx pain was due to my sacral area. It often still clicks or freezes and can be quite annoying but not debilitating. I know the warning signs and I seek treatment early. I don't take pain meds but I do take muscle relaxants as needed. I have low blood pressure so I have to take them with care. I do take ibuprofen but only one dose, once or twice a week.

My quality of life has drastically improved but it's been a long, slow, arduous process. I take antidepressants (Lexapro 20 mg) for anxiety and depression.

I feel like I have my life back! I still get fatigued at the end of the day but I have a 3 and 5 year old as well as a full-time career.

I am extremely grateful to have chosen Yoga to rehab myself and I start yoga teacher training in May. I wish I was 100% but honestly, I will take every bit of 90% and love it after what I went through.


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