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I have had chronic back problems for as long as I can remember. I've had different diagnosis, including scheurmanns disease, disc degeneration, I'm still not sure what it is. But I do have really bad disc problems in L3/L4/L5.
I had pain daily before pregnancy , but surprisingly it wasn't as bad (still not good) during pregnancy. However since having my baby it is really bad! I had a c section, my baby is 3 months old now. I'm besides myself really! It's so scary as it's so unpredictable and I'm so scared for the future of my back! It's stopping me from doing SO much! I haven't been able to lift my baby for 5 wks, it's so hard and depressing!

I wondered if anyone else has found that with back problems relaxin from breast feeding makes it worse? And if by stopping breastfeeding relaxin levels reduce? Relaxin is not good for muscles and ligaments, so potentially not good for my back!

Also when do hormones that cause sadness etc dissapear after having baby?

Has anyone else had these troubles? Keen to talk to people that do.

What have you done to help pain? Did you find stopping breastfeeding helped? I may have no option but to stop. I can't put my body through hell as it's not good for me or baby!

Thanks
Hi I'm so sorry to hear about your pain.

I have back pain issues normally and remember having severe back pain after my caesarean.

We eventually discovered I was the epidural and it took about 4-5 months to settle down on its own (it was ten years ago I was young and stupid and refused o get help). It had nothing to do with breastfeeding as I wasn't breastfeeding.

My point is that you may be blaming the wrong thing, the relaxin may not be the culprit like you think. It might be worth looking a little further before you give up breastfeeding.

I Reccomend you seeing someone ASAP to do some investigations and get help with pain managing in the meantime. i would caution you against taking to heart any advice of people on a forum giving medical advice to you, this is your spine, take care of it and see a professional.

If it was me I would see a gp for pain management and a really good chiropractor investigating and fixing the problem... But that's just me, there are other options like a physio or spine specialist, find what's roght for you. Anyway you are in pain so please get some help to support this you through this difficult time.
I have a bad back also although not to the extent of yours! It got really bad after the birth and turned out my posture while breastfeeding and pumping was majorly aggravating it (despite me trying to sit straight etc). I went to an osteo a couple of times and that helped heaps.

Have you been checked for ankylosing spondylitis?



[quote post="3591748" name="TP09"][b]TP09 wrote[/b]:
I have had chronic back problems for as long as I can remember. I've had different diagnosis, including scheurmanns disease, disc degeneration, I'm still not sure what it is. But I do have really bad disc problems in L3/L4/L5.
I had pain daily before pregnancy , but surprisingly it wasn't as bad (still not good) during pregnancy. However since having my baby it is really bad! I had a c section, my baby is 3 months old now. I'm besides myself really! It's so scary as it's so unpredictable and I'm so scared for the future of my back! It's stopping me from doing SO much! I haven't been able to lift my baby for 5 wks, it's so hard and depressing!
I also have degenerative disc disease, dd is 1 in a few weeks and I bf I have found acupuncture, massage and my osteopath plus pain meds are what helps a lot with my first dd 13 yrs ago I had a Eli and it did make my back worse i could feel where the needle was place for over a year. Try not to put pressure on yourself as stress makes backs a lot worse

Sorry to hear about your back pain. I too had it and still do. Mine was shocking for the delivery of my second child that the pain in my back had exceeded the labour pain so I didn't know when to push during contractions. Breastfeeding did cause a lot of pain on my back bc I couldn't get comfortable regardless of the chair. So I resorted to losing on my side to breastfeed. The only time I would sit up to bf is at the parents from of a shop. Even at friends houses I'd tell them may I borrow your room to lie on a bed or floor to bf. I breastfed for 18mths. Now that dd is 4 I still have the pains. I requested a full body scan (probably something you can't do while bf sorry) and the scan has come up with arthritis. Apparently I had it in my mid 20s.

I'm seeing a rheumatologist to manage the pain, as physio, osteo and yoga weren't helping. I'm on auto immune tablets for 3 months, since taking them I've only had two instances where I haven't been able to walk so it's been great.

Unfortunately bf restricts you from a lot, I guess it's only a matter of how important is bf to you. PS. I had a natural birth and still had the back pain, so the chances of it being caused by a c section are unlikely. Good luck I hope you find some kind of relief soon.
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