Part Two: What a Pain in the A$$
So where did we leave off? Okay, if you haven’t read the first post to see how non-exciting the first trimester of my pregnancy was, then you can read that here. You’ll also get the teaser (read: segway) into the story about what I thought was a broken tailbone when I was pregnant. Let’s pick up where we left off . . .
Not that it was long ago, but when I typed ‘pain in my tailbone + pregnancy’ into Google, the search results were relatively vague and sporadic. In just a few years since I was pregnant, there seems to be a lot more useful and legitimate information about various pregnancy pains, which is great now, but the lack of info was not so useful when I was looking for answers about my own pain.
So, as I mentioned, the pain made it impossible to stand, but further to that, touching the bottom of my spine or any contact my tailbone made on any surface, even the bed, was painful as well. Laying on my back put too much pressure on the area, so I had to lay on my side. I suppose at the time I didn’t realize that laying on my side was just a preview to the last trimester when my stomach would become too big to lay comfortably on my back anyway.
Lest we forget how the little fellow inside was Jazzercising hard in my body, so when he’d stretch and press up against my lungs, it made for some additional discomfort.
Feel the burn, MOM!
Not only was I breathing and speaking like an exasperated Don Corleone, the heartburn felt like I had a tempestuous volcano that would tease my esophagus by spewing a bit of fire, rather than just erupting already. In other words, laying down was a no-no in the last leg of my pregnancy for a number of reasons. Still, I wasn’t too large around the 24th-week, so in theory I should have been able to lay on my back. Not so though, after this sudden tailbone pain hit.
Don Corleone had acid reflux, probably, maybe
Anyway, my pelvic area and thighs seemed to be seizing up. Back to Googling . . . yes, there was one site in particular that had an image of an interactive body that you could pinpoint pain on and it would give you information relating to that area. As the pain in my tailbone increased, I also felt it in my groin and it started to run down the insides of both my thighs.
Wait a minute . . . the interactive body doesn’t even have any info on the areas where I have pain. Damn you, interactive body! Okay, since the site I was on didn’t seem to have the answer, I hit the back button. Google, don’t fail me. I kept searching and finally came across some information about ‘pelvic pain’ and ‘pregnancy’ on . . . you guessed it: Babycenter.com
That night was a blur, especially since I couldn’t take any pain medication, so I remember just laying on my side imagining not being able to walk again. I am definitely not making light of people who have disabilities, not in the least. Still, I suppose my pregnancy mind tried to take me to a worst scenario situation, especially since I did not know what was going on with my body.
When we got there, we were greeted by a great lady who, again, had a good listening ear. In all the pain, it was nice to know that there are people out there who may not have the answers and be able to fix the pain, but at least they were willing to help in some way. Okay, I admit, I would have liked someone to fix the pain, but having understanding people around you is important during that pain. I hope you all have someone or certain people around you that may not understand your pain personally, but are helpful and supportive.
Let me know if you don’t and I’ll send around some of my ‘people’ to rough any unsupportive people up for you.
Got a problem with the lady’s pelvic pain?
She nodded and said three words: “symphysis pubis dysfunction.”
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