Is It Your Back?

May 20, 2013

If you’re an SNL fan like me, you probably read that title in Will Ferrell’s voice. If you’ve never seen the Weshly Arms Hotel skit, you’re in for a treat. 

People, my back and hips are killing me. Let me preface this by saying I am not complaining, just trying to be honest about what is going on and how it feels lately.

My pregnancy is pretty regular physically, except for this horrible pain. A few months ago, it was just my back. Like – in my spine. A pain so deep that you knew, you just knew if you could crack/pop it you’d be ok. Yet nothing helped. I figured it was simply me getting bigger, my stomach stretching and pulling, and the fact that my back has always hurt.

But then the pain started in my hips. Really, almost switching in a matter of days. It’s mostly on the left; meaning I can’t sleep, lay, or put much weight on that side at all.

Hello awkwardly trying to get on pants.

At first I thought maybe it was my body’s way of screaming, “HEY PORKY! HELP US OUT HERE!” So I started doing very gentle, prenatal yoga since I’m not allowed to do any kind of real exercise thanks to pelvic rest. Then it got worse. Stretching? Worse. Now it’s so bad that I limp around the house all day. I’ve been into see the Dr. about it, who thought it was probably round ligament pain or something to do with the cerclage. Everything checked out normal.

This weekend, I was laying in bed thinking about different reasons it could hurt so much, and suddenly it hit me. The site where I was experiencing the pain was the exact places I had to give myself a Lovenox shot. A few weeks ago, I told my Dr. my stomach was super bruised from doing it there, and she said I could switch to my thighs. Within days the pain went from my back to my hips.

My being on Lovenox is a loooong complicated story, and there are all kinds of different reasons/factors behind it for many women, but in short: I need it because of a gene that can cause stillbirth/early miscarriage in pregnancy. It doesn’t seem to affect anything but having kids. Because I don’t have enough trouble there or anything.

::throws confetti::

I briefly spoke with my pharmacist (those people may be invited to this kid’s first birthday at this point) this weekend since my Dr was out of office, and he said that it wasn’t a common side effect, but a rare one to do with bones and blood and all that fun stuff. He couldn’t say, “And that’s what you have” but did say it should be checked. (It’s not like a “You’ll probably die in a few days if you don’t get this taken care of” kind.)

Anyway, I’m writing this in hopes maybe one of you has experienced this with Lovenox (not really hoping you have but more of asking to connect), or know someone who has. I plan on calling my Dr this week to discuss, but I’ve realized that having a bit of knowledge and other stories behind what I’m saying makes a big difference with what gets done and what simply is brushed off as “pregnancy pains.”

In the meantime, everything is on track with this little boy. We have a 4D ultrasound on DVD coming up in a few weeks!! Other than the pain I’m doing ok, and just one Zofran a night! Thank you for all the kind words and encouragement and just happiness that you share with us on this often stressful journey. I am so excited for the day we get to post our family picture up on here with him in it.




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  • Lauren Williams

    May 23, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Sorry about your back pain, I know it probably uncomfortable enough being pregnant! We send people home on lovenox all the time (I’m an orthopedic nurse) but I haven’t heard of these symptoms. Hope you feel better! I really enjoy reading your blog 🙂

  • Natalie Smith

    May 21, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    prescription drugs can have rare but dangerous side effects. You have insurance!!!! you need to contact your doctor sooner and not later.

  • Anne

    May 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Funny you mention this…I was on lovenox and had periodic hip pain that felt like I couldn’t sit down or stand up (mostly late night/early morning as I recall), but attributed it to exercise and body changes. The first time lasted maybe a couple of weeks and then it came just a couple more times briefly. Doesn’t sound as bad as yours (so sorry!) but I also wasn’t on pelvic rest so maybe the exercise actually helped? Hope you get some answers and relief ASAP! P.S. I always did belly injections.

  • Erin

    May 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This is my second pregnancy on Lovenox, so I do have a bunch of experience up my sleeve, but nothing quite like what you’re describing. I tend to get VERY sore from the bruising, to the point where icing doesn’t help anymore. Just leaning up against the kitchen sink to do dishes is painful. Sometimes, if I’m bending or twisting weirdly, I get a sharp shooting pain across the lower belly where I’ve been injecting, but nothing like the joint pain you describe. Sorry I’m of no help, but just know you’re not alone with the lovely Lovenox side effects! Hope your doctor has some better answers for you soon!

  • Dominique @Barefoot in the Kitchen

    May 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Uggh! I hate to hear you’re in so much pain. I hope they’ll be able to fix it ASAP! I don’t have any experience with Lovenox, but every pregnancy I lose the fluid between my bones which makes them grind. I know some ladies get it to the point of being in a wheelchair, but mine hasn’t quite gotten there yet. I just hobble around the house or stay laid up in the hub’s recliner. *sigh* as if childbirth wasn’t complicated enough, let’s just make your entire body hate you.

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