Friday, May 10, 2013

Meralgia Paresthetica

Happy Friday!

Preggo has developed a new condition called Meralgia Paresthetica.  I don't know why they have to make the names of conditions way more complicated than they actually are! Here's the run down: a hand-size spot on my upper, outer thigh (left) goes completely numb, tingles and goes into a burning pain if I stand or walk for an extended period of time. Extended meaning, three trips up and down the stairs and/or in and out of the car a few times.....really just day to day walking and standing. 

Originally I thought it was simply the baby lying on a nerve. During my second trimester she would randomly lie on a nerve that would cause my entire nose to go numb and now she has a nerve she lays on that causes me to go numb right above my right rib cage. So when I felt the tingling and numbness yesterday, I just assumed that's what it was. I started noticing it at work but it was mild and so I didn't really pay it much mind. Then after work, I had a couple of errands to run. I went to two stores and was in and out of both very quickly; just a walk to get what I needed and back to the car. After the second store I started noticing a pain radiating from the spot as well as the tingling and numbness. I text my bestie to see what she thought and she said what I had been thinking; baby on a nerve. But after getting home and going up and down the stairs three times (to the apartment, get the dog, take out dog and back up the stairs) I suddenly had a pain so sharp that I almost fell over. Not only was the spot on my thigh hurting/burning but it was starting to move further down my leg. I quickly grabbed a snack and headed to bed. Just getting in the bed relieved it a little but it was still very painful. I ended up staying in bed about two hours; took a nap. When I woke up I could still feel the tingling and a slight burning. That's when I took to the Internet to see what I could find.  Now most people would say not to do that and self-diagnose, however, I've correctly self-diagnosed three conditions that I've had so far; conditions that not even doctors could diagnose. Therefore, I'm pretty confident in my ability to figure out what is going on with my body by checking out symptoms online. Sure enough, on a pregnancy thread I found meralgia paresthetica. After looking up the definition, I knew immediately that's what it was. I go to the doctor on Monday and I'm sure he will confirm (if he really even can diagnose something like that). But the fact that it clearly states the "outer thigh" and that every single symptom listed is what I have AND that it's common in pregnancy lets me know that it is, in fact what I'm dealing with. 

Sooooooo, where does that leave me? Well, luckily I sit for my job so I am not up and on my feet a lot during the day. However, I still have several things that need to be done before the baby gets here. Since I am limited on how long I can walk/stand without having the pain start, I'm trying to stick to just the necessities like showering, getting dressed etc. I have decided to break things that need to be done into 10-20 minute blocks. This will allow me to come home from work, where I have been sitting all day and get a couple of things done before the pain gets to the point that I can't stand. So tonight I'll go home, put up the dishes in the dishwasher, load the dirty ones, change, make a TV dinner and get in bed. That will probably wipe me out and sadly will be all I can do for the evening. After I rest a few hours I will get up and take a bath, probably take the dog out again and then back to bed. I hate it, but I'm afraid this is just my life for the next 5 weeks.  I just hope having a plan to get things done will allow me to do just that. Luckily, I was smart enough to put her crib and changing table together months in advance. Her Pack N' Play is together, her stroller is together and her car seat is in place and ready to go. Nothing really needs to be done in that aspect. Now it's more things like organizing shower gifts and making sure the house doesn't go into complete disarray.  

Wasn't that a pleasant post leading into Mother's Day?! Teeheehee.  I will close by saying: Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there and all of the mothers-to-be! I hope your weekend is filled with love and appreciation. Until next time, here is me and mine. 

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