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Hip, Hip, (conditional) Hurray!
A couple of weeks ago I suddenly started getting horrible stabby pains in the back of my left hip. My OB recommended a chiropractor who specializes in pregnant people. He vibrated some muscles, tapped some bones with a little tiny jackhammer, and sent me off with exercises (and some things to pay attention to when walking that had never occurred to me, like the camber of the sidewalk -- apparently if you spend more time walking very slightly tilted to one side than to the other, that can cause some pressure issues around the pelvis). Over the course of the next week, the pain shifted from stabby to achy, and kind of spread down the side of the leg some. This was mostly an improvement. I felt enough better to go to yoga on Sunday and give the dog a short walk on Monday night, although it had to be pretty short because I was still hurting.

I had a follow-up with the chiropractor on Wednesday, where he said "Huh. The way you describe it now, it sounds just like a running injury," vibrated some muscles, tapped on the same bones, tapped the matching bones on the other side, tapped some bones up in the middle for good measure, and waggled my knees back and forth. The rest of the day the front of my hip hurt like crazy (although the back and side were fine). That faded a bit yesterday, and today my leg feels pretty much like a leg. It's still sore, but it feels like the kind of sore that gentle exercise, a bit of stretching, and taking it fairly easy for a few more days should make better. I took the dog out for a normal-length walk this morning and only got a bit sore towards the end of it.

I don't know if it's all the chiropractic, or if Sputnik decided to move and quit squashing the nerve, or what, but I am much happier now.

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That's wonderful news! :)

Well, you know, now that I've said it out loud my kneecap will fall off or my other hip will spontaneously dislocate or something. But it's good for now....

YAY YAY umm.... HIP HIP HOORAY!!! for some relief... hopefully it stays... but take what you can get! :D

ps. eli was once so small he fit in my user pic. :-P the aches and pains SUCK but they end up worth it!

eli was once so small he fit in my user pic

Hee. :)

This is definitely the aches & pains trimester. Whew.

I totally grok how cool it is for teh leg to just feel like a leg again.

btw, however did you come up with "Sputnik" as a nickname? Inquiring minds, etc. etc.

That actually got picked out way back in the trying-to-get-pregnant phase. Another person's trying was/is more technologically complex than mine, and got described at one point with NASA Mission Control metaphors. As the trying phases overlapped, a space race metaphor developed from there, and naturally if she's the US I must be the USSR.

If we hadn't had "Sputnik" picked out already, probably either "Kumquat" or "Smudge" (both from the first ultrasound) would have stuck. This set's phonetic similarities may reveal something interesting about what I think appropriate in-utero nicknames sound like.

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