I have some serious back issues and have been seeing a chiropractor regularly since I was 12 years old. Sometime in my childhood (or perhaps even at birth) I suffered an injury that led to my one hip being slightly more forward and higher than the other. As you can imagine, this causes severe stress to my lower back and I often "go out" resulting in my spine displacing itself about 8-12 inches to my left. It's quite the freak-show sight to see!
Anyways, all has been well through my pregnancy until about 3 weeks ago. The lower back pain has arrived and won't let up. I can deal with the pain, but after "practicing" labor positions in my yoga class, I am no fearful of labor. I could not even assume the position (on your back, legs pulled up towards your chest) let alone hold it for 10 seconds and mimick pushing. I was in tears trying.. b/c of pain, not frustration.
I was planning on an epidural but now both my chiro and yoga instructor are warning that this could lead to a more severe back injury b/c I won't be able to feel how much I'm straining my back... they both suggested a natural birth... and that scares me even more! I have a pretty high pain tolerance and I'm extremely in shape, but I just don't know if I'm THAT strong to go through all that pain!
Anyone have any suggestions, experience or words of advice??