Well, to be more specific, it's probably more like sciatica, pelvic girdle pain, or round ligament pain - although I don't know why round ligament pain would hurt my backside. Anyway, it's been getting worse and worse over the last few days. Every step hurts. Putting my pants and socks on is torture. Standing up and sitting down make me cringe.
Sunday afternoon and evening it really intensified, and then yesterday I was just miserable at work. I called the OB's office, and they had me come in. I suggested that it felt like sciatica or pelvic girdle pain, but the nurse practitioner thought it could be round ligament pain. She explained that at this point in my pregnancy, my uterus is experiencing a lot of growing and stretching. However, from what I've read round ligament pain is something that is usually felt in the abdominal area. In any case, she was very concerned about the amount of pain I was in, and she advised me to take some time off of work to rest and see if it goes away.
So, I'm on a leave of absence until I see the doctor again on the 21st. If the pain has subsided, then I will return to work. If it hasn't, I won't. Since I've been out of the classroom, my new responsibilities have me all over campus and working with every grade level. That's just not doable in this kind of pain. Sigh...
I was able to schedule a last-minute prenatal massage this afternoon. The massage therapist worked my sore side as much as I could let her. It really hurt! I'll go back in a couple of weeks for another session with her. I'm so high maintenance!