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Pregnant. Taken Codeine for sciatica. Have numbness in legs and arms, light headed. Side effect of tablets?

hello my names katie im 22 and currently 21 weeks 3 days pregnant with my 2nd child i recently had to go to hospital n was told i have sciatica and was prescribed codine tablets, but recently ive been experiencing numbness (heavyness) in my arms and legs and round my eyes i feel lightheaded and in some sense lost during the day aswell as at night is it possible its a side effect to the tablets or is it something to do with pregnancy i never experienced this with my first
Asked On : Thu, 15 Nov 2012
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Hi Katie!

your symptoms are most likely caused due to the side effects of the Codeine tablets. Generally, Codeine is not used as much as possible, in pregnancy because of the above mentioned effects; unless the pain is severe enough to warrant medication.The following remedies can be tried. Do try a combination of soft tissue massage, bed rest and soothing wet heat alternated with ice pack applications to help calm muscle and nerve spasms. Also pay close attention to your posture, as slumping or standing with a baby on one hip will add to your discomfort. pregnant women with sciatica should always flat shoes or shoes with very low heels.

While there is no permanent cure for sciatica, there are several exercises , which can offer temporary relief; such as " Williams' exercises." These will help relax the muscles that cause spasms.
Take care.
Answered: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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