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Hip pain - doesn't fit the 'normal' definitions

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MrsPCR Sun 14-Feb-16 20:19:44

Having done a lot of googling, I can't seem to find something that 'fits' my hip pain.

I'm 34 weeks and about 2 weeks ago my right hip started giving out. I'm struggling to walk after about 10-15 minutes from backache and have been since about 30 weeks, but now my right hip's joining in.

I get like a twinge/shooting pain just in what feels like the ball of my hip, and makes my right leg unusable. After a few minutes it will pass and I can generally walk again, but as the day goes on, the frequency and 'recovery' time increases. My standard walking speed has slowed to snail's pace.

I also get the pain sitting and laying down, and when the baby kicks (breech) if it kicks me in the hip, it causes this same shooting pain.

The midwife suggested sciatica, but does that pain not travel down the affected leg?

Any ideas and best tips for easing the pain?

AThousandTears Sun 14-Feb-16 20:42:08

I have this! It's in my right hip too!

Mine actually started after I had DS1 and I had a build up of fluid in the hip joint. It was removed with surgery but I get the odd ache since then.

I'm now 37 weeks with DS2 and I've had pain like you described from 26 weeks. I was referred to Physio and I've cut down on what I've been able to do. The consultant described it to me as pressure on the joint, apparently runners can get this.

I go swimming, have lots of hot baths, I have an electric heat pad which is amazing for the lower back. Most importantly I do what my body tells me, if I'm struggling then I take it easy.

Time will tell how this pregnancy has affected my hip, but I honestly don't think I could have any more kids!

twe6ni3 Mon 15-Feb-16 12:15:43

I have exactly the same - if i lie down flat on my back I literally can't get up and now it's started happening after sitting for a while. When i finally get up I have to wait several minutes before i can move because of the shooting pain. My frantic googling turned up sacroiliitis .. i'm going to buy a support belt and i think book into a chiropractor, had this last pregnancy but this time it's way worse and i'm only 20 weeks!

BettyBi0 Mon 15-Feb-16 13:05:53

I think it sounds like classic pelvic girdle pain. You don't have to have the whole symptom set of pubic pain etc. The hip instability ugly be really helped by wearing a serola belt. Is there any chance of your midwife referring you to a specialist pregnancy physio?

MrsPCR Mon 15-Feb-16 22:23:31

Thanks for the comments. I wondered if it was pelvic girdle but wondered if I didn't have enough symptoms.

Been wearing a belt for back issues for the past month 4 weeks Betty. It does make a massive difference! Well....at first at least!

My midwife said she could refer me to a walk-in Physio if I still had problems at next appointment. Unfortunately that's at 36 weeks and walk-in is the morning before my appointment so it will be 37 weeks before I see anyone.

Considering seeing one myself, but who do you see? Chiropractor? Osteopath?

Dungandbother Mon 15-Feb-16 22:33:13

Oh my sympathy.

My hip has never recovered since pregnancy. First one hurt. Second one trashed. Exactly as you say, deep deep pain in the socket and no matter what you do, you just can't reach it.

I have to say a physio has never helped me. And I've seen lots.

What has helped me is deep massage - sports massage - in my arse. Really hurts though.

Keep your hamstrings stretched out too. Be careful while pregnant. Take the physio when pregnant but don't place your faith in it. I don't thin anyone else will treat you anyway when pregnant.

Do not sit on the floor. Ever again. And get a nappy change table. Don't change on the floor. Ever.
Be careful that you can fully stride your normal gait whilst pushing your buggy.

Make sure you keep your posture straight when baby arrives and don't balance baby on your hip. Hope you don't have a clingy one! Sit down all day long if you do!

Sorry to sound so miserable but look after that hip!!

Dungandbother Mon 15-Feb-16 22:33:27

Oh my sympathy.

My hip has never recovered since pregnancy. First one hurt. Second one trashed. Exactly as you say, deep deep pain in the socket and no matter what you do, you just can't reach it.

I have to say a physio has never helped me. And I've seen lots.

What has helped me is deep massage - sports massage - in my arse. Really hurts though.

Keep your hamstrings stretched out too. Be careful while pregnant. Take the physio when pregnant but don't place your faith in it. I don't thin anyone else will treat you anyway when pregnant.

Do not sit on the floor. Ever again. And get a nappy change table. Don't change on the floor. Ever.
Be careful that you can fully stride your normal gait whilst pushing your buggy.

Make sure you keep your posture straight when baby arrives and don't balance baby on your hip. Hope you don't have a clingy one! Sit down all day long if you do!

Sorry to sound so miserable but look after that hip!!

Dungandbother Mon 15-Feb-16 22:34:19

MN tech fail. Sorry for double post

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