I have long term PGP, mostly SI pain, I'm fortunate that this hasn't been a problem for me, unless I can't lie on my side anyway. Have you tried lifting your knees up and then using them to lever you over? If you've ever done the recovery position, it's a bit like that.
Have you been to a PGP class? They talk you through different techniques for getting by, usually they're run by a physio who may be able to sort out with a belt or crutches if you need.
Also, have a look on Facebook, there's some lovely support groups.
Keeping your knees together, perhaps with a cushion or folder towel,and maintaining that aligned posture when turning helps me. My SPD favours one side more than another (as in, one side bloody hurts, even more than the other side bloody hurts!) so I tend to lie primarily on the left side, when I need a little break from that side, I then turn to the other It is bloody difficult tho, and getting worse as the weeks roll on... Now 36wks..
Btw the pain has eased since me and DH decided he would decamp to spare room. Now I lie on my side in the middle of the bed and don't have to scrunch my legs up so much. Has definitely helped me get more comfortable!
Oh and about the painkillers, I had it drilled into me (because I'm rubbish ) "It's not pain relief, it's medication for your back" ie take it like a course, every 6 hours. It won't give you proper relief otherwise. If you take paracetamol as a course and it's still not helping, try co-codamol and if that doesn't work ask them to give you co-dydramol.
In addition to keeping your knees together, someone on here recommended engaging your pelvic floor before rolling over. It seems to help me, although I don't always remember when I'm half asleep and end up yelping in the dark instead.
Hello all, had to share bed with DH last night due to spare room being used by visitors. Its confirmed my hunch that space to get comfy is really important. Pelvic pain thru night and today has been so much worse DH got fed up with my huffing and puffing so relived to be back to spare room tonight too
I used to get out of bed then get back in with my head at the foot. In my second pg (yes, babies are that gorgeous I did it again!) I stopped lying on my side at all as the grinding and cracking pain was too much. I slept sitting up in bed with a million pillows and sitting in my nursing chair with my feet up. I used to do 2 hours in each on rotation. SPD is a bastard. You have my intense sympathies.
Pillow between legs, jam knees together and shuffle whilst grunting and muttering obscenities under your breath. There's no easy way I'm afraid. I also had a strap fastened round the edge of the bed I could hold and pull on which also made getting out of bed easier, but it was only any use when turning one way.