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Still got SPD a year after childbirth. Anyone else?

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PixieCake Sun 02-Oct-11 20:29:42

Can anyone help me?

It is almost a WHOLE YEAR since I gave birth and I am still suffering with SPD/PGP.

I have had numerous physio appointments, seen an orthopedic surgeon, had an MRI scan and done pilates. My GP says we are at the end of the road and nothing else can be done.

What else can I do?

Is anyone else still in this situation and how on earth are you coping?

Tangle Sun 02-Oct-11 21:01:03

How many different physio's have you seen, and how many of them specialise in SPD/PGP?

I'd give the Pelvic Partnership a call and see if they can recommend a physio with more than the average amount of training re. SPD in your area. I've seen some fantastic physio's, but it almost seems as thought the better they are at their niche the less likely they are to pick up on a less obvious issue away from it. I guess no-one can be an expert in everything - but it does mean that it can sometimes be harder work than it feels like it should be to track down someone that can help.

Fingers crossed you can get something sorted and find some relief - I'm "fortunate" in that I've only been mildly afflicted in 2 of my 3 pregnancies (hoping I'm not going to regret that as I've 3 months left to run on the 3rd), but I can empathise as even mild pain can wear you down when its near continuous sad.

herbietea Sun 02-Oct-11 21:10:48

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JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 02-Oct-11 21:17:03

15 years shock

I did have it for a long time after DS was born (he's almost 4) and tbh it still flares up if I walk too fast or sit in an awkward position, but for the most part it has gone. tbh I blame my weight sad

PixieCake Sun 02-Oct-11 21:19:24

Tangle - I've seen 4 different physios:

1 NHS women's health physio
1 private physio who specialises in SPD
2 private physios with postnatal training

The first one gave me crutches and a belt and advice about restricting movement.

The other 3 gave me pilates exercises.

Herb - The orthopedic surgeon said there was nothing wrong with my MRI scan and also recommended pilates. He wasn't much help to be honest - seemed to imply that it was all just part of having had a baby.

Good luck with your operation Herb, How awful for you to have had this for so many years. I didn't realise they could operate on it, what will they be doing?

PixieCake Sun 02-Oct-11 21:28:24

Jareth - how long did you have it for? Anything help? Can you do things now like go for a walk or housework?

herbietea Sun 02-Oct-11 21:37:02

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JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 02-Oct-11 22:26:06

About a year very badly after DS, its very gradually eased since then. If I do things like hoovering or push a heavy trolley it sparks it off. Last time it was bad was after climbing the uneven steps at Tintagel castle, that was torture sad

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 02-Oct-11 22:27:52

MILD exercise does help though, walking works for me but has to be slow paced. I find it gets worse now if I don't move about a bit (the opposite was true when I was pg - any movement exacerbated it.)

KatyS36 Sun 02-Oct-11 22:28:37


I still had problems at 1 year, but now at 2 years I'm close to being better (just started running again) and still improving.

I did pilates and it made it much worse. This is backed up by some of the latest research coming out of Australia.

My physio has taken me down a road of strengthening and stretching and as much exercise as I can tolerate and that has what has been the difference for me. It hasn't been easy, I've been in the gym virtually every other night for a year, and have spent hours on an exercise bike, but it has been worth it.

All the best


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