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Pelvic Girdle Pain (SPD)

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BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Tue 05-Feb-13 18:20:50

Just wondering if anybody else is suffering?

I've been referred to physio by my midwife but the appointment isn't for another 2 weeks.

Have been in pain (lower back, one side or the other) pretty much non-stop since New Year and although I normally just get on with it, today I fancied a pity party wink

Hasn't been as bad during the day as previous weeks, but nighttime is awful - the pain when I roll from one side to another, pillow between legs not helping, no pillow between legs not helping.

Fed up of not being able to do 'stuff'. Work have given me foot rests, arm rests, back support on my chair but it still hurts! Any housework other than cleaning the kitchen surfaces and spending 10 mins on the living room, causes too much pain. Luckily I have a fab SIL who is chief vacuumer and kitchen floor mopper!

Gah. Im beginning to bore myself with it now, so god knows what I must sound like out loud!

I know I don't have it even a tenth as bad as some do, so my heart goes out to those who have it really bad.

Anybody else fancy a moan???

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 19:56:58

Make sure they are trained for pregnancy though

MissMilliment Fri 15-Feb-13 19:34:05

This may have been said already (haven't read entire thread fully), but if you can get to an osteopath then do! Mine was brilliant and helped me no end. I also saw him after the birth and I had some treatment and exercises (very very easy gentle ones) to do that really helped.

Multibean Fri 15-Feb-13 19:25:16

^^ One leg higher than the other?!

Multibean Fri 15-Feb-13 19:24:06

Oodsigma Hmm, same with me. On the rare occasions where I'm not in teeth-gritting pain and DH also up for it any attempt has tended to have severe backlash (no pun intended). Now he's not keen to experiment further and I'm worrying we'll never get back to normal [also hormonal]!

Miaow that sounds awful, can totally see why! Did make me smile at the image though (sorry)

Specialknickers have you tried a bath or hot water bottle? Works brilliantly for me in combo with painkillers...

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 18:01:46

Maybe there's something in the living in hills/pgp problems...

specialknickers Fri 15-Feb-13 17:13:45

I'm 19 weeks, terrible pgp, also live on top of a massive hill, walking to the shops / to pick up ds is murder.... I've just signed up with a great new osteopath and was feeling quite positive until yesterday, when I did some dancing with Ds and put my back out. The pain is soooo bad today it's taking my breath away. Grrrrrrrr.

MiaowTheCat Fri 15-Feb-13 17:07:41

I long since gave up on the idea of any horizontal entertainment after I managed to get stuck on the scan table after my 20 week scan as my legs and pelvis locked up... that was embarassing enough without risking anything similar happening during nighttime shennanigans.

Got stuck sat on the floor playing with DD1 earlier - that one was amusing and a good 15 minutes of wriggling, squirming and yelping with pain to figure out how to get back up again!

Oodsigma Fri 15-Feb-13 15:54:27

Spoons. Though not any more. I couldn't walk for 2 days after the last one so dh has been refusing angry [hormonal]

Multibean Fri 15-Feb-13 15:51:41

Oh, and another question to all (sorry if tmi) - is anyone actually managing to have "real" sex?! Am finding it all but impossible to find a workable position, but tips gratefully received...!

Multibean Fri 15-Feb-13 15:20:16

Thanks for the reply Miaow, I can sympathise with the bus service - and the HS2 line! and Oodsigma and others with children, don't know how I'd cope with PGP plus demands of previous children. Much kudos to you all - and massive pain-relieving vibes.

Oodsigma Thu 14-Feb-13 20:23:52

Yes to hill & 4 storey house!

Housebound unless someone takes me out in a chair isn't compatible with being a mum. Just had to rearrange a Hosp appt for dd2 as I needed someone to take me!

MiaowTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 18:54:47

Yep I hear you on the very steep hill Multibean we seem to have chosen to live on the highest point of land locally so every direction is killer hills - which was fine except the bus service that went up them got pulled as our Christmas present, and the "part replacement" by the council is geared soley toward little old ladies with shopping trollies and utterly un-pushchair useable so useless to me!

Still, if I wait 20 years I can get to London in an hour... can't sell the house before then but will be able to look at nice artists' impressions of the new London commuter belt... yes, can you tell who's still mightily dischuffed about the HS2 routing?!?

Multibean Thu 14-Feb-13 16:49:00

Gosh, it's nice to know I'm not alone! Hello to all fellow sufferers, hope you're having a better day.

I've been signed off work with PGP since 27 weeks, and I'm now 38 weeks into 1st pg. Not on crutches but have given into wheelchair rides in supermarkets, can't drive now and am pretty much housebound as I live in a rural village on a v steep hill. Given I'm one of those annoying can't-sit-still-and-do-nothing control freak types this condition has been hell on earth mentally to adjust to and I feel so isolated and frustrated.

DH has been amazing and thankfully works from home... but all this pain and not being able to go anywhere has meant I feel like I'm missing out on meeting other mums-to-be as I had to give up my yoga class and can't get myself anywhere to meet anyone (I'm 20 miles from a town and don't know that many people my age in my village yet, and no-one with a baby or pg). I'm really worried when I have the baby that I'll get lonely and won't have anyone to socialise with, especially if the PGP doesn't get better. I had been really looking forward to making some new friends but I can't see that happening now tbh. Has anyone got any suggestions I could try?

On the plus side, I have heard that all this pain makes labour much easier to bear as you're so used to being hard-as-nails on a daily basis!

ChairmanWow Thu 14-Feb-13 15:48:37

Feel a bit guilty about moaning when others have it so much worse, but I'm so, so sick of it. I've only had it since 30 weeks (36 tomorrow), but the constant pain down the inside of my groin is horrible. I've been told not to lift my 23 month old son so I'm limited in terms of what I can do with him, and he's now turning into a daddy's boy sad. If I literally do nothing I can live with it, but when I try and walk around for longer than 5 minutes or stand up for any prolonged period I'm reaching for the painkillers.

At least I can reassure myself that a) I get a lovely baby next month and b) I won't be living with this forever. I have a new respect for people who live with long term pain. It must be incredibly challenging.

MiaowTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 14:00:18

31 weeks in basically a run of two back-to-back pregnancies (DD1 took 6 years to get - I was anticipating a longer timescale with DD2 than appears to have happened) - last pregnancy I was on crutches by about 20 weeks, but this time around with a great big galumphing 10 month old to push/lift (who has slight developmental delay due to prematurity as well - so no walking/crawling to even spread the load a bit) - it's absolutely agonizing. Add in the fact that last time they didn't take ANY care over spinal blocking me and shoving my legs up near my eyeballs in stirrups causing a nice long-term niggle with my hips - so I wasn't back to normal anyway - and it's fun!

Can't walk much past the end of the street, have knackered one pushchair already using it as a kind of crutch-substitute to put a bit of weight onto (so much for not pushing things - kind of necessary when you've got another baby around), and recently we've hit the point of finding driving very very painful as well (my clutch leg crotch part really suffers by the end of a journey) - so basically housebound.

Hubby's trying to wangle working from home a bit so I can just drag him off the work laptop to lift the baby around the room - but that's erratic in when it can be done - on codeine for the pain which helps a tiny bit but don't want to take lots, and it only really knocks the edges off a tad anyway.

DD1 arrived at 33 weeks - and the pain's so bad I've nearly caught myself wishing for similar this time around - then mentally slapped myself back to my senses because the whole prematurity thing last time was hellish and I really don't want to repeat it.

MumofWombat Thu 14-Feb-13 13:42:35

I went to the physio yesterday, I've been given a support belt thingy to wear (but I'm an odd shape - my waist is teeny tiny in comparison to my hips - buying dresses is a nightmare! - so it keeps moving grrr) and they gave me tips about keeping my pelvis stable. I was also told to not Hoover, not lift things like shopping bags, laundry etc, but including my toddler DS. DH can do the former stuff but when he's at work I can't not lift DS - but I am trying to limit it.
My pain is mainly in the front, in my groin. I don't know how I have managed to not cry out when rolling over in bed at night. People that haven't had pelvic girdle pain just look at me funny when I've tried to describe it. I'm sure they think I'm making it up!
I also can't walk around anymore, we popped into a shopping centre today, we only went into 2 shops but I was in agony by the time I got back to the car.
I am thankful though I'm not on crutches - I feel for you guys that are. But I am going to take it easy and try to look after myself so it doesn't get worse.
And the bit that pisses me off? I'm having an elective csection! I don't need this crappy relaxin doing its job! Grrr!
I'm 32 weeks btw.

Pics Wed 13-Feb-13 21:55:55

Oh, hello everyone, I'm just 2 months in but SPD kicked in at 5 weeks, so i have already seen an osteopath twice. Trying to be realistic about how i will be feeling in a few months time, but also figure there is no point in being pessimistic. Not crippling at this point, but can feel it all the time.

Still waiting for my NHS referral to the physio though!

Want2bSupermum Fri 08-Feb-13 09:42:58

I had a terrible time when pregnant with DD and went to the chiro twice a week from around my 5th month onwards. With this pregnancy I started doing my rolls from the day I found out i was pregnant and I have had a much better time of it. I have had a couple of bad days but nothing compared to my pregnancy with DD.

The chiro had me use a hard roll. The label on the inside says triggerpoint therapy and there is a weblink Basically you sit on the roll, put your hands on the floor behind you and massage your rear end with the roll. The chiro had me do 10 sets of 5 on each side. I try to get the roll from my lower back all the way down to the top of my leg.

I am 39 weeks pregnant today and have been sleeping on the couch because the bed is just too painful. Tonight has not been good though and I can't sleep due to a horrible niggle in my right hip. I have a support belt but I find it a little uncomfortable to wear it all day. It hurts my skin on my belly and DS pushes against it. Today/tomorrow is my last day of work so I am sucking it up.

Oh and I wouldn't wait for two weeks to see someone. I would demand you see someone sooner. My obn told me my SPD was quite bad (I clicked terribly when I walked) and it was managed without taking painkillers through extensive work by the chiro and me doing lots of the exercises given to me.

goodbyekitty123 Fri 08-Feb-13 09:12:21

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM I've got that birthing ball. I used it first time round and it was great. It's very sturdy. I haven't used it yet this time. I've got my first physio appointment today so I'll probably be advised to start using it. I didn't want to until I knew what I was doing though as sometimes these things can make the pain worse.

Artigene Fri 08-Feb-13 06:43:54

I think I'm getting this too. 26 weeks now and coccyx and lower back so painful. Been awake all night practically in tears. Never felt a thing in my first two pregnancies, now I realise how lucky I was.

Can anyone recommend a specialist osteopath in London?

Mawgatron Fri 08-Feb-13 06:36:49

Oh dear. I think I have the beginnings of this, I guess I will look forward to it getting worse.
Hugs all round for you ladies who are really struggling, thinking of you all!

Oodsigma Fri 08-Feb-13 04:45:42

I found a ball good last time but not this time.

heather the problem seems to be finding one that deals with pg women. None in my area do.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Thu 07-Feb-13 19:32:01

doh, forgot. I am considering buying this ball..

here In the hope of some relief/help strengthening the buggered bits.

I am on the larger side (5'11" and overweight) so don't think a cheaper ball would suit I'd burst the bugger but money is tight and I don't have £20 just lying around - but then, the thought of some relief is making it very tempting.

heather1 Thu 07-Feb-13 19:30:21

Go and see a good Osteopath. I was told by my midwife that there was nothing that could be done. I was given a belt made of a bandage. One trip to the Osteopath and it was 80% better.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Thu 07-Feb-13 19:28:31

Sorry, started a thread and then buggered off!!

Nice (not the correct phrase) to see others here - welcome to the thread of pain/whinge.

I tell you that it really has made me realise how tough it is for people who live their life in pain, with little hope of relief - having had this for a short period of time it makes me humble to think of those who can't see an end in sight.

I tried the small pillow under me but it didn't work. Last night was horrendous - I had such a sore right bum cheek blush for most of the day.

I've had a growth spurt and so bending down is pretty much impossible now anyway, but I am trying new ways to reach things when there is nobody else around to help (the remote control, car keys, mobile - seriously I drop every fecking thing at the moment). I got stuck yesterday, kneeling on the floor - had to kneel/shuffle closer to furniture to help me get up!

DD is being very helpful, in words more than action. I cleaned the bathroom earlier (is only little so not much work) and she kept shouting up "careful Mummy, don't hurt yourself" grin

OTOH, I just asked her to feed the dog and she said "no thanks" hmm

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