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All ligaments are screwed I can't cope with this

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yellowsnownoteatwillyou Mon 20-May-13 05:08:35

I'm 29 weeks pregnant and at about 24 weeks I woke up and couldn't walk without limping, went to see the gp who advised contacting a physio as your ligaments go soft.

I contacted my midwife for details but then everything sort if eased off so decided not to bother.

Also things kept changing, first it would be my hip, then my knee or my shoulder, so wasn't sure what to do, then sometimes I would be fine.

I am now in tremendous pain, my shoulder feels like its dislocated as does my knee and I was actually trapped in bed screaming and DH had to wake up and drag me out as I needed the toilet.

I've never heard of anyone having this, I'm going to chase up the physio when they open today and try and work out how I will get there as can barely get dressed or drive.

Has anyone else had this? And what happened?

I'm scared to go back to sleep incase I'm trapped in bed when DH goes to work.

cravingcake Mon 20-May-13 06:15:52

Could be a long shot but you may be hypermobile, where yokur joints move more than the muscles should let them. Pregnancy makes it worse as the relaxin hormone increases your flexibility. Definitely chase the physio. I'm on my phone so cant link but there is a website for hypermobility and you can check your beighton score (simple test to see how hypermobile you are). Try googling beighton score, or when i get on my computer later i will try to find the link for you.

yellowsnownoteatwillyou Mon 20-May-13 06:35:06

Thanks, I did do the test a while ago and it did come up as I was hyper mobile.

I mentioned it to a nurse at my whooping cough jag after I limped in and they didn't seem overly concerned, but after reading up on it, it does seem to make sense.

cupcake78 Mon 20-May-13 07:29:28

Yep I'm hyper mobile! With spd and general pregnancy wobbly ness aches and pains. I currently walk like a duck.

So far my shoulders aren't too bad but I'm having to just be careful. From my waist down I'm like puttywink. It's all sore, it crunches, cracks, creeks and groans. Crutches have been brilliant, they give me a bit more independence.

Physiotherapy/chiropractor is your best bet along with paracetamol, watching what and how you you do things. I have baths twice daily they give such relief. Sit on a birthing ball, don't slouch, don't sit on hard seats, don't push extra weight ie Hoover, lawn mower, shopping trolley. Don't carry bags, washing baskets or anything of weight. Use a cross body handbag with not much in it. Don't do things that hurt, it makes it worse not better. Generally slow down, walk slower, smaller strides, if it hurts or your tired sit down.

Shoulders and backs can be strapped up if needed. Backs, pelvis and knees have to be managed.

While its nothing other than frustrating, inconvenient and generally unpleasant it does go back to normal a few weeks after baby is born!

cravingcake Mon 20-May-13 10:59:20

Here's a link to pregnant and hypermobile

I would recommend reading it, especially if this is your first baby, and possibly even printing it and taking with you to your next appointment with consultant/midwife/physio. I wasn't diagnosed until months after the birth and a lot of what is on this list happened to me.

cravingcake Mon 20-May-13 11:00:49

Just wanted to add that cupcake78 offers some really good advice so try to take it easy whenever you can.

yellowsnownoteatwillyou Mon 20-May-13 11:16:27

Thanks so much for the advice, the referral has been put thru for physio should hear by Monday at the latest it was put thru as an emgency.Paracetamol taken and DH Took a few days off.

Natty4 Mon 20-May-13 11:51:41

I'm pregnant and very hypermobile. My advice is to get strapped up as soon as possible. Knee supports from boots and pelvic support band from amazon. Physio didn't help me and a hypermobile specialist told me to stop doing the exercises as my muscles were already overworking too much to stabilise my loose joints. A memory foam mattress topper helps if hips hurt in bed. Rest as much as possible and don't worry about future pregnancies...mine were much better than my horrific first one.

yellowsnownoteatwillyou Mon 20-May-13 12:59:01

Thanks natty, I'm going to invest in supports and have a full tempur mattress so I may have been a lot worse if I had a crap one.

This is my first baby and we do want another if possible it was freaking me out that I would have to go thru this again with a toddler.

So would taking up my MILs offer to do all the housework and washing and ironing be a good idea then? DH works long hours with early starts and is trying his hardest but its really taking its toll on him doing everything as when we were both working it was 50/50.

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