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I have possible SPD, have appointment this week to sort out physio, will i be told not to drive?

(12 Posts)
misdee Sat 23-Aug-08 09:17:59


i really wouldnt be able to cope without driving.

i do not make a great passenger.

what wil lthey do to me?

Nbg Sat 23-Aug-08 09:22:00

I dont see why they would stop you driving but having said that I dont drive so not 100%.

I used to have fortnightly appts at physio. She would do exercises with me. Some involved laying on a bed and lifting legs, some leaning and moving against objects (hard to explain exactly).

I also got crutches to help me get up from sitting and plod about the house when I was really bad.

SPD sucks.
I hope they help you out.

sandcastles Sat 23-Aug-08 09:44:14

I has SPD & wasn't advised to stop driving.

I found it easier to put a plastic bag on my seat & swivel around rather than get out the car the 'conventional' way.

sandcastles Sat 23-Aug-08 09:46:17

Oh & I was given a support belt to wear for shopping/lots of walking etc.

I also had a tubigrip to wear when I was resting/taking it easy.

ghosty Sat 23-Aug-08 09:46:43

Driving is fine ... it is getting in and out that hurts so you need to do the 'ladylike' way of getting out of the car.

misdee Sat 23-Aug-08 11:16:44

oh thank goodness. my sister was advised not to drive, but by the end she was using a wheelchair more than her crutches.

my main problems are sleeping, it hurts so much, and walking anywhere over 10metres away.

CarGirl Sat 23-Aug-08 11:25:58

I wasn't told not to drive, in fact driving was far less painful than walking!

I know it's expensive but I went to an osteopath who made a huge improvement, I was able to stop using my crutches.

I found using a bump wedge and pillow between my knees helped too.

misdee Sat 23-Aug-08 11:29:03

i cant find my wedge, but have a huge body pillow, and a cushion as well under my bump. i still have to reposition 6/7 times a night, as my hips start to scream in agony and wake me up.

herbietea Sat 23-Aug-08 11:43:14

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HeinzSight Sat 23-Aug-08 11:56:04

I had pretty bad SPD and ended up on crutches, but wasn't told not to drive. Good luck and you have my sympathy.

misdee Sat 23-Aug-08 11:59:28

i keep looking at mattress toppers but we are in the midst of moving house so cant really get one atm.

I have no problems with opening my legs (god that sounds bad blush but its the simple thing of walking any distance that leaves me in agony. dh, dd1, and dd2 were at the car 5mins before me in town the other day, as i hobbled along clinging to dd3 buggy for support. was quite hair-raising trying to cross the road at a snails pace blush fortunatly dh has a disabled badge, so when i'm with him, we can use the disabled spaces, and i can swing the door opn wide, and get out of the car easily.

notcitrus Sat 23-Aug-08 16:55:10

Depends which bits of your pelvis are buggered. I've given up driving because I have classic SPD in my pubis (vertical line up the middle, and the corners of it), and pushing down with either foot is just too painful to do.

But I can walk a couple hundred yards when I need to, which gets me to the bus stop, and I can manage without driving. The physio did ban me from commuting to work, though. The rest of my pelvis is fine - unlike most people I've had no backache.

Two duvets underneath me helps a huge amount. I've hired a wheelchair a couple times for going longer distances, but you need someone to push you - I tried a self-push one which was fine in the store but the was-5-min-walk journey home over Lambeth pavements proved pretty impossible and I have marks from the blisters 6 weeks later!

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