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SPD, PGP, can't walk, carpel tunnel + induction

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KatyS36 Thu 17-Sep-09 11:19:36

Hi all,

not suppost to be typing but feeling a bit desperate for advice.

I'm 35 weeks pregnant, can no longer walk due to PGP, my whole pelvis feels like its falling apart plus I've got carpel tunnel syndrome. I've seen a physio privately adn feel the above is as well controlled as possible, but my body is feeling like its reached the end of the line.

prior to the pregnancy I was very fit adn healthy adn everything else is fine. the baby has shown to be very healthy at at stages.

I asked my GP about possible induction at 37/38 weeks and was told that that would be a very sensible consideration.

However, I then asked my midwife but was told that 'they wouldn't want to do that as it has risks to the mother and baby and it would need to be a medical decision'. I do have a consultatnt appointment to discuss it, but I'm not expecting apositive response.

I'm very aware that it my area they are under a lot of political pressure to reduce intervention (oen of the highest rates in the country) plus its seems we have useless NHS physio services (thats why i've gone private for this) and they don't take this as a serious risk, despite DVT possibilities and mine and my physios concerns about long term damage.

can anyone advise on the above? It seems to me that induction at 38 weeks is standard for some conditions eg GD, but I seem to have got caught up in some hospital politics here.

Advice on any of the above greatly appreciated.

girlsyearapart Thu 17-Sep-09 13:42:48

Don;t know anything about any of that. Had physio due to shoulder prob whilst pg with dd2 onthe NHS which was fab.
Anyway just bumping for you as you sound so fed up!

ElectricElephant Thu 17-Sep-09 13:50:06

No advice but offering sympathy - had SPD from 22 weeks and was pure torture, and ended up going almmost 2 weeks overdue. Didn't leave the house for over a month.

Can you speak to the hospital MW and see what their policy is? You might have to fight a little bit if this is what you really want.

TruthSweet Thu 17-Sep-09 14:46:33

I had an induction at 38 weeks ostensibly for epilepsy hmm but when looking at my notes it turned out I was induced for SPD. I had ligmentus (sp?) pain from 8 weeks that was bad enough that I was offered pethidine or morphine to control the pain.

I then fell down the stairs at 24 weeks and triggered SPD. I was on crutches, had two belts (wide stretchy one to support my hips and a narrow firm one to support my sacro-ilial joints), by the end I was completely housebound and needed a wheelchair to get about on hosptial appts. It took me 15 minutes to walk down the garden path to the car (about 20ft).

I still regret my induction and would have gladly gone through another 3-4 weeks of SPD pain rather than have consented to the induction. It was 4 days of hell, I had registrars forcing my legs apart to insert the pessaries even when I was screaming in pain as they had moved my legs too far apart. It took 3 days to dilate me enough to get an amniohook in me to break my waters.
I ended up with a syntocinon induction, ventouse delivery before my womb stopped contracting down and had the reg. with her arm inside me trying to get my womb to start owrking again.

DD1 had jaundice and required double bilibed therapy for 3 days before she was well enough to go home. She had been so ill she couldn't even open her mouth to feed from a bottle let alone nurse. DH had to pry her jaws open s I could squeeze the teat to milk it. It took 8 weeks to wean her off bottles and back to nursing.

I now this is not what you wanted to hear but if you do go ahead with an induction please ask for your bishops score, mine was 0 when they started the induction. Ideally 6 or above for even a 'patient request' induction is a better outlook.

I hope what ever you decide you end up with an easier time than I had.

KatyS36 Thu 17-Sep-09 15:10:42

Thanks truthsweet.

I'm trying to find out what my options are so I can make an informed decision, so stories both good and bad are worth hearing.

Mama2b5 Mon 21-Sep-09 20:38:56

Hi just thought i would say thank you this is my 3rd child i was 20 weeks and was getting pains read up on it and it sounded like SPD , i ignored it and tried to just get on didnt want to moan baby is moving so im happy! then the pains got worse and last night the pain got really bad was cryimg my hubby didnt know what to do! i called the MW couldnt get through so called GP and they told me to come in after he saw me and i told him the pains he felt where i told him the pains where and he agreed, so off i went to the hospital to wait for 3 hrs to be seen for them to confirm it and give me pain killers and a referral to get a belt???????
the bad news its going to get worse and i have over 3 months to go! HELP!!!!!!!!!!

so here i am in some discomfort but thankful my baby is well and fine the pokes and kicks is confirmation!

Truthsweet- sounds awful but your through it now!
KatyS36 - insist on your rights and see it through!

Good luck x

Mama2b5 Mon 21-Sep-09 20:39:46

Hi just thought i would say thank you this is my 3rd child i was 20 weeks and was getting pains read up on it and it sounded like SPD , i ignored it and tried to just get on didnt want to moan baby is moving so im happy! then the pains got worse and last night the pain got really bad was crying my hubby didnt know what to do! i called the MW couldnt get through so called GP and they told me to come in after he saw me and i told him the pains he felt where i told him the pains where and he agreed, so off i went to the hospital to wait for 3 hrs to be seen for them to confirm it and give me pain killers and a referral to get a belt???????
the bad news its going to get worse and i have over 3 months to go! HELP!!!!!!!!!!

so here i am in some discomfort but thankful my baby is well and fine the pokes and kicks is confirmation!

Truthsweet- sounds awful but your through it now!
KatyS36 - insist on your rights and see it through!

Good luck x

southernbelle77 Tue 22-Sep-09 09:31:51

I was induced with dd at 38 weeks due to spd. Can't say it was a pleasent experience as ended up being put in stirrups and causing more pain.

This time I am having a scan and consultant appt in 2 weeks (will be 35 weeks then) to see how big the baby is and then decide on what to do. Its looking likely that I might have a c-section as I am almost at the non walking stage and certainly do not want to be treated like I was last time.

Mama2b5 Wed 23-Sep-09 19:40:51

southernbelle77- Good luck, hope all goes well at your next appt!

I am hoping that with the belt they are going to give me to hold up my bump, that the pain goes away the thought of not being able to walk is just awful!sad

nickytwotimes Wed 23-Sep-09 19:44:45

This is a fantastic organisation for advice and help
SPD and PGP are AWFUL.

I hope it goes okay for you op, and everyone else too.

Salleroo Wed 23-Sep-09 20:08:48

I dont have experience of SPD, I winced reading these posts about the horrors of induction. If you are not against it, I'd opt for a CS if I was you. Do you have someone who can help for about 1 mth afterwards? If so, then go for it. Your body has already taken a battering during pregnancy, why go through the agony of childbirth?

CS, fantastic. You'll be stiff and a little sore afterwards but it sounds like nothing to what you are going through now.

KatyS36 Wed 23-Sep-09 21:17:54

Thanks for all these messages guys. I've managed to get everything to stabilise a bit. I'm currently hoping that the baby will be a bit early and I can get my pelvis to hold out long enough.

Thanks for the induction warnings though. I'm now getting information about what I need to ask about. I hadn't necessarily thought it would be that bad

puffylovett Thu 24-Sep-09 15:15:26

Hi all, just thought I would add to this. I've been suffering from mild SPD, enough to be in pain but not as bad as you guys.

I'm 41.5 weeks now, and have been having acupuncture for induction purposes. It hasn't worked as yet, but it has done wonders for my SPD pain !

Might be worth a pop if you're in agony with a few weeks to go ?

crofty30 Thu 24-Sep-09 20:32:37

Hi,

I'm 23 week with number 3 and have got spd a lot earlier this time round,(After effects of number 1 born by ventouse in stirrups) but if you can find a chiropractor who specialises in maternal health they seem to be able to push my joints back together again. This has worked better for me than the physio telling me to hold my pelvic floor up and hold my tummy in!!!

I have read somewhere (and actually did this with no 2) that giving birth on your side takes the pressure off the pelvis and helps to reduce the likelihood of lasting injury

Hope that helps

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