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23/09/2013 at 20:37
Im 14+2 and for the last couple of weeks have had occasional shooting pains in bed when I turn over, but over the last few days I've had increasing pain in the groin area and nowin my hips and at my coccyx. Does this sound like the beginnings of spd?
What can i do to help it? I called ante natal physiotherapy at the hospital (we can self-refer) I got voicemail but the message said there's a three week wait, so I can imagine it will only get worse in the meantime. We do have private health insurance is it worth speaking to gp ormidwife to see if they can refer me that way?
Or am I overreacting?
23/09/2013 at 20:48
Is it your first? I'm pregnant with my first and my SPD started at 16 weeks in a very similar way to you; I have heard it's common for it to start earlier with subsequent pregnancies. The NHS antenatal physio I self-referred to was utterly useless, so I had a session with a private physio who specialises in women's health - she gave me several great exercises and advised me to buy an SI belt (Serola) and I haven't seen her since.
Unfortunately I had a car accident at 24 weeks which made it worse and have been seeing another physio since then (paid for by the insurers) but it's more sciatic problems than SPD.
23/09/2013 at 20:54
Mine started at 9 weeks with p so definitely not too early. I was referred to a physio and she didn't even touch me, just gave me a few exercise ideas and crutches for if they hotel painful. Useless. I have heard people have great help from physio though so perhaps it depends on where you are.
I was vaguely hopeful as I hadn't had any twinges as yet this time. Until today when the familiar pains are rearing their ugly head.
23/09/2013 at 20:57
This is my second baby Mrs 50s. Ill have a look for a private physio, I really don't want to wait the three weeks for the nhs one, as it could be much worse by then I think?
Thanks for replying, I think you confirmed what I was thinking, don't wait for nhs physio....
23/09/2013 at 20:58
Oh no AR, I hope you aren't getting it again. Were you really bad with P? Was it nhs physio you saw?
23/09/2013 at 21:04
I never got to the point where I couldn't walk but I was in a lot of pain a lot of the time. Incould only walk very short distances and couldn't sit or yams in the same place for longer that about 10minutes. It wasn't fun. Yes it was an Nhs physio but, as i say, I know people who have had a lot of help from them. I'd get to your gp and get referred ASAP
23/09/2013 at 21:10
I got SPD at 15 weeks in my first pregnancy, and around the same time in subsequent pregnancies. I am one of the lucky ones that had fantastic NHS Physio care and was first seen witihin 2 weeks of referral each time. I was on crutches in my last pregnancy (twin) by 22 weeks and was in agony most of the time unless I was walking which is essential in my job!
Get referred asap and hope it doesn't progress
23/09/2013 at 21:18
Thanks ladies, I'll try to speak to midwife in the morning to see if I can get a private referral through the insurance as three weeks seems a while to wait for nhs physio.
I don't do pain well, it'd be a long six months if I can't do something to help it!
23/09/2013 at 21:20
I had it at 20 weeks first time and 14 weeks second time. A few tips to help whilst you wait for an appointment -
Walk with very small steps not strides. Walk slowly.
Swivel your knees in and out of the car - same with getting in and out of the bath.
Sleep on your side with pillows between your knees and ankles.
Consider buying a pelvic support designed for pregnancy if it gets very bad.
Golden rule - if it hurts stop!
23/09/2013 at 21:28
Thanks maisie, that's helpful. I actualy felt fine all day today until I was cooking the tea, was joking to H that I'm allergic to the kitchen I did quite a bit of walking this morning, and pushing M on swings etc in the park, but don't see I can avoid that kind of thing? Must just take it a bit easier.
I've got a dream genii pillow which I've dug out to use tonight too, so hopefully that will help
Will take the other points on board x
23/09/2013 at 21:30
My dream genii was my godsend. Anything that involves standing for a long time (i.e. washing up and cooking!!) Or twisting will aggravate it. Definitely try and take it easy xx
23/09/2013 at 21:41
Completely hadnt occurred to me to get out my dream genii. Going to dig it out now!!
24/09/2013 at 13:16
Update: I went this morning to a private physio, she doesn't think it's spd just that my muscles are crap! (She didn't put it quite like that obv...) She's given me exercises to do, manipulated my pelvis and I've got an appointment to go back in a fortnight if it isn't better. Fingers crossed it will just take some exercise to sort me out
Thanks for all the advice last night x
24/09/2013 at 13:20
Hmmmmmm??? this has made me wonder? as the doc saiys i have sciatica but i have a constant pain in my groin on my right hand side it eases when i sit but always present when i stand?
24/09/2013 at 14:03
I'd see a physio if you can and get a second opinion NLH, it may be there's something you can do to help it.
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