When I first started writing my blog a few years back I wrote about Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (Pelvic Girdle Pain) that I developed in my second pregnancy and that I was one of the unlucky minority that the condition never improves once baby arrived. In my previous post I explained more on how I developed it and how hard it was to get help from the medical professionals and how it effected my life. So if you are at the beginning of this condition that post may help give a wider perspective of what I faced.
After seeing the consultant it seemed surgery for pinning and plating my pelvis in the future would be my only option…
Having not really updated my story since the last post and the fact so many wonderful ladies reached out to me on my last post this update post has been a long time coming (sorry ladies)
Firstly to each and every one of you that reached out and are suffering with this debilitatingly painful condition … you are not alone and I am sending each of you the biggest hugs, for many people who develop this condition very few medical professionals actually knowledge the condition and those that do seem to limited on what can be done for the person suffering going forward.
Over the last 3-4 years I have changed so many things to cope with this condition that in fairness it’s going to take some time and possibly a series of posts to explain what has been happening in the last 3-4 years for me.
To start with there are some super simple things that I have discovered that can help me in day-to-day living:
- Sit down to iron (and take regular stretching breaks)
- Regular swimming helped massively *makes note to self to make more time these days*
- Wearing a pelvic support belt during any physical activity can help (speak to a physio about getting one)
- Sitting down to get dressed
- Online food shopping – no more shopping trolley pushing for me … or get someone else to push it
- Use wheaty bags if you get chance for pain relief (I often take mine to bed.
- If possible change your mattress (we went with memory foam and found this has helped but don’t feel you have to buy one)
- Yoga and Pilates have made a difference and helped me feel that I had some ability to a life and were great at lifting spirits
- Don’t push yourself beyond what is comfortable for you (this is will be different for everyone)
- Posture played a massive part of my acute pain so being aware of how I sat was important.
At the beginning of this journey the thought of any physical activity made me cringe, however being 8 stone overweight after the birth of my son (aged 4) I had no choice but to accept that extra weight really does effect the condition and makes matters worse.
I set off on a weight loss journey and lost 4.5 stones and although the pain never went and it was painful to carry out physical activity (as in taking painkillers before, during and after) it was a case of little and often and keeping activity regular as it really is a catch 22 weight makes it worse and yet it hurts to move … mind over matter and having a cry every now and again helped (Yep I am really that sad!)
However after giving up smoking 2 years ago I did in fact gain back the weight I lost and found once again the pain was excruciating so have started on a weight loss mission again …. However I am now 6 months pregnant and SPD is a whole other story once again so more on that to follow.
For those folks that would like to, I have opened up a support group on Facebook called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Friends where I would love to hear more about how you did cope, or are coping or not with the condition currently so watch that space as I have only just opened it up or feel free to leave a comment below too!