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    Default Abdominal separation

    I've just realised, 4 years after I've finished having babies, that I have separation in my abdominal muscles (I've suspected but wasn't sure). I'm almost certain that this is causing my back issues. I have worked on my ab and core strength and have lost weight and its only now that I can see (or feel) the extent of it. Also since losing weight it's made more apparent by way of me no longer having a waist (not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but sure explains a lot).

    i have suffered a lot of back issues, specifically since my last baby, and Doctors have been useless. Only recently has one bothered to check my abs and noted the separation. He referred me to a specialist but its private (to save me the waiting list) and I just can't pay.

    Does anyone know if I'm able to take this referral to the hospital or would I have to go back for another one? I only wish someone picked it up way back when I had my last baby as I'm sure I would have waited out the waiting list and have been sorted by now!

    Also what are the chances of this being fixed via physio this far gone? Or would it be surgery for me at this late stage? What would that entail?

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    It's never too late! Do you know how many finger widths the separation is? I
    suggest getting hold of the Lose Your Mummy Tummy DVD which teaches the tuppler technique. They claim it can be used years after. I had a 4cm gap which I have shrunk to 0.5 in a few months. The physio has now given me some special ab exercises.

    Who did the dr refer you to? I highly recommend getting a referral to a gynae specialist physio. Many other physios will give u the wrong exercises which can make it worse.

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    So there's hope? No I don't know how wide. I'm just a little angry ATM as u complained about my back and hip issues in hospital and the didn't even check! I could have had physio and a brace back then! Would have saved me so much pain! I lived on pain killers for the first year of my son's life! And even now after all the core stuff I've done I still throw my back out every few months.

    Anyway he referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon. I figured that they'd double check the back and refer me along if needed. (I do have two bulging discs but apparently shouldn't be causing this much pain).

    ill have a look at that DVD but do you know if Bowen Threapy would be beneficial?

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    I understand your frustration. So many drs just have no clue.

    I've no idea about Bowen therapy sorry. Can the hospital you had your baby at recommend a physio? A lot of them have specialist postnatal clinics. I would go down this route first.

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    There is definitely hope! I saw a physio through my maternity hospital where I had my babies. Five months after baby #2 I still look 4-5 months pregnant due to the ab separation. The physio gave me exercises but as a previous poster mentioned, you can google the tuppler technique. If you've ever done pilates it's similar. Basically just drawing in your tummy muscles and holding them in, with lots of repeats. I started doing it a while back and started seeing results but got a bit lazy, haha!

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    Issue is I don't live in the same town anymore.

    Im just a bit worried because I think its gone beyond that now...Ive done core stuff till Im blue in the face..holding in, gym ball all that. They have all strengthened my core, which is great (I actually dont look pregant, Im relatively flat now). And I do believe I have had SOME improvement in my back but I think its strengthened my muscles where they have healed, which is apart. This is 4 years...so Im doubting whether it can be fixed. Ill look at the tuppler technique as I know that it cant hurt at looking at other techniques and things but I think I might call the hospital and see if I can get in with the orthopedic surgeon with the referral I have....see what they say I guess.

    Somethings got to give hey. I just wished theyd have listened to me while I was in hospital complaining that I can barely walk...give it 3 months they said...well I did and still the gp I went too rabbited on about my weight (I really wasnt THAT fat...but anyway *sigh*)

    Thanks for the help girls, I keep you updated on how I get on.

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    Bummer. The more experience I have with doctors the more I reckon you have to stick up for yourself and do your own research and keep being persistent.

    Maybe you could call your local hospital to see if they'll accept your referral? No harm trying! Good luck and let us know what happens!

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    If the local hospital won't accept the referral go back to your doctor and get a referral as a public patient. You will have to wait longer but it sounds like there are some techniques to help in the meantime.

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    I was told that abdo separation should be rectified ASAP. 4 years is a long time I would get on the waiting list as a public patient if I was you. I have abdominal separation which I havnt measured for many weeks as I'm to scared to know. It is smaller than when bub was first born though. I don't have the pain like you're experiencing. I hope you can get it sorted soon

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    Thank you. Well I rang my local hospital and theyre able to accept my referal and will be triaged with everyone elses. Level one is within a week or two, level two is within 6 months and level 3 is within 2 years (which I think Id be on I reckon) so yeh a bit of a wait Im afraid.

    In the meantime Ive contacted a few physios and one Ive been referred to specifically deals with womens issues so Ill speak to her and see what she says. A few have been optimistic and a couple have said that it depends on how great the separation as to whether I can be helped...and I cant really tell.

    So Ill see how I go I guess...


 

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