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    Hi All,

    I've just be diagnosed with this dysfunction after complaining of period pain and pain in my groin for the past week. Since then it has become steadily worse - particularly going up stairs.

    Just wondering for those of you who also have/had it, did it get to the point you needed to use a wheelchair or walking frame to get around, or complete bed rest, or is that rare?

    My obs was very casual and said that it will just get worse and worse and most of her clients with it get to that point. She also said that I should not do any form of exercise and rest as much as possible to try and prevent it getting too bad.

    I'm just trying to work out what I'm in for... so I know how much I should be doing now while I still can. Luckily this is my 2nd (my 1st was apparently the main cause of this dysfunction because he was over 11 pounds) so the nursery is pretty well ready and stocked, but there's a lot of other things I would like to do around the house while I'm 'nesting'.

    BTW - I'm only 24 weeks.

    Thanks in advance for your replies!

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    I've had it in both my last pregnancy, with twins & this pregnancy (c-sect tmoro, yay) & I think I can safely say that within about 2 weeks of getting it, it was as bad as it was going to be thru the entire preg. I had it from 14 wks with the twins & about 26 wks this time.
    I found it was worse if I walked for too long or too fast, getting up & down from sitting & in bed trying to turn over. I never found that doing anything else really aggravated it, except maybe the weight of bubs right at the end of the pregs. In saying that tho, if this bub of yours is similar in weight to your last one it may well get alot worse towards the end, so if there is things u want to get done, I would prob suggest u start doing it now before/incase it does get worse.
    Good luck with it & hopefully it won't become too unbearable for you

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    I pretty much got to that point, where I couldn't walk, or move.
    The doctor told me it was normal. The lovely midwives were shocked my doctor fobbed it off and they referred me to a Chiro, who literally fixed me. I had no pain. I remember practically running out of his office back to the car and DH was in shock.
    Try finding a chiropractor that particularly practices the Webster technique.

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    It sucks, doesn't it? I had to use a frame (but only after hours at home where no one could see me because I was so embarrassed!). The pain was terrible at the end of the day and I struggled to walk.

    The things that helped me manage it included:
    - wearing a brace
    - short stride length
    - avoiding stairs and using the lift
    - avoiding prolonged standing. I was lucky to have a brilliant boss who was really supportive of me modifying my duties
    - pretty much avoiding any activity that requires your legs to be spread apart
    - avoiding putting more of your weight on one leg
    - used a shopping trolley in the shopping centres. I'd just get one from the car park.
    - I also did loads of TA exercises earlier in my pregnancy when I could still feel my core muscles!

    I had regular soft tissue work done which helped with the pain management.

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    I can sympathise. I was in a wheel chair by the end of my PG when ever I went out

    My baby was only 6 pounds too!

    It went away after birth, but I had a C sec - not for that reason although am glad in a way! I had 2 ultrasound treatments after my Csec and all was fine.

    Apparently you need to be very careful with how wide they open your legs and have your support person know this.

    Did they give you a support strap? Def see a physio who specialises in women's health.

    I found I could do pilates and swimming - no breast stroke though!

    Wish you all the best

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I guess I'll have to wait and see how bad it gets and take it easy in the meantime.

    I felt better after my hydrotherapy class yesterday so I'll continue with that (although the pain was back after only a few hours). I have got a good chiropractor too so I'll see him on Tuesday. Have been wearing a support brace since about 12 weeks because of SIJ problems, so will keep wearing that. Looking forward to warmer weather so I can get into our pool and float all day.

    Had to take some osteo-panadol this morning which worked to take the edge off (and get rid of my limp), but definitely didn't take all the pain away. Not sure if I'll keep that up if it's not entirely effective - I don't like the idea of taking drugs all day long (and they tend to stir up my Irritable Bowel).

    My obstetrician has planned the c-section for 38 weeks so I'm already counting down - still over 3 months to go

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    Well for a different story, I felt the first twinges if pain at about 24 weeks, and I'm now 30 and it hasn't gotten any worse (touch wood). It only appears when turning in bed, getting up and putting pants on. It really doesn't bother me most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northern View Post
    Well for a different story, I felt the first twinges if pain at about 24 weeks, and I'm now 30 and it hasn't gotten any worse (touch wood). It only appears when turning in bed, getting up and putting pants on. It really doesn't bother me most of the time.
    Thanks for providing a ray of hope! Just what I needed to hear tonight

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    I understand how you feel, when I was looking for information all I found was horror stories of wheelchairs and pain pain pain.... but it turns out it's not always the case!

    I still exercise too, lightly, like walking the dogs around the park. I don't know why mine isn't that bad (no more painful than a mild headache) I had average to poor fitness pre pregnancy, although I do eat well and am taking a good range of high dose supplements.

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    I had it mildly in my secknd and third pregnancies. I found I could manage it by being very careful about how I stood, slept taking it easy etc. However at the end of my third pregnancy I did three silly things in one day (jumped up quickly from sitting down, try to push something across the floor to move it out of the way when I was cleaning up, and then I kicked the washing machine which broke!), and after that I was on crutches. Hopefully you can manage the pain so it doesn't get too much worse!


 

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