Monday, October 8, 2007

SPD and ME

I'm quite lucky.

My SPD symptoms started late in my pregnancy. Some women suffer with this very early on. One of my friends suffered with this earlier this year and I had no idea how much pain she must have been in. I felt awful for not fully understanding the condition and how it must have affected her and her husband.

As I knew my friend had experienced SPD, I called her for advice straight away.

She was fantastic. A real rock. Without her, I would have been at a loss as to know what to do.

In the first instance, my friend advised me to ask my GP to refer to me to an Osteopath who specialises in SPD. I did this and I am still waiting for the referral! Instead, Jerry found an Osteopath local to us who we could see privately. We have to pay for the sessions, but it's well worth it.

The Osteopath was confident he could aliviate the pain and discomfort and specialised in pregnant women and babies.

So far, I have had 2 sessions and can feel the difference already.

Unfortunately (or fortuately!), I was signed off work as I have to drive for my job and with SPD, the recommendation is total rest. My GP signed me off for two weeks, but I continue to work from home on my laptop.

The other invaluable advice my friend gave me was very similar to the recommendations in my previous post (SPD - the groin pain)...wear a pelvic support vest (more comfortable than a pelvic suuport belt)...borrow some crutches so if you have to move, your weight is more on the crutches than on your pelvis...take homeopathic remedies when labour starts to help with the SPD pain.

I have had stop going to my Yoga for Pregnant Women as I am unable to open my legs without experiencing pain and driving or getting in and out of the car just makes the symptoms worse the next day.

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