Today I decided to take a chance and ask Dr. Google about my pelvic pain. I know I know, risky move as the prognosis could be anything from kittens to death. It turns out that wasn’t the case and I found what I was looking for pretty quickly.
Pelvic Girdle Pain/ Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. It was like straight up reading a page of my pain diary.
It’s hurts quite a bit to do just about anything today which is what prompted me to ask google. Of course it’s the very day AFTER my OB appointment, so my next isn’t for another 3 weeks and 6 days. I’d like to say that I plan to take it easy over the next few days but the house really needs to be cleaned in the event that someone decides to have a showing while we’re gone this weekend. Fortunately I’ve been able to slowly put things back in their rightful places over the last week, so there’s not too much left to do. It’s also a plus that our nanny asked for the week off so Colette will be at Grama’s all week. An empty house is much easier to clean. If it gets too unbearable by the end of the week I’ll call and set another appointment for the interim period between my regular checkups. But maybe today is a fluke and I’ll feel a little better tomorrow. In the event that’s the case, I’ll just wait it out.
Here are some things copied straight from the bowels of the internet about what I’ve self diagnosed myself with today: (I should also note this is straight from the UK’s WebMD site incase you start wondering why it says trousers vs. pants.)
Being in an unbalanced position can make the pain more noticeable such as when:
- Standing on one leg (such as when getting dressed)
- Going upstairs
- Turning over in bed
- Moving your legs apart such as when getting out of a car.
The Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health (ACPWH) recommends taking the following actions for coping with PGP:
- Avoid activities that make pain worse, but be as active as you can within your pain threshold
- Rest whenever you can
- Wear supportive, flat shoes
- Get dressed and undressed in a sitting position – don’t stand on one leg to put on trousers
- When getting in and out of a car, keep your knees together – you can sit on a plastic bag to help you swivel in the seat
- Sleep in a comfortable position – a pillow between your legs can make sleeping on your side more comfortable
- Go up or down the stairs one at a time – go upstairs leading with your less painful leg, but downstairs leading with the most painful one
- Find a comfortable way to turn over in bed – try keeping your knees together and squeezing your buttocks as you turn over.
If you have PGP, you should avoid the following:
- Bending or twisting to lift
- Standing on one leg
- Sitting or standing for long periods
- Crossing your legs
- Sitting on the floor or in a twisted position
- Lifting or pushing heavy objects
- Carrying a baby on one hip
- Carrying loads in only one hand.