pelvis separation

Heather - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




Nearing the end of my pregnancy i was having a lot of problems walking and thought it was because i was retaining so much water in my legs. When I gave birth to my son who was 8lbs 11.9 oz. I was in a horrible amoutn of pain even with the epidural. Afterwards, when the epidural wore off I found that I couldnt walk or even stand up. In fact if one of my legs moved away from the other one i SCREAMED!! The nurses thought i was being a wimp and tried to force me to walk. After three of them had to lift me out of bed they realized something was wrong. After x rays i was told that my pelvis had separated too far in the front and one side of my pelvis was higher than the other. This was apparently because of my body naturally producing relaxin to help me deliver him. i had prod. too much. anyways....i had to stay in the hospital for a few xtra days and had physical therapist working with me. When i left i could not walk or even stand without a walker. Pretty difficult considering im a single mom. I couldnt even carry my son. As weeks went by i stopped using the walker and improved greatly. Now here i am three and a half months later and I still cant lay on my side, have trouble rolling, and have to take pain medicine if I sit or stand too long. My doctor says there is really nothing i can do but wait it out. Im losing as much baby weight as I can hoping that would help my pelvis but still no improvments in over a month. Basically, has anyone else experienced this and do u have any advice for me. Sorry about writing a novel but most people dont understand what happened to me.

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Fiona - posted on 04/10/2011




Wow! This is happening to me right now. I have been in bed for almost a month with the most excrutiating pain
when I move. I live in a small town that has no delivering dr. And the one I do have, that is in a neighboring town,
left on holidays without my knowledge. I was sent by
ambulance to the the closest city where a locom dr finally
addressed the issue and told me that I had symphysis pubic dysfunction. I am also 5 days over due, the baby is still unaligned facing the wrong way and will not drop. They sent me home to wait, but since I have been researching and the stalled labour and misalignment are related the SPD. After reading your experience, I am more worried and am thinking a c section should be given. Look this up so that you can get some proper help. This shouldn't have happened to you and ppl in the health care field need to be more educated on this condition. Take care

Julie - posted on 07/12/2009




i have had this but not quite so severe, i was in agony with it and my baby is 6mnth old now she weighed 6lb 6oz n it has almost gone but there are still times when i get up to quickly that my legs dont seem to want function properly and i get the pains in my pelvis again but nowhere near as bad as they used to be,i used to sleep with a pillow between my knees and that used to work for me 8/10 also when ever you move i.e get out of the car keep your knees together etc .my advice is to try take it easy (i know it sounds impossible with haveing children) but thats what i was advised other than that dnt know what to say.

Arwen - posted on 07/11/2009




I haven't experienced that, but I have fractured my pelvis. At first, I couldn't even lift my right foot, it just hurt so much. I couldn't sit up in bed for weeks. I had to roll out. The only thing that did help me was lots and lots of time to heal. It still hurts sometimes, and it happened 7 years ago.
I've had to find different sleeping positions in the last year and a half, after my daughter's birth, because it seemed to revert back to being injured after she came out. It is really frustrating because I can't settle into bed and get comfortable the way I did most of my life. I wake up sometimes on my stomach, and it hurts so much to just roll over.

Any part of your body that gets injured and is a joint(or near one) takes a ridiculous amount of time to heal, it seems, but it does get better. I noticed recently that I was finally able to do a few movements that were a little uncomfortable before. Slow and steady. =P

I hope your recovery is a lot speedier than mine.

Lisamarie81m - posted on 07/11/2009




I am sorry you are in so much pain. I kind of know what you are going through. Near the end of my last pregnancy I could bearly lift my legs or walk fast. My son was born natually and he was 9.5 lbs. I thought it would be nice to beable to walk right after since I didnt have an epidural, but I couldnt walk or sit up. I could barley lift my foot an inch off the gound. I forgot what they called it but it was a seperation or something, but it did get better for me after just a few weeks. Maybe you should get checked out again. sorry for talking so long, hope this helps, at least you know that you are not the only one who had this.

Tabitha - posted on 07/11/2009




I have never been through this but I just wanted to say that I think you are a very strong women to have overcame that! It would have been so easy for you to give up but you fought through all the pain and are getting better! Sorry I can't give any advise to help I just want to say what a strong woman/mother you are! You are an inspiration!

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