Part Two: What a Pain in the A$$

Pelvic Girdle Pain, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Important Note: The above image is not the author. Just to be clear. Very, very clear.

So where did we leave off? Okay, if you haven’t read the first post to see how non-exciting the first trimester of my pregnancy was, then you can read that here. You’ll also get the teaser (read: segway) into the story about what I thought was a broken tailbone when I was pregnant. Let’s pick up where we left off . . .

Not that it was long ago, but when I typed ‘pain in my tailbone + pregnancy’ into Google, the search results were relatively vague and sporadic. In just a few years since I was pregnant, there seems to be a lot more useful and legitimate information about various pregnancy pains, which is great now, but the lack of info was not so useful when I was looking for answers about my own pain.

The discomfort sure felt like my tailbone was broken, although I had no idea what a broken tailbone felt like. I was merely trying to describe the excruciating pain that I was feeling. Initially when I stood, there was a shooting pain in my right thigh that extended up into my butt. The pressure in my backside made it impossible to stand. It’s a bit difficult to describe, but my tailbone almost felt swollen, if that makes any sense. It wasn’t a throbbing, it was more of a constant pain, especially when there was any pressure on it.

So, as I mentioned, the pain made it impossible to stand, but further to that, touching the bottom of my spine or any contact my tailbone made on any surface, even the bed, was painful as well. Laying on my back put too much pressure on the area, so I had to lay on my side. I suppose at the time I didn’t realize that laying on my side was just a preview to the last trimester when my stomach would become too big to lay comfortably on my back anyway.

Lest we forget how the little fellow inside was Jazzercising hard in my body, so when he’d stretch and press up against my lungs, it made for some additional discomfort.

Feel the burn, MOM!

Not only was I breathing and speaking like an exasperated Don Corleone, the heartburn felt like I had a tempestuous volcano that would tease my esophagus by spewing a bit of fire, rather than just erupting already. In other words, laying down was a no-no in the last leg of my pregnancy for a number of reasons. Still, I wasn’t too large around the 24th-week, so in theory I should have been able to lay on my back. Not so though, after this sudden tailbone pain hit.

Don Corleone had acid reflux, probably, maybe

What else can I tell you about the pain? It seemed to feel like my tailbone had shifted and the pain was an ache. I suppose pain-scales are a relative thing, so I don’t know if it’s worth giving you a number, but it was definitely closer to 10 than it was 1.  During the first hours of the pain (when the husband was on the phone to the NHS) and I was Googling for answers, I was afraid to move or shift, and perhaps that made my muscles and pelvic area begin to tighten up even more than they had started to. Little did I know it was perhaps hormone overload of relaxin that might have caused the pain to come on so suddenly. There is some current research on PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain), and although the general consensus is that relaxin might play a role, there is no definitive answer to this type of pain, especially since it can flare up after pregnancy.

Anyway, my pelvic area and thighs seemed to be seizing up. Back to Googling . . . yes, there was one site in particular that had an image of an interactive body that you could pinpoint pain on and it would give you information relating to that area. As the pain in my tailbone increased, I also felt it in my groin and it started to run down the insides of both my thighs.

Wait a minute . . . the interactive body doesn’t even have any info on the areas where I have pain. Damn you, interactive body! Okay, since the site I was on didn’t seem to have the answer, I hit the back button. Google, don’t fail me. I kept searching and finally came across some information about ‘pelvic pain’ and ‘pregnancy’ on . . . you guessed it: Babycenter.com

At the other end of the room, my husband was speaking to an NHS consultant on the phone. She advised him to put some ice on my tailbone area. Because there didn’t seem to be an issue with the baby, she suggested seeing the doctor in the morning.

That night was a blur, especially since I couldn’t take any pain medication, so I remember just laying on my side imagining not being able to walk again. I am definitely not making light of people who have disabilities, not in the least. Still, I suppose my pregnancy mind tried to take me to a worst scenario situation, especially since I did not know what was going on with my body.

Lies.

Fast-forward to the next day at the doctor’s office. We are lucky to have an incredibly understanding doctor who didn’t laugh off my pain as something that just goes along with being pregnant. She wasn’t sure what was going on in my tailbone, but she thought it was best if I went to physiotherapy. So, in a matter of days we were off to the physiotherapist.

When we got there, we were greeted by a great lady who, again, had a good listening ear. In all the pain, it was nice to know that there are people out there who may not have the answers and be able to fix the pain, but at least they were willing to help in some way. Okay, I admit, I would have liked someone to fix the pain, but having understanding people around you is important during that pain. I hope you all have someone or certain people around you that may not understand your pain personally, but are helpful and supportive.

Let me know if you don’t and I’ll send around some of my ‘people’ to rough any unsupportive people up for you.

Got a problem with the lady’s pelvic pain?

The physiotherapist asked me to sit for her. That was out of the question (the car-ride over was another adventure too). So I sat on my hands to keep the pressure off my spine and she asked me to lean back. No way!

She nodded and said three words: “symphysis pubis dysfunction.”

M.R.

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