April 2013 Moms

Pubic Symphysis Diastasis

Anyone ever heard of or know anything about Pubic Symphysis Diastasis?

My doctor tells me my pain is from the baby laying on a nerve but it is VERY severe to the point I can not walk.  I read about Pubic Symphysis Diastasis and feel this may be what I have.  I go to the OB tomorrow and intend to ask about this but wanted to know if others had experience with this.

thanks!

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Re: Pubic Symphysis Diastasis

  • Been having it since 17 weeks unfortunately. It sucks and NOTHING helps. I've tried Tylenol, bath, stretches, Ice, hot pad, support belt....doctor was right, nothing is going to help as much as birth so we'll just have to wait it out.
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  • UGH! Since 17 weeks! You poor thing!  I've only had it since about 27 weeks.  It's MISERABLE! I just pray all goes back to normal after delivery. 
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  • I have this and have since month 5. It's a sprain essentially of the pubic symphysis joint (where the two halves of the pelvis meet in the front), at least that's what my OB tells me. I've been going to physical therapy and massage therapy for it and it has helped tons. I found this site to be helpful in a general sort of way:

      http://pregnancy.about.com/od/symptomsofpregnancy/a/pubicbonepain.htm

    Waddling also helps, even if it makes you feel like a large penguin :)

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  • So what do they do in physical therapy?  Is it just exercises or something more intense? I ask because my insurance will not cover PT in this case.

    thanks for the response!

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  • image JordynLeighx3:
    It sucks and NOTHING helps. I've tried Tylenol, bath, stretches, Ice, hot pad, support belt....doctor was right, nothing is going to help as much as birth so we'll just have to wait it out.

    This. Although, I usually only get it after delivering the baby, but have had it for a few weeks now prior.  

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  • Mostly we work in the pool, but I imagine you could do the exercises outside of the pool setting with light ankle weights or a light resistance band.

    We start with just walking backward and forward, slow and gentle. Then move to side stepping, again, slow and gentle. Marching in place. The last one is lunges, but VERY light lunges. I step up onto a platform (you could probably use a low couch or stairs) and lunge forward. If anything hurts, stop. The therapist said for this type of condition if it hurts, don't do it, period. She also gave me a belt that wraps around my hips and I can tighten to hold my hips together for walks longer than 2 mins. I LOVE THE BELT. I wore it until my belly got too low. She also recommended heat and ice in the evenings to help with the swelling. I take Tylenol for the pain, and if it does get to the point where I can't walk, I can take Ibuprofen although I prefer to avoid the NSAIDs.

    Hope you feel better! 

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  • thanks SO much for the info!

     

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  • Yes I have it bad. I can't sit, walk, shift weight, etc. I most of the day cannot walk legs forward but with a waddled gait.

    Nothing helps take the pain away, but I do know things that make it worse and things that can help a little. Not sitting Indian style, having DH pull my legs to stretch them straight out, sleeping with a pillow between my legs, pressure evenly with both hands on my sciatic area. I cannot have any pressure or touching of my pubic bone or thigh bone areas though. Omg. I picture this is what a fractured pelvis would feel like.

    Also there's methods chiropractors experienced in prenatal care do geared towards this problem. One of the methods is the Webster technique. It's supposed to work wonders. Women also do it to help shift and align for easy transition and position for baby to descend properly. For some, PSD can effect labor and its even possible in extreme cases to have PSD problems months and years postpartum, which at times requires surgery.
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  • Most docs will tell you that there is nothing you can do, or it's round ligament pain... DON'T LISTEN! I went through 5 months of horrific pain which included not being able to walk, dress, sit or stand comfortably, and clean my house.  I finally found Gail Tulley at  http://www.spinningbabies.com/ ;

    who recommended body work... I also had sciatica. She suggested maternity  physical therapist, maternity chiropractic care, swimming, yoga, and a few techniques she lists on her website. Since I've followed the regimen, I haven't had much pain.  My therapist told me not to do chores and to deligate them, which I have and notice when I try to clean I make the pain re-appear. I feel so much better when I'm able to just relax and stick to my regimen. 

    I live in MN and here is the link to the chiropractor, who also specialises in aligning a breeched baby to the correct position for delivery.  http://www.naturallyaligned.com/#4

     Blooma can help too. http://www.blooma.com/

     Insurance typically doesn't cover the services. You might be able to get physical therapy with a pre- authorisation from your midwife or doc... I had to put up a fight for mine because they were telling me it was round ligament or nerve pain... I called BS. 

    Good luck!  

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