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SPD Help FAQ

This is a brief SPD FAQ which i have created to help you understand SPD, if you need any further questions answering, please send us an email so we can help you as an individual.





WHAT IS SPD?


SPD stands for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. It is common and occurs in 1 in 4 pregnant women (nhs book 2009 given to 1st time mothers) or 1 in 5 according to the document provided by ACPW.org

SPD refers to the front-mid section of the pelvis. The Smphysis Pubis. It was recently given a different name due to SPD causing pain all around the pelvis.

WHAT IS PGP?

Some people therefore prefer to call it PGP. But PGP and SPD both refer to the same thing.
PGP stands for Pelvic Girdle Pain.






WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Some women can experience mild to severe discomfort around their pelvis during pregnancy and post pregnancy. Any symptoms or pains that have lasted longer than 3 days to a week are advised to be looked into. However not everyone professionally are aware of SPD and this is what this charity is also aiming to change.

Other symptoms can include not being able to turn over in bed, struggling or the inability to use stairs, difficulties standing or sitting, not being able to lie flat or comfortably, struggling to do everyday tasks.

Remember symptoms can differ from person to person as can severity, if you are worried then please seek referrels to professional physios.

It is important to read the documents provided from ACPWH.org so you can speed up your recovery by understanding SPD, how it is caused or even how it develops, what you can do to cope and get better and what can help SPD.

WHAT CAN I DO TO COPE?


It is advised to avoid asymmetrical positions so try to stay symmetrical, try not to stand on one leg and things like that.
Try not to climb stairs often so if you have an upstairs or downstairs loo try to stay on the same floor. This can be hard but is possible, if you know your going to be away from the kitchen for a while try and pack a bag of sandwiches and drinks to help you cope, and/or if your blessed with a partner or friend thats present at the time then make sure they help you!

Pregnancy is hard enough i know!

Sleeping downstairs (if downstairs loo) can help, so putting your health first get that friend or partner to bring the bed downstairs, other options can be sofa beds, air beds etc.

If you are hurting a lot when out dont be embarressed as health comes first, use the wheelchairs provided in supermarkets or even the powered scooters with baskets provided. SPD can be made worse by forcing yourself to walk when you are struggling.

Please consult your Dr's for pain relief, as I cannot advise professionally regarding prescribed drugs or even over counter drugs during pregnancy.

Other things in the house can help like cordless telephones, keep one upstairs or downstairs, whichever floor your on, make sure the chargers there for it too! As most are battery operated.

Your friend / partner making your meals or you keeping fruit, cereal bars etc food sources near you with plenty of water.
Doing things differently can help, ordering food and everything over the internet can help, making sure someone will be there to help you when deliveries are made.

IF YOU NEED ANY FURTHER HELP YOU SHOULD EMAIL US FOR ONE ON ONE PERSONAL HELP FOR YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

help@supportpelvicdysfunction.co.uk


FURTHER Suggestions:

 I suggest the ACPWH documents which will keep you busy reading and learning, and until we can get a specific support site / forum running i can advise a group i created seperately and not affiliated whatsoever with this charity, on social networking site facebook:

You can access it by clicking this link:
 
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=137142035812&ref=mf




This FAQ was written solely by the founder and will have information from other places in which these are stated clearly.
Statistics and documents from ACPWH.
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