I wrote a guest post about being pregnant and having severe synthesis pubis disorder, but I never followed up my story, so here it is.
I was induced 2 weeks early because I had been put in a wheel chair. I was on a morphine patch, which Lilli became addicted to. They told me I’d be kept in for a couple of days because Lilli would be poorly from withdrawal symptoms from lack of morphine.
I was allowed nothing but gas and air, if I needed a c-section, I’d have to be put completely under. I was fine with the contractions, but when I started to push was when the hell started. I don’t remember much about it, I was deep in a ‘birth coma’, but I do remember I was agony and much worse than the other two. After I gave birth, I cried for 10 minutes, It felt like I’d been stabbed in my pelvis, I didn’t even notice that I’d delivered my gorgeous baby girl; I was in too much pain.
The midwife told me that she was certain I’d snapped my muscles in my pelvis, because she’s heard them snapping (as had Dan, who was covered in blood where I’d accidedently ripped my canula out when grabbing for the gas and air). I was embarressed that I’d been screaming my head off, but she told me that she expect a lot worse considering what had happened to my pelvis.
The time came for me to have a shower, but I couldn’t stand. My husband and the midwife had to lift me onto a wheelchair just so I could shower.
I spent 5 days in hospital, Lilli was discharged only 5 hours after she was born (no withdrawal symptoms, she was perfect) but obviously stayed with me. When I, finally, left the hospital I had to wear a girdle and was still on my walking sticks.
Lilli is almost 5 months old and I can’t walk without my walking stick or pushchair to lean on. I’m on a cocktail of pills for pain and to reduce the swelling. I have also developed a problem with my kidneys (not related) and sciatica (most likely caused by SPD).
I have physio every 2 weeks and am due for a scan in September on my muscles to check how my torn muscles are healing and plan the next step. I can no longer return to work (I worked with horses) and all the qualifications I have are useless because none apply for a job I could actually do.
If I fell pregnant now, I’ve been told, I’d be in a wheelchair as soon as I started to show and would have to have a c-section. SPD has, pretty much, ruined my working life. My dr is optimistic, they say if they can find the source of my swelling, they can, hopefully, combat the pain and damage cause by SPD.
Any women who get diagnosed have my deepest sympathy, its a evil and very common disorder. But most Dr’s don’t know their bottom from their elbow when it comes to diagnosing it and treating it.
- Giving Birth With SPD (therealsupermumblog.com)