It’s 630am. My husband and son are enjoying this beautiful scenery and weather as I sit alone in our hotel room. It’s not where I want to be. But, unfortunately, I am in a good amount of pain and am having trouble walking.
Let me backtrack a moment. I began feeling some discomfort in my lower back / right buttock area Monday afternoon. I tried to keep off my feet as much as I could for the rest of the day. I attributed it to a busy morning with my son which required me to hold him much more than I have been (with clothes and shoes he is about 30 pounds).
I woke up Tuesday and felt good so decided to go for a run. The pain re-emerged within minutes of beginning the run but I was hard-headed and convinced myself that it was probably normal pregnancy aches and pains and so I kept running. Sometime around 10 minutes in, the pain had dulled and I ended up running a slow 7.5 miles. I felt *okay* the whole run – not great but not terrible either. The instant I stopped running, the pain returned – but was a HUNDRED times worse.
I had a hard time even just walking into the house. For the rest of the day/night, I hobbled around – literally taking one slow step at a time. The pain is just on my right side – just below my back/above my buttock. It hurts to twist, walk, lean over, and especially when I try to walk up/down the stairs. The timing, of course, was terrible as we flew yesterday and I had to walk a good amount in the airport.
I did some research last night and believe what I have is called Posterior Pelvic Pain (PPP) – a VERY common occurrence in pregnant women (we are 4x as likely to experience PPP than lumbar pain. (Note: I plan on calling my midwife today in order to confirm with her that this is what I really have.)
- Also known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
- Posterior pelvic pain arises from sacroiliac joint dysfunction, in other words, when the stability of SIJ is compromised.
- The pain is typically felt below and to the side at the waistline, and/or below the waistline on either side across the tailbone (sacrum). Such pregnancy pelvic pain may be experienced on one or both sides.
- The pain is typically worse with standing, walking, climbing stairs, resting on one leg, getting in and out of a low chair, rolling over and twisting in bed, and lifting. The pain improved when lying down.
Common Causes of PPP (Source: Spine Health)
- Walking and running
- Rolling over in bed
- Bending forward
- Navigating stairs.
The worst part of PPP?
The pain does not quickly resolve with rest, and morning stiffness may also be present. (Source: Spine Health)
I have NO idea if I actually have PPP. However, based on my symptoms, it sounds like I may have developed it. There isn’t much information in terms of remedies (other than seeing a physical therapist and/or chiropractor after delivery), so I’m hoping to throw out the question to see if anyone has experienced this before.
Did you develop PPP when you were pregnant (or know someone who did)?
Do my symptoms sound like PPP?
Did the pain go away during pregnancy or did it last throughout the entire pregnancy?
Have any good recommendations on home remedies?