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    I would be really wary of any cracking - really wary.
    I had acupuncture and swear by it. You need to find a practitioner who specialises in women's health. I know a great one in Upwey, near the train station (it's an uphill walk, and if you take it slowly you can stop for a drink at the health food shop, then stop in at Voski Von Mueller - I introduced Lucy to this world of beautiful clothing - and have a rest on the sumptuous couch, before heading into Christine at Upwey Complete Beauty - also a TCM practice - for an hour of care and attention!). I would hobble in there, and as I made my way back down the road I would realise I was no longer hobbling. If you can find someone like her, or call her to ask who she can recommend close to you, then you may as well take the chance that it will work.
    When I go again for anothery I'm pulling out all stops - shorts, hip braces, dusting off the crutches, the works. Oh, and ordering an electric log splitter.
    I went to a hospital physio before DS and I was in tears for days. She just didn't understand the condition. I hope they've come a long way in 6 years.


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    I've started seeing an osteo weekly. Can't wait for next appointment. Things have taken a bad turn. Had a fall yesterday and something has changed, whatever it is, the pain in my groin is excruciating. I need crutches. Under the elbow ones I reckon. I hate saying that but I do, I need them. I friend has offered me a wheelchair which I would totally use around the house, but it couldn't fit. Seriously considering it for out of the house, if only it didn't make my arms ache so much afterwards. Feeling ****ing miserable. I'm struggling to make any movements tonight that don't hurt.

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    I used crutches. They really did help. I hired them from a chemist. You may be able to hire a mobility scooter for out of the house or those smaller wheelchair thingies for inside the house.

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    Thanks Tash. Definitely getting crutches. Don't know about the mobility scooter though. Would be hilarious to drive it out of the garage I guess. Going to Ikea today (I NEED to get out of the house) and looking forward to the relief a wheelchair brings.

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    my crutches were a godsend PZ, once I had them not only could I move 10x faster, but there was a physical acknowledgement of my lack of speed and people were more understanding. I still use them if my hip goes out (most recently when protesting the ACM's homebirth statement and then for a tourist tour of Sydney )

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    If a wheelchair at home won't work, a small stool or chair on wheels might. I used one constantly to be able to go around the house picking things up off the floor and for loading/unloading/folding washing.

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    Did anyone find that different practitioners did different treatments? I am now seeing a second physio because the first one didn't do much for me and I didn't feel that I quite trusted her. The second one comes highly recommended and specialises in womens health and particularly pregnancy. Anyway, had my first appt with the new one and she treated my butt cheeks as far as trying to release the muscles that have tightened and apparently causing/contributing to the pelvic and hip pains (it hurt soooooo much and I was really bruised afterwards - which she said I would be). The first physio just "rocked" my joints... Did anyone else experience such different treatments? I find that they're reluctant to put a name to it too...not sure if it's because every case is different or if I just don't fit the "normal" mould.

    Oh and for anyone out there that is considering buying a pelvic belt - I just wanted to add that I am now wearing my serola sacroiliac belt which really does seem to help. I borrowed an Oppo one from a friend of a friend whilst I was waiting for mine to arrive and in my opinion the serola is heaps better - it's not so elasticised so I feel like I have a lot more support.

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    Glad that belt worked. I found mine was great too. It did seem to shift the weight off the pelvis.

    I can't help with the q as I only saw one Physio. I hope that this one will help to fix things.

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    I am joining this thread. I have been to physio and tried the belt and it doesn't do anything but make the pain worse. I have crutches handy for when I need them and a disability permit Aswell for those horrible days when I have to go to the shops (I really don't like using it I feel guilty but some days it's needed). It hurts to roll around in bed. It hurts to walk. It just hurts. Only 14w2d to go

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    Really sorry to hear MrsBump. I am pregnant with my 4th and have had it very very mildly. Its such a surprise as I suffered terrible from SPD with my 3rd starting at 15weeks.

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