Sixth Time is a Charm

After trying five different chiropractors that didn’t help much, if at all, Mom has finally found a chiropractor that has helped! What wonderful news! Dr. Paul at Clermont Chiropractic Life Center is simply phenomenal! After only one visit Mom is in so much less pain. She’s not out of the woods yet, the pain level is now back to about where it was in January, but this is so much better than what Mom has been dealing with for the past few months.

Bedrest Baby

Welp, Mom is officially on bedrest. The doctor said the only thing that will help her is delivering me and right now time is her enemy. He offered amnio in 2.5 weeks to see if my lungs are mature enough to induce and deliver right then (at 37 weeks). Mom and Dad said absolutely not and he said he hopes Mom goes into labor a little early on her own then. :/

He also recommended a cesarean or at least an epidural to handle what’s sure to be immense pain but Mom told him she’s not delivering in the hospital unless he says it’s medically necessary. So for now he’s prescribing a home healthcare aid to help while she’s on bedrest. Let the insurance telephone game begin!

Symphysis What?

Mom and Dad finally got to meet the OB today. It was a very quick visit. He began to examine Mom and said “Oh boy.” Then he said he’d be back in a few minutes to tell us what was going on. Turns out Mom officially no longer has Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. Now Mom has Diastasis Symphysis Pubis which means her symphysis joint has widened more than the normal range for pregnancy of approximately 9mm. Yikes! Unfortunately, just like with SPD, there’s nothing to do about it. 🙁

Diagnosis: Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

The Pubic Symphysis is a small but crucial joint at the very front joining the pubis bones of the left and right sides. It’s a very strong cartilaginous joint (to be precise it is secondary cartilaginous). This joint allows very little movement. Towards the very end of pregnancy and through labor and delivery the relaxin hormone is released which loosens up the joints and allows them to stretch so the baby can be delivered. For some unfortunate women, the relaxin hormone is produced much earlier than needed and this can cause the condition Mom has called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.

That very strong and tough cartilage joining the pubis bones has loosened up significantly causing my Moms pubis bones to wiggle in and out of their socket with the slightest provocation. It causes Mom a lot of pain. Regular chiropractic treatment helps to relieve some of it temporarily but there isn’t any cure for the condition. Once I’m born, Mom’s body should stop producing relaxin and Mom should be OK. That is, as long as there’s no permanent damage. The likelihood of permanent damage is supposed to be quite low so no one is too worried about it right now.

“A related condition is diastasis symphysis pubis (DSP), in which the gap in the pubic joint widens too far. The average gap between the bones in a non-pregnant woman is between 4mm and 5mm. During pregnancy it’s normal for this gap to widen by 2mm or 3mm. If the gap is 10mm or more, DSP is diagnosed. It’s rare, and can only be identified by X-ray.”

What it all boils down to is that this is a serious condition that will hopefully resolve itself but definitely as to be monitored just in case it becomes a bigger issue. Fingers crossed that Mom is in the majority and has no long-term problems!

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Goodbye Crazy Doctor Lady

Today the crazy D.O. said a scar on Moms eyebrow might be making her butt hurt. She also kept trying to convince Mom and Dad that they should switch to a raw vegetable diet. She insisted that we’d be getting plenty of protein from the vegetables and that anyone who said you can’t get enough protein from a raw vegetable diet was under-educated! Needless to say, the midwife disagreed!

On the way home when Mom was on the phone with the birth center she asked for the number of the chiropractor they recommended. Thankfully Rivera Family Chiropractic accepts walk-ins and Mom and Dad were able to stop in on their way home. The chiropractor also thought that this stuff about migratory pain from scars was a bunch of nonsense. He can’t take x-rays because that would be harmful for me but he thinks regular chiropractic adjustments will help Mom out. At this point Mom is willing to try anything.

Cracking the Code for This Mysterious Pain

Mom called the D.O.s that the family doctor recommended. The first one doesn’t see pregnant women and the second one had a two week wait! Mom was reading this awesome blog, Birth Without Fear, and read about the Webster chiropractic technique and the benefits of chiropractic wellness visits. Mom used to see a chiropractor regularly in New York but never found one when she moved to Florida. Mom found a website where she could look for Webster technique certified chiropractors and started calling to find someone that accepted her insurance. Today she had an evaluation and is returning in two days for the chiropractor to offer a treatment plan. Hopefully this will help.

Not the Eye!

Two nights ago Mom felt a weird tingling sensation on the left side of her face, between her cheek and eye. She looked in the mirror and everything looked fine. She went and told Dad but by then the tingling was going away. She said she thought she was fine but asked Dad just to keep an eye on her.

When Mom woke up the next morning there was something in her field of vision. It was like the bottom half of a smoke ring, right up at the top of her line of sight. To say that Mom and Dad were concerned would be an understatement. Dad immediately thought that Mom might have glaucoma! They called our family doctor to see if he could find room in the schedule to see her but the receptionist said they’d have to wait for a call back. Then they called the practice that did Mom’s Lasik surgery back in 2006. The triage nurse said it sounded like a retina issue and referred Mom to a retina specialist. The retina specialist said they couldn’t see Mom until the next morning because she’d be a new patient and that requires a full workup which takes a long time. It was about 11ish in the morning and they were booked solid for the day. (They can only squeeze new patients in at 8:30 unless scheduled in advance.) Our family doctor’s office called back and they could see Mom in the afternoon so she took the appointment. By this point, the weird half circle had finally faded but Mom and Dad didn’t want to take any chances. The tingling ended up coming back but it went away again before they even left to see the doctor.

When they got to the doctor’s office, Mom had her vision checked. Still 20/13 in both eyes, not bad! They checked Mom’s vital’s and then the doctor came in and asked a bunch of questions. He ruled out a stroke and said that was about all he was trained to do at this point. But he recommended Mom not drive until cleared by the retina specialist the next day.

On a side note, Mom told the doctor that this pain on her right side is getting worse. He gave her the name of a couple of D.O.s that he highly recommended so Mom’s going to call them this afternoon.

The retina specialists’ practice was pretty nice. They had coffee in the waiting room which Dad really appreciated. There was not too long of a wait followed by a speedy and thorough basic eye exam by an assistant. No glaucoma, whew! Then there was a little wait for the actual specialist. When Mom and Dad finally met him he said he was pretty sure Mom had had a migraine. Who knew one could have a migraine without actually having a headache, but it’s true! He said not to worry if it happened again, as long as it went away on it’s own in good time. If it didn’t, he said to see a doctor but he didn’t expect that to happen.

So Mom and Dad had a little scare but it all worked out in the end and they learned something new. Bet you didn’t know that someone could have a migraine without any headache at all, did you?