Right, so Monday I had an appointment first with my midwife and then later that afternoon, with a physiotherapist specialising in pregnancy.
The baby is fine, still measuring quite small, but the midwife is confident that he is healthy, just a little below average. Honestly, as the person who is intending on pushing this baby out through my vagina, smaller than average suits me fine. Amy was ‘smaller than average’ and yet she was a completely healthy weight. I have been told not to expect a baby any bigger than Amy and really, I can deal with that. Healthy is all I care about.
Plus, I have enough clothes in the teeny sizes to not really want a huge baby.
The physio was … interesting. It was meant to be a class, only the other girl booked didn’t show up.
According to the physio, all my pelvic and hip pain stems from the fact that the right side of my pelvis has twisted anterior, while the left side of my pelvis is normal. She realigned my pelvis and then gave me a sex-ay pelvic brace to wear to keep everything in position.
We talked a little about my CFS and the condition of my muscles and joints which are in her words ‘the worst muscles and joints I have ever felt’. Apparently all my joints and the muscles/ligaments holding them together are very weak and not in great condition.
Even better? She doesn’t think that any of this is related to my pregnancy at all, she feels that it is all related to my “CFS” and has been aggravated by my pregnancy.
My CFS was never ‘formally’ diagnosed. It was what my GP told me I had after 2 years of tests and bloods showed nothing conclusive. It was what everything boiled down to when I was still sick and nothing could be found.
I got put in the ‘too hard’ basket.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome though, generally has disappeared between 2-5 years after the onset. This February I will have been sick for 7 years without any change.
A while ago when Mum blogged about everything, Bendy Girl emailed Mum to ask if I had ever been tested for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome [I hadn’t] because my symptoms sounded very similar to EDS. We never thought that much about it because my joint pain and other issues were always talked about as secondary to my fatigue and nausea.
However, with the Physio having said what she did, it brought EDS back into something that may be a possibility.
I went and did some research into the symptoms of EDS and wouldn’t you believe it, I agree with just about every symptom.
- skin that bruises or tears easily? Check [I permananently look like Nathan is beating me in my sleep]
- wounds take a long time to heal? Check – [We won’t talk about the fact that it took me 12 months to heal from the episiotomy I got when Amy was born or that I have to take lots of Vitamin C in order to get anything to heal properly at all]
- stretchy rubber band like skin? Check [You should see the skin on the back of my hands and elbows stretch. I just thought I was weird!]
- loose unstable joints causing frequent dislocations [My knees both have dislocated, my left knee spends all it’s time threatening to and my elbows always want to pop out as well]
- joint problems and pain [Aleve anti-inflammatories used to be my friend, until I got pregnant and couldn’t take them any more.]
- double jointedness [my wrists, ankles, fingers, shoulders and hips all bend in ways other peoples don’t]
I can do this with my wrist
And this is my foot when I sit on the floor with my legs extended and foot relaxed.
Yes, I curled my toes up, it’s cold here today and I had to take my socks off to photograph. Heh.
I can also do this, but I can’t photograph while I do it, so I stole this photo from Bendy’s site.
At this stage, I’m still speculating and worrying, but coupled with everything else, it seems like it could be a possibility, especially as almost every photo I have seen of EDS causes me to say ‘but I can do that too’.
So, I’m off to my GP Friday to see what he has to say and to get a referral to a specialist who knows about these kind of disorders.
And frankly? The whole thing scares me.