OK, I am officially eating crow. Everyone and their mother complain about SPD in Sweden and I admit I had never ever heard about anyone having it in the US. ‘It is back pain’ my Swedish friends would explain to me, ‘from loose joints. What do you call that in English?’
And I would smugly answer ‘Being pregnant’
Except that foglossning sucks. Or SPD. And I don’t even have back pain.
It started on Saturday with mild cramping. On Sunday I could barely walk. Going up and down my staircase knocked the wind out of me. I had so much pain in my abdomen and legs, I could not move. I waddle around like I am 36 weeks pregnant, although I am only 17 weeks and barely have a bump.
Ok. I get it now. This foglossning thing is the pits.
So I called the emergency hotline and was told to come in on Monday unless things escalated and I thought I was having a lot of contractions. I wasn’t. Everything was fine if I lay on my back and did not move a muscle.
On Monday I worked half a day from home on my sofa and then went in to the doctors. A quick ultrasound showed baby is doing fine. The doctor recommended I set up an appointment with my midwife and physiotherapist to work on some exercises. She diagnosed the SPD by pushing and pulling on different muscles. It hurt. A lot.
So apparently at only 17 weeks you can go from 0 – a lot of pain pretty quickly even if you never had foglossning in your previous pregnancy.
I am starting to feel better. I am planning on spending a lot of time on the sofa for the next few days hoping this dies down a bit. I cannot put weight on one leg, I need to keep my body balanced as much as possible, which makes me just look really awkward and have a hard time doing a lot of basic tasks.
I take back all of those foglossning jokes.
It is a thing. A really annoying thing. Only positive in this? I managed to meet my deductible which means I have no more co-payments until early next year. So there’s that.