Hip/Joint Pain around 28 or so weeks?

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  1. So, I'm just 29 weeks now, but I noticed in the last couple of weeks my hips were starting to hurt more and more. It's now gotten significantly worse--the pain is waking me up at night, and walking around is really hurting a lot. My wrists are bad, too, but those hurt before I ever got pregnant, so I figure that's par for the course. And yesterday my knees were a bit wobbly. But the hips--ow!

    Now I am not one who wants to complain in any way, given it took almost 5 years to get here and I have been blessed with two at once. But I am looking for advice on how to alleviate at least some of the pain. I take Tylenol and a warm bath before bed, and I can usually get a good 4 hours or so of sleep with that (unless I have to pee, of course!). But during the day I just don't know what to do! Tylenol helps a little, but not enough to make a huge difference.

    Does anyone else have this issue? Doc says it's very common with twin pregnancies, but she didn't have much advice on how to deal with it. (Of course, it wasn't quite this bad then, either, so I should maybe call again.) Even someone to commiserate with would be lovely!

  2. Hi There,

    I'm currently 36 weeks pregnant with twins and I totally know and understand what you're going through.
    Around the 25th week I started getting major pelvic pain. It got to the point where I could barely get out of bed to go use the washroom. Just like you, I started getting major carpal tunnel as well (a condition I had pre-pregnancy, but just got way worse after getting pregnant). My doctor referred me to a physical therapist. I went to PT about twice a week for about 6 weeks. She showed me exercises to do at home, in addition she gave me a small core ball to use in between my legs to help balance the pelvic area. To be honest, the exercises didn't really help too much. What did help was having her massage the pelvic area to help relieve the part that was off balance.

    You may want to ask your OB to refer you to PT. Now that I'm 36 weeks, the pelvic pain is still intense, if not even more ... same with the carpel tunnel. I could barely open and close my hands .. and it concerns me for when I need to breastfeed during the odd hours of the night, lifting up the baby and placing them back in the crib.

    I wish you all the luck. Hopefully after the babies are born, we'll both get some relief to this misery.

    Good luck and hang in there.

  3. Hello:

    I totally understand what you are going through. I'm 24 weeks pg w/triplets and I started having the hip pain too. Some days are worse than others. On the days that it is intense I just laydown with a few pillows. I think I will look into the suggestion that louis4me had about getting the area a massage~ cause ultimately I know this pain will be something that will stick around for awhile. I've also started with the carpal tunnel. I never had this problem till I was pg with my first~over time it went away. I was hoping it wouldn't start again. The pain seems to be most bothersome during the night and 1st thing in the morning.
    Good luck to you guys in finding some relief.

  4. My ob referred me to a PT the day I could no longer walk, even around the house. The PT has been AMAZING. She's quite practical and we both realize she can't .eliminate the pain, but we're working on reducing the level from a 7 to a 4 at its worst.

    For me, she hasn't even given me exercises (aside from Kegels) because my entire pelvis has been in spasm. She sees me 3x a week, does deep tissue work and either ices or heats me. Already my mobility is much better, although I admit I still can't walk very far. In fact, when I go in to the hospital for tests I actually need to have them wheel me up. Otherwise I'm in pain the rest of the day.

    I haven't even focused on the hand numbness, really. I'm sort of at the one thing at a time stage. That plus BH started up in full tonight, so that's one more thing!

    Good luck, everyone else. I guess along with extra precious cargo we get extra precious symptoms is the bottom line. :/

  5. My first pg was a singleton and I remember having sore feet when I'd wake in the morings and be a little stiff. I am now 26 weeks pg with twins and for the past few weeks my hips kill me in the mornings. They seem to work themselves out soon after getting moving. Sleeping is actually the most painful thing to do. I have painted about half the inside of my house in the last few weeks and feel great when I do that. Sitting and sleeping just about kill me. But you are so right, twin pg is much different than singleton. You swell in different places and even early into it, your body has to work much harder!

    Congrats and wishing you all the best in the end.

  6. I remember the hip/groin pain....I got massages and that was the only thing that helped.

    My knees were also sore and I often put my feet/legs up to relieve them of pressure.

    About the carpal tunnel, never had them until a few weeks after I delivered my twins. I had it very bad, to the point where I could not feel the temperature of the bottles I was giving to the kids. I got a wrist brace and I wear that every night. I'm supposed to wear it 24/7 but with twins, it's not realistic, 1) I'm always washing my hands 2) I'm with either babies at all times. Now that they're almost 1 year old, my wrist is feeling much better.

    BTW, I also developed tennis elbow (after I got the carpal tunnel) and I also wear a brace for that.


  7. We're 33 weeks tomorrow (yay!), and the PT is doing a great job. Unfortunately, the hormones keep flowing and the joints keep loosening. My lower back, hips, and upper back all do better with the PT (although they're getting worse), but the pubic bone pain increased like 40% today alone!

    Ugh. Anyone else having mobility stuff that's increasing? Am I the only one who uses a wheelchair at Babies R Us? How is everyone else doing?

  8. hi--

    thx for the PMs-- I did start seeing the PT last week and I think it is helping, although yesterday we did quite a few new exercises and then I ended up having a really bad afternoon pain-wise. Although I think like you quattrox7, the pain itself is increasing and so it's hard to say if it was \"too much\" PT or just another step up in the level of overall pain and instability. It seemed as if it was coming from the front yesterday in addition to the left groin.

    I agree the massage she is doing is the best part.

    I don't use a wheelchair anywhere because I just don't go anywhere now!!

    I have gained a tremendous amount of water weight in the last 2 weeks-- 15 pounds -- and I think that is sending me over the edge with a lot of this stuff. I had been very steadily gaining 1-1.5 pounds a week for a while, and now this weight gain while at the same time my food intake has gone way down due to no room, no hunger, and of course the stupid heartburn, so it seems to me my body is just starting to say \"nope, not doing this anymore\"!

    I am 5'1\" so I wonder if that plays a role? Well, I'm 34 weeks as of today also, so no matter what not too much longer to go. I have noticed over the years here at IVFC the twin and trips mommies usually feel better and stronger AFTER the babies are out, so I'm counting on that to be the case with me too! I don't actually sleep anymore, except in 45 minute stretches, so I'm all set for that part...

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    Just found the name of it through a friend! First of all, STOP doing exercises if they are hurting you!! Make sure you tell your PT they hurt, and be specific as to what the pain is so she can do more appropriate interventions. Positioning is key for me at this stage--even a slight shift one way or the other can cause pain. But if your joints are already loose, doing strengthening exercises can make things worse as it may put more pressure on the joints and cause them to spread even more.

    The good news is it will be over soon and we'll be holding our babies before we know it!

    Hang in there. We can support one another few these next weeks, but it really really really is almost over (this is my mantra; can you tell?).

  10. Hi Ladies,

    I wanted to give you some hope .......

    I had a c-section on Jan 21, my twins arrived !! I delivered one day shy of being 38 weeks (I fell in the in the middle of the night, therefore having to admit myself to labor & delivery). I must say the pelvic/hip pain went away immediately after the c-section. I was afraid to walk after the birth of the babies, but I took my first few steps and low and behold, I was able to walk pain free. Of course I was in a little discomfort due to the incision, but thank goodness no more pain when I walk. It's now been 3 weeks and still no pain.
    The water retention in my legs was intense. I lost over 30 lbs within a week.
    Also, my carpal tunnel did improve .. not as painful as before.

    And YES, I did have to use a wheelchair everytime I went to Babies R'Us.

    Hang in there ladies. I was there and I know how tough it is.

  11. Hi all,

    I remember that hip pain. It was usually when I was sleeping. It really helped to sleep with a pillow between my legs and one supporting my belly. I can't remember which side you should sleep on, I think it is the left, but don't quote me on it. Frome time to time, I will still get that hip pain at night and it reminds me of those days.

    Congrats on twins and take care!!
    Twins almost 4 yrs.

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