It’s important to feel you’re listened to, you’re heard and your point of view and concerns are respected.
It can be difficult to get your point across or to challenge a healthcare professional whom you feel is not taking your symptoms seriously. To help with this you could:
This may be all you need to get your message across. It can also take the pressure off you to explain about PGP in detail.
Ask for a second opinion. If you feel your GP, consultant or midwife doesn’t take your symptoms seriously and/or is reluctant to refer you for treatment, you could make an appointment with a different clinician.
Women are referred to general NHS physiotherapists, women’s health physiotherapists or back pain clinics with varying success. Look for NHS treatment from an experienced physiotherapist who has undertaken extra training about treating PGP. This may include sports physiotherapists who have expertise in joint treatments. Osteopaths and chiropractors can also provide successful treatment, but this will not normally be available on the NHS.
You can ask your GP specifically: “Will you refer me to a physiotherapist who specialises in treating pelvic joint and back pain with manual therapy?”
Try to discuss any worries with your midwife. If you’re not happy with the response, you can ask to see the Consultant Midwife, a specialist midwife who offers extra help in planning labour and birth. See also our Birth and PGP web page. If you feel your choices in labour are not being supported, you can contact Birthrights or AIMS for advice.
Content added 2019