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Old 07-07-2006, 08:37 AM   #1
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Sacroiliac joint pain anyone??

Please, I hope someone out there knows what I mean. I woke up with this a week ago Wed. I went to the doc this past Wed and he said that's what it is. I am 35. I didn't get injured that I can remember. I took 2 Aleve this morning and it hasn't touched the pain. Can anyone sympathesize? I hope this isn't going to be permanent...

 
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Julie, Absolutely many here understand your pain oh too well, including me. You dont just wake up with pain for no reason. Either you have injured yourself doing normal activity or you have something going on in the SI joint or the pain could actually be coming from lower lumbar issues. Could be arthritis.. you need to see an orthopaedic surgeon for further diagnosis.

SI joint pain and Lower Lumbar issues.. imitate the same pain and often confused for each other. Both need to be checked.

You might just need an anti-inflammatory with some proper PT and be good to go. Or you might need a few steroid injections in the back or SI joint to lube things and let swelling subside with PT.

So, don't play around with this and risk further injury. Get an appointment with an ortho right away. In the meantime..stay on your alieve or other NSAIDS (what they are called) and try a heat pad for about 15 minutes to loosen things up there.. mildly, gently and slowly stretch the area a bit.. lying down, then ice the area down.. which will take down some of the swelling. It's cold a first, but then feels so good. Put a towl between you and the ice.. you dont want your skin to freeze. 15 minutes on/off and you can do that throughout the day for relief. That might help you hold on until you see the doc.

Good luck to you. Hopefully this is just an irritation of sorts and nothing more serious. Let me know. Take care. Tammy

 
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Old 07-07-2006, 09:00 AM   #3
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Re: Sacroiliac joint pain anyone??

Thanks Tammy. I hope it isn't anything as I have MS and don't need to add another thing to my plate. I am annoyed bc my family doc didn't say anything other than it should go away. He said I am too young for the bones to be fusing. He did mention it is similar to arthritis. Maybe I'll call him back on Monday and see what he suggests I do next. It just hurts so bad.

 
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Juile, You still have today.. why not call today and see what can be done going forward. You have to limp "pardon the pun" through the weekend in pain, and not knowing if/when you can get further treatment. MS complicates things for you, as I am sure they are ready to blame all your pains on that.

I have friends with MS and Lupus and they complain all the time.. when they have something going on.. and the docs say.. oh it's just your MS or Lupus.

Stay the course and get yourself checked out. That SI joint pain is not pleasant. I wanted to just rip my leg off and throw it out and get a new one at times.

My SI pain ended up coming from my L4/L5 disc. It was badly torn and leaking giving me all sort of pain. I was limping for a long time and before the surgery.. walking a few feet was just horrible for pain. Since surgery (fused 11 weeks ago at L4/L5).. that tight hamstring pain..and deep buttock pain.. Totally gone!

Try and enjoy your weekend. Take care. Tammy

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Old 07-07-2006, 09:12 AM   #5
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Re: Sacroiliac joint pain anyone??

Thanks Tammy.

Now I am terrified, lol. I did call my neuro and he said it wasn't related to the MS, so that is good (I think). I guess I am just scared of what it could be from. I remember walking on the treadmill, vacuuming and doing two floors Tuesday night. Nothing strenuous. hmmm
I will take what you suggested under consideration.
Have a good weekend!

 
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Julie,

No thanks needed but you are most welcome. Dont be terrified, way way too early for that. Hopefully it's just a strain and nothing else. Take it easy this weekend and see if it improves. Maybe minimize your stair climbing a tad if you can and see if things calm down a bit. As always.. let pain be your guide. If it hurts stop.

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Sacroiliac joint pain is caused by SIJD, that is sacroiliac joint dislocation. When left SIJ is dislocated the pain is in right joint side, because left SIJ is not working and right SIJ is overused and gets tired = muscles stiffnes, that is often diagnosed as SI joint dysfunction.

 
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I have had pain in my right butt cheek ever since fusion surgery 7 months ago. At my appointment yesterday, the surgeon determined it "might" be SI joint inflammation so he put a shot of cortisone into the joint. His explanation was something to the effect that since the sacrum was stabilized (L5-S1 fusion; Grade 2 spondy) the joint that is held together by ligaments that connect the sacrum to the iliac crest now can't stretch far enough and cause pain; it is not a joint like a knee where there is a hinge, etc. A lot of my pain happens when I lay down, feels like something is "catching" but after a minute, the pain settles down to a dull ache. The injection has helped a lot already; might not last that long but at least it's a start. I am also taking feldene, an anti-inflammatory. Anyone who has any more info, feel free to jump in, as it's all new to me!

 
Old 07-07-2006, 01:24 PM   #9
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Re: Sacroiliac joint pain anyone??

I spoke with my personal trainer because I couldn't come to my appt last night and she set me up for a PT consult next Friday. She said they will be able to assess me and let me know what I can do going forward. I was surprised they offered this type of service. It is a Wellness Center so maybe that's why. I am going to keep taking my Aleve and take it easy. I just hope it's "nothing".

 
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One thing I have learned, take it or leave it. If you break your arm or your leg, see a orthopedic specialist. If you injure your spine, SEE A NEUROLOGIST!!!

 
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My appt for the PT consult is tomorrow and it is only 15 min. My back still hurts but it is only really awful in the mornings. If I don't get any satisfaction, I will call my doc back. I have a neuro (MS) and he told me that it isn't related to the MS. I don't know who to go to for this problem. If I still have ?? after my appt tomorrow, I'll just call my fam doc back for suggestions.
I can say that it has improved but still kills in the morning after being still all night long.

 
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Julie, it's important to document when your pain comes and goes. It might help them determine the cause of it and what it takes to relieve your pain.

I would ask to see an orthopaedic surgeon to be checked and let him know that your Neuro for MS says it's not related to that.

If your pain is interfering with your lifestyle and keeps you from doing things.. it's worth defining what's causing it and trying to rid of it.

Good luck with things and keep us posted. Take care. Tammy

 
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I was diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction last March 2006 after a 90 day ordeal of right buttock pain, sciatic pain, and difficulty walking and inability to sit at all. This occurred after I bent over and couldnt stand up. It is now 11 months and I am still hurt. I couldnt sit at all , now I can sit more easily(after 6 months) but am now still in pain 24/7. I have hip and thigh pain, sciatica and move very slowly. The only way I am out of pain is laying flat and if the joint pps into the proper place. I spend my life in bed it seems, the pain has kept me from living a normal life.
My treatments have included antiinflammatorys tried two different ones Relafin, Piroxicam, and they did absolutely nothing. I have had three different
physical therapy courses and now do a home program. That doesnt help either. I had injectons that didnt help. My doctors who I have quit going to had no answers for me and didnt really seem to care. I gave up on seeking treatment 3 months ago for that reason.
My advise would be to get the proper diagnosis from the start as my symptoms worsened from the start. Find a doctor who knows what they are doing and who cares.
Good Luck

 
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I know what you mean Ginger! I too have been dealing w/ my SIJ dysfunction since 6/04. I have tried everything I know to try to get better and the relief I do get is always temp. The injections (3/06) did help tone down my muscle spasms to where there are tolerable. But they are still there. And my life revolves around how my body feels from day to day. Which sucks because I'm am by no means a couch potato. It's frustrating. I feel like my doctors treat me like I am exaggerating my pain until they themselves feel my muscles in spasm. But other than telling me I need more PT, they don't correct my problem. I did find a site that talks about doing rounds that put your SIJ in place and teaches you how to do these self corrections throughout the day to help relieve the pain. Are these the home exercises you do?

 
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A coupLe of things from the original post about J---De' pain that caught my attention that might be related or the reason for the pain.
Walked on the treadmil, vaccumned and did TWO floors last night'
Sounds like a recepie for A run with sciatica!
I've had those problems off amd on for a long time.....I do have low back prolems L4-L5 torn annulus, bone spurs, L5-S1 herniation with some abutment of the nerve roots on the right..............And spondylosis all over the place growing bones spurs and causing problems(the spondylosis has practically fused the lumbar spine, in some ways that has been good)).........
Luckily the times I've had a flare up with pain like Sciatica after doing something to aggravate those nerves I've worked it out with PT, NSAID.......being aware of my posture using the pelvic tilt to ease the lumbar area (my physical theapist always says 'lean on the wall try to press the small of your back on the wall--then tilt your pelvis forward)--when I do what PT has taught me I usually feel better after 3-4 days unless I walk up stairs, VACCUMN, mop or DANCE(HA!)

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