Re: Nothing Found But Same Problem
Definitely. Symptoms of SI joint dysfunction can mimic those of a herniated disc or similar lower lumbar issues. Depending on the alignment of the rest of the spine, a patient can have one side that is hypomobile, too loose...or both joints can be affected. Mine was on the left side -- and I would have sworn I needed a hip replacement! But it was because the SI joint would slip out of position, which would make the piriformis muscle taut, irritate the sciatic nerve which passes underneath the piriformis...and the muscle then attaches over by the hip -- so I had pain across that whole area.
Sometimes someone like an acupuncturist or someone who does body work is better at figuring out the cause of pain than the spine specialist...particularly if they see a lot of orthopedic patients. Doctors tend to discount the soft tissue, muscle,and ailments caused by poor body mechanics, posture, etc.
I would be worth including in the MRI.