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Old 03-02-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Lowe back, spine, & s.i. joint

I have so many things going on with myself I don't know where to start. When I was a kid I got into a minor car accident (or so I thougt)I remember just crying on the thing they strap you down to when they put you in the ambulance. My back was hurting really bad & I thought it was from that. All they did was take an xray, when they should have done an MRI. I believe that they would have caught this sooner. Shortly after this my stepmom took me to the chiropractor to have my back & neck adjusted. I was having alot of pain & discomfort. That was my first time seeing a chiropractor. Ever since then I have had the urge to crack my neck. Needless to say about 6 years later the my back started acting up again.
(After I had my son.) Over the course of the past 7years I have had 1 xray, & 3 MRI's. The first one I was told I have Degenerative Disc Disease(DDD), & Buldging disc. They second one they said it had gotten worse since the last, & the third I found out I have Osteoarthritis, & Spinal Stenosis on top of D.D.D. & my buldging discs. The back surgeon said he does see something going on with my hips but I would have to see a different specialist for that, which brings me to my SI joint that has been giving me problems. I'm a 23 year old trapped in a 60+ year old body. Some days are better then others for sure, I just want to know if anyone has a tips on anything that could help with any of my medical stuff going on. It has gotten so bad that when I went to slightly lean forward to wipe off my son's face with a wet-wipe my back (in the tailbone) pinched, I lost all feeling in my legs and dropped to the floor. I'm not sure if that is part of the spinal stenosis or not. Any help would be so much greatly appreciated. Thank you & God Bless!

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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I also forgot to mention that my si joint gets this pressure build up & discomfort. I have to move my leg & it cracks. Does anyone know what that may be? Thanks again.

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See an orthopedic surgeon. Your best chances for a good recovery is while you are young. If he decides you need surgery, that is. If you let your back go at your age you're in for a
Lifetime of misery that you may not need to endure. Just don't get caught up on all the bad experiences you will read on here. See a surgeon or two and make the decision that is best for you.

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Old 03-02-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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Thank you. I have been to the same surgeon twice now. He doesn't want to do anything until I have a constant pain in my legs. I'm thinking it's time to find someone else.

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Unfortunately any high impact event such as a motor vehicle accident seems to bring on osteoarthritis in the spine much sooner than it might develop otherwise. I'm afraid this is one thing you will be dealing with into the future.

I don't know what type of doctor you are currently seeing for your back, but be sure you are going to a fellowship trained spine surgeon. This can be either an orthopedic SPINE surgeon or a neurosurgeon who limit their practice to issues of the back and neck. They are the two specialties that have the additional training and knowledge to properly diagnose and manage patients with back and/or neck problems. All other specialties may be able to treat you, but you will get the most accurate plan of treatment from a spine specialist.

Did you have a large baby or a particularly difficult delivery? Your pregnancy and delivery may account for the problems you are having with the SI joints. Sometimes this is when SIJ problems begin and they can plague you for the rest of your life.

The SI joint in normal functioning moves just a tiny bit. When the spine is out of alignment, or when we vary our posture and structural alignment, the SI joints (one or both) can be affected. It is not unusual to compensate for back pain by changing the gait you use when walking, or sitting differently, etc. This can put additional pressure or stress on other parts of the spine. Muscles, for example, will tense up to "guard" the injured area, ligaments will shorten or tighten for the same reason. This usually results in muscle imbalance and can be enough to pull the SI joint out of position. It may be that you are carrying one hip higher than the other, or tipping your pelvis further forward than is optimal.

Unfortunately all this structure is interconnected and by changing something at one level, it can have a negative effect on something at another level. For a couple years I had to have my SI joints regularly adjusted. I would develop what felt like "hip" pain and it made walking difficult and painful. We eventually figured out it was all due to the hypermobility of my left SI joint. There are a variety of ways this can be treated if it turns out you really have a problem with the SI joints.

When it feels like you are popping it back into place by moving your leg, that's exactly what you may be doing. It is not difficult to learn an exercise where you can "reset" the SI joints.

Generally speaking, people with spinal stenosis get some relief when leaning it opens up the disc space and gives the nerve more room, not less.

I suspect you have a bulging disc or something similar that is pressing on a nerve. When you make a sudden move it is "pinching" off the nerve, causing that temporary numbness.

I think you need to see another spine specialist for a second opinion. Be prepared to be dismissed, to not have your pain taken seriously, due to your age. You may have to stand your ground and calmly explain not only that you are in pain, but give examples (like bending forward to wiping baby's face and developing numbness).

Take some time to make notes prior to that first consultation. Keep track of what makes the pain better or worse; what position, like sitting, standing, walking or lying down, makes it better or worse...the quality of the pain, like numbness, electric shock, tingling, feelings of cold, etc. And be sure to mention that you were involved in a MVA when younger, but it was never fully investigated. You may have fractured something that has subsequently healed but is still causing some issues.

Also have them check for spondylolisthesis. This is done with a flexion/extension X-ray and checks for instability. This is one thing that does occur in the yoounger population and is easy to look for. It can cause all the symptoms you have described.

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