Originally Posted by josh1982
One day - I think you are right about my L5-S1 disc and nerve root (not my S.I joint)
When i palpate near/around the facet joint at L5-S1 on the right side. I can increase the intensity of my burning butt/leg pain on the right side. I get the best effect when i am standing.
Be cautious when trying to diagnose on your own. My symptoms have constantly changed from one week to another. From a lumbar disc protrusion with S1 nerve compression to an iliolumbar ligament tear to piriformis syndrome to S.I joint pain and now back to a lumbar disc protrusion with S1 nerve compression. My MRI seems to be true.
I will assume your doctor had requested an MRI of the SI joints
I'll I can say is that we've spent well over 20,000 trying to figure out what is wrong. After several lower back MRI's and one SI joint MRI - they still don't really know for sure. My PT thinks it's SI joint instability mixed with lower lack issues. My Dr. has constantly sent me for scan after scan with no clear "there it is".
Because of the "it could be this or that" the Back Dr's have backed away for any long term plan.
My SI MRI showed a right multifidus tear. Which they can't figure out.
One thing for sure - these back issues are not like any other injury! When I had knee surgery it was one month of therapy, then surgery, then rehab - done. These back issues can drive someone mad.
It's like this:
Me - Dr. I can't place any weight of my left leg and I keep falling down in severe pain.
Dr. - Well, you've had this issue for several years.
Me - yes. Can we fix it already?
Dr. You've already been told that nothing can be done. Perhaps a change in jobs? You're not 19 anymore
Me. I've already changed jobs, Dr. And it isn't about my job because I can't even take vacation with my family because I can't sit down more than 15 minutes. I want my life back
Dr. We could send you for more injections?
Me - I can't afford paying 2800 for one week of cure. We've already tried 14 different shots and my bank account can't deal with any more. I want this fixed
Dr. what kind of seat do you have at work?
Sorry for the rant. If i miss one day at work my job is history and I can't do much of anything right now. I start work at 3 this afternoon