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Posted by todd on November 05, 2000 at 10:16:05:

In Reply to: Re: SI Joint Bracing? posted by Leigh Gaffney-Bain on November 04, 2000 at 17:23:14:

: : Hello Leigh, I too suffer from SI problems. I have a hypermobile SI. I'm most always in pain and I've looked into the SI brace. Somewhere I saw a SI belt/stabilizer. I'll try to locate it on the web and get back to you. If you're having pain releif w/ your product could you tell me where you purchased it from?

: Thanks, Todd. I have a Pain Management doctor who gave me a prescription for the brace and I went to a brace shop and purchased it (well my insurance did). But it's slipping all the time! I haven't had a lot of pain relief yet, but that's because my joints are getting used to it and re-settling in the proper place. What it does is it pulls your pelvic bone back to the proper shape and place. This makes your hips and SI joint join it. Only my joints are arguing with the brace and trying to riot in protest ;P. I have gotten some relief though. I have noticed the muscles around the SI joint and hips are relaxing a bit, and the pain from those pressure points are more generalized now than before. I just wish it would stop slipping around. Soon as I bend over, my big butt scoots the brace above it and out of place :(. Same if I move my legs apart sideways at the hips. Sometimes when I walk it does it. I'm just not all that happy with it yet. I have a doc appointment this upcoming Friday (for next week) and I'm going to discuss this with her then too.

: Is your SI hypermobility due to a Hypermobility syndrome? I'm curious if it's something like Hypermobile Joint Syndrome (HJS) which is like the baby sister to my syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. All my joints are extremely hypermobile.

: Anyway, thanks for answering :)

Well, I've never been diagnosed -officialy- w/ a hypermobile SI joint(s). I often feel a popping sensation in my SI joints then immediately afterwards pain and inflammation. I go to a chiro 3x p/wk. He pops it back in, it seldom helps but it does seem to be the only positive measure i've undertaken for my SI pain.
I have a slight scoliosis in my lower spine which has tilted my pelvic and sacrum. I was involved in a skydiving accident in which i'm sure tore one or many of the hundreds of ligaments that attaches the sacrum to the pelvic/ilium. The day after the accident the pain began. I'm so dissapointed that no doctor ive visited in the past 4yrs has even attempted to diagnose my condition. If you're having success w/ the belt im willing to try it. I feel for you if you have serious SI pain. It's very intense at times and I would'nt wish it on anyone.

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