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    Old 03-11-2019, 11:47 PM   #1
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    Lumbar Rhizotomy causing SI Joint Pain/Problem?

    Hello all

    I'm 74 with numorous spinal issues from top to bottom. I recently had the above RFA procedure and also at about the same time a lumbar nerve block. The nerve block was done between the two visits for the RFA but I dont know what that did! What I did notice though was that after the right side of the RFA was done I had what appeared to be dull pain and tenderness in my hip areas. That subsided somewhat, but I now have pain in one or both of my SI joints; so extreme on my left side that when trying to walk I cant get far! The pain and numbness up that leg is becoming unbearable! As I type this, I'm sitting with my left leg a foot off of the floor to make the pain subside! I do have somewhat of a sacrum issue, which the doctor has knowledge of, but I didnt bargain for what I'm going through now, which I'm sure kicked off after that first RFA. I dont go back to see him for about 10 days, and I'm not altogether sure of what to say when I do? How do you tell a pain management specialist that he might have given me another problem? I had absolutely no problem with SI joint areas until the RFA. Any thoughts please friends?

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    Old 03-13-2019, 05:50 AM   #2
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    Re: Lumbar Rhizotomy causing SI Joint Pain/Problem?

    Welcome to the board. Sorry you are in pain. It does seem in that area that when one thing is tweaked, another adjoining area gets grumpy! I’m fused from L3 to S1 and deal constantly with SI joint issues, piriformis issues, etc.

    While I have never had a rhizotomy, I do know it can take quite awhile for it to calm down. Did you have the pain and numbness up the leg prior to the procedure or is this new?

    I would think icing is your best bet at this point...or perhaps alternating ice with heat.

     
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    Old 03-13-2019, 10:28 PM   #3
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    Hello my friend.

    I did have minor issues with my left leg, but that subsided once I got on the move in the mornings. After the first side of the lumbar rhizotomy was done (it was done in two separate visits over a month) a started to feel discomfort in my hips when lying on my side in bed. This progressed to pain down my left leg going all the way down to my ankle. I'm now walking by dragging my left leg behind me to keep the pressure off of it, taking most of the walking pressure on my right foot. I cant walk very well as the day goes on.

    I visited my chiropractor who examined me, and he said yes indeed, I do have SI joint problems. He started me off on some kind of therapy where I had to put headphone type things on which generated an on/off buzz into my head while he used some sort of probe thing down my leg and along the sole of my foot. I asked if he couldnt do something a bit more agressive, but he said that sort of approach could do more harm than good.

    I'm in a bit of a state generally with a pretty much shot spinal column, but at 74 I'm not getting into surgery at this stage. I am very worried though since I dont know whats going on with me now? Have I entered into a rhizotomy and caused problems to other lower areas that are going to greatly effect my walking? I have read that that can sometimes occur with CI joints when a rhizotomy's are done.

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    Old 03-15-2019, 10:19 AM   #4
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    I seem to be getting some relief today by taping a household sponge about 2 inches thick to the bottom of one of my shoe's thus making one leg effectively shorter than the other! It flattens down to about an inch when I walk around the house! Has anyone else had any success with a trick such as that? Does relief by that method make sense? I do have a sacrum issue on that side.

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    Old 03-15-2019, 11:29 AM   #5
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    Sounds like you have some structural imbalance going on. It is common with lower back issues for the body to compensate in an attempt to protect the injured area. For example if one has nerve pain on one side, the body naturally fights to retain balance and equilibrium. This can result in imbalances in muscles, fascia and other soft tissue. If it continues on, it can affect posture and result in over-compensation issues.

    You may have some hyper-mobility in the SI joints that results in you carrying one side higher than the other.

    I can suggest an “exercise” that is a natural form of traction that allows the discs to unload and resets the parasympathetic nervous system if the breathing is done correctly. You need to do it on a daily basis and may not notice any change/improvement for a week or two.

    Lie on your back on a hard surface like a carpeted floor or yoga mat. Lie with knees bent, feet flat on floor. Place arms close to the sides with palms facing up, being sure that your body is in a straight line and the pelvis is in “neutral” position. Now relax and breathe slowly and deeply from the belly...so you can see it going up and down.

    Continue breathing like this for 2-5 minutes ....

    When my back is acting up, I do this morning and night. I’ve been known to find a quiet corner at an airport and stretch out on the floor...just so I can continue on with my travels!

    I hope it will help you, too.

     
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    Old 03-15-2019, 11:34 AM   #6
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    Thank you so very much. I'll give that a go.

     
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