Patient Comments: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction - Experience

Please describe your experience with sacroiliac joint dysfunction (si joint pain).

Published: July 02

I am a 39 year old mom of three. I have been suffering with SI for over 10 years now and I've had Chiropractic treatments and Physical therapy and nothing has worked for me. I always thought it was my lower back but it wasn't. Now that I know what I'm dealing with I have no other choice but to turn to a pain management doctor, because my pain has gotten so unbearable.

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Published: July 01

About 1 year ago I began having flare-ups of what I now know is the sacroiliac joint. The pain was so unbearable I would have to leave work and to my puzzlement, severe nausea always accompanied the pain. Ibuprofen did help, as did lying down on the affected side or on my stomach. And as one of the past posters stated, I could lift nothing of substance or bend in any way without it bringing on a flare-up. I have been seeing a chiropractor for about 2-3 months and while I do continue to have some flare-ups they are much milder and much less frequent. I can also do things such as gardening and yesterday I was even lifting bags of mulch without pain.

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Published: July 01

I have suffered with SI joint pain since a car accident over 10 years ago. I have tried everything in an attempt to ease the pain when I have a flare up. Currently I undergo RF injections at the Pain Management Clinic at my local hospital. During this procedure the nerve endings are effectively "cooked", and then they take however long to grow back. This has been the most effective treatment for me personally. On any average day I have constant pain in my SI joint, but you just learn to live with it. I take pregabalin, tramadol, naproxen and strong paracetamol on a daily basis. I feel it's a matter of me controlling the pain, and not the pain controlling me.

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Published: June 27

My assumption is that I have some sort of Sacroiliac problem however, seeing many doctors with at least 3 MRIs and 2 CTs they do not see anything abnormal for a 66 year old man. At least nothing that they get concerned with. The symptoms are and not restricted to includes pain in the S1 area with numbness that projects down the leg into the hip and then into the feet. If I stand in one place for 5 minutes the left hip gets painful and numb and then of course down the left leg to the foot. It really gets bad if I don't keep moving or sit. At some times you can't find somewhere to sit and/or you have to stand in line. What a pain. I end up not desiring what I had to stand in line for. Sometimes I think the medical community is not interested unless it is an easy diagnosis with a quick fix or, at least treatment.

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Published: June 27

I have had SI problems since an accident resulted in a hip contusion. I've been through physical therapy and do stretching every day. When it goes out, I now go to my Chiropractor, who I have been seeing for at least 8 years for it. It is the only thing that puts it back in place. You do have to do your stretching every day though, especially for your hamstrings and do hip flexion. I would highly recommend seeing a chiropractor. By the way, I am also an RN.

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Published: June 23

The SI pain on my right side started several months after a fall in which I sprained my ankle knee and hip. Physical therapy and ibuprofen haven't helped. The only real relief is inactivity. Mowing the lawn, lifting anything of substance and even extensive walking cause it to flair up. I am curious to know if gout may be involved as I have had that in my elbow and thumb within the past two years. I'll be pursuing that angle with my physician.

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Published: June 23

I have had SI joint problems for 10 years. I was told that I would have problems all of my life, and something as simple as twisting my torso to get in the car could cause the problem. I have had four bad "attacks", three happening in the three years. When they happen I take 800 mg of Ibuprofen four times a day for many days and wear an SI joint belt. I feel this is the best route, as they immobilize the joint. This is a joint that is supposed to move just the tiniest little bit. Problem with the belts is they are hot, and I am overweight, so many are too small.

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Published: June 20

I was just diagnosed with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and I have been in pain since a fracture to my L5 13 yrs ago. I am pursuing physical therapy and hope it works. I am so sick of this pain that is so unpredictable.

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