Patient Comments: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction - Experience

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

Comment from: Mj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I was in a car accident three years ago, I was sitting on the passenger side. Since then it's been an awful trip. In pain all the time, at first we thought it was my lower back. I went for physiotherapy (PT) for 6 months and came home in tears. I have seen 4 different doctors who just said it's all in my head. Finally I went to the pain clinic after 1 year of shots and more PT. The doctor said he can't help any more. It's time to look into sacroiliac joint fusion (that surgery). I have been doing a lot of research on this and it sounds good. The pain goes down both legs and in my buttocks both of them. I have been given a belt to wear, TENS unit, and lots of pain pills. But I still think ice and rest is the best. The accident only lasted 3 seconds, and my life has been terrible ever since.

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Comment from: mtndew, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 17

I am a nurse. I lifted a child and injured my back 9 months back. Five injections and months of physiotherapy later I had laminectomy in L4 L5. One year later I have bilateral bursitis and sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. I can't bend, walk, sit, stand, or sleep. I am on NSAIDs, tramadol, and Flexeril. I feel like a polar bear sitting on ice. I had another injection in my lower back and I wear SI belt by Serola, trying to hold joint tight.

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Comment from: Misfin2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I started having back pain when I had my fourth and final child. In the past 11 years I have been on every type of medicine imaginable, seen a chiropractor, had fluoroscopic injections and have been to physical therapy. I am currently taking tramadol 50 mg and it usually helps about 3 weeks of a month but I always have one week of such intense pain I can hardly function. They tell me I have hyper-mobility, meaning my sacroiliac joint rotates to the front and to the back. I go to physical therapy once a week and they put me back in place and hook me up to an electric stimulus machine to help relax my back muscles. They also prescribed a pelvic belt which I went and got fitted for and gave it a trial run. That thing did nothing more than annoy me and make me hurt worse. My next venture is to inquire about iFuse to stabilize the joints. If you have been in pain as long as I have it really gets frustrating especially when everything only gives you pain relief for a very brief time.

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Comment from: alohadoc, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 26

I had taken a fall on my behind some 6 months ago and had continuing pain that seem to migrate from my anterior ASIS (anterior superior iliac spine) to the hip, and lately to the sacrum. I am had x-rays of the hip and it was normal. Since I had had a slipped disk at L3 only a few months prior, I suspected disk issue and as an acupuncturist, was treating L3, L4 and L5 with some help. Recently, I got an inversion table, and when hanging upside down it became immediately apparent that the bad spot was in the right side SI (sacroiliac) joint. The inversion table seems to really help, and I will be getting craniosacral therapy and a visit to the doctor, as well as an altered acupuncture protocol and my regular massage visits. Chinese herbals for the cartilage include, Liquidambar 15 from Seven Forests, glucosamine sulfate, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), and a good diet of course. Good luck.

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Comment from: Gail, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I hurt my back 12 years ago lifting a wheelchair student. I had injections for 2 years, and finally had L4/L5 fused. This helped a lot but caused RLS (restless leg syndrome), terrible to say the least. Now the doctor says T11/T12 are herniated/bulging. Two other doctors say I have bursitis. I went to pain management today and this doctor says it's the sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. I had injections in the SI joint today. The neurologist also says I have fibromyalgia.

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Comment from: roni, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I will never use steroids again. The last time I did, it totally messed my period up and I ended up having 2 periods a month. I have a hard enough time with periods at 45, I don't need any help. I just want a doctor to do the surgery for my sacroiliac joint dysfunction (si joint pain). I am trying to stay off narcotics. The pain sometimes is too much.

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