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SI joint dysfunction shots not helping !

mictimmmictim Posts: 19
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
I was wondering if anyone has SI Joint pain and injections don;t work anymore ?? What is next or is it something i have to suffer with the rest of my life ??
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  • I was involved in a hit and run on the ski slopes that left me unconscious with a concussion, bruised kidney and my SI joint in another time zone. I went thru so many things,prolotherapy, accupuncture, manipulation. Nothing really worked for long. Things finally progessed up my spine and I ended up having a lot of fusions. Mine is probably a severe case but before my surgeries I did find a PT who was really good with SI joints and he did help me. But my spine was just too deteriorated. Good luck.

    Jani

    Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with instrumentation and bone graft from hip, L1/S1 fusion with replacement disc put in, PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies. Currently on tramadol which barely touches the pain.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • On "March 17, I just had a new, minimaly invasive surgery utilizing implants made by SI-bone. This has resulted in a near complete resoloution of symptoms stemming from my sacroiliac joint.(week 6 from surgery)
    I could kiss my orthapedic surgeon for his fine work! I just want you to know that there are options out there.

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  • I gave up with treatments after 4 years...I had my SI joint fused..and the pain is not as bad, and if It flares being quiet settles it down. I've gotten used to living with this level of pain, just have never recovered proper function.

    Best wishes to you for a pain reduction solution.

  • I have right so joint dysfunction and it's been 3 years.
    I've tried everything possible for treatment.
    I had si joint fusion and its been a year post op.
    I am worse now than before I had the sergury.
    be very careful finding a doctor to do this if you are going to have it done.
    Everyone reacts different but if I knew that I would be this bad and in debilitating pain I would never gone through with it.
    Don't mean to scare you but just be ware.
    I have been told now the only thing left for me is a stimulater in my spine and I've done research on that and it petrifies me.
    good luck,
    Karen
  • Hello, I am very happy for your success with your surgery, I have been doing some research because i have had SI problems for about 4 yrs. i have had injections that worked for awhile then a radio frequequency ablation which only gave me relief for a bout 5 mo the second ablation did not work then i had trigger point injections WHICH KILLED !!! and that didnt work ! I feel as though this pain along with my tailbone pain is consumimg my life ! i am not at my worst but i am in pain all the time i can bend over but i csn;t do it for more than a minute or two and i have hard time standing upright ! When do you make the decision for surgery ??
  • Following a diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction by SI joint injection, I had several radio-frequency de-nervations done at a major medical center (Johns Hopkins as I live in Maryland) and I would say that these, plus, good quality physical therapy, have provided the greatest amount of relief for me. I asked about the new minimally invasive surgery, the ifuse, at my follow-up appt last week and they told me that the surgery is just too new for them to recommend it. I meant to ask them about prolotherapy but forgot. I also take Lyrica for nerve pain and Percocet as needed. So I have managed to more-or-less control the pain but not eliminate it. This is a bitter pill to swallow at times. I feel that I have explored every option and taken control of managing my own treatment. Best wishes to you. Lisa.
  • I had a great PT person, who taught me how to put my SI joint in place myself. When it goes out, I do a muscle energy technique, put it in place, do some stretches, and I am good to go. I also had SI joint injections to help before hand. Working on your ABS is very important. I do at least 45 crunches everyday. Its not perfect, but at least I feel like I have some control over it. I can't believe how much it can hurt when its out, and how great I feel when its in place. I also had surgery 2 years ago at L5 S1, which did make my SI joint worse. So just something to think about. Sweetpotatoe57
  • I had a great PT person, who taught me how to put my SI joint in place myself. When it goes out, I do a muscle energy technique, put it in place, do some stretches, and I am good to go. I also had SI joint injections to help before hand. Working on your ABS is very important. I do at least 45 crunches everyday. Its not perfect, but at least I feel like I have some control over it. I can't believe how much it can hurt when its out, and how great I feel when its in place. I also had surgery 2 years ago at L5 S1, which did make my SI joint worse. So just something to think about. Sweetpotatoe57
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