I hurt my left SI joint 1+ year ago shoveling way too much snow?
The dull pain does not go away. I feel it every day.
I typically feel a dull pain when I lie flat on my back, in a recliner and some times when I sit down in my desk chair. The pain will often go away after sitting for a while. The pain will often come back later in the day after sitting for a while.
The pain often comes and goes.
I often do not feel pain when walking. No pain in the leg.
5 months after the pain started I went to my primary doctor. Dr. prescribed 7-day prednisone (oral steroid) pack, Ibuprofen, muscle relaxant. Doctor gave me this 3 times over next 8 months. It did not do any good.
Had MRI of lower spine - negative.
Had x-rays of SI joints, hip - negative.
Went to physical therapy 10 months after injury for 5 weeks. Strengthened core - pain did not go away. Physical therapist thought there may be an injured ligament.
13 months after injury, saw spine/back surgeon. Surgeon did not see anything abnormal with MRI and x-rays. Did not think surgery is an option.
Surgeon referred me to a doctor who injected steroids/numbing agent into SI joint - pain did not go away.
Had 2nd injection 4 weeks later - pain did not go away. Decided not to have a 3rd injection as did not see any progress with first 2 injections. Dr. does not think surgery is an option.
Injection doctor thought there may an inflamed tendon in SI joint.
I work out 5-6 times per week for 60-90 minutes/day. Mostly lift weights with machines and do core exercises.
I have recently stopped doing some exercises/stretches that use my lower back or I feel a little soreness in the SI joint when exercising.
What is my problem? What should I do to make the pain go away?