I have a few questions that I hope someone can comment on. I have had chronic left sided back pain for over five years. It has become excruciating the last nine months. I was told it was arthritis and just learned to live with it. The pain is on my left side,radiates to my quad muscle,hip and have deep groin pain. I have difficulty standing and walking for long periods.I have history of L4 L5 fusion and my sacrum actually fused itself into my L5. My MRI didn't show anything because of the artifact. My Physiatrist feels the pain mimics the L3 L4 .My PT strongly feels it is my SI joint. My leg muscles are weak and very stiff. My PT says my pelvis is rotated forward. I am in excruciating pain when she focuses on the left SI joint. I also have noticed that my left thigh is starting to atrophy compared to my left. Is that normal?
Is weakness normal? I was given a medrol dose pack and my pain was significantly improved for a short time. I am being sent to a pain Dr this week for possible injections. Would it be up to him to figure out the source of my pain? I just feel I should have an accurate diagnosis before starting on injections. I read the posts on how painful the injections are and I have always avoided them in the past.
Any other thoughts or insights on the path I should take?