I have been struggling with SI joint pain for over a year, have tried any and everything even had a 2 level lumbar fusion. The doctors kept saying that it was just referred pain from my bad disc. 2 months after having surgery I realized that the pain was WORSE than before surgery, so I applied for disability. I have been in the doctors office CONSTANTLY for this pain. 3 weeks ago I called my ortho in desperation bc the pain sometimes makes me very depressed...it's constant nonstop agony everyday, who wouldn't be depressed. Anyway, my ortho did lots more testing and said that it sounded like my SI Joint but I didn't get any relief from last years injection. He asked if he could do it again. I said fine. After he did it I could feel immediate difference in the pain..it was decreased by 35-40% or so. But any relief was better than none!
He said that if it didn't help then I'd have to have surgery. He said to me also that I had been right this whole time and it was my si joint. He briefly mentioned si joint fusion which kinda made me panic since I just had back surgery. He said that the numbing would wear off and the steroid would kick in and help...he hoped. But if not to come back in 3 weeks. Of course, within 6-7 hours after the numbing stuff wore off I was miserable again..but greatful for the tiny bit of pain relief I had. The steroid never helped. I asked him about my xrays they took and asked him about the big ole gap in my left si joint to which he stated was more than likely the way I was positioned. I told him that that big gap shows in all my xrays and i always get the same answer, that its my positioning. I left with a numb butt and got 2 sets of xrays from last year that were 8 months apart and one was standing and one was laying down...and still the same gap. I took them to a former boss who is a chiro and he did some testing them looked at the xrays and said that it was my ligament that was stretched out and pretty wide and nothing can fix it but surgery. I went back to the ortho today and before we could discuss anything he informed me that I have had him thinking about things since my last apt. That I have made him change his approach to people and now is doing si joint injections to check for si joint issues more that he ever has in his life. To me it means that he is actually listening to the patients now and addressing the issue they are complaining about instead of just what the doctors think it is. People know their bodies. I like my ortho and am very glad that he is approaching his patients differently now. I had another injection today and it was more painful than the last time because he did it in a different spot. He appologized bc I was crying and said it was taking so much time bc the gap was so big in the joint. he wouldn't do the right one even though i expressed that it was painful..he said 1 at a time. He said that hopefully this worked and i wouldn't have to see him again. I know in my heart (and in my si joint) that its not oding anything bc 6 hours later im hurting very badly again. i have to go back in 3 more weeks to try another shot...and if not successful then discuss surgical options. i know i can't have surgery right now bc finances and other issues..but i am glad that he now has a new approach to things and maybe because my suffering someone else might get answers and not have to have unnecessary surgeries.