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originally diagnosed with SI Joint

sarbossarbo Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Lower Back Pain
I just posted my introduction in the newbie area now looking to see if anyone else may have this problem as I used the search box and found nothing. Though I might have typed it in wrong. So the story goes....and I will try not writing an entire novel.

For starters I'm not sure if this is relevant so will say it anyway. 32 yr. old and I was born 3 months premature.

About the beginning of December 2011 as I finished my work shift I was standing around and my leg went to sleep on me. From my buttock area to the bottom of my foot. It only happened that one time and though it worried me I didn't go to a doctor immediately, all was good for a month. A month later my lower back started to ache. I frequently get lower back ache/pain but nothing major so it was of little concern until again my leg started falling asleep again.

A week passed and I finally made an appointment with a chiropractor, first appointment and he diagnosed me with an SI joint problem. I went for about 3 months and no relief. In fact it seemed to get worse and instead of the manipulation helping it actually hurt afterward. I should mention that the pain seemed to only be when I was up working, bending, twisting, lifting - that is why when I started hurting from just having a manipulation done I got a little nervous and sought a doctor. For the longest time the aches and pains I felt I thought were normal and everyone had them from manual labor type work.
Ended up going to a doctor and was then sent for an MRI. I will try to keep this bit short, this is what I found from the MRI:

Mild scoliosis (I already knew about that)
Developmental Anomalies @ lower levels.
Right pedicle @ L5 absent and left is unusually large.
Facet joint arthritis on left at L5-S1, maybe due to altered mechanics.
Could be nerve root compromise
Mild developmental asymmetry S1 level (I feel like an idiot because I have no idea what that means).

Sorry, hope I am allowed to post that info? The doctor is sending me to a spine specialist. The pain is still progressing as well as the leg/foot asleep has gone to pain, well alternates between asleep and pain. Almost like my entire limb is about ready to take a cramp but stops at the beginning of so-called cramp. By the time work is over I feel nauseated from the pain. Sometimes sitting down helps but if it is too bad then it doesn't ease until I lie down. For now I guess I am still undiagnosed and won't find anything out until my appointment.

My question is has anyone else had these problems? What do you do to ease pain as I can't leave work and I can't take time off.

Again apologies for the long post.


  • If you post under the SI joint column a Dr. rep will be able to give you some more information but when do you see your Dr? I have prominent facet joint issues at L5-S1 and a herniated disc that healed on it's own but was replaced by something else. Anyhow I know the pain you're feeling and hope you get an EMG/nerve test by a referral from your Dr. to a Neurologist because of the weakness and numbness in your leg.

    We can't interpret MRIs but best to contact your Dr.and the referral to an Orthopedic Surgeon for a treatment plan and the EMG.

    I was put on Lyrica and anti-inflammatories and pain meds while awaiting the EMG and doing Physiotherapy.
    I would hold off on the Chiropractor manipulation but I go to one for inferential treatments which takes down the inflammation in my lower back. I hope you get some more answers soon. I have mild scoliosis as a child but sounds like yours was the same from bring formed not sure if related to pre-natal state. \take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks Charry.

    My appointment with the specialist is not until end of April. Until then there isn't anything my dr. said they can do for pain. I can't take pain medicine, nor do I want to. It tends to make me sick. I have tried ibuprofen and aleve but they do nothing. The doctor just kind of left me hanging since I don't go back to them until after my specialist appointment.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    What action plan did you doctor put into place after looking at the MRI?

    There are many conservative treatments that can help to give you some pain relief.d

    If your next appointment is not until the end of April, I have to then assume your doctor isnt that worried or concerned about your current condition

    You mention you cant or do not want to take pain medications. Again what did your doctor offer?

    As far as others having similar problems. One thing you will soon find out here, is that there are thousands of other members with similar problems, though no two will be exactly the same.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • The Dr. only said he didn't know what to do and set an appointment up for spine specialist. No offering of anything else.

    I was prescribed Neurontin...it does nothing. I think the main problem with the Dr. I am going to is that they know nothing about back pain/spine.
    After asking what I could do they mentioned taking time off work and then looked a bit sympathetic saying that they didn't know what to do but that the spine doctor could help.

    Honestly I don't know where else to go. I hate to jump around to doctors.
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