Has anyone gotten relief from SI Joint pain and sciatica using the sacrowedgy or a sacroiliac belt? I have tried so many things, seen different kinds of doctors and chiropractors, and am running out of ideas.
I have had right SI Joint pain for well over ten years, and it has gotten worse starting in October, 2011, to where I am on temporary disability. Sitting/walking is impossible without a lot of motrin and hydrocodone. To get some extra relief, I distract myself with swimming.
I have had one steroid injection in the SI joint, but got no relief. The pain is always centered on the joint, to where it will hurt more if I press on it. Sometimes, the joint is so sensitive that I can’t even lie down, because any degree of pressure, no matter how small, will make the pain worse.
MRI's of both hip joints and lower spine show nothing. I am not sure if the spine MRI looks at the SI Joint. Does it? With nothing showing on the MRI’s, the theory is that my pain is from soft tissue problems.
I’ve had several sessions of PT over the years, and in the last 14 sessions my strength has increased a lot in my glutes and legs, but my flexibility has increased only a little, and my pain has not decreased at all.
Regarding flexibility, when the therapist stretches my right hip flexor, the pain increases a lot. One time, the right hip flexor stretch caused a strong, sharp pain, and I couldn’t get off of the table. My right leg locked up.
So, my therapist has stopped trying to stretch my hip flexors for now. When I stretch my hamstring and piriformis muscle on the right side, it increases the pain, but nothing like the hip flexor stretch. My left side is quiet, with no pain problems from exercising or stretching.
I tried a back support belt once while doing some work around the house, strapped it on real tight, and something quite strange happened. The pain I felt in my right SI Joint and down the right leg switched to the left side!
This got me thinking more about the position of my sacrum and ilium bones, since there is a sacrum cushion in the back support belt.
I understand that tight muscles can rotate the hip bones (ilium) forward or back, causing SI Joint pain, and sciatic pain, both of which I have, so I am going to try a sacrowedgy and a sacroiliac belt, and would like to know if anyone on this forum has had any success with either of these.
I also will make a trip to the spine center at **EDITED to remove facility name ** and see what the doctors there have to say about my problem.
Last, how much pain can one be in with SI Joint Dysfunction? For me, it has become almost impossible to live with, as I can’t work, nor do most of the things I used to do. Can one small joint cause this big of a problem?
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