I am not a candidate for surgery, but am so tired of the pain, a strong pain from my right SI Joint down to my foot, and would go through surgery if it would solve the pain problem.
Please list any and all of the noninvasive things you have tried that have helped. Maybe I missed something in all these years that could help me. Thank you.
I just got this thing called a Sacrowedgy, and also got a sacro belt, and will keep all of you updated if these things help at all. I tried the Sacrowedgy twice, without the foam lift, and it made me real sore in the sacrum. AS I am typing, I have a TENS unit with electrodes covering the right SI Joint, and have the unit on a high setting!
The guy who does workshops on the sacrowedgy said that I will be sore at first, but to keep icing the joint. I find it hard to believe that ice can reach that deep in the body. Ice worked for my tennis elbow, but those tendons are very close to the surface. This SI Joint problem can run deep, as there are posterior ligaments that no ice can reach, pretty sure.
MRI's and X-rays show NO problems with my spine and hips, and yet I have tremendous pain starting around the right SI Joint, hitting my right buttock, and traveling the full length of my leg, all the way down to my foot!
My local doctors may not be that smart. I had one injection in the right SI Joint, WITHOUT fluoroscopy. No pain relief, and just learned you need a fluoroscope to find the joint!
The orthopedic doctor THOUGHT I was suffering from Greater Trochanteric Bursitis, because I pointed to that area and said I can't sleep on my right side, so he figures I have bursitis. Nope! No pain relief from that injection.
I tried wearing a really big back brace, made it real tight, and walked all over the house doing light chores, and wham, ALL the pain shifted completely from the right side to the left! I got excited and told my physical therapist, figuring I was on to something, and he just shrugged and told me to keep doing my stretches and exercises. Arg!
The pain left me, at least the right side, in a second, and it didn't get him excited! The pain switched back to the right side, and stubbornly stays there.
It burns around my right sciatic notch, and red hot to the touch over my right SI Joint. Sitting on my right buttock will make me want to pray for God to take me home. It can get that bad!
I have gone to every kind of doctor from chiropractor to orthopedic, but have hit a wall. I will be going to The Spine Center at Loma Linda, a teaching hospital, about a 60 mile drive, where they have a TEAM of doctors(physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, acupuncturist, pain management specialists, psychologists) from something called a There are a lot of snake oil solutions out there for this pain problem, but maybe some of them Do work.
With the many years -decades - that I have suffered with low back pain and sciatica, I have NEVER been a candidate for surgery. Heck, the first time I felt pain somewhere other than my back, in my foot, a podiatrist injected my foot! No pain relief. I guess that where ever you point, that is where a doctor will give you an injection, like a kid who says she has a boo boo and gets a band aid, whether or not the band aid is necessary. A psychological comfort. A placebo
A good friend of mine gave me his Teeter Hang Up to keep. It's an inversion table, and my kids have had fun going upside down. I tried it once, but it pulled on my bad leg, the right leg, in such a way that didn't feel good. I am not sure if hanging upside down is the way to fix SI Joint problems, if that is my main problem. Over the years, physical therapists have suggested that tight muscles cause the SI Joint to cause problems. They also say that the piriformis muscle can cause sciatica. Well, I have had my piriformis muscle pounded on several times by therapists, and have had it stretched, and I have stretched it myself, but the pain does not go away.
The one muscle that will really cause problems is one of the hip flexors, or some muscle above my quadriceps muscles. If I stretch my right hip flexors, using a yoga pose (warrior pose), or have a therapist stretches it, the pain only gets worse in my right SI Joint, and I have even locked up twice on the table when he stretched that group of muscles.
Does anyone know a gentle stretch for that muscle group? The theory is that we as a society sit way too much, and that our hip flexors shorten, tighten, causing them to rotate the hip forward, or in an anterior position.
With all that said about muscles, it goes back to what I said about doctors. If you point to a sore spot, they stick you with a needle. If you go to a physical therapist, ALL problems are due to muscle imbalance. If you go to a chiropractor, you are out of alignment. If you tell your podiatrist that your foot hurts, he sticks you with a needle and sells you orthotics. I bought specially made orthotics. Good grief!
So, have you tried any of the cushions sold on the internet for buttock pain? What else have you bought and/or tried to get relief from SI Joint point tenderness and Sciatica, when surgery is not warranted? Thank you.