I am a 35 y.o., normal weight, woman who has had right lower back/hip pain in the SI joint area for almost a year now. I do also have a spot on my right upper spine at about T12 that radiates to the front under my ribs but is is a much lesser pain and feels like it is connected to the lower back pain. I have been a healthy active, athletic person my whole life and now can barely walk around the grocery store. I have had an upper back, lowerback, and pelvic mri where they said the results are normal. I have also had a pelvic CT which was normal. I have had intense physical therapy and multiple injections with antiinflammatories and numbing medication in the mid spine and SI joint area. None were succesful. I have also tried multiple by mouth anti-inflammatories that did not help at all. Most recently I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon who had me get an injection into my SI joint under flouroscopy and that increased the pain instead of numbing the area. So he ruled out that it was the SI joint and the Hip Orthopedic Surgeon, in the same practice, ruled out the hip joint because the MRI and X-rays were normal and I have posterior pain. The pain is much worse with movement and becomes excrutiating with walking, carrying my kids etc., it worsens when sitting or standing for long periods and it is also so bad at night that it wakes me up, it is worse when I am laying with my legs straight out or if I am on either side. If I lay on my back with my right leg bent and an ice pack on the area that is the only time the pain seems to get better. I cannot wear heals of any kind without the pain becoming excruciating. I have now had to increase the pain medicine because it was getting to the point I could barely get around the house and I have two small children to take care of. The only other medical history is childbirth X2, gallbladder removal and appendectomy. I did have major complications after the appendectomy which was about a year ago including peritonits, hemmorhage, and abcess development which had to be drained. However, six months after the surgery the abdominal CT scan was normal. Upon exam performing a straight leg raise with resistance is excruciating and so is palpation to the SI joint area, however the pain feels deep inside my body. I am now about to be reffered to yet another physical medicine specialist but I am so tired of being bounced around and just want to get this fixed so I can move on with my life. Has anyone else had these symptoms or treated anyone for this? I am so frustrated and right now will do whatever it takes to fix it, but we have to figure out what exactly thel problem is first.
Thank you for any thoughts or ideas you might have....