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Do I have SIJD?

I hurt my back about a year ago doing some deadlifts.. The pain starts on my lower back and is two inches above my butt and 3 inches to the left of the spine.. The pain radiates through the butt, down the back of the leg to the ankle. The pain doesn't stay in one spot and I've never had shooting pain down the leg. I've had Dr's look at it and of the three I've seen none of them say its the same thing. 1 said PS, another said disc, the last said it could be SIJD.. What do my symptoms sound like?


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    No one here is a physician and therefore we can offer you a diagnosis. That needs to come from your treating physicians, even if they disagree, it might be worthwhile finding one who specializes in SIJD to see if they in fact feel that it is or isn't.
    A diagnosis is made based on physical exam findings, the patients complaints, and test results, so it would be unwise for you to accept a diagnosis even if we could give you one based on a bit of information on the internet.
  • I had that problem for over 30 years of misdiagnosis. Been diagnosed several times as PS, tons of times for pulled/strained lumbar, disc (although never confirmed with MRI), etc. It wasn't until one of my really bad flare ups and I went to my regular doc because I was in so much pain that that exam revealed I lost all reflexes on my left side from waist down. This finally scared them enough I think for them to take my chronic back pain seriously and I was sent to a spinal specialist. There my SIJD was finally diagnosed. There are manuevers the doctor can do that directly puts pressure on the SI joints and can suggest them as the problem if the pain can be replicated with these manuevers. However, I've heard that getting an anesthetic injected into the SI joint itself is necessary to confirm....basically if pain is gone or reduced it's the SI joints. If very little or no relief, then the problem is elsewhere. On thing my specialist told me is that a lot of docs are still hesitant to believe the SI joint is really a joint that can cause pain (as it doesn't move much). Personally I would see a spinal specialist who doesn't have bias against the SI joint being a problem and then do an injection of anesthesia in the joint to confirm if it is or isn't the source of your pain. If it isn't, other tests such as MRI, etc should be done to find the source so it can be treated properly. The back is quite complex and many things can mimic the same pains.
  • AlvinteeklAAlvinteekl Posts: 1
    edited 07/03/2013 - 10:48 PM
    hi there,

    i do know how you feel. different doctors suggesting different diagnosis... Get a mri done soon. It will solve your problem. when the results for my mri was out, my doctor suggested that the the SIJ dysfunction is mild but the inflammation on my left SIJ was an inch higher than the right. The doc an visually tell the difference.

    Sometimes, what you see from the films may not equate to what you experience.

    You are the true indicator of the pain and symptoms.. Not the films. Get a doc whom can understand your pain.

    keep us updated, get well soon..
  • Thanks for all the advice.. I'm seeing a ortho spine surgeon to look over my MRI to see what could be causing my pain.. I do have a slight herniated disc but the herniation is centered so its confusing as h### because it doesn't explain why the pain is only on the left. The only good I can find is that the pain is centralized to one spot but it still hurts all the time.. I'll keep everyone posted once I talk to the Ortho
  • I have pain from my tailbone to left side of buttock down front of thigh to knee. Had mri which showed displaced disc on right side but pain is on left? EMG showed nerve issue. Going to try Injection. Will it help? Taking neurontin 600 mg three times a day. Tramadol. Advil. Ice. Heat. Not much relief. Scared about injection. Can't imagine sticking needle where it hurts so bad already.
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