Hi all, For those of you who don't know me, I am a 41 y/o female who had my right SI joint fused Jan 3, 2013 after over 16 years of nearly constant pain. The last few years I had pain that never stopped and was always above 5 at the minimum. I learned afterwards that I have transitional anatomy meaning that one of my vertebra are missing. I woke up completely pain free in my SI joint, although I had surgical pain. Unfortunately I also developed nerve damage which led to RSD in 2 toes and the outside of my foot. That pain had finally cleared up this summer, but recently as I return to full activity (backpacking, rescue work, etc), I have developed severe muscle spasms and return of some of the sciatic like leg pain. It's closer to radiculopathy of the l5-s1 nerves, so they feel that the third implant might be causing the problem, although imaging shows everything in the proper places. So I will be having EMG's and other fun tests to try and determine what's really going on since my anatomy is not normal. At this point they can't decide which nerves run where. I have to say that although I occasionally feel a bit of "pull" on the SI joint when I bend too far the wrong way, I have never had any more pain in the joint. Even though the nerve pain and RSD has been excruciating at times, I can honestly say that it's been worth it. I never had a minute that I was free of pain before. At 40 years old, I was considering getting an electric wheelchair to get me around outside of my home. I know I still have more uphill battles ahead of me, I still feel that I will get there and that gives me hope. On the personal side of things...Things have been very bad here including losing my husbands best friend to brain cancer, losing my girlfriend to pneumonia (at 26), struggling to keep our farm, and my oldest son moving in with his dad among other things. There have been some wonderful things too... My husband received his pain pump October 10, and his pain is at a 2 to 4 without even adjusting the rate yet or turning on the button to give an extra dose as needed. He was at a 7-8 most days frequently going to a 10. I got a motorcycle for my birthday (Oct 16) as a hope of good things to come when I can learn to ride in the spring. We got a grant for wildlife research next year. So all in all, we are trying to keep our heads above water. Of course getting a full time job would really help pay some of these medical bills! If anyone knows of anyone hiring a chemist/environmental scientist or wildlife biologist in WV give me a call (Just joking...probably will need surgery again before I can even think about it). Good luck to everyone!