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daffodil35ddaffodil35 Posts: 2
edited 12/09/2014 - 12:36 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Hi There,

I am hoping someone may read this and will be able to relate. I have been having the worst pains in my back since I gave birth to my son 2 years ago. After months of physio and seeing a chiropractor no one could give me and answer. My Dr's first solution was to give me pain relief. I wasn't happy to take pain relief not knowing where the pain was coming from.

After a really awful flare up on my back pain I ended up on zapain and have been signed off from work at present. I have now had 2 mri scans which have outlined the source of pain to be SI. I am currently being referred to the pain clinch via nhs who are planning to give me injections. In the meantime I have been reading as much information as possible looking at alternative ways to overcome this painful experience.

My long term goal is to try for a 2nd baby and I was wondering does any body have any experience with this? Do the injections work?

Many thanks


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi. I had the diagnostic & steroid shots. The diagnostic injection (where they put in a temporary numbing agent) worked immediately, confirming that the pain was coming from my SI joint. They went ahead & injected the steroids. To be honest they didn't help very much. I have a lot of very severe spine conditions. I'm no stranger to spine injections. I know to ice as soon as possible after so I don't experience much of a pain flare & I know it takes a week or longer for steroids to do their thing.
    The Ortho who did the procedure confirmed that I have a lot of bone spurs & 'strange' growth around my joint. It took him well over an hour to get the needles positioned. Always remember that what works fantastically for one might not work at all for others. For some the steroids last a long time, for others it might just be a couple of months. You never know until you try.

    My Dads still in England. He takes Zapain & is very happy with it. He's suffered from spine issues for decades!

    I've got 2 young kids. My daughter is turning 5 soon. I went into my pregnancy with her knowing I had structural spine problems resulting in a LOT of unrelenting pain. Many women do. My best advise is to find a 'Blend' of different natural treatments that you can rely on to get through your pregnancy. That's what I did. I fully prepared before becoming pregnant & got my body as strong as possible with physical therapy. I treated myself like an incubator! I observed all restrictions & relied heavily on my docs to get me through. My daughter was born perfectly healthy & full term.

    The things which helped me most were... Specialists massage therapy, aromatherapy massage oils (check with your doc which ones are safest), physical therapy, creams & rubs (ask a pharmacist or doctor).
    Remember that with spine problems often your muscles tighten & spasm to protect the damaged area. Don't underestimate how much pain comes from that & work at keeping those muscles calm.

    Best of luck! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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