I'm 37years old and was injured at work on November 2013. Originally I just thought it was a pulled muscle, but within a few days, I could hardly stand, walk, or even drive my car. I had an MRI done and was told there was a slight bulge at the L3-4 area and a minimal bulge at the L5-S1 area. My primary Dr.referred me to a spine clinic, were they did a cortisone injection before I left. After 12 days, I went back as scheduled, with absolutely no relief. During the examination, I felt as if I was being called a liar and literally was screaming at the PA to stop touching me as I was crying hysterically. I ended up at the nearest ER for IV medication, a repeat MRI, and a referral to an ortho/neuro surgeon. I seen the surgeon on December 12, 2013 and surgery was scheduled 12-17-13. With the hope and expectations of feeling better afterward, something still didn't seem right, but my surgeon assured me everything went well and I would be going home the next day. Yes things were better, but not relieved, if that makes sense? As the next few months passed, the pain, burning, needle pricking, and weakness to my left leg got worse than before and now even down my right inner thigh, in my vaginal area, and across my back. I was admitted into the hospital on April 2, 2014 and had a second surgery, a FUSION done at the L3-4 level. Discharged home on 4-10-14 wearing a core line support brace, home therapy, walker, shower chair, and a bed rail. Needless to say, I ended up trying aquatic (pool-water) therapy with no success, no relief, and no answers!! I was referred to pain mgmt. and his solution was to implant a nerve cord stimulator, something I would have the REST of my life. I refused and said I didn't want a band aid, I wanted answers, I want to fix the problem!! Well, here I am 13 months into this, 2 surgeries, 3 injections, emotionally worn out from the pain itself, I found out it's my SI joint. NOT S1...... but SI joint. A very commonly overlooked area. The symptoms are very similar and common to those of an L5-S1 injury. The SI joint basically joins the hip bone to the spine supporting the upper body.