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19 year old, at a loss. SI JOINT ??

Rachel KirwanRRachel Kirwan Posts: 2
edited 02/16/2015 - 8:46 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Hi guys!

Over the past two/three months I have found this site very helpful whilst trying to find some information and help to my problems. It is only now that I have had the guts to come and post something !
I really need some help. I'm hoping that someone can relate to the problems and offer me some help and advice.
Just to provide a bit of background about myself. I am 19 yr old female. I currently work as a catering assistant (although I have been out of work these past few weeks). I am of healthy weight and have always been relatively active. Although, I have never really enjoyed sport, I have always loved dancing, going to the gym and swimming.

For the last three years on and off I have complained about a sore back. Back in 2013 I attended a Physio for a number of sessions as I hurt my back over doing it in the gym, my job also didn't help the situation. However, this was only muscle strain and tightness of the back. The Physio also commented on my pelvis. Stating that one side was slightly out of line with the other. Over the next few weeks my back improved with treatment and I was feeling great. Although, on and off after that, the odd time I would experience a little pain especially after standing for long periods of time.

In September 2013 while on holiday, I fell down a flight of concrete stairs straight down onto my bottom and the sacral area. It was so painful I could hardly move for the rest of the day and there was slight bruising. But I got on with it and just took some painkillers as I didn't want to ruin my holiday.
January 2014, I had to take a week off work and visit my GP and Physio once again. However, yet again it was brushed off as muscle strain.
June 2014, on holidays yet again I banged the same region as previously noted (sacral).

It was not until Autumn/Winter of 2014 that my back started to bother me again. A combination of long hours in work and then college in the evening, my back became irritated, particularly when standing for long periods of time. However, it did not feel like it had before. The pain was more confined to the lumbar spine region, it was more of a stabbing pain and my back felt very weak.

Now to tell you where it all began. December 6th 2014, while at a party I fell twice, straight down onto my bottom. The next day and days to follow I was in alot of pain. It was not until the 11th that the pain became unbearable. The pain was all in the sacral/lumbar area and my left hip/groin. I also had a huge lump of swelling right at the bottom of my back around the area of the sacrum. I was given strong meds and anti inflammatories from my GP and told to ice the area. She then referred me onto the hospital for a lumbar spine Xray. However, this could not be done until my next period, so I was left waiting for 3 weeks. Nothing showed on the Xray. My GP then suggested I get an MRI. That too, came back negative. However, it was only recently noted that many of the images were 'fuzzy' as I may have moved too much! Also on Christmas day aswell as swelling in the sacral region , my left hip also started to swell. It was so painful :( I also had blood tests done which were later repeated as inflammation and ESR & CRP were high but later dropped back down on the second tests. I tried Physio again however, he did not want to treat me as he felt there was something more serious going on.

Every day I was taking meds, icing the area that was swollen, I avoided standing for long periods of time, I tried swimming and light excercises. Eventually, I started to see small improvement, although the swelling was still there. I felt like no one was going to do anything for me so I decided to go back to work on the 19th of Jan and just suck it up.
Two days later I had to be sent home from work. The swelling ballooned up once again and I was in agony. So the next day rather than going down to my GP who would do nothing for me, I decided to go and see a Chiropractor who had been recommended to me. Immediately upon examination he thought I had fractured my sacrum, but I assured him that I already had an X-ray. He said in 20 years he had only seen something like it once before. He said my sacrum was out of place and that the joints were so jammed together. He could barely get any movement. After the treatment I was sore but there was a slight improvement as the swelling had decreased slightly. Finally someone who could give me a glimpse of hope! So I returned to my GP who advised me to take a month off work to try and get myself sorted she also referred me to a Rheumatologist (who I will be seeing next week). So after 4 sessions I was seeing little improvement with the Chiropractor. It was not until the 5th session that things got WORSE rather than better! While he was doing the adjustments I noticed alot more pain than usual, particularly in my left hip/groin/pelvis. Two days after my leg started to go dead and I kept losing the feeling in it :( I returned to the Chiropractor to voice my concerns and he too suggested we finish with the treatment as he didn't feel he was making me any better. He wrote a letter for me to give to my GP, recommending that I get another X-ray at a different angle that he felt from day 1 of meeting me the doctors had missed something.
I had to attend my GP last Thursday as I passed out with the pain. It was a horrible experience. I was so upset that nothing was helping me. I also showed him the letter from the Chiropractor but he dismissed it as he does not believe in what they do, in fact, he thinks that he made me worse. However, the GP did feel that maybe I have my left hip X-rayed and he referred me to Accident & Emergency in the hospital as I was in so much pain. They did NOTHING for me. Just gave me stronger painkillers and muscle relaxants. They told me that there was no need to X-ray me again, as I had been X-rayed at the start of January. They advised me to see a private specialist, that I would be waiting too long here in the Hospital that there is a huge waiting list. As you can probably tell from reading this the healthcare system in Ireland is a joke at times.

So, I am seeing the Rheumatologist next week. I was just wondering has anyone had a similar experience as me? Would anyone advise to get another opinion? Does what I have resemble SI joint problems? I am just getting so down about it now. I am so young, I am out of work, I cant walk without being in pain, I cant drive without being in pain. I just cant do anything right now and I feel like no one is taking me seriously :( Sorry for the big long essay! Haha. I could write a book about it all at this stage.

Thank you for your help.

Kind Regards ,

Rachel Kirwan.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/16/2015 - 8:46 AM
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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 02/16/2015 - 10:37 AM
    If you have concerns that it's your SI joint causing problems the test is pretty simple...they inject a numbing agent & you should be able to tell immediately if it's your SI. If the test is positive they will then inject some steroids to see if reducing the inflammation reduces the pain.
    I have experience of the medical system both sides of the 'pond' all I can say is "I know! I'm sorry!". I have family members who get the care they need. To be honest it's the loudest most annoying ones who seem to get moved to the front of the line. They get attention just to make them go away!!!
    Something is clearly very wrong! Did your diagnostic tests cover your SI? Often they don't. It's worth checking.
    I'm not usually a fan of chiropractors. With structural damage their 'adjustments' can make things a lot worse but I do agree with yours. On a couple of occasions I've had X-rays that showed nothing but when repeated from a different angle showed breaks!
    I'm so sorry you're going through this. Push, push, push. Your GP works for you. You need a diagnosis & he needs to help you get one. It there a different GP that you can see? Do your parents have a different doc? Maybe they could take you to theirs. Playing 'Daddy's little girl' & being taken to his doc, with him advocating for me, really changed my care in England.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • JMSparx80JJMSparx80 Posts: 2
    edited 03/29/2015 - 9:22 AM
    I feel you're pain quite literally i have to have to have reconstructive sugery on 4 inches of my spine and i have a baby that I am prohibited to pick I do anyways they cant do the surgery until I have my opwn heart surgery to replace my tricuspid valve
    i'm 35 this is not fair I am so xxxx...
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