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20 years old - not sure if this is SI pain. Please help

I’ve been dealing with what I think is an anatomical problem for a while. I’ve seen a few doctors but they really have no solutions.

When I was in my late teen years (around 17-18), if I walked around a lot, my right leg would feel imbalanced and fatigued. I never really paid too much attention to this. Now, when I was 18, I had a pilonidal cystectomy. The recovery took a few months to recover from, and, because the surgery was near the left side of my tailbone, I was sitting more on my the right side of my butt than my left. About 9 to 10 months later, the surgery was done a second time due to the doctor messing up, and that lead to about 4 more months of me sitting more on the right side.

Ever since then, the feeling of imbalance on my entire right leg has become much more pronounced. I can’t walk around without feeling like there is a limp in my right leg, with the problem originating near the hip area. I say that because I feel tightness/stiffness near the area, but I also feel that on the top of my foot and the muscles around, and to the side of, my shin whenever I walk. In the middle of 2014, I was doing squats and I screwed up my lower back. After a few days I was fine but I had a persistent pain, on the right side where the SI joint is. I went to physical therapy for this (orthopedist recommended it), but the right SI joint pain never really went away. Then, in December of 2014, I jacked up my lower back again while I was putting on a shoe (balancing on my left leg while forcing shoe on the right). Dumb, I know. Since that incident, the entire span of my lower back has been stiff and causing pain, with the right SI joint pain worse than it was before.
’ve been stretching/strengthening to no avail. First time I messed up my back, the doctor had an MRI done and I herniated, slightly, L5/S1, but not much at all, and the doctor assured me that there’s Olympic athletes that have the same herniation in that disc.

I’m too young for this. My leg lengths are fine, doctor checked this, but I have many symptoms of "Short Leg Syndrome". I don’t have scoliosis, but I have symptoms of scoliosis as well (a perceived gait issue, aforementioned back issues). And, like I said, I’ve been doing all sorts of stretching but it hasn’t done anything. If anything, my back and hips crack and snap more than ever, now.

The only thing I can say is I think my right hip joint is “pushed in” more than my left, or sticking more out. When I walk my right leg feels MUCH closer to my body than my left. It does a slight inward swing whenever I step with it, and whenever I stand straight/neutral, my right foot is always tilted a bit to the right, whereas my left foot always points straight.
I know, you guys aren’t doctors but holy ****, it feels like I’ve been dealing with this forever. If anybody has any advice I’d appreciate it much.


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