I just found this website and am relieved to know others are experiencing the same daily obstacles and misery that I am. It's been really hard for my husband to understand how severe and limiting the pain is. I've had "symptoms" for years, however, never felt like I could explain it well enough and never knew what kind of doctor to see/tell. I've tried various Chiropractors over the years - nothing. Tried physical therapy once - it was a joke (paid a $30 copay to "workout" which at the time I had been doing regularly). As much as the "pain" used to be very present, it was more like discomfort....until about two months ago. I'm 36 and 6 months postpartum. Abruptly, I began having severe muscle spasms at all times of the day (although significantly worse at night). I got a same day apt. at my doctor's office, but saw someone I don't normally see. Right away, she diagnosed it and sent my to a PT office that specializes in Friction Therapy. Talk about torture! But, he explained to me, in detail, what and why i'm having these issues. He "stretches" and massages (deeply) the muscles to try and relax them so that my pelvis could settle back in its rightful position. Twice now, he's done "trigger point dry needling" to speed up the muscle relaxation. The first session which was on my hip and back didn't seem to do anything. I actually felt worse later that night. The second session (this past Friday) covered my thigh. I could feel the release on those muscles pretty quickly, however, overall, I'm still in the same boat - still pain and muscle spasms, not nearly as often. Not sure if I believe in the dry needling yet.
So...after about 6 weeks and about 10 PT apts., I feel *better. I feel like the stretching, the deep massaging of the muscles, the core exercises, and the SI Lock Belt (which I can't decide is really doing anything but I'll keep trying) are helping. I'm really trying to be diligent so that I can get through this and come out on the other side, get back to being able to do some cardio work and pick up my chunky 6 month old without looking like a 90 year old woman.
If things don't get much better soon, my PT suggested a cortisone shot. I feel like that's just a temporary pain fix. He explained that while in a way, yes, it would be - it also gives my body a chance to feel good so that i could work harder at strengthening the muscles and ligaments (i.e. working out) so that we can get out of the loosy, goosy-ness of the ligaments and inflammation which is causing all the problems.
I'll be sure to check back in and see if there are other avenues I've not yet tried. I think I speak for all of us when I say I pray daily that there is a way for fix this so that we don't live with it forever!