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SI pain, hip pain, I'm going crazy!

parkerrachelpparkerrachel Posts: 1
edited 04/21/2015 - 4:51 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Hello, I'm 21 years old and hurt my lower back a year ago. I've been diagnosed with a L-5 S-1 bulging disk. I've been to many chiropractors, which helped but the adjustments did not stay. I've now gone to physical therapy which hasn't helped at all. I used to be very fit and active before this happened and now I can't even walk without pain. I can't live like this. The left SI and my left hip hurt all the time and just a few days ago my hip started popping every time I take a step. I don't know what else to do or try. I've stopped all lifting, running, volleyball everything I love doing for many months now and just done stretching and PT stuff with NO CHANGE. I can't stand this any more. Every chiropractor and the orthopedic surgeon have all said "oh you are young and healthy and fit it will go away on its own but we will help it along." Why is it not healing and what else can I do??? Also does any one have any suggestions as to why my hip is popping so much now? Can a minor bulged disk really cause all this?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 04/21/2015 - 10:23 AM
    One of the first tests my pain management doctor did was an EMG. It doesn't hurt and test gave doctor information without me saying much.

    It let doctor know of spinal areas effected that I didn't know before, or have much pain at....at that time.

    To me pain means something wrong. You might want second opinion.....or to ask doctor about other tests that may explain you symptoms.

    Let us know how you're doing......good luck
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  • Hope3HHope3 Posts: 751
    edited 04/23/2015 - 4:08 PM
    Looking for the answers if you are in that pain.
    Just like Savage said get a second opinion and another till you get some answers. I have the same symptoms as you do except the popping hip. How did you determine it was your SI joint bugging you? Did they do any tests regarding that problem. If it is, letting it go will only aggravate it more, so you really need to pursue some help. I use a lot of ice not heat and now my PT is only wanting me to rest, a couple of exercises every other day. He said once it gets aggravated it is hard to quite that kind of nerve pain down.
    Just trying to help you with some suggestions and hope you find some relief.
    Make sure you get it checked out it is hard to suffer like that.
    Best wishes Sherri
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