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Canadian in agony

PsycbertPPsycbert Posts: 2
edited 06/22/2015 - 5:11 PM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
I'm a 31 year old female who has always been active in a variety of different sports and never previously held a traditional desk job. I've never suffered any broken bones, but have bilateral patella femoral pain syndrome for 10 years. Approximately 4 years ago I had taken a nasty spill while rollerblading and experienced nagging pain in my left hip for several months until a visit to a chiropractor seemed to fix it.

Fast forward to last summer when a move across the country landed me in a much more sedentary job. My lower back started to ache after a day in my desk chair. Beginning in the fall, I felt my left leg going numb, as tho it had fallen asleep. Standing in line for groceries became more uncomfortable and walking began to be immensely painful.

November 30, 2014 was the day I could no longer walk. I would get to my feet and propel myself forward until I collapsed to the ground again, clutching my burning leg. I went to the emergency room where I was told it was sciatica, and to take some Tylenol. A few weeks passed and the pain was getting worse, to the point where using the washroom was nearly impossible. I went to a walk-in clinic and was sent for an emergency MRI.

The MRI showed a severe disc herniation at l4/l5, crossing the s1 nerve. It was recommended I start physiotherapy and finally received oxycodone for the pain.

After 4 months of weekly physiotherapy, the PT suggested this was not going to heal on its own, and to get a referral to a surgeon. I had since got married and honeymooned in a wheelchair.

While waiting to see the surgeon (October is a long way away) I was fortunate to see a sports medicine doctor, who told me that the herniation was a symptom, not the cause of my pain, and that my SI joint was locked up. She recommended an osteopath. I have since seen the osteopath 3 times and my condition is actually getting worse. I can no longer sit in a chair, despite being able to do so previously.

I am absolutely beside myself with frustration and depression. My doctor simply shrugs and refills my oxycodone prescription, saying the surgeon will have more answers, but everything I'm reading indicates that is not the case. Even if they declare surgery to be an effective option, it may be 2 years before I am operated on. Going to a different doctor will not hel, as the Canadian system while free is very slow.

Today I tried a sacrial support brace and it made it worse.

Summary: have not walked without my right hip being jutted out and my back hunched over in 8 months and have debilitating left hip pain. Tried chiro, massage, PT, tens, acupuncture, osteopath, and nothing is working. Please, someone, tell me there is hope.

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