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Will SI Joint Pain Ever Heal Permanently?

Julie108JJulie108 Posts: 4
edited 10/10/2015 - 3:18 PM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Hi Everyone,
I am new to this forum and recently found out my chronic pain of 1.5 years is from my SI Joint. Last summer I, all of a sudden, had the most intense lower back pain I ever felt. I could't get up and down easily, laying down was painful, sitting was unbearable, walking was painful, going up stairs was out of control painful. This extreme pain lasted for 2 months. I was in between jobs when it happened, so I was unable to find another job due to pain and I had no insurance to see a doctor. My pain went down enough by last October and I got a job assisting in a Kindergarten class.
Even though the pain went down to kind of manageable, it has always been there and at times I have painful flare ups. I kept seeing doctors who just said it is back pain and gave me back pain information, with not much direction. I had an MRI finally, but it came out fine. It seemed like my doctor wasn't taking the pain I experienced seriously, because the MRI wasn't showing anything. I finally convinced my doctor to send me to a Spine Specialist and that doctor told me the pain was coming from SI Joint. As I have been researching symptoms, it totally matches up.
I have figured out how to manage the pain. I take 800 mg ibuprofen often, I set my alarm a few times during the night so I can change positions, I try to balance sitting and standing, and I use a picker upper device so I don't have to bend. But how long does this usually last? It is so uncomfortable not being able to sit for too long, or stand for too long, or walk for too long, it is a constant uncomfortable feeling. Getting in and out of cars is still painful, I can't play my violin anymore, I can't sit on the floor with the kids in my Kindergarten class. It is so frustrating constantly explaining to people why I can't bend, sit, or lift. I'm just wondering now, because it is lasting so long, if this is something I will have for the rest of my life. I have been to chiropractor, which I found helpful. I have been going to Physical Therapy. I'm just wondering, has anyone else fully healed form this condition? Is there anything that has helped the most? I'm starting to feel like there is not hope!

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  • I'm so sorry! I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone :) I just joined this forum today looking for answers/help/support. I've been to several doctors and was told my pain was SI Joint Dysfunction as well. I had an injection a month ago and it only helped for 24 hours. :( I'm supposed to have another on 10/22. I asked the pain management dr if there is hope for permanent relief and all they say is "everyone is different" which is true but so vague and frustrating.
    I too HATE trying to do my job but in so much pain that I have to stand at my desk to do my work instead of sit! It's embarrassing and most of the time it only helps for a short time. My weekends are the only time I feel almost normal because I don't have to try and sit for 10 hours and act like nothing is wrong!
    I keep researching... can't find much. After reading your post, I'm thinking I may try chiropractic again.
    I will let you know if I get any useful info at my next appt.
    Thank you for posting!
  • Lumbar fusion and decompression solved my sciatica issue but a physiatrist has diagnosed the remaining leg numbness, butt burning pain and groin discomfort as SI. The doc will schedule an injection as one final confirmation of his diagnosis. Then SI bilateral fusion next. When will this pain end? when will I be able to work again? When can I sit through a whole dinner? When will I be able to walk around a city block? When will sex be free of back pain?

    Of.course, then there is that thoracic pain and also the numbness radiating down my arm. Yawn.

    May 13, 2015. L4/L5
    2X bilateral lam
    2X s. process removed
    2X lumbar sten
    1X discotomy
    1X synovial cystectomy
    4X f. joint modifications
    4X foramenotomies
    1X spondylolisthesis
    1X bilateral post. Llumbar fusion
    1X instrumented fixation
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