I injured my back in 2007 at work. I'm an RN, didn't realize how serious MY injury was. A year later, I started having right hip pain. It was mostly at night in bed and I was prescribed Ibuprofen 800mg. I continued to work everyday,would often tell the MDS that it seemed to be worse around my cycle. Puzzled, we progressed to lumbar epidurals which did help tremendously with the hip pain.MRI's showed minimal damage, small annular tear. I became alarmed when the shots no longer worked. My pain doc was out of options,started me on Gabapentin. Worked great for several months, then suddenly stopped working. I re injured the back September 2014 turning a patient.
I was placed on light duty at work,2 weeks later, my right leg started dragging. Two weeks later, I developed a limp. My walk looks like cerebral palsy, I was baffled. I went through a battery of tests including a lumbar puncture. NORMAL. They found hypothyroidism and hashimoto's disease. Oh, and a pineal cyst with the small annular tear. Pain was getting more horrific at night, numbing, dull and worse on my back, especially during my cycle. I can only sleep on stomach. A cane tripped me up, my job gave me a walker. My doctor took me off work because they didn't understand what was happening and it was happening fast. I have a wheelchair in my trunk for large areas like Walmart,etc.
Some days I can barely walk, mostly a weird limping gait. Several more months passed, neurologist told me he thought it was in my head and asked me if I had sexual trauma. My workers comp MD suspected ALS and put in my records. Walking distances is out of the question.I participated in therapy with a Workers comp mill who weren't really trying to get me better, found out they got paid a nice sum every time I came...3 times a week. I was referred finally to a different MD whom suggested sacroiliac joint problems. A month later, he gave me a flouroscopy guided injection. I walked completely normal for about 4 days. It was like Cinderella and the carriage turning back into a pumpkin. He tried again one month later. Exact same results. I also noticed sitting was just as bad. Found myself not able to eat meals at the table for long, or me wanting to lay down to get comfortable, or laying across the bed on my stomach to read.
I was referred to a new physical therapist that took excellent care and interest in my situation. It was bizarre,but week after week, we tried different things. I stumbled on a you tube video regarding sacroiliac joint dysfunction. I shared with them and the more we realized that maybe I really did have this condition. He rigged up a belt and tightened it around my hips. We took videos throughout my ordeal, but I was skeptical about the belt. I begged my doctor to order the belt, he was also skeptical. He referred me to another neurologist. They found out I had posterior tibial neuropathy, as well. I finally ordered the belt on my own just to see if it could help. Its been 3 weeks,it has worked like a charm. Even after I take it off, I walk really good for a while. Stay tuned, as this is very promising. It's open enrollment and I'm able to change to a doctor in Atl that specializes in this. I just want others to know how effective this little belt can be for sacroiliac joint dysfunction.