Anyone had the newer Ifuse method surgery done? Have suffered with lower back pain for years, scoliosis, arthritis, degeneration in lower lumbar, disc degeneration in neck. Have managed pain and avoided surgery that is needed in neck with physical therapy for past ten years, pain is nothing to SI joint pain. Past six months began having severe lower lumbar and upper buttock pain. Progressed rapidly and to extreme severity within one month time. Pain so severe unable to walk, sit or stand along with neurological symptoms, vision changes, muffled hearing, tremors,weight loss and pain to touch of whole back, Was put on Norco, Flexeril, valuim, Fentany patch, Aleve, and lidoderm patches, and was still in excruciating pain, only to be told over and over "we dont see anything that could be causing this" Took 3 months going from Dr. to Dr. to finally get a diagnosis of SI joint disfunction! The orthopedic Dr. who finally said he thought it was the SI joint said he could not help me but said to have pain management dr. do injections (which she reluctantly did saying she did not think that was what it was and hoped it would just go away), ortho dr. acted like it was a secret and did not want his staff or partners to know he had revealed this info to me, what a disgrace. My PT was the only other health professional that pointed to the SI joint, stating I was rotated, manipulations helped but exercises seemed to aggravate more pain. Changed pain management dr after that, found a great one who is compassionate, understanding, and willing to do what it takes to control my pain, she had a plan as soon as she reviewed my radiology and examined me. Have had 3 injections in SI joint, 1 time in piriformis muscle that showed being torn on last radiology, prolotherapy once. Get a little better then have set back again and again! I am 43, petite frame, only 100lbs. Changed from general PT to orthopedic PT hoping they will be more helpful. Finally found a orthopedic Dr. in area who actually believes in SIJD and does surgery, saw him last week, right before 3rd injection was to be done. Wants to see results from injection and another try at PT before moving further. If it does not work next step is RFA/rhizotomy/burning nerves around SI joint and possibly facet joint. If that does not work then maybe surgery. Only thing I have not tried is chiropractor, which I am kinda scared of but willing before RFA or surgery! Alot on net about old method of surgery, fusion with screws, but cant find anything on patients who have had new Ifuse method done except on their website, which I am not to sure about. Am currently managing with Norco and Flexeril, wih injections but still not able to live a normal life. Had to withdraw from college with only two semesters left when this happened, now stuck with 40,000 in student loans and unable to finish or work at this time!!!! Hoping for a miracle that this round of PT and injections work!!! The medical community needs to wise up and start researching this horrible condition, no one should have to live in this excruciating pain. We can send someone to the moon, do brain surgeries, organ transplants, and so many miraculous things, but we cant fix a disfunctional joint in the body, I dont get it. Millions are spent on research that is useless and pointless, why has this condition been so overlooked? And not to mention the countless back surgeries that have been done on people that failed because it was actually the SI joint. If it comes to surgery, I really need to hear from some people who have had the new Ifuse surgery done, please help.
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