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Hello, I have suffered from back issues most of my adult life (30+ years). During the last 5 years I have also suffered from sciatica, disc degeneration, arthritis and now SI. The last 2 years my SI has been very painful and I have had to change my life due to the pain level. Thus far I have had an appointment with a spine doctor, xrays, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, and have started acupuncture to alleviate the pain. The acupuncture and massage does help somewhat but has not made it go away and thus I am still looking for answers. I have also made diet changes in hopes of maybe finding a connection between what I eat and the pain with no luck.
After another doctor appointment last week where I informed my doctor that I wake up some nights with the top of my leg being numb and I have tingling up my spine, she ordered an MRI. Sleeping, sitting, standing and walking are all difficult. I am awaiting the MRI results from this. It seems like a lot of individuals said that the MRI does not show SI so now I am wondering if I will find any answers from this test.
What has everyone tried to get relief? I am not an advocate of taking medications so this would not be an avenue I would look to pursue. I am also not looking to have injections because my brother went down that route and it did not help. Has anyone tried anything such as exercise, homeopathic or other alternative route that I have not already listed?