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Sacroiliac joint pain

Justin66JJustin66 Posts: 95
I had a discectomy on Aug.18 on the L4/L5 for left side herniation. Now im having pain in my right lower back at times that is like a stabbing pain, similiar to what the herniation felt like on the left side, I also have constant right hip pain. Now I have had an MRI within the last 3 or 4 weeks to check for a reherniation since I have been in pain. The MRI showed everything was clear.

My question is could the SI joint be causing these problems? I have read that the SI pain can be similiar to a herniated disc pain. Would SI pain be constant and not off and on like I have? Im trying to figure out why im still hurting even though my MRI was clear as a bell.


  • Have you been in physical therapy or are you doing any new activity? Sometimes when you have back pain it is common to favor one side which can result in muscle imbalances, etc. After surgery, some of that is all rearranged and the patient can start using their body differently. The muscles are now used different which can result in new pain.

    But your situation sounds more like a disc problem at the same level as your surgery. It is possible that I small piece is still floating around and is compressing the nerve on the opposite side...and it would not necessarily be seen on the MRI scan.

    I'm sending you a link to some information that you may find helpful.

  • Sounds a bit like sacroiliac disease to me. Notice any clicking in your hips? Any sciatic pain moving from one leg to another or in one leg?
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