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SI joint dysfunction

Has anyone been on here been Dx with SI joint dysfunction? I have severe pain in both SI joints, have had numerous injections and it just wears off after a couple of weeks. Sometimes I feel a burning sensation and other it just feels like bone on bone. Which doctor do I discuss this with? What type of testing do they do to diagnose it? Do you do other therapies before they fuse? Which doctor does the fusion an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?
Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.


  • How many injections do I have to get.......
    before they fuse my SI joints? I have had 2 level PLIF. I was told that it would eventually start to affect my SI joints. My left SI joint is on fire. I can barely put any weight on that leg. I guess I am curious to know how long it took the doctor to decide it was time to fuse them. What was the surgery like?
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  • injections
    Has anyone ever gotten injections in both SI joints at the same time?
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 12/07/2013 - 7:23 AM
    Both done twice
    I had both joints injected on Sept 4 and then again on Nov 5. The first shots gave me 90% relief for about 4 weeks and then dropped off to nothing at 6 weeks. It has been almost a month since the second set of shots and again I got a 90% relief almost immediately and at 50% now. The injections hurt a bit when they go in but an hour later you feel great.
  • I had 1injection without any anesthesia last Nov. Now I am starting again with minimal twilight and not painful problem is only got relief for about 5days in Nov last year. This November relief about 10 days scheduled for 13 and 27th of Dec. this is for my L5/S1. Since I had major cervical surgery in June surgical option won't be happening till at least 1year out from my 4level. Had to try something. Hopefully get some relief.
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