Hello everyone! I have been lurking around for about a year and I see these posts about the IFuse surgery. This is a very encouraging site.
I have had low back problems for 13 years and have managed it pretty well until 2 years ago when I fell on an ice patch. I landed on my right bum cheek and had black and blue bruises for 3 weeks. I didn't think too much about the fall until the following summer when I noticed that my low back and groin area really started hurting after I had walked 3 miles or so (I had walked my first 5K.) I mentioned it to my Chiropractor and we started working on trying to find the problem. That was 2 years ago. I have seen 4 orthopedics, 2 pain management physicians, and worked through 10 weeks of PT. I have had 3 rounds of epidural steroid injections on each side of L3, L4, L5, and S1 and the right SI Joint; as well as RF Ablations on both sides and the right SI joint. A discogram and a MRI in the past month. My chiropractor, pain management docs, and the PT folks all agree the pain is coming from my SI joint. But the other docs don't even acknowledge that SI joint can cause pain or even be dysfunctional. So, the question is this, how do I convince a physician(s) that the SI joint needs to be looked at?
There is a physician (only one in the state) in my area that does the IFuse surgery, however, there is a 4 month wait and he doesn't have the greatest reputation. There are several physicians in a nearby large city that I have thought about seeing, but my insurance may not cover the costs.
Thanks for your time.
Kerri in Arkansas