2 months P/O and I've had continued nerve pain/spasms in my buttocks, upper thigh, calf and sometimes numbness in my leg and the top of my foot. I've also had sharp and pin prick type pain to the left of my tailbone. I had a follow up with my surgeon and after discussing my symptoms and physical exam, he also believes that I am dealing with SI joint dysfunction with secondary Piriformis syndrome that may be pushing on my sciatic nerve. He also discussed continued nerve pain from surgery ( the 3 nerves that were compressed were very red and inflamed), and possible nerve damage from a previous test I had. He always thought I had SI joint problems in addition to my spinal problems ( I had 2 SI joint injections prior to surgery) which at the time I didn't think helped very much. He asked me if my deep buttock pain has worsened and I told him yes, so maybe the injections did help? I'm honestly not sure and I'm a bit apprehensive to have another one, because even if it helped some, it didn't provide me enough relief. I do trust my surgeon so I will follow his recommendations. I am being referred to a physiatrist for ongoing treatment. It looks like more tests/injections are ahead of me through this long battle of pain. But at least I have a plan and I'm just hoping to get the pain to a manageable level. Does anyone have experience with SI joint and/or Piriformis issues? How was it diagnosed? What treatments were tried and did they help? I am new to this so any information would be greatly appreciated.
Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
Discectomy L5-S1 2002
Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014