I've been dealing with low back and si joint pain for over 2 and a half years now. I have seen 4 physical therapists, 1 occupational therapist and I am doing feldinkrais, massage therapy, and Pete Egoscue's Pain Free method. Each has made limited improvements. My present PT tells me that the pain will go away eventually - like in a year or so, now that the joint is back in place - though the joint hurts on a continuous basis and does not appear to be getting better. My DO doc is pill happy and keeps trying to get me to take pill that give me chest pains, raise my blood pressure, and my pulse rate. I am a male 45 who has always been very active. I have always been a cyclist, kayaker, skateboarder, scuba diver, as well as recreational weight lifter. My current PT has restricted me to walking only and only on level ground
booooring. I find that I must really keep the pace slow (3 mph) or the si joint flares up.It has been very tough not riding my bike now for over 8 months. I've been on very light duty - 10 lbs from waist high - for almost a year now. How long is it reasonable to continue at such a low level of inactivity? I've lost over 25 lbs since being put on light duty. I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic in the last 3 months and I believe that the lack of strenuous exercise is to blame.My doc wants me to see another specialist - this would be my third. Should I tough out the pain and trust my PT? Should I get another opinion even though the other two specialists basically told me that this is as good as it gets, and there is nothing else that I can do? I am getting tired of the docs and the PTs saying you are doing all the right things. My first PT at my first visit told me that I would be pain free in 6 weeks. I when to that PT for 6 months and there were still telling me just 6 more weeks. I am basically paying for all these treatments out of pocket because I have high deductible insurance, so in addition to the pain my finances are hitting rock bottom making it tough to justify going to see yet another expensive doctor. I am also considering prolo therapy but am finding it difficult to locate a doctor that is closer than 2 hours away from me and one that would do a good job.
Sorry for the ramble and thanks for any new ideas that my help me resolve this pain and get back on with living a life that is worth living.