Do you know where your SI/sacroiliac joints are? Did you know that they are, like other joints, meant to move, just a bit?
In physical therapy, I learned that some of my pain was probably SI pain. Then I talked with my pain management doctor and she suggested a SI block, which is diagnostic and therapeutic—if the block reduces your pain, then you are diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction [or something---SI joint problems can be seen by some doctors as more zebra than horse and difficult to parse into sacroilitis, ankylosing spondilitis (especially in women) or other spondyloarthropathies, or osteoarthritis of the spine] and the steroid injected after the anesthetic is therapeutic. The SI block is the only way to diagnose or distinguish lower back problems from SI dysfunctions.
In September, I had one. For about 2 hours after the shots, one injection on each side, I had no lower back pain, minimal hip pain, and less pelvic pain and burning. My lower back has hurt daily, at one degree or other, since 2008. I felt like the world had shifted.
Am I “cured”? Back to my old self? Stomping the streets like I used to? I wish. My pain is reduced so I feel less suicidal but I am not “back” to much of anything. Hard chairs and long [30+ minute] sitting sessions are still no-no’s, just like stomping or landing hard on my heels, twisting, bending; I cannot run, jog, skip, jump or trip too hard. Lunges create imbalance in the SI joints and can aggravate whatever SI dysfunction you might have ["Common Remedies and Solutions," Sacro-Iliac (SI) Joint Pain]. I was disappointed when the reduction in pain didn’t restore me to my old self which I have trouble remembering but still pine for. I am still exhausted. Sometimes listless. Irritated. Disappointed. Trying to shrug it all off. It all hurts less but it still all hurts.