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S I Joint pain?????

PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:52 pm
by Rob Davies
I pulled a muscle in my left buttock in work bending/ twisting about 4 months ago. Could not bend next day and put my socks on. Pain stopped shortly with anti inflam tablets not pain started moving from top left and right buttocks and has stayed that way ever since. I have been told by PT that I have a weekness around SI joint. She has given me some exercises - but they do not help. I wondered if anyone else had similar pain to this. I gets worse with the more activity and sitting etc. Should I take anti imflams to clear. Very confused??? Help

PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:36 pm
by Jackie
Hi Rob. I'd find out if SI joint is the problem. get tests if you haven't yet. I'm sure the PT is right, they seem to know but a bone scan may confirm SI joint inflammation. It did with me. walking in a pool helps strengthen those ligaments without weight bearing that tends to aggravate SI joint problems. stationary bike helped too, although at first it really aggravated the pain. My SI joint is slowly getting better. It has taken almost six months to improve to this point and I can be on my feet a lot now, although I still am taking advil everyday (more for disc herniation pain than SI joint pain) you should also talk to your dr. about meds and if anti inflammatories are the right thing to take. I hope this helps. SI joint pain is really miserable but if that is the problem it will get better.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:02 am
by Rob Davies
Hi Jackie
Many thanks for your swift reply really helps to talk to someone who understands the problem. I have been seeing my PT at hospital who gave me exercises, have seen a few PT privately and all it seems they do is relax you and do a few stretches that make a few cracks. One good thing i have learnt is how drinking water regularly helps ( i was pretty bad at drinking through the day). My pain seems to move from buttuck to buttock and settles first thing in the morning when i wake in the centre of these two areas. I will take your advice and revisit my doctor and get some anti imflammatories. I have an exercise bike in the house. Did you stand up on or sit on the seat? I will do some walking in the swimming pool. Did you think my pain seems very familar to yours? Weight bearing does increase the pain. Did you have trouble getting scan?

Thanks again Rob

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:38 pm
by Jackie
Hi Rob.
for me the pain from my SI joint is on the right side but yes it is in the buttock. it's hard to say if our problems are similar as I also have a disc that is healing. I sit on the stationary bike as my pt did not want me to bear weight on my SI joints until they were stronger. thus the walking in the pool as well. I could barely stand or walk six months ago, the SI joint pain was that bad.
the bone scan was really easy to get in quickly. they inject you with a nonharmful radioactive substance and two hours later they do the scan which takes about 30 minutes. it shows joint inflammation.
I always think it's best to find out exactly what the problem is before trying any new exercises or treatments. I learned that the hard way and didn't have a dr. who was on the ball in investigating the source of the pain. I had to switch doctors to get the help I needed. I hope this info was helpful and you get relief soon. take care.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:54 pm
by Rob Davies
Was never as bad for me as that just this lingering tierd pain that gets stronger with more activity. Will be going back to hospital next week and will be stronger with her as i feel they they just want you in and out. Thanks for your time much appreciated. Rob and good good luck