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Shawley,
This is why I think I have a sacroiliac problem: I fell last November, and I had a severe break in my rt arm. I shattered the radial head and that had to be replaced with titaniumin, in surgery. I had PT for the arm over a 4 month period. During that time, I was on pain meds for the arm, and I didn't notice any other consequences to the fall. I believe I landed on my rt elbow and my left leg, or hip.

After my arm was healed, I went back to golfing. I practiced too zealously in an effort to get my game back. I practiced one shot over and over a couple of times a week for an hour at a time. (dumb) That's when I began to feel pain in my SIJ. I 'chalked it up' to muscle pain from not having played for over 4 months. (stubborn) It also began to bother me a bit in the morning, but it would dissipate after I took a bit of ibuprofen. (dumber)

Then one morning when I stepped out of bed I could hardly walk.(scared) That's when I went to the orthopaedic MD. The rest is a long story of my MRI, my conservative treatment for months, my trigger point injections, and then a failed epidural, that I won't type up again. (Must be boring to read by now. {LOL})

However, when I went out to practice golf (BIG TIME), I probably irritated it (BIG TIME) while practicing.

Bottom line, as I said in my post, I suspect I either tore or I stretched a ligament in the SIJ when I fell, but because I was sooo medicated for the arm injury, I believe I didn't feel the SIJ problem, and it had begun to heal.
Shawley,
This is why I think I have a sacroiliac problem: I fell last November, and I had a severe break in my rt arm. I shattered the radial head and that had to be replaced with titaniumin, in surgery. I had PT for the arm over a 4 month period. During that time, I was on pain meds for the arm, and I didn't notice any other consequences to the fall. I believe I landed on my rt elbow and my left leg, or hip.

After my arm was healed, I went back to golfing. I practiced too zealously in an effort to get my game back. I practiced one shot over and over a couple of times a week for an hour at a time. (dumb) That's when I began to feel pain in my SIJ. I 'chalked it up' to muscle pain from not having played for over 4 months. (stubborn) It also began to bother me a bit in the morning, but it would dissipate after I took a bit of ibuprofen. (dumber)

Then one morning when I stepped out of bed I could hardly walk.(scared) That's when I went to the orthopaedic MD. The rest is a long story of my MRI, my conservative treatment for months, my trigger point injections, and then a failed epidural, that I won't type up again. (Must be boring to read by now. {LOL})

Bottom line, as I said in my post, I suspect I either tore or I stretched a ligament in the SIJ when I fell, but because I was sooo medicated for the arm injury, I believe I didn't feel the SIJ problem, and it had begun to heal. However, when I went out to practice golf (BIG TIME), I probably irritated it (BIG TIME) while practicing.
Hi Shawley,
I assume you've had your hip x-rayed and perhaps MRI'd. I had a bursitis in my 'trochanter bursa' (which is in the hip) several years ago. At that time, the MD gave me a shot of cortisone into the hip. It relieved the inflammation and eventually the bursitis cleared up, and the pain was gone.

Initially, 7 months ago, I also felt excruciating pain in my hip, along with the sciatic pain going down the back of my leg. That was the reason I went to the orthopaedist. He did the x-ray of my spine and hip, and he didn't see anything 'bone related' and he therefore assumed it was a reoccurrence of the bursitis. He gave me a shot in the hip again, but this time the pain didn't go away. So he realized I might have a different problem. That's when I had an MRI, and since the MRI, I have been on this MD's 'wild goose chase' looking for a definitive diagnosis.

Unfortunately, I believe, there's no clear, absolute, diagnosis to many sciatic pain/back issues. Sciatic pain can be caused by a wide variety of problems, sometimes only one issue, and sometimes multiple issues. I suppose that's what makes it difficult for the MD's that deal with back pain, and so, so frustrating for the patient.

This morning my pain was lessened. My husband asked if I thought that the SIJ shot had helped me. I said that it's hard to tell, because I do have some pain, though less than yesterday, but the level my pain varies from day to day anyway.

I share and feel your frustration. It's the 'pits!'





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