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Shawley,
My problem has always been an extreme sciatica down one leg, but only when I get up from bed in the morning. After strong ibuprofen, and 1000 mg Tylenol it would dissipate. I was only having pain in the morning, or if I would lie down during the day, when I got up. Sometimes after walking around on hard surfaces. Initially, I managed to play golf and it wasn't bad.

When I went to the orthopedic MD, after poking and prodding to figure out if I had a bursitis (gave me a cortisone shot in trochanteric bursa) or something else wrong in my hip, they eventually did an MRI on my spine. It revealed 2 MILD bulging disks; L-4, L-5. (I won't go into the lengthy explanation, re: the majority of the population in my age range (63) having back issues, without pain, because it's a normal aging thing, because I've written about it on this board too many times, and I'm certain that you're aware of the statistics.) Anyway, suffice to say that the MD's latched onto the MRI, and sent me down a conservative path of treatment for bulging disks; including acupuncture, massage, PT, one ineffective epidural, and one ineffective SIJ injection that I had two Mondays ago.

So, here's my update: I've been in more pain over the past three days than I've had over the past month. I had thought that I was improving, but it seems to be getting worse now. Last night, at three in the morning, I woke up in pain. I went into the bathroom to get some ibuprofen. I turned on the light, and when I looked in the mirror, I noticed that my right hip seemed about 3 inches higher than my left hip. So it's obvious to me that my sacroiliac joint is Ďout of whack.í So Iím thinking that my problem is probably that the ligaments that keep my sacroiliac joints in place, are stretched, etc. I have been on an MD witch hunt to find a diagnosis for 8 months!

Now, Iím supposed to have a facet point injection on Monday. So, Iím thinking, what the heck does the MD know anyway? Maybe I should skip that injection and go back to my chiropractor for adjustment and deep massage.

I donít know what to do. Any comments?
Thanks Tammy,

But I've been to an orthopaedic surgeon spine specialist, a neurosurgeon spine specialist, a chiropractor, an acupuncture specialist, and a neuro-physiatrist (the last one). So what 'kind of physician' is left?

And as for treatment, as I said before, since last April, stretched over a period of 8 months, I've run the gammet on treatments. I've had a shot of cortisone in the trochanteric bursa, (when they suspected bursitis in the hip); about 8 sessions of acupuncture; went to a deep massage therapist 8 times; had weekly chiropractic adjustment; went to PT. Then the neuro-physiatrist began her treatment over the last 2 1/2 months: 6 or 7 trigger point injections; one ineffective epidural; and one ineffective SIJ injection; and three shots in the facet joints. I feel as if I've exhausted the options for MD involvement.

I'm taking the Celebrex. Took 2 (200 MG each) yesterday and 1 this morning. I think I feel some relief. Also, I still have hope that the facet injection (that I had last Monday) combined with the Celebrex may still somehow 'kick in.'

However, I still have not ruled out prolotherapy. If this pain cycle continues, I'll be looking into the possibility of prolotherapy in the New Year.

I thank you so much for your info. I appreciate all.

[COLOR="Red"][B]Again, to all, have a pain free holiday, and I wish everyone a healthier New Year!! [/B][/COLOR]





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