SI Joint Problem
by Jill T. Hill
Hi everyone, I'm 39 years old and a single mum of three girls. My problem started four years ago. I was mopping my kitchen floor and I got a sharp pain in my lower back. After seeing my GP I got some pain killers and returned to work. A month later my back seized up and I was off work for six months. During this time I went to see a remedial therapist who diagnosed a prolapsed disc at L5, but he also said it was not the root cause of my pain. After a few visits he said I had a problem with my left SI joint. I was sent to the hospital for treatment and the consultant advised a cordial epidural into my lower lumber region. This should have helped ease the pian but it didn't do anything for me. Since then I've had three MRI scans and numerous injections into my lower back, none of which helped at all. I also had a second cordial epidural and had an allergic reaction. Now I have to walk with a walking aid and I'm not allowed to drive my car because my leg sometimes collapses in pain. I have gone from being a caregiver to now having to receive care because I can't do a lot of things I used to be able to do. My third hospital visit has now confirmed what I had already been told all that time ago: that, yes, my left SI joint is hypermobile. I've been put on Morphine which is helping slightly with the pain. My wonderful chiropractor is the only one that has never lied to me and always said it how it is. My right side is now weakening by the day and I have had to change the support belt I wear daily. I'm now in no man's land as the next stage is either sclerosing injections to try and stiffen the ligaments or fusing the joint.