Re: Chris Smith: Are You OK?-Ginny

From: pete (
Tue May 16 22:25:44 2000

At Thu, 19 Aug 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote: >
>Hi Ginny:
>The sacroiliac joint is the joint between the sacrum and the back hip
>bone. It is a slightly slanted linear joint, one on each side (right
>and left)You know those dimples that people have on their backs below
>their waist-those are where the sacroiliac joints are located. The
>physical therapist told me that step aerobics is one way to get an SI
>problem if you don't have one already and it would certainly aggravate
>one if you did.
>Chris S.
>At Thu, 19 Aug 1999, Ginny King wrote:
>>Hey Chris,
>>Dumb question but where is the right sacroilitus? Any connection to the
>>sacrum? (As I have posted I have arthritis that has fused the lowest
>>lumbar to the sacrum)which they say Crohn's can cause. Glad to see you
>>back!! Ginny
>>At Thu, 19 Aug 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote:
>>>At Mon, 16 Aug 1999, Ginny King wrote:
>>>>Hey Chris,
>>>>I haven't seen you post lately and I wanted to make sure you were OK.
>>>>Let me know cause I miss hearing from you. Ginny
>>>Hi Ginny:
>>>I had stayed away from the forum because I felt that no one really
>>>wanted to hear that something else besides gyn problems/adhesions could
>>>be causing their pelvic pain. It was extremely frustrating to me to
>>>post (which I spent a long time doing-reading others posts/commenting
>>>etc) and then only getting silence (for the most part) in return. I
>>>really thought (and still do) that others should think of other
>>>possibilities. I had (and could still have) terrible adhesions but it
>>>appears that they had nothing (or very little) to do with my pain
>>>problem. Believe me, staying away from the forum was extremely hard to
>>>do which made me realize that it had become an important part of my
>>>life. But I forced myself to. Then today I wanted to find Toni's
>>>address so I checked in with the forum, read some posts, saw this post,
>>>and here I am.
>>>Well, the verdict seems to be in. I have arthritis of the spine and
>>>right sacroilitis, cause unknown. The hypertrophied facet joints on the
>>>MRI indicate the arthritis, the location of the pain the saccroilitis.
>>>The doctor at the pain clinic said that sacroilitis is a very common
>>>source of pelvic pain, which is what the colo-rectal guy had told me.
>>>Why I got this, and so suddenly, 2 years ago is unknown. I had been
>>>doing heavy gardening at the time (digging repeatedly with a spade with
>>>my right leg)so perhaps I did something to the SI joint then and never
>>>gave it time to heal. Then when I did the step arobics this Spring I
>>>aggravated it again. The PT therapist said that step aerobics is one
>>>way to give you an SI problem if you don't already have one. (apparently
>>>SI problems are quite common, but its uncommon for them to cause *only*
>>>pelvic pain for so long, so in a way it is good I took the step aerobics
>>>as it seems to have brought the problem to a head)
>>>Why I got relief after each lap for 3-4 months each time is a mystery.
>>>But that's the time an injection into the area often gives relief for,
>>>so there could be some explanation.
>>>Even my pcp is convinced and up until very recently was insisting it was
>>>an adhesion/bowel problem.
>>>I will continue on the celebrex for 6 weeks. It helps but does not
>>>eliminate entirely the pain, but I feel pretty good. Just having an
>>>answer helps tremendously! The pcp said it will take awhile to go away
>>>if it is the SI joint. If in 6 weeks I haven't noticably improved I
>>>will ask about the injections into the SI joint.
>>>Why I have this inflammation is still unknown. As I said before it
>>>could have been caused by the gardening, or I could have a systemic
>>>disease with an unusual presentation. (like crohn's) I do have other
>>>abnormalities like the "chronic immune process" that showed up on my
>>>immunoglobulin titer. (which I've had for at least 25 years) Maybe in
>>>the future I will find out but right now all I can do is manage the
>>>I was glad to read that you are getting along with your pcp better. I'm
>>>still not thrilled with my pcp office, but I'm going to hold off awhile
>>>making any changes.
>>>Chris S.

I have been diagnosd with sacroilitus.  what is remedy? It only hurts when I DONT run.  4-6 miles daily........

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