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lumbar3491
10-12-2009, 07:09 PM
I'm about seven weeks into recovery from my A/P surgery. Today, for some reason, my SI joint area is killing me. It just aches and aches. I am pretty sure I didn't do anything to bring this on. Have any of you experienced this pain?

I took two percocets (I'm still on pain meds) at my regular time and that help just a little. I've put ice on the SI area as well as a Lidoderm patch. I'm still in pain.

Anything else you can suggest to reduce the pain?

Many thanks

Karen

Shari
10-12-2009, 08:40 PM
Hi Karen,

Your recovery is still in the early stage, I had severe pain for the first 3 months, and I did have a rough recovery.

I see you are in Baltimore, it could be the damp and cool weather. Have you tried a heating pad or a soak in a hot tub, don't forget the candles!!!

You deserve it,
Shari

Jimbo
10-12-2009, 11:09 PM
What exactly is SI joint pain? I get heaps of pain on either sides of my lower lumbar spine and can actually palpate them I think. They seem inflammed, too large for normal. Is surgery usually effective at reducing this pain ?

I don't mean to hijack your thread with questions for myself, but this has got me thinking that most of my lumbar pain is related to SI joint.

titaniumed
10-12-2009, 11:31 PM
Karen

A nice hot bath.

I took 4-5 hot baths per day for 3 months. Of course I didnt drain all the water. Just drained about 2-3 inches from the top.

Drink plenty of water if you do this.
Be careful, do not fall. Move slow.......

Ed

titaniumed
10-12-2009, 11:38 PM
Jimbo

It could be your SI joints.

I went to an Osteopathic Dr years ago before I was fused and he adjusted my SI joints. He grabbed my leg while I was laying on my side and rotated it in a large motion and the joints popped. It relieved a lot of tension, and Chiros usually dont do these adjustments.

I had 4 herniated discs, so my sciatica problems continued. I had great relief from swimming in the ocean. Its also free.
Ed

lumbar3491
10-13-2009, 08:57 AM
Shari/Ed, thank you for your suggestions. It is so comforting to know I am not the only one having these reactions. Shari, I'm so sorry your recovery was difficult. Until this week, I thought my recovery was relatively easy. However, this week I am getting a clear message that I should not be too cocky. I'm finding that the more active I get, the more pain I'm experiencing. So, today will be a "baby Karen" day and, yes, I will light those candles in the tub :)

Ed, thanks for answering Jimbo's question. I never had SI pain until now.

Here's an update: I just got off the phone with my surgeon's nurse-practitioner. She told me that there are several possible explanations for the SI pain I am experiencing. My body is trying to adjust itself to the changes caused by the surgery (which involved fusing through S1). In addition, nerves in the sacral area are often moved around during surgery. She recommended that I try both ice and heat to see which works best.

Have a great day!

Karen

Shari
10-13-2009, 10:16 PM
Hi Karen,

I appreciate your kind thoughts. My surgeries were in May '05, so it's been a while. However, I did have a rough recovery, but I'm pretty much a happy camper now. I missed this forum, I remembered how much it help me through the rough times, prayers helped as well.

I guess my return here, is my chance to give back in any way I can. I went through major depression, without telling a soul. I've cried for 24 hours straight. I lost a lot of sleep in those days. When you are used to being an active independent person, and that comes to a complete halt, those meds look pretty good.

Now I am so proud of what I went through and survived it. It feels good to have my self respect back, and if I can help someone get to that point again, that will make me very happy. Sorry I got sappy. But you can do it too!!!

Just try and remember that your body has just been rearranged, it needs time to adjust, adapt and heal. When you're having a good day, enjoy it, but don't over do it.

All the best,
Shari

lumbar3491
10-14-2009, 08:52 AM
Hi Shari

I'm glad you decided to come back to the forum. Your comments have already helped me, particularly this:

Just try and remember that your body has just been rearranged, it needs time to adjust, adapt and heal. When you're having a good day, enjoy it, but don't over do it.

Now that the incisions have healed, it is easy to forget that most of the healing is still to come. Like you, I am an active, independent person so this is not only a big adjustment physically, but emotionally as well.

Have a great day!

Karen

Vali
10-15-2009, 07:57 AM
Hi Karen,
I had the SI joint pain in hospital (left side) but my thigh pain on the same side was worse. Then at seven weeks, i had pain at the SI joint on the right side. At my eight week checkup, i relayed this to my surgeon, he told me to re-commence taking the Endep which he prescibed for me in hospital. I took it two nights in a row just before going to bed and applied a heat pack to the area, on the third day it was good. I hope that you can find some kind of relief. Best wishes.

lumbar3491
10-15-2009, 09:28 AM
Hi Vali

Thanks for your reply. I'm now in my third day of SI joint pain. A heating pad seems to relieve some of the pain during the day, but overall I'm not any better.

I'm curious about "Endep." I googled the drug and the response said it is an antidepressant. How does this help your SI joint pain?

Cheers!

Karen

Vali
10-15-2009, 11:10 PM
Hi Karen,
You're right, it is an antidepressant, however, as with most medications these days Endep has a couple of uses. In higher doses to treat depression and in small doses (depending on patient) usually 5-10mg, it is used in the Ortho and Neuro sectors for chronic pain relief eg: nerve pain, limb pain
Hope this clears things up.
Don't worry, when my surgeon first told me, he was prescribing these for me,
I just looked at him and said "but i'm not depressed, its just my leg thats killing me" and this is when i got the full explanation.:)

lumbar3491
10-16-2009, 08:39 AM
Thanks for the explanation, Vali. The reputable Web site I read did not have anything except the depression explanation.

Have a great day!

Karen

Vali
10-21-2009, 07:08 AM
Hi Karen,
hows that pain of yours coming along. I hope it has settled down.:)
Karen, i just had a thought. Are you still lying down with a pillow under your knees?
If you are, try lying down without it and see what happens.

lumbar3491
10-21-2009, 09:23 AM
Hi Vali

My SI pain has settled down somewhat. It hasn't disappeared but seems less acute. Yes, I do sleep with a pillow under my knees. I'll try sleeping without it to see if that makes a difference. Thanks for suggesting this - never would have occurred to me. I'll let you know the results.

Have a great day!

Karen