Lower Back Pain, (sacroiliac pain??) HELP!
I am a 57 year old woman suffering from TERRIBLE lower back pain. After getting 4 NEEDLESS hip injections, for pain radiating down my left leg, finally I was sent for MRI's of BOTH the lower back & left hip. Well, my lower back is really MESSED up-L3 thru L-5 crushed disc, bulging discs, stenosis--you name it my lower back has it. The Orthopedic I was seeing turned 'ashen' when he saw my MRI & immediatey told me to see a "spine specialist". His best opinion was, I was in PAIN!!! Dahhhh... he said I'd need back surgery, SOON. Long story--shorter--went to the NS who did a 3 level fusion on my neck 3 yrs ago... he saw the MRIs & said get a Sacroiliac Joint injection. "Your Back is screwed up, but I'll bet anything, that the pain in coming from the "sacroiliac joint'. Has anyone OUT there ever had this injection?? Does it work?? I really do NOT wish to have any back surgery, if possible. THanks alot. I look forward to reading your input. fondly, Caryl