here’s the boring part!
the thing i hurt is not my spine, or my back-back. it’s off to the side, just above my right butt cheek. when i step down or twist or move my leg in any way, i get blinding pain in my back. the walk-in urgent care guy felt the spot and said it was my sacroiliac joint and some part of my pelvis bone and hip bone, and he could feel all kinds of scar tissue and angriness and terrible bumpy stuff in there. he said he had back problems himself and was interested in back health issues and i had what seemed to be a classic case of this type of problem. he refered me to a chiropractor.
the chiropractor (who turns out to be my neighbor, he lives maybe a dozen houses away, strange. and hello, housecalls.) felt the same spot and was like “yep, what that guy said.” and every day for week now i’ve been going to have little shocks and hot rubs and cold rubs and what i guess people call adjustments, but i call “fear for my life because this guy is going to twist me in to two pieces.”
people keep asking me: no xray? no mri? ummm, no. cuz we know what the problem is. each time i go to the dr and when i do what i’m told, i get minutely better…. but being as bad as i was, any little step forward is in the right direction.
i found a website if you’re in to that stuff that says why it’s not always neccessary to have an mri immediately w certain types of back pain: click on it: http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20189797_1,00.html i thought it was very interesting that with all the stuff that goes on in our middle aged bodies, of course there are going to be abnormalities, even when we feel great. and i kinda hate that i just lumped myself into middle age, cuz i’m not. My mother in law said this stuff happens “in our 40s” to me the other night and OMG, I AM NOT 40. EEEEESH.
so there’s that, and then i wiki’d the exact muscle/joint/area and found this:
Perhaps the biggest reason for misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction is based on the inability of common radiological imaging to discern the disorder. Diagnostic testing, such as X-ray, CT scan, or MRI, do not usually reveal abnormalities; therefore, they cannot reliably be used for diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction.[
A clinician well-trained in manual medicine (i.e., a spine surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine doctor, physical therapist, physiatrist, osteopath or chiropractor) can diagnose the disorder using a hands on approach by palpating the painful areas as well as administering several different tests…
so ta-da. more chiropractor, probably some PT, hopefully some more drugs, and eventually i’ll shut up about the whole debacle. 😉
but i won’t be doing this any time soon. or ever again.