Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Real Pain in the Butt | Post 1 - Engineer Mommy
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About 1.5 years ago, I started getting a pain in the butt… a real PAIN in the butt. First, it was just the left side. Eventually, I started getting symptoms on the right side. Fast forward 1.5 years later, and I have learned so much about this affliction known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, or SIJD.

I would like to share my experiences dealing with this sacroiliac joint problem because:

  • It’s hard to find information of others online who have gone through similar situations.
  • I know I would have loved to see what has helped/hurt others in a similar position when I was first going through this SIJD.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Real Pain in the Butt | Post 1

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Real Pain in the Butt | Post 1

I am going to be sharing some of my experiences here on this blog for others. I will be sharing some of my symptoms, some of my treatments, some of my tests. What has worked, what has not worked, and everything in between. Before I get into all the details, I want to explain a little background first.

When I first started feeling symptoms of SIJD, I was working on the computer all day every day. On this blog, in fact! Foolishly, I wasn’t sitting at an ergonomic computer chair. I sat on a HARD dining char for hours on end, often slumped over. I would sit on the chair with one of my feet tucked under my pelvis awkwardly. It was comfortable for me at the time, but I know now how bad it was to sit crooked like that.

Amid all this, I was a fit, active 32 year old with two young children. I was hitting the gym at least 3-4 times per week. I only did the elliptical (yes, I know I should have had better, well-rounded workouts, but at least it was some cardio). However, this pain in the butt didn’t get better. In fact, it only got worse. Much worse.

Eventually, my pain was so bothersome that it made going to the gym impossible. I stopped the gym membership. Eventually, walking around the house was also difficult. This sacroiliac joint of mine was not happy, and I had no idea why! Yes, this 32 year old mom (previously fit & active) could not ambulate around the house easily. There was a strong limp, significant pain and distinct tenderness in the upper buttock / lower back region.

Eventually, I saw my primary care physician, who advised me that sciatica was very common and that I needed to see a physical therapist… that physical therapy was very helpful for those suffering from sciatica. The doctor had assumed that my problem was a back-centered problem, like a herniated disc. This was not a bad assumption per se, because that is the most common cause of sciatica. However, time will prove this to be a false assumption in my particular case. It was time to go to physical therapy. I will share my experiences at physical therapy and whether it helped or hurt my condition tomorrow.

To see the next post in this series, and to see all posts in this category, please click here. If you’re dealing with SIJD, please share your experiences in the Comments section below.

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2 Responses to “Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Real Pain in the Butt | Post 1”

  1. When I was 52, fell breaking my tail bone, really big OUCH. Had barely moved into our mfg. home in MT. and I was very alone out there, hubs on the road trucker.. Had no insurance yet so tuffed it out for weeks ,along with getting pneumonia. What the heck, get both over with at once.
    Finally a neighbor called to say they hadn’t seen me out was I ok? This neighbor was about 1/2 mile away as crow flies, north west of us. We all had 20 acres out there.
    So sorry to hear about your sciatica pain and it is bad pain. Pretty hard to do anything let alone be wife/Mother with sciatica pain. Hope you’re getting relief.
    We had walk in shower so I had to sit on pillow sideways as was too weak and in too much pain to stand up.. that was after waiting for water pipes to thaw enuf to shower. Had 25below during day for weeks. That was our introduction to MT Winter weather, moved there from 21 yrs. living in San Diego areas, lol. Still love it in MT and would go back in heart beat if we could have what we’d had.
    Live few miles west of Grand Junction, CO. have only 1/2 acre now. We went from MT to KY on 1 1/2 acres to here, CO.
    Learned what I was made of in Mt, had to deal with some hard situations on my own, best thing to happen to me, gave me confidence had never had.
    Will look forward to hearing about your p/t and how it works for you. I have had sciatica pain since my tail bone fiasco. Sorry you’re having soo much pain in butt, literally.
    Hope your week going well.

    • EngineerMommy

      Thanks for your comment, JaneEllen! I’m sorry to hear of your tailbone pain. Sciatica is really a pain in the butt!
      I hope you’re finding some relief from the pain these days. For me, it’s a bit of an adventure still, but I have faith that it will get better.

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