So in the last post, I confirmed that my sacroiliac joint pain came back, and my next step was SI joint injections. I just wanted to share my experiences with a rheumatologist in case any of you may be facing a similar situation.
Whenever a young person suffers from joint pains, especially if it’s multiple joints that are affected, it is wise to consult with a rheumatologist to rule in or rule out an autoimmune disease. When it comes to sacroiliac joint dysfunction, the most likely autoimmune disease to cause pain and inflammation in this area is known as Ankylosing Spondylitis. I thought for a long time that I may have this, because some of my symptoms matched. However, my husband was certain that this wasn’t my condition, as there were a lot of symptoms that didn’t match. Plus, my orthopedic doctors reassured me that my pelvis imaging did not match that of an inflammatory arthritis patient.
However, off to the rheumatologist I went! She took blood and did a barrage of tests! She checked my general inflammation markers (CRP, ESR, and more) but she also tested me for all the main & minor autoimmune diseases. Luckily, my blood work came back normal! Whew! I remember the relief I felt on the day that I found out that my bloodwork was normal.
However, for any younger person dealing with joint pains, seeing a rheumatologist is a good idea.
Also, I wanted to mention that I saw a podiatrist around this time. In fact, I quickly found out that flat feet could put a strain on the sacroiliac joint. What’s more is that I was diagnosed as having misaligned feet. Not only are the arches fallen, but the bones in the foot are not in proper alignment. This is called partial talo-tarsal dislocation. The problem is that misalignment in the feet can cause a rippling effect up the musculoskeletal chain. That’s why I am trying to add prescription foot orthotics to my everyday routine. By keeping my feet in proper alignment, I am giving myself the best chance of proper alignment through the hip and pelvis.
I’m really hoping that the orthotics work in correcting my foot alignment and hopefully the alignment through the rest of my body. I’m also waiting to see how the SI joint injections go. I will update once I have more information. Thanks for following along on my journey.
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