What’s Going On?
I had my two-week-after-the-epidural checkup with my doctor on Thursday and he seemed legitimately surprised that I was just getting back down to the pain level I’d had before getting the shots in the first place. Â “That’s a very rare reaction!” he said. I’m not sure I believe that since it was pretty much exactly the reaction I had to the other steroid injection I had, too (in fact, this one was much less painful overall, or maybe I was just more prepared for it). Â But, whatevs.
Anyway, I’d say there’s good and bad news.
The good news is that the pain at my disc seems to be much diminished. Â When I pay attention to specifically where my pain is (as opposed to just “ow, dammit”), it’s very very infrequently at the disc. Â So that’s very good news.
The bad news is that I appear to have picked up sacroiliac joint pain. Â When I explained my pain to my doc, he turned me around, pressed on my SI joints, and said “is that where it hurts?” Indeed!
This isn’t too much of a surprise since I’ve been sitting a lot and haven’t been moving very much, which makes the SI joint hypomobile (that sounds nicer than “stuck”).
So, I’m to do some specific-to-SI-joint stretches in addition to my back stretches, keep a pain journal every day, and report back in two more weeks. Â After that we may do another MRI or another epidural, this time in the SI joint. Â Whee.
The SI issues could also explain the uptick in sciatic symptoms I’ve had lately. Â My legs are pretty much constantly tingly, with cold feelings on the thighs. Â I also have a lot of burning/pressure in various places on the butt, which sounds way more exciting than it is.
Otherwise, lots of muscular pain. I wake up incredibly stiff and sore and it only partially goes away throughout the day. Â I’m managing Â this with ibuprofen, Sombra gel, heatpacks, the Theracane, and weekly massage therapy.
- Daily stretching for the back and now SI/hips.
- I got an inversion table (fun!) and am doing that for 2 minutes, twice a day — slowly building up to about 10 minutes twice a day.
- Still weekly training with Melinda. Â I have flare ups after the workouts, but that usually goes away by the next day.
- No riding at all so far this month. Â The doc does want me to do a short ride within the next two weeks so that I can journal where the pain afterwards is (SI versus disc).