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S1 and L5 vs. SI Joint, confusion!

Hi everyone,
     I just am wondering if anyone else is dealing with same issue. To make a long story short, 2 yeas ago I had extreme lower back pain and down my legs for no known reason. I am still dealing with pain today, not to the extent of when it started, but it has never fully gone away and still can't find work that doesn't flare it up. Last year I had MRI and the spine specialist said I have minimal bulging and it shouldn't be causing the pain. He diagnosed as SI Joint pain. So I've been treating it as that and even had SI Joint injections that did help, but not fully. Then today I went to get EMG from different doctor and she said left leg is effected by S1 and right leg is effected by L5. She seemed surprised and said her question is why this is happening at age 33. Now I'm confused because one doctor said my discs were fine and then this test shows it is related to discs. They want me to get a nerve block. My symptoms are: Pain in very lower back, down buttocks, side of thighs, sometimes front pelvis, down back of legs to feet. Worsens in the morning, very stiff, worsens when sitting, standing still, bending, and lifting. Gets better with walking and ice. Just want to see if anyone else can relate to this, thanks!


  • Thanks for your reply Kimmy72! Wow I can't believe you had to deal with that pain for years, I'm so happy you were able to finally find the cause! I never even thought that it could be a broken bone, I am going to ask my dr about this. At the time of the pain I didn't have any kind of physical trauma and I didn't play sports when I was younger. But 10 years before I was in a car accident where I was ejected from car and landed on the road. Not sure of this is related as it was 10 years earlier. Thanks for sharing your experience, I will definitely look into this!
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