So why the sacroiliac joint? First off, I have what they refer to as "sacroiliac joint dysfunction syndrome". This is either the over-loosening or over-tightening of the joint(s) that causes pain and improper function of the joint(s). Both of mine are effected, although the left side is much worse. The injection serves a diagnostic purpose under insurance purposes before I can consider the next step of treatment, which would be nerve ablation followed by possible surgery. Secondly, the majority of my fairly-severe pain levels comes from the sacroiliac joint region. The injections help target the source of that pain. I have had one set of sacroiliac injections before (by another Dr.), and it helped tremendously. Although the effects are temporary, I am very hopeful and prayerful that this set of injections will do the same.
|Getting ready for bed after|
|Home after procedure #25, loving on Brayden|
So many people have been through SO much more, and I keep my eyes focused on the fact and hope that God has a beautiful plan through it all. I have been blessed to see some of that beautiful plan unfold....and to think that what I have seen is just an inkling of what He sees & uses of our pain & hardships. Remember - nothing can touch us except what has passed through His plans of approval (paraphrased - Hannah Whitael Smith). His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. But also remember that God's concern for our spiritual health overrides His concern for our physical well-being (he is still concerned with both - but if He has to pick one over the other, it will be concern for our spiritual health), and many times, we find a level of intimacy with our Lord in the valley of illness that cannot be found in prosperity. I praise Him for bringing me to His feet, and using me as a vessel of service for His kingdom, for He works through the pain.
UPDATE (posted on Facebook on Sunday, August 30th):As many of you know (and have been remembering prayerfully), I had a set of injections (2) on my sacroiliac joints under general anesthesia & radio-frequency guidance on Monday morning at St. Vincent's. The results always vary on each patient, and we were prayerful that this set of injections would be successful for diagnostic purposes as well for pain relief. The effect kicks in on days 6-10 post-procedure. Friday night, I was beginning to wonder if I was having a really good night or if the injection was beginning to take effect. Saturday during the day was the usual pain levels, but I had some relief in the SI joint last night as well. So...my hopes were getting higher by the day. Today, I have had a lot of relief in the SI joint as well - about an 70-80% difference in pain in that joint (bilateral). This is a tremendous blessing! To God be ALL the glory!!!! Thank you for all the prayers! You are all loved & cherished. Please continue to pray that this injection lasts for at least the month. My next injection will be on Sept. 24, then hopefully we can look a more permanent option like nerve ablation (not surgery, and fairly low-risk procedure).