It's been a while since I've been on this board, so sorry for not keeping up with your discussion. Have you considered just laying off the physical therapy for a while? Many people have their symptoms aggrevated as a result; plus you said that you couldn't do the exercises anyway. There is no real surprise that your PT and doc aren't on the same page. Many docs and PT's don't agree with one another, especially since the PT sees you, and can assess your condition more regularly.
Could you be a little bit more specific in explaining your problem? I think I read just pain around the SI joint, calf pain, a leg tightness, right? If you aren't getting anywhere with your current doc, and you have difficulty with the phsysiatrist, you could seek care from a doctor of osteophathy; it would be ideal to find one of those who also works in pain management.
I have many of the same symptoms that you have had, yet I have never gotten relief from steroid injecitons. I received over 11 of those x-ray guidance, then about 15-20 trigger point injections. My road has been long and arduous to say the least.
Now I'm seeking therapy from a spine surgeon who practices prolotherapy. If you have time, read his paper on prolotherapy:
Which explains the process and the ins and outs of Connective Tissue Syndrome -- it makes sense to me, and you sound like the patient (as do I) he describes as being the best candidate for the procedure. His website is also very informative: www.prolotherapynashville.com
I wish you the best, and hope to "hear" from you again! Take care, BrenView Thread
I know that I have been diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction via imaging that revealed inflammation, and a physical exam, by a very experienced sports ortho from the Mayo Clinic. I trust those results enough to know. Many doc's will throw that pain in that area into the category of "SI JOINT dysfunction". There are many variables and even the ligaments in that area could have more malfunction than the joint itself, resulting in horrific pain.
I would like to know what "articles" you have found stating it can only be determined by injections. Thanks, and yes, your post was very fuzzy, but I got the idea, BView Thread