Pain After a Fall
After a bad fall (and ensuing pain) I saw a few physiotherapists to work me back into shape. The third was confident that my pain was caused by a problem with my SI Joint and treated my quite aggressively. I was seeing her twice per week as well as a weekly massage at her request to relax my Psoas Muscle (aka Hip Flexors). After a few months I began to experience a different type of pain. My back would begin to feel very vulnerable to movement and I would have periods of intense pain that was brought on by movement. Staying completely immobilized during these times I feared a sneeze, hiccups, or even laughter. It was excruciating and (in my experience) I attributed it to being caused by “bone on bone”.
When I saw a Physiatrist he determined my symptoms not to be SI Joint related – rather a problematic facet joint. He confirmed that the treatment I was doing for SI Joint problems was actually exacerbating my Facet Joint pain. The bone scan confirmed the Facet Joint problem, but also confirmed SI Joint issues.
So what to do now? Treatment for one brings about pain from the other, and vice versa.
A couple of months ago I had cortisol-steroid injections in both locations. They provided me some relief for a period of a few weeks.
Another Culprit – My Psoas Has Turned On Me
Then my Psoas became very angry with me.
Three weeks after the injections I experienced a sharp stab of pain on my left side. Reaching for anything, or any movement that used my core muscles triggered a horrible pain. There were so many things it limited. Brushing my hair, reaching for a cup of coffee, lifting my leg to take a step, even wiping after bathroom business became a very painful and almost impossible to complete task. Basically ANY movement that required me to use my core muscles. Just imagine trying to walk, sit, or roll over in bed without using the muscles in your midsection. It’s impossible. These stabs of pain or spasms literally stopped me dead in my tracks anytime they hit.
This left side pain would be present for about a day or two, then it seemed to move to my lower back with a dull ache. On about day three it would land on my right side, presenting the same problems that it had given on my left side. When these stabs of pain relented after a few days I would have a final day consisting of a deep ache in my right hip.
This muscle issue has happened a few times now and is seriously getting on my nerves.
Finally – A Solution
I admit, with the first year of pain I was fearful and neglectful of stretching. I mean, it hurt to move in the ways I needed. An attempt at yoga ended in tears of frustration as the movements caused so much discomfort and was NOT relaxing at all, rather it was a deeply embarrassing experience.
When I discovered the Unlock Your Hip Flexors program I was skeptical. Until I saw the pictures showing what/where the Hip Flexors are. Looking at this picture it is absolutely undeniable to me that THIS muscle is situated in the exact path of the roving pain I’ve been experiencing.
<<=== The Psoas takes the exact path of my pain
Further reading of the literature regarding the hip flexors has given me confidence that I will benefit greatly from this program and working through the routine will give me relief.
I ordered my copy today . . . stay tuned for my results!