I had a severe flare of sacroiliitis a few years back - the pain was horrific, my left side was most effected, the MRI showed huge amounts of inflammation in the sacroilliac joints and running down the tendons in my legs and up my back - I remember it used to take me about half an hour to go from a lying to a seated position in the morning and oh god sneezing was horrific!
Mine occurred at a time when my Crohn's wasn't active (it did flare soon after though) but they were still certain it was reactionary to Crohn's apparently even though this is classed as reactive arthritis it can appear alone or before Crohn's - confusing I know!
Luckily although it was a severe flare it did only last a couple of months and one of the best things to do is keep mobile and have a steroid shot straight into the joint (I can't take oral steroids but these local injections don't cause many if any side-effects) the more activity you do it lessens fluid settling in the joint making movement and pain easier. I reckon it was swimming that really got me through the flare - just being in water would take the pressure of the joint and relieve pain and meant I could finally move around a bit, I went every day sometimes twice a day just because it was the only time I wasn't in huge amounts of pain.
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