Hi, I would give any form of exercise other than swimming if you can manage it a very wide berth, as it will only exaccerbate your already sensitive condition. I have had sacroilitis for 5 years now, and according to the specialist there is nothing that can be done to rectify it, although he did say it would get better when I am around 65! I am 55 now. I also have bulging discs L4/5 and of course S1 and am awaiting a total hip replacement but that's after having back surgery which I am also waiting for. Pain radiates down my calf, in my buttock, knee and constant numb toes. Really dibilitating all of this as can barely walk for more than 2 mins without being in the most dreadful excrutiating pain, even sitting, standing gives me pain so it's a no win and all the heavy duty meds give me bad side effects so just put up with the pain now.
Ive posted questions in the past about arthiritis of the SI joints and exercise. I have an elliptical in the basement and everytimne I use it, I'm that much sorer the next day. If I'm lucky, it's just back pain, but it can also cause a full blown flare up with shooting pain down my leg. And I'm not talking about a full blown work out. I'm now also experiencing a lot of leg pain at night (the worse my back is, the worse the leg pain).
I also have a stationary bike but my back gets sore in it quickly.
I use an elliptical since the impact is small, but it obviously still puts lots of stress on my joitns (maybe the continuious repetitive movement to the joint?). I'm wondering if a treadmill would be any better? Or would it be the same thing or even worse?
Not sure why they say that exercise SHOULD help wtih joint issues as for me, I'm always feel worse (but want so much to be able to exercise for my health). Advice and own experices is appreciated. Thanks!
PS - I know that swimming is probably best recommended but that is not an option at the moment as it has to be somethign I can put in our basement so I can quickly go downstairs later at night when my kids go to bed.