Physio Therapy - How long?

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   Posted 8/25/2011 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from sacroiliities (inflammation of SI joints) as well as inflammation of the piriformis muscle (causing sciatica like pain) and have been told my spine is curiving now too.  For the past few months, the pain got so bad that I decided to try physio.  It seems I go week after week, they use the prescription topical cream with ultrasound, laser light and/or tens machine.  Personally I think that the cream helps but the other two are garbage.  They also assign me exercises to do at home...both stretching and some strength ones to build up muscles. 
My insurance has now run out and I don't feel like I've made much progress.  Maybe my sitting tolerance has been a bit better, but how long does it take to see improvement?  I do the exercises daily (but only 1x/day, not 2 times)...and they take about 30-40 min to do (which is tough as by the time I put my kids to bed, etc, and exercise, it only leaves me about 20 min before bed to unwind). 
Am I just being impatient?  This week I'v been assigned new exercises with an exercise ball (which I must buy first).
Any hope that I'll be in less pain and actually be able to exercise again (power walking, eliptical, exercise bike)?
Any postiive feedback is much appreciated.
Ulcerative Colitis 1988, had colon removed and now jpouch
Now sufer from sacroiliitis and inflammation of piriformis muscle causing sciatica like pain during flare ups. Joints very bad...take celebrex when needed.

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   Posted 8/27/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw three different physiotherapists (at different times, of course) weekly over the course of two years (none of it covered) for my chronic pain with very little difference, unfortunately, but then I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia which really exacerbates pain. PT is said to help many people (I know lots!) but sadly not me. I still have a very difficult time sitting longer than 20 minutes, 30 minutes maximum. My most recent PT discharged me a few months ago as she felt she no longer could help me and recommended I swim and continue my stretches at home. My issues are numerous (see my signature).  What helps me more is acupuncture and gentle massage (but you and I have different issues).  Some people find relief in laser.

A few months may not be long enough. I would keep trying if I were you! A lot of people are helped by physiotherapy.
Back injury 2007 with 3 herniated discs, IT band syndrome, myofascial pain, DDD.
Rotator cuff injury both shoulders.
Rheumatoid arthritis back.
Diagnosed with Celiac Disease February 2011.
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia April 2011.
Insomnia forever but worse the past few years due to pain and discomfort.
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