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   Posted 7/9/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having fairly regular, moderately painful lower back-pain lately.  It's identical to the pain I felt during my second pregnancy.  It comes and goes, but it's almost to the point where I absolutely cannot pick up my almost 3-year old w/o ramifications.  I did throw it out about a month ago and was in agony for about 3 days. 
I mentioned it to my GP and she felt around back there and said it's where my hips separated from my pelvis and to take ibuprofen if it gets bad. 
so for those of you who are dxed with sacroileitis, how do they find it?  should I mention it to my Gastro or will he not know what to do about it?

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   Posted 7/10/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
my advice...go and see a rheumatologist...they are usually better at dealing with and know the best issues for your joint pain, no matter what the cause...on the other hand, most articles and GI docs try not to have crohn's patients use NSAIDS, and that includes ibuprofen as well, as it may make your disease worse...
In answer to your question...yes, you should tell your GI, but also make an appointment, or get a referral to a rheumatologist...and explain your pain and difficulties...I know that many of us tend to downplay the amount of suffering...
You shouldn't have to live with this much pain... nono so here's some ((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))) too...alas, all I can give via internet...
"The earth laughs in flowers"

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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't been dxed with Crohns. I doubt I will at this far nothing, other than IBD serology, has shown anything other than chronic gastritis and esophagitis, but I think I have to stop taking NSAIDs with that too. I am pretty sure I'm going to get the IBS dx for my lower GI issues, unless he wants to do more testing.

Thanks for the hugs. :) I'll get a referral or make myself an appointment with a rheumatologist.

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   Posted 7/11/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have arthitis in my sacroiliac joint, too, and it's definitely related to my inflammatory bowel disease. I think you should avoid ibuprofen to avoid irritating your bowel, but unfortunately there aren't a lot of other good options for pain relief unless you go to the heavy hitters like celebrex, etc.

All of your DRs should be told that you have esophagitis and should not recommend NSAIDs. My DH's aunt ended up in the hospital with a perforated duodenal ulcer after taking ibuprofen for neck pain. She neglected to mention her GERD to the orthopedist.

If you find you have trouble lifting your 40 lb child, there are core exercises that you can do to relieve load on your SI joint. Pilates is great, but as another mother with young children, I understand that it may be impossible for you to find the time for something like that. Do a web search for SI joint problems and you'll see tons of info about exercises. Lots of modified bridges to start, for sure.

I also have an SI belt that I wear when I go jogging walking for exercise. It helps stabilize the joint and is supposed to minimize the discomfort that I'd normally feel the next day.
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