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    Donna G Guest

    Default SI Joint Arthritis?




    What exactly is the SI joint? Is it more part of the back or the hip?

    How do you get arthritis in the SI joint? Didn't think that was
    possible - it's not a moving joint is it?

    Anyone with experience in this area?

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    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all
    circumstances, For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    **********( I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!
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    CollCon Guest

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    Hi Donna -- I found the following below links via dogpile
    ("www.dogpile.com" -- a meta-search engine that includes yahoo, bing, &
    of course, google).


    "Donna G" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > What exactly is the SI joint? Is it more part of the back or the hip?



    "The sacroiliac joint is a firm, small joint that lies at the junction of
    the spine and the pelvis. Most often when we think of joints, we think of
    knees, hips, and shoulders--joints that are made to undergo motion. The
    sacroiliac joint does not move much, but it is critical to transferring the
    load of your upper body to your lower body. "
    "http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/hipsurgery/a/sacroiliacjoint.htm"

    AND

    "The sacroiliac (SI) joints are formed by the connection of the sacrum and
    the right and left iliac bones. The sacrum is the triangular-shaped bone in
    the lower portion of the spine, below the lumbar spine. While most of the
    bones (vertebrae) of the spine are mobile, the sacrum is made up of five
    vertebrae that are fused together and do not move. The iliac bones are the
    two large bones that make up the pelvis. As a result, the SI joints connect
    the spine to the pelvis. The sacrum and the iliac bones (ileum) are held
    together by a collection of strong ligaments. There is relatively little
    motion at the SI joints. There are normally less than 4 degrees of rotation
    and 2 mm of translation at these joints. Most of the motion in the area of
    the pelvis occurs either at the hips or the lumbar spine. These joints do
    need to support the entire weight of the upper body when we are erect, which
    places a large amount of stress across them. This can lead to wearing of the
    cartilage of the SI joints and arthritis."
    "http://www.medicinenet.com/sacroiliac_joint_pain/article.htm"


    AND (for a page of fairly comprehensive, yet *brief* descriptions
    (including great X-ray images) of degenerative diseases that can affect the
    SI joint) see:

    tinyURL: "http://tinyurl.com/3wothnf"
    tiny URL with preview: "http://preview.tinyurl.com/3wothnf"
    (full URL):
    "http://www.rad.washington.edu/academics/academic-sections/msk/teaching-materials/online-musculoskeletal-radiology-book/axial-arthritis"

    The above discusses: Osteoarthritis, Reiter's syndrome, Ankylosing
    spondylitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, CPPD crystal deposition disease, Gout,
    and Psoriatic arthritis -- all of which can affect the sacroiliac joints


    > How do you get arthritis in the SI joint? Didn't think that was
    > possible - it's not a moving joint is it?
    >
    > Anyone with experience in this area?



    Thankfully, I haven't had any experience with this particular area, but I
    thought I'd do some research. (I know there's a lot of quoted text in
    this post -- thought maybe some would like the info, up front, rather than
    clicking the links and wading through the pages.)

    Maybe a silly question -- did you ask about it b/c you're having problems
    w/your hips/lower back? If so, then I'm so sorry. That's got to be
    one of the worst areas - *weight bearing* - to have arthritis. You can't
    stand, or even sit up if it gets really bad!

    I know a little about that, though. I have deforming arthritis in my
    feet, ankles, and knees. The weight-bearing ability of all of those
    joints gives way after a short period of standing. So I do a lot of
    sitting .......

    Anyway ..... I hope you (and anyone else reading this) are doing well
    (or as well as can be .... ).

    -- CollCon

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    > Donna
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    > 1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all
    > circumstances, For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    > ( I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV )
    >
    > 2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    > call them FRIENDS......
    >
    > 3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!



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    Donna G Guest

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    Wow, Coll, thanks for posting all of that! What great information and
    so helpful!

    Yes, I posted this because I have RA but also have been having a
    terrible time with pain in the back of my left thigh. Very painful.

    MRI showed bilateral SI joint osteoarthritis and a torn hamstring.

    Had no clue what the SI join was!

    I'm so sorry to hear that you suffer so with your arthritis so! Do you
    mind if I ask what type of arthritis you have? Is there any of the meds
    out there that help bring you some relief?

    Are you able to swim or do anything of that nature?

    Do you use a wheel chair or scooter at all to help you on the really
    rough days?

    So appreciate you taking the time to post all that information! Will
    keep me busy for a while! lol

    Have a good weekend!

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    Donna
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    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all
    circumstances, For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
    **********( I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!
    ..


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