My name is Laura, and my right sacroiliac joint has been yelling at me since 1983. I’ve been around the treatment block a time or two (thousand.) I also live with chronic pain for a variety of reasons.
This blog is my attempt to make both subjects a little easier to understand and talk about. A quick tutorial on how to navigate this site:
- If you want to see my most recent posts, look for the circles in the sidebar to the right. It’s a chronological list of my last five blog entries.
- If you’d like to read everything chronologically, you can either start reading on the home page and work your way back, or you can use the Archive dropdown menu in the sidebar to the right, and start with January (the oldest post will be on the last page.)
- If you’re interested in certain topics, select from the “categories” list in the right sidebar.
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Now, a little more info about the blog.
One of the hallmarks of sacroiliac joint dysfunction is pelvic instability (hence the blog name, Dizzy Pelvis.) When your pelvis is wonky, it wreaks all kind of havoc on the rest of the body. In my case, I think my lumbar spine has taken a particularly fierce beating. The musculoskeletal chaos that’s characterized my life for nearly three decades has resulted in chronic pain that has deeply affected my everyday life.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SIJD) and any kind of chronic pain are lonely afflictions. More often than not we’re passed from doctor to doctor, treatment to treatment, without ever really getting the answers we ache for (pun intended.)
In addition, not to get all martyr-y on you, but very few people understand both the physical and emotional toll SIJD and chronic pain take on a person. They’re such complicated and misunderstood conditions, it’s really hard to adequately communicate what it’s like to walk in our shoes. This blog is my attempt to frame the experience in a way that:
- Resonates with and offers encouragement to others who suffer from SIJD
- Translates our experiences into language that helps healthcare professionals and loved ones better understand our struggles
- Serves as a resource to us all as we navigate our own path toward recovery
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist or healer of any kind. I am a writer by trade, and simply hope to be able to add my own two cents to the SIJD conversation. And I also hope you’ll join the conversation so I can learn from you.
In case you’re interested, here’s my professional website.