Sacroiliac Damage from Pregnancy with Twins

Updated on January 13, 2009
J.C. asks from Jacksonville, FL
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Hi, I have been in chronic pain for 2 years now. I did an injection in this joint to find out if it was the source of the pain, and sure enough the anesthetic numbed it and I was without pain for the first time in a long time. So I did physical therapy and it did not work. My ligaments are stretched from the pregnancy and chiro help is out of the question because they will stretch the ligaments even more. Any ideas or anyone whom has had this problem. I have 2 active twin boys and it is hard when I am in pain 24/7.

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answers from Port St. Lucie on

HI. I have been diagnosed with the same problem (from my chiropractor) - the things that have worked best for me are arch supports in all my shoes and lots of stretching -if my hamstrings get tight, it triggers the pain in my SI that makes me kind of fall for like a split second. Is this what happens to you? I don't have constant pain in that area -mine kind of catches in the wrong place and literally makes me freeze or fall to my knees but after that I am usually fine right away. If you live inor near PSL, my chiropractor is great and I can send you her info. She has a lot of schooling in pregnancy and knows how to care for pregnancy-caused problems like this. If you want their info., please email me at [email protected]


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answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Hi J.,

I agree with the ladies. Chiropractic care will not do any damage to your ligaments. I've been in chiropractic care since I delivered my first child 16 years ago and it has helped me with so many issues including damage done as a child from meds. I usually suggest an upper cervical chiropractor because they tend to be more attune to the body as a whole, not to say some others aren't. Go to and see if there is anyone in your area and call them and interview them thoroughly. ALL chiropractors are open to that and know that they are being bad-mouthed by the medical community so they are aware they have to do damage control :)

Acupuncture is also an option. My husband has had a lot of success with it and I have as well, but not to the degree he has.





answers from Boca Raton on

You don't say where you live but I'm with the others, acupuncture... I have a wonderful husband/wife team of them in E. Boca. They use herbs too, if you want, often suggest dietary changes and studied for many many years, they are awesome. They are Dr Zuckerman and Dr Tae their number is ###-###-####



answers from Pensacola on

I would also suggest trying accupuncture. I did it a few years back with pain at the epidural site. I had so many injections in that small space in my spine that it was just excruciating all the time. It took about 3-4 visits before we figured out what would work best for me. It's not simply trying the same things over and over. The needles really don't hurt, don't leave a mark when they're done. I was not expecting much success, but he did a great job and I haven't had pain in that area since. They can attach electrodes to the needles to stimulate the muscles around it too... feels pretty neat.
Or you may want to consider getting a longer lasting injection. I'm sure there's got to be more options available. Get an open minded doctor willing to try new things.



answers from Daytona Beach on

I can really related. I have chronic pain from a previous spinal injury, that now also affects my hips and leg. I have tried EVERYTHING! I too had the problem exacerbated by pregnancy. (I am 36 weeks with my second.) Anyway, the thing that worked the BEST for me was acupuncture. Don't give up b/c it doesn't work right off the bat, but if you keep going the benefits are AMAZING! Good luck to you!



answers from Miami on

Hello J.,
Sorry to hear about your discomfort and SI joint challenges. You mentioned that chiropractic care was out of the question, because they will stretch the ligaments even more. Millions of moms receive chiropractic care on a daily basis and are receiving fantastic results without having their ligaments stretched beyond repair. If it were true, then it wouldn't work for anyone and anyone that received chiropractic care would be walking around with joints popping out all over the place. I'm not sure and I apologize if I'm wrong, but maybe you are getting the wrong info or if maybe you have had an unpleasant experience with the wrong type of chiropractor. If you've never consulted with a Subluxation based chiropractor, I encourage you to atleast consult with one to get some answers. Their are some fantastic techniques in chiropractic that may be able to correct your problem. If you have consulted or even visited with a chiropractor and just don't feel like it's for you then you have to keep on searching for what works or find a chiro that does work. Accupuncture is an alternative and is drugless and may offer some relief. Let me know if you need a referral. Email me if you have any questions at [email protected] O.



answers from Miami on

My friend swears by acupucture. It really helped her when nothing else seemed to work. Now she lives a pain free life.
I also have not had time to try it but I'm looking into it through my friend.

Good Luck

C. :)



answers from Pensacola on

My mom and sister swear by acupuncture. I haven't had time to try it yet but I plan on it.

Good Luck!



answers from Orlando on

Would you consider accupuncture? I have had great success with Eastern medicine. Good luck, and sorry about your luck. My body is also still hurting from my twin pregnancy!



answers from Gainesville on

Hi, J.,

I'm sorry to hear that you're in pain. I'm doing much better myself, having had quite an adventure these past few years (returning from the dead, actually). Back in the mid-nineties, I had a severe whiplash injury (lower back) and was told I'd never feel better than "80%." With yoga I was able to eventually reach 100%, pain-free and without pain relievers.

I also had torn ligaments in a foot, and that took years to heal, and that injury has been aggravated and recurred periodically. Getting into generally better shape was paramount since extra weight was right on the foot.

Don't underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself, especially diet, rest, exercise and "me time." Avoid sugar as best you can, and be even more wary of artificial sweeteners. Lots of water and whole foods are very important to healing!

Best Wishes,
L. Didschuns,
stay at home mom of three girls (16, 6, 3)

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