Sacroiliac joint arthritis is easily to be confused with other diseases, why?
Two sacroiliac joints located in the back, between the buttocks are the border between sacrum and ilium.
When the sacroiliac joints become inflamed, patients will have pains in the lumbosacral spine, between the buttocks, pelvic, accompanied with butt muscle atrophy. So the disease is easily mistaken with degenerative lumbar spine or sciatica.
Sacroiliac joint arthritis often occurs after patients suffering from diseases such as inflammation of the colon, urinary tract infections. Women in pregnancy period, when the fetus grows up, it pinches sub-frame, causing congestion in the pelvic area and compresses the bladder so urine excretion becomes difficult and prone to contamination come back. Injected locations in the genital urinary area gradually spread to joints in the pelvic area. Thus, arthritis and special common in women of childbearing age, pregnancy period and after birth.
Expressions of sacroiliac joint arthritis
When the sacroiliac joints are inflamed, the patient feels pain lingering in the lumbosacral spine, between the buttocks, pelvic can be accompanied by butt muscle atrophy. With these symptoms, many people are misdiagnosed with spinal cord injuries, back pain due to degenerative lumbar spine, sciatica… sacroiliac joint arthritis is often long lasting and persistent. However, there are cases of women with postpartum have an intense pain and cannot be bearable due to sacroiliac joint arthritis, affecting movements, such as cannot sit long, hard to bend down, difficult to tilt or rotate the body.
Pain also causes insomnia, sadness and anxiety. Sacroiliac joint arthritis can spread widely and damage sciatic nerve, create muscle atrophy in thigh, buttock. In women, the disease usually occurs a few months after pregnancy and prolonging during pregnancy and after birth. In some cases, patients also had the pelvic infection with abdominal pain, lower abdominal pain, pain during defecation and urination, vaginal discharge, sex or abnormal vaginal bleeding, fever and chills, vomiting. The examination result found the pain of cervical, vaginal fornix pain.
The women of childbearing age, sacroiliac joint arthritis often has expressions of pelvic infection such as salpingitis, cervicitis. The disease leads to rule tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy, chronic infection, creating pus in Fallopian tubes, ovaries… Chronic sacroiliac joint arthritis leads to sticky joint making the pelvis cannot expand out during pregnancy and childbirth later, the baby makes difficult to go through the sub-frame that has become narrow, so need a caesarean section.
The disease is easy to be misdiagnosed with waist pain, degenerative lumbar spine and sciatica.
Physicians can check for detection of sacroiliac joint arthritis by the following procedure: Patients lie in log position, legs outstretched, physician pressed into the pelvic bone, the patient will feel pain in the region of sacroiliac joints. Or the patients lie in soldier position, legs outstretched, the doctor pressed into the pelvic bone from up to down following the pelvis posture, the patient will feel pain in the sacroiliac joints. Take an X-ray for pelvis and sacroiliac joints can see the hurt in varying degrees.
For example, in the late stages, the joint can stick completely, even we cannot distinguish the sacroiliac joints anymore. In the x-ray, we can see other images, such as purulent arthritis, inflammation of the hip and pelvic spines. It should be noted that pregnant women do not absolute take an X- ray because it may cause damage to the fetus.
In this article, we pointed out some aspects that make us confuse between sacroiliac joint arthritis and other diseases such as waist pain, degenerative lumbar spine or sciatica. Hope you are pleased with the sharings.