A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Sacroiliitis
Sacroiliitis is also called sacroiliac joint dysfunction and is an inflammation of one or both of your sacroiliac joints (where your lower spine and pelvis connect).
Sacroiliitis can cause pain in your buttocks or lower back, and may even extend down one or both legs.
The pain associated with sacroiliitis is often aggravated by prolonged standing or by stair climbing.
Sacroiliitis can be difficult to diagnose, because it can be mistaken for other causes of low back pain.
It’s been linked to a group of diseases that cause inflammatory arthritis of the spine.
Treatment of sacroiliitis may involve a combination of rest, physical therapy and medications.
Sacroiliitis pain can be aggravated by:
>Bearing more weight on one leg than the other
>Taking large strides
A wide range of factors or events may cause sacroiliac joint dysfunction, including:
>Traumatic injury. A sudden impact, like a motor vehicle accident or a fall, can damage your sacroiliac joints.
>Arthritis. Wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis) can occur in sacroiliac joints, as can ankylosing spondylitis.
>Pregnancy. The sacroiliac joints must loosen and stretch to accommodate childbirth. The added weight and altered gait during pregnancy can cause additional stress on these joints and can lead to abnormal wear.
>Infection. In rare cases, your sacroiliac joint can become infected.
Sacroiliitis may be part of an inflammatory arthritic condition known as ankylosing spondylitis.
Complications of this condition can be very serious, including difficulty breathing, spine deformities, lung infections and heart problems.
To deal with sacroilitis it’s helpful to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Discover and avoid triggers.
*Exercise regularly, but start slow.
*Breathe deeply to oxygenate cells.
*Alfalfa is extremely helpful for inflammation; take throughout the day; try as a tea.
*EFAs (Omega 3, flaxseed oil, fish oil) help lubricate joints and decrease inflammation.
*Avoid nightshade vegetables, like peppers, tomato, eggplant, and potato.
*Try Epsom salt baths.
*Try hot castor oil packs (apply white cotton dipped in warmed castor oil, cover with plastic wrap, cover with heating pad if desired for up to 2 hours).
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Test for heavy metal toxicity.
*Try Kombucha Tea.
*Ensure proper footwear.
*Fresh, raw pineapple and papaya contain bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme.
*Consider liver support and/or a liver cleanse.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners because they are neurotoxins.
*EZ-Gest between meals may be helpful to ease inflammation.
*Have chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation/treatment.
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