I had x-rays taken after several yrs of extreme hip and leg pain and difficulty standing, walking and laying down. x-rays are showing mild narrowing of L4/L5 space and complete loss of interspace at L5- S1. Also straightening of the lumbar spine. Vertebre are all lined up ok. I have no difficulty bending forward to the floor but can not bend backwards. I am more than a month away from a MRI to get a better look. I have psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis but it is well controlled by Enbrel. There is Bilateral sacroiliitis noted more prominent on the right side. No evidence of fusion or erosions noted. (this has been there 20yrs and has not gotten worse.) While I am waiting for the MRI, is there a type of exercise that can help my mobility? Chiropractic adjustments were helping but insurance has run out on that for the rest of this year. Any recommendations would be great. Thanks
I am so sorry to hear about how this nasty colitis has affected you and the rest of your family so much. I definitely understand exactly what you are talking about. In fact, i am in the middle of a nasty flare up at this very moment, and wanting more than ever to get things back in order to move on through life(its a great feeling writing like this to someone who knows exactly what I’m talking about)j
Anyways, to answer your question as best I can “What is remission exactly..?”
For me, I felt I was in remission finally after just about one year of being diagnosed. After my diagnosis I had tried prednisone,asascol,colazal,sulfasalazine,Remicade, and Humira(in that order) also some enemas mixed in. Anyways, nothing seemed to get me in any type of symptom free state for more than a day or two, so I considered them all a failure in that respect. Once I started the SCD diet after trying all those medications, things started to improve. By improve I mean harder bowel movemnts, blood getting much less in volume and in frequency, and gaining weight back. Eventually after about 6 weeks on the strict diet, I was off all medications and taking 1-2 craps per day. Things were looking really up for the next 14 months. But, now, I find myself in a pretty bad flare up once again. I have not gone on any meds yet, and the bleeding and loose stools are back. I do believe that me changing my strictness on the diet over the last six months very well could be the contributing factor in why I am where I am currently. So I still have faith in the diet, especially as I know far too many people who have had much more continued success on it than me, and who are also more strict on it than I am.