Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of either one or both of your sacroiliac joints that connect your lower spine to your pelvis. Sacroiliitis occurs when your sacroiliac joint between the sacrum, or base or your spine, and ilium, or pelvic bone, becomes inflamed or infected.
Your sacroiliac joints (SI joints) have a limited range of motion when compared with other major joints in your body, such as your elbow or knee. With sacroiliitis, even the slightest movements of your spine can be extremely uncomfortable or even painful.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is another condition of the sacroiliac joint. It differs from sacroiliitis in that its origin is a disruption in the normal movement of the joint (too much or too little movement in the joint).
Sacroiliitis is a rheumatic disease. This means that it involves pain and inflammation in your joints or muscles.
Many of these rheumatic diseases are not limited to inflammation of your joints. They extend to other organs of your body, such as your lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, heart, skin, eyes and your nervous system.
There are several different things that can cause sacroiliitis. Some of these causes are:
- Spondyloarthropathies, which include ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis that is associated with psoriasis and others
- Pregnancy can also cause sacroiliitis because the pelvis has to stretch to enable childbirth
- Heavy lifting, if your muscles are not properly prepared or you lift incorrectly
- Infection of your sacroiliac joint that can be caused by bacteria in your food
- Osteoarthritis of your spine
- A sudden impact or traumatic injury like a fall or car accident.
There are several ways that you may be affected by sacroiliitis. These include:
- Inflammation in one or both of your eyes
- Psoriasis, which is an inflammation of your skin
- Pain that affects your shoulders and hips
- Diarrhea that is bloody
- Stiffness and pain in your lower back, buttocks or thighs, especially when you have been sitting for long periods of time or when you get up in the morning
- A low-grade fever that appears quickly
- Pain that gets worse when you walk.
Sacroiliitis may be the reason that you or a loved one is unable to work. It may be the cause of your disability.
If this is so, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.
Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by sacroiliitis? Were you or your loved one denied?
You or your loved one may appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, consider this.
You may need a disability lawyer like the one at Social Security Home to represent you in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people without a lawyer.