Amazing Cure for numbness and nerve symptoms, returned and increased after chiro treatment

by Mark
(Dallas, Texas)

Here is the long story. I have had burning in left back hip and numbness in left thigh for many years, only on the left side; i thought it was permanent. After years of chiro visits, then last month after bending over to pick up an item from floor something strange happened and my legs felt like stilts i collapsed onto bed, later that day and weak my back developed severe muscle pain. i went to my chiro and he tried to help with muscle pain and a massage helped also.

Miracle cure. after about two weeks i noticed that the leg numbness and burning was gone, cured, i could stand for hours with no pain or numbness, amazing cure; caused by a freak incident; cured after years of symptoms. what do you think happened?

I continued my usual chiro treatments for maintenance in the six weeks that followed my miracle cure, then last week something went wrong, after the treatment my lower back had pain, not just muscular i think, and it developed into extreme numbness and tingling all along left leg and down to the toes also sometimes in the right side too, much more extensive than ever before. What happened? Three more treatments and no help. My chiro doesn't have an explanation and doesn't know how to fix it. How did the chiro treatment cause this?

he says i should continue treatments. should i continue with more chiro to maybe reverse this new symptom? or should i not get more chiro treatment? maybe damage will increase?

Hello Mark,
It's difficult to advise. It's certainly possible the treatment made you worse; remember that after the treatment your back is vulnerable and a sneeze or wrong move can aggravate things.

Are you doing back exercises every day?

Follow your instincts; perhaps a second opinion from another chiropractor is in order.

Dr B

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Aug 30, 2016
Exercise caused new SERIOUS issue
by: Mark

I looked online and maybe it is psoas, so last night I added 2 exercise that are supposed to be good for hip and psoas. BAD MOVE! One is "ice skater pose" the other is "modified horse stance" did 3reps each. Sat back on couch, 10 minutes later I feel like my underwear is irritating rt testicle, it wasn't it was a twitch, 5minutes later, boom! My penis feels an abrupt sensation in shaft near base like somebody grabbed it with 2fingers and released. It happened every few minutes, so I went to bed, it happened several times during nite, and continued as I sat at desk during today. Late tonight tried to get erection with wife, zero! Like it's dead, can feel touch, not numb. Never before had this issue. What to do now? Where to place ice packs? I assume no more exercises until it recedes. Maybe something is swelled up blocking nerve? Psoas or pudendal or sacro area,idk ??? the ice skater move was pretty significant front and back, my glutes are sore, but no other muscles are sore. Earlier yesterday and last week been doing pull the knee to thigh exercises, with no ill effects. What should I do??? I am very terrified by this ED issue, I could live with a numb thigh, but not this! Please help.

Be very wary of what you read on line, Mark, including this! I think it's time for an MRI of your back; you will probably need to see a specialist to get it. So start with your medical doctor.

Dr B

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

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Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

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