I have pain in my right leg that starts a few inches below my knee and radiates down and towards the outside of my leg. I noticed the pain last week, but it got better after a day or so. I went shopping yesterday and the pain came back. It is much worse than last week. My husband thought it would be funny to poke my leg. I cried the pain was so intense. I have also had a numb-like feeling in my right outer thigh for several weeks. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with pelvic instability on my left side at my sacroiliac joint. I was pregnant at the time, but after I gave birth, I did PT and felt better.
I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia on the right side of my face a year later with typical symptoms and atypical symptoms. Today I deal with more of the atypical that ranges from mild numbness to severe burning numbness. Before the diagnosis, I had an MRI to rule out MS. I have noticed over the last couple years that I can relieve some of the pain in my face, if I relax my neck and shoulders and stretch my head towards my left shoulder (left ear towards left shoulder). This is the only relief I have found and it only helps if I hear a popping sound in my neck as I stretch.
I know that I should see a doctor, but I fear the return of the more severe pain in my face. I don't know enough about how the body works to feel confident that I won't have a set back.
Is it possible that the leg pain is coming from the instability in my pelvis? Could a chiropractor help with the lower body pain without affecting the face?
Hello, The facial pain, and the pain in your leg are almost certainly quite unrelated. Treating one unlikely to affect the other, either better or worse.
Let's start with the facial pain. Firstly, please don't get into the habit of popping your own neck, even if it relieves your facial pain. That should only be done with distraction (as in a chiropractic manipulation). Otherwise your neck will age quite quickly as the cartilage in the joint is damaged and you'll get the same pain down your arm as you are now having in the leg.
If you have any TMJ (jaw joint) symptoms at all, clicking, popping, pain, then see a chiro who works with the TMJ. It's a very frequent cause of facial pain.
Now for that lower leg pain. Any lower back pain? Does bending forwards, backwards, to the side affect your back or lower leg?
Type "Slump Test" into the Search this site function at C-H. Do the test and leg me know the result.
Leg pain can originate in the lower back, but it could also be a SI problem, or even a local problem in the leg. I don't have enough info to answer your question intelligently.
If you can find that same person who helped you several years ago, that's where I'd suggest you start. Perhaps also start the lower back exercises you'll find at C-H, but I'm assuming it's from your back, and may not be.
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.
3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree.
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.
12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.
13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback
since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he
has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments
he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?
And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.
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