Frozen shoulders and other pains

by Esther
(South Africa)



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Hello Dr.B
had a fs 2012-2014 1st right then the left, this with severe pain in left arm/hand. I did physio (tried chiro once) and tried to remain active as much as possible. It was hell and I still have physical issues to deal with.

(late 2011)3-5 months before fs I started to experience sensations of spider web on my face? (also last menstrual circles) during this time I also had 2 dental implants done (right lower jaw)and just started jogging on the treadmill feeeeling sooo goood although it always felt as if my body was bending backwards (like a banana, I could feel something pulling from feet through back).

In 2012 it felt as if my whole upper torso/rib cage expanded, I had to replace all bras and most upper clothes one size up!(no one can explain this)(it has gone down 50%)my neck felt as if it dislocated with certain movements and made me stop in my tracks (that was scary!); my left hip (buttock-left groin) also for many years hurt.(sitting then getting up hurts since..2004)

Then beginning of this year, with the shoulders getting better I suddenly had to deal with the most extreme painful feet, kept me awake, no answers from Dr's, then I tried reflexology and it actually helped but I still have pain to a degree (of note; using on occasions, cannabis oil, helps with sleep/pain relieve).

My tongue as well, since about 2011/2 seems to be stressed, I notice of late that I actually press(not intentionally) my tongue upward?
currently it is my feet, left hip/lower back/tender pain at bra strap area/sit and get up issues/have to be careful with neck.

Also having left ear pain (sudden/sharp) lately feels as if running right through my head to right ear -- may I ask your opinion and suggestion from hereon, on this please and thank you for your time.

Hello Esther,
These pains may all be related, but most likely are largely independent conditions.

When you have so much pain in diverse parts of the body, my first thought is how high is your omega 6 to omega 3 ration? It should be around 2-5 maximum. If you are having too much omega 6 fats in your diet, like sunflower oil, and too little omega 3, as in fatty fish and freshly ground flax seed then it sets up an inflammatory process in the whole body, affecting muscles and joints, but also blood vessels and the bowel. If this is so, consider changing to olive oil and butter, Lucky Star pilchards and flax seed. And salmon if you have the money!

Lying on your back, pull first the right knee to the chest and then the left. Does it hurt in the groin?

Press on the junction of the ribs and the sternum. Is it particularly tender?

Feel just in front of your ears, open and close the mouth. Does the jaw joint click and is it particularly tender?

So many diverse pains; it will take a clinician with a lot of patience to examine each in turn, and find a solution. Think about eating more healthily, keeping active for your part.

I hope this contributes in some small way.

Dr B



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Interesting challenges of the day

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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