Heavy Legs at first, now also cramping in legs and very stiff (somewhat) painful neck
A few months ago I had a severe sciatic episode. I am a massage therapist who, although I have worked for a few chiropractors, I had never let one treat me. I had all my LMT friends stick various parts of their body in my butt (it started on my right side), even the woman who was my teacher in massage school, but I think that it made it worse.
I finally called my insurance company to see if I was covered for chiropractic care and I was. I went to my chiropractor, first two times a week for about three weeks, then once a week, for two weeks. Now I only see him as needed.
When I first went to see him, I could hardly walk. What I don't understand is, once he started working on me,the pain in my butt kept moving all over. It went from my right side, to my left side, then around front to my hips, then back around again. And, ever since then, my lower back is JUST NOT RIGHT!
The last time I went to see him, about two weeks ago, I told him that I am having a lot of trouble with "really heavy legs". Not only when I work out, or run, but even going up stairs, or walking. The sciatic thing started after I had been running on my treadmill for a about two months. My Dr. told me that, the running may have triggered it, but whatever was going on, had been going on, maybe for years. I was a house painter for about twenty years. I gained A LOT of weight from medication (that my Dr. told me would NOT make me gain) and I need to get it off.
I need to work out to my Taebo dvd, and run. I have to lose about 30 or 40 lbs, and It will be impossible if I can't exercise. I have always exercised and lifted weights, especially when I started gaining weight and didn't know why. I was busting my butt and just kept getting bigger and bigger. I need to know what someone else thinks is wrong with my back and neck. Then, I can run it past my Dr. I do know that, the first time i saw my Dr. he did measure my legs. He told me that my right leg was shorter than my left. My right side was the painful side. After I was seeing him for a while, my legs matched.
Also, this past week My neck has been really bothering me and I am getting cramps in my legs. I drink plenty of water and started drinking more since the cramps started. I live in Florida, so I know all about staying hydrated.
Hello Eileen, What I've distilled out of your interesting story is that you are significantly overweight, and really haven't responded well to any treatment. You haven't mentioned medication, but reading between the lines, you've been on that too.
Secondly, that you have a short leg.
I have no magic formula, Eileen. There isn't one. One thing strikes me head on: you think that you can lose weight by exercising. That's a fallacy. Exercising is good, but it turns fat into muscle, and you have to do a HUGE amount of exercise to lose weight. Don't let me discourage you from exercising, but it won't take the pounds off.
The way to lose weight is to seriously cut out the carbs in your diet. The bread, the potatoes and rice, the pasta and pizza, less cake, cookies and cola. At Chiropractic-Help.com you'll find a weight loss program that works: less carbohydrate. Much less. It works. Avoid the shakes: an UNhealthy way to become healthier.
My second strong suggestion is to begin some lower back exercises EVERY morning, BEFORE getting out of bed. And every night before going to sleep. They take LESS THAN TWO MINUTES. At Chiropractic Help go to "lower back exercises". They're easy, I do them myself, they work.
And the third: if you have an anatomical short leg, get an insert to go in your shoe, if it's more than 7mm under your shoe. Type "leg length inequality" into the search function at C-H.
If all that fails, try a different chiropractor. We all have different techniques, and sometimes a colleague might have more success.
Good luck, let me know how you get on.
Comments for Heavy Legs at first, now also cramping in legs and very stiff (somewhat) painful neck
Ligaments are highly innervated, so that the brain will
know where the neck is in space whilst the eyes are closed. Any
excessive stretching of ligaments, as in whiplash, will cause nociceptors in these structures to fire off, giving pain.
If the ligaments are stretched beyond
their elastic limits then important changes in the posture of the neck,
and the position of the bones will occur, causing further neck pain.
In the normal neck, the curve is known as a lordosis. After a whiplash, the curve is reversed, producing a kyphosis. My take on neck pain anatomy is that Kyphosis equal Pain.
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2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.
3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously.
4. Mrs V too has two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again.
5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff.
6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.
7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.
8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.
9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine.
10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.
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. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.
13. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a
disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she
consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of
the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks 75 percent improved. No longer vomiting all falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.
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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