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
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. Mrs T looked like the leaning tower of Pisa; she had a slipped disc at L5 making her lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; she's much better after two weeks of treatment and will go back to work next week, part time. Lateral discs are more difficult; both take a minimum of six weeks to heal. In my opinion, antalgic patients need what I call exercising bed rest. Sit and it won't get better.
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 groin pain, 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 lower back is just as important as the pain.
7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her hip, 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. Hypermobility is more difficult that too stiff in my opinion. Chiropractic 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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