Loss of control in the right leg only while running
by Larry Kerr
(Mt. Holly Springs, PA)
I suffer from, for lack of a better phrase, loss of control of the right leg, but only while running. There is no pain, no cramping, no spasms, and no tingling. This only occurs during distance running and only in the right leg.
The leg basically quits working properly and forces me to land well back on my heel. I get no push-off on that leg, forcing my left leg to do the majority of the work and irritating the left hip flexor. Running becomes much harder because I'm using one leg.
If I stop and walk a bit, I can resume running, but only for a limited time.
I have had an MRI and EMG. The MRI shows bulging disk at L4 and L5, but the conclusion was that they are not bulging severely enough to cause the problem, especially when there is no accompanying pain. The EMG showed a nerve in the right leg is being affected, but not the source.
No other activities are affected, including lifting weights and walking.
There's something going on, Larry, but it's going to take a careful and thorough examination to figure it out.
I would agree with your doc about the MRI. The L4-L5 disc wouldn't affect your toe-off on your leg. That's the gastroc - soleus muscle complex, mainly S1.
I wonder if that irritation in your thigh isn't an important clue. It's points to something high in the lumbar spine, or perhaps the sacro-iliac, or the hip. No groin pain or stiffness? Can you pull your knee to your chest and rotate the hip, equally both sides?
Do the "Slump test" that you'll find at Chiropractic Help, and ask your chiro to do the Femoral nerve stretch test. Can't do it at home.
Keep looking, keep thinking. There's a basis to it. A FICS trained chiro would be a good idea.
Let me know who finds out what the problem is. Interesting.
1. Mrs D, a 78 year old woman has very severe sacroiliac joint pain, and even more severe cramps in her right leg. There are two problems; she is on two diuretics but no slow K. Taking her temporarily off one diuretic and adjusting the SIJ brought 50 percent relief within four days.
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.
Greetings, Dr B. You helped me quite some time back with a soothing and professional response which turned out to be exactly correct. I now consult a local chiropractor. You write a superb newsletter, too.
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