lower back into my hips and down both legs



» lower back into my hips and down both legs

I have had this pain for along time, it just seems that it's coming on more often then it ever has. The is in my lower back, into my hips and then runs down both legs. I have a hard time standing up straight, and I cannot lay on my stomach because it hurts to try to roll over. I sit at my desk and the pain goes mostly to my hips and down the legs. I have been to the chiropractor 3 times and it about put me over the edge. It did not help, not sure what is going on? Do I have a slipped disk or something ELSE GOING ON?

Not being able to stand up straight is what we call a functional scoliosis, or antalgia. I take this is temporary, last a few days or a week, and then you can straighten up until the next episode.

So far, there is nothing ominous in the sense of "something else going on". But it is serious, and doctors may disagree, but in my book it is serious. It almost always leads on to pain down the leg, as happened in your case, if not treated correctly.

The worrying part is that it is now going down both legs; that means you have quite a large herniation of the disc. Has it affected your bowel or bladder habits?

You make no mention of scans, but my advice is to see your doctor and have an xray, taken standing to show the antalgia, and preferably an MRI scan. They are expensive, but with pain in both legs, it is indicated.

I'm sorry chiropractic did help; not that I would expect a miracle when you've had this for so long. Still, your gut feeling is that it didn't help.

Chiropractic manipulation, like surgery, is an art as well as a science; perhaps the person was inexperienced and out of his depth with a difficult case like yours, or just doesn't have the knack. Not that I win with every patient with conditions like yours, but we usually do!

Get that scan, and then start looking for someone more experienced; talk to friends and family, and your doctor.

Meantime, start doing our slipped disc exercises, which you'll find in the navigation bar on the left at chiropractic help; every morning before getting out of bed.

I hope this contributes; let me know how you get on.

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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