Nimbleness in arm and leg ,

by Romero
(Ocala,Florida, United States )

Hello, I've been having trouble with my body for some time or some parts of my body. It all started two weeks ago when I went and got an adjustment and then went to the gym. I worked out and in the middle of my work out, something felt wrong; my hands got cold. My hands are normally cold but this was unusually cold. I could feel the coldness and normally only people who touched my hands felt the coldness. I stopped working out and went home.

The following day I had tingling almost like someone was pulling the hairs on my arm and leg both on the left side. I went to the doctor she didn't know what it could be so she just gave me muscle relaxers and sent me away.

The next day I had to work and my left arm and leg were on fire like my nerves were burning hot and my muscles ached. It felt like shingles but I could feel some pain on my right arm, not in my right leg though. I panicked. I worked with the pain. I'm a server so I lift a lot above my head and working with what was going on made it worse; I was now in tears.

I went and saw the doctor again. I had been put on ciprofloxacin for an earlier problem and now the doctor was saying oh it's just tendinitis. But my pain didn't seem anywhere near my tendons plus I was only on cipro for 10 days and the pain started 2/3 weeks later, a long time after which a pharmacist said it had already been out of my system by then none the less I trusted my doctor I'm now it on meloxicam. The meloxicam hurts my stomach so I rush the hospital in pain they do X-rays blood work all come back clean. I go to an acupuncturist. I stopped meloxicam I feel some relief of my pain. I start taking natural supplements pain feels reduced but still the fingers turn blue and get cold. Pain in upper back and along sciatic nerve not as intense but still uncomfortable I go back to doctor for follow up tell him I couldn't take meloxicam and that I was still in some pain they do X-rays of neck and pelvis blood work. I have no insurance so now my savings are being poured into this. Nothing shows up all clear he is now sending me for an MRI that's 835 out of my pocket since my insurance won't start till next month I'm now getting broke and have no results.

I'm getting stressed out the pain is near my neck. It gives me headaches and tingly feeling and numbers in left arm mainly but every now and then on right especially if I use it to do some sort of work. I haven't worked in weeks because of the pain and me being scared. I looked online and I think it might be a pinched nerve but my fingers keep turning blue; what could I have and what should I do? I feel lost and scared.

Dear Romero,
As a general rule I don't allow my patients to exercise vigorously on the day after a treatment; it's possible this is related to the adjustment, but I think it very unlikely. The presentation suggests rather something else.

From drugs.com I found the following are side effects of Ciprofloxacin:

Ciprofloxacin may cause swelling or tearing of (rupture) a tendon. It can also have serious effects on your nerves, and may cause permanent nerve damage. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

signs of tendon rupture--sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, movement problems, or a snapping or popping sound in any of your joints (rest the joint until you receive medical care or instructions); or

nerve symptoms--numbness, tingling, burning pain, or being more sensitive to temperature, light touch, or the sense of your body position.


This fits your symptoms perfectly.

Talk to your doctor about it, but the wise thing it would seem is stay completely off this medication for the present.

There was I expect some underlying condition in your back or neck that caused you to take the anti inflammatories and adjustments. These still need to be addressed, but perhaps the best would be to go for some massages, and the acupuncture for a bit; discuss it with your chiropractor too.

A bad reaction to some dangerous medication; that's what has likely happened. Stay off it.

Let me know how you get on.

Dr B

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thank you I recently got my MRI results and i showed a diffuse annular disc bulging in l3-l4,l4-l5,l5-s1 and iron deficiency. I've been referred to a neurologist, any advice that would greatly help heal my bulging discs and do they heal how long does it usually take. I'm 26 i eat healthy and have started taking natural supplements such glucosamine chondroitin, a supplement for fibromyalgia that has turmeric b13 and other good natural supplements and vitamins . I'm taking sciatigon that is said to help with nerves and the sciatic nerve. as well as ginger garlic and ginkgo biloba . I'm going to the acupuncture once a week and message every other . getting rest and not lifting anything heavy. regular walking and such the pain has reduced greatly and don't really feel it in my lower back i feel more of the pinching in my muscles and what i feel like might be my veins but i read that lower iron can give you these side effects. and make your fingers turn blue which they have .any further advice and how long does it usually take to heal a bulging disc?

Hello again,
Firstly, bulging discs seen on MRI are not necessarily problematic; perfectly normal people may have them. However, combined with back and leg pain, and positive sciatic and femoral stretch tests, they would be significant.

It's a matter of philosophy I suppose, but it strikes me you are thinking that better health comes from taking a wide array of drugs and supplements. That's not the way I see things.

They have side effects, some very serious as you've experienced, even iron supplements which are now banned in many countries for damage to the liver.

I'd far rather see you looking for foods rich in iron, like beetroot, making a chicken bone bouillon for your glucosamine, for example. And doing daily gentle exercise for your back injury, and if necessary having more gentle chiropractic adjustments.

I'm just putting another viewpoint for you to consider. Good luck, I hope this contributes.

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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