Hands, Arms, tingling and numb hands and leg tingling.

by Joanie
(Margaretville New york)

Hi, I fell in 2008 after the fall I started getting sharp pains across the top of the back of my neck. Then came the tingling in all 10 of my finger tips. Then both of my hands started tingling and getting very numb. So severe that I couldn`t lift my hand and had to use the left hand to pick up my hand and arm. Feels like it weighs 100 pounds.
I then experienced a slight numbness in both legs and feet.

I then experienced pain so severe that I jumped up out of my bed. My right leg felt like it was totally on fire. When I jumped out of bed I fell right on the floor. This burning pain in my right leg happened 2 weeks ago and then again 2 nights ago. I kind of gotten used of the neck,hands,and slight numbness in my legs I am really concerned about my right leg.

I had an MRI 3 months ago and I was told I had alittle arthritis in my neck.Have I had 2 head scans and they both were normal.I had 2 EMG`S by my Neuro doctor and I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia rheumatica and Fibromyalgia. He told me when he did the EMG that there is a problem with C-5 and C-6.

I decided to try acupunture and I have had about 10 treatments. When I went 2 days ago he put the needles in my neck and then put a clip on the needles which made electricity run through my left arm and he turned the box up to the hightiest that it goes and kept asking me what I felt on my right side and I felt no electricity run through my right side at all. He then left the room and about 2 minutes later I had to call for him to take them off of me I couldn`t stand the pain.

That night the burning pain in my leg from my knee to my ankle was severe. He told me that this is a serious problem and that I should get an MRI right away. I was going on vacation and the doctor told me that I shouldn`t go on easter vacation and I should get the MRI and also see a neurology doctor.

Would you have any idea why I had no feeling on the right side when the electrical test had no response on the right side? Also would you have any idea why I would have such severe burning in my right leg? I am extremley concerned about this. The doctor never told me why I felt no electrcity go through my right side of my neck he only told me I have a serious problem.

My right leg has me very,very concerned. Could you please give me any information as to why I didn`t feel any electricity fo through my right arm and more importantly why me knee to my ankle would burn so severely? My neuro gave me a referal to see a Rheumatology doctor in April. He does not no about my electrical acupunture test or the severe burning in my right leg.

It has almost been over 5 years since this began. It came on slowly and progressed over the years, Now with my leg so severly burning I think maybe I should get a new MD and also a new Neurology doctor. Could you please give me your input I would really appreciate that

Dear Joanie,
I'm afraid I have little to contribute. My honest thoughts are two fold:

You've been the medical wringer with little progress, isn't it perhaps time to start looking for a conscientious thorough chiropractor in your neighbourhood.

My second honest thought: is there perhaps other stuff you haven't told me. Seriously over or under weight? How often do you exercise. When did you last take a half hour walk? Eat crap? How often do you enjoy your five colours per day. Fruit, salad, pecan nuts, hummus, an apple a day... any of it.

Of course, all this is pure speculation. But when you're at the end of your tether, get back to basics. Healthy eating, plenty of fresh air and exercise, you've had a holiday, that's good.

I'm sorry, this may be far off the mark, and I fear I've contributed little.

Dr. Barrie Lewis

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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 have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is 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 is 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 pain-free. 

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 is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has 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 stroll 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; he has a short leg.

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. X-rays 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 few months 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 is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year 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 could not 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?

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