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.
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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.
Dr. Barrie Lewis