Leaning to the left without any pain
Leaning to the left without any pain.
Thank you very much for your wonderful article on the Pias Sign. I have been to my GP who is known for his skill in fixing back problems; he said I am leaning away from the pain.
He sent me to have an MRI and to a neurosurgeon I had the MRI and went to the neurosurgeon. He neuro
said that the bulge in discs were not causing the the problem. He said that I had a inflamed joint and prescribed a seven day course of the steroid predisone.
Eight 5mg tablets a day and then stop; I nearly lost my life from the withdrawal symptoms. My GP also sent me to a physio for five visits without any improvement.
I then went to another Physio who had fixed a tennis elbow for me previously. He found four muscles in spasm and two ligaments strained and he fixed them in four sessions.
At no time had I a feeling of pain in my spine or leg. Just a tiredness associated with the ligaments.
The photo of the man in your article looks exactly like me and the ligament is where the arrow is.
Sorry to be so long winded about this but you are the first to precisely diagnose my problem for which I am truely grateful as it arms me against wrong diagnoses in the future.
In the mornings when I get out of bed I am much straighter and I use a stick on my right side to keep myself from leaning to my left.
I am 69 years old and in reasonable good health and living in New Zealand at present
John CHello John,
Thanks for the compliments; makes my day!
Whatever our theories and disagreements about diagnosis, it would seem that you are getting better; if the pain has gone then the chances are good you will recover completely, or nearly completely.
In my book, getting out of the Pisa sign is vital; if you're still crooked then it means that something is still seriously wrong; in my language, probably a disc that's bulging. In your neurosurgeon's opinion the joint is still inflammed.
Until you are up straight, I would take life very quietly; spend some time lying down each day, not bending, sitting less and certainly no heavy lifting.
Take a look at our slipped disc synmptoms page; use the search function at Chiropractic Help to find it. What's great is that you have no leg pain; that means Grade I.
But did you have pain when coughing, sneezing or straining on the loo? Was sitting difficult? When your doctor, surgeon, therapist lifted your leg, whilst lying flat on your back, did you have back pain. At how many degrees of leg raise?
Did the MRI show a bulging disc? Could you type me the report? Keep to this same thread.
The body has amazing healing powers; do lots of those gentle back exercises, give it another month before doing crazy things and with luck you'll get better.
Look too at the Slump Test; sitting in a kitchen chair, does raising the leg parallel to the ground cause pain in the back?
I'd love to see your southern Alps; I've read many stories, and watched videos, of soaring the mountains to incredible heights. Sigh, just a dream! The prevailing winds striking the mountains will take a glider to over 30,000 feet! When your back's better, take a flip. If you dare! You can read my humble in comparison longest flight at http://www.bernard-preston.com/Baptiso-to-Immerse.html
If you don't come up straight, John, and the Slump Test remains positive, I'd consider an opinion from a local chiropractor.
Good luck, let me know how you get on.