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Mar 09, 2018
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FOLLOW UP INFO
by: GLENN

HELLO DR. B.

HERE’S A FOLLOW-UP. AFTER RECEIVING YOUR RESPONSE. I FOLLOWED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, RESEARCHED A LITTLE FURTHER, AND TRIED DIFFERENT STRETCHES, BUT MADE NO PROGRESS. WITHIN A COUPLE OF WEEKS I COULD BARELY WALK SO I WENT TO THE VA EMERGENCY ROOM. ONCE THERE, I WAS TOLD THEY DO NOT TREAT THIS TYPE PROBLEM OTHER THAN TO ADMINISTER PAIN MEDICATION FOR EXCESSIVE PAIN, WHICH I TOLD HER I HAD BUT ONLY WHEN STANDING. I ALSO TOLD HER I WASN’T ASKING FOR PAIN RELIEF BUT RATHER A CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS OF THE PROBLEM. SHE TOLD ME TO MAKE AN APPT WITH THE VA HEALTH GROUP AND SENT ME HOME. I DID SO AND THE FIRST AVAIL APPT WAS MAR 8th, 5 WEEKS AWAY.

MY PAIN AND WEAKNESS CONTINUED TO SLOWLY WORSTEN UNTIL I COULD BARELY WALK WITH SUPPORTS SO I MADE AN APPT WITH A LOCAL CHIROPRACTOR. I TOLD HIM ABOUT MY VA APPT BUT SAID I WAS IN NEED OF AN IMMEDIATE ASSESSMENT AND ADVICE.

HE DID SOME RANGE OF MOTION TESTS, CHECKED MY SPINE AND ‘POPPED’ ME IN SEVERAL POSITIONS AND TOLD ME HE SUSPECTED A PINCHED L4 NERVE. HE GAVE ME THE TENS THERAPY ON MY LEFT LEG MUSCLE THAT HURTS WORSE AND TOLD ME TO COME BACK IN 4 DAYS. WHEN I LEFT HIS OFFICE I FELT NO BETTER THAN BEFORE. BY THE NEXT DAY I FELT EVEN WORSE.

LONG STORY SHORT, I WAS FRUSTRATED, TIRED, HURTING, AND DEPRESSED WITH EVERYTHING AND SENT EMAILS TO THE CHIROPRACTOR AND THE VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THAT EFFECT AND EXPLAINED WHY. RESPONSES FROM BOTH WERE ACTUALLY FAVORABLE BUT I HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE MY OWN APPROACH TO TRY AND ALLEVIATE THE PAIN AFTER I WAS UNABLE TO MAKE MY VA APPT DUE TO LACK OF MOBILITY.
SINCE MY BEST GUESS IS A PINCHED FEMORAL NERVE BASED ON YOUR AND OTHERS FEEDBACK, I CHANGED MY BED MATTRESS, USE AN INVERTING MACHINE, USE A ‘WORK-OUT’ BALL, CAREFULLY MONITER MY POSTURE, IMPROVED MY DIET, AND AM DOING STRETCHES IN EVERY DIRECTION TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY. MY JOINTS HAVE BEEN POPPING LIKE CRAZY AND IT HURTS TO STRETCH SOMETIMES BUT AFTER 4 DAYS OF THIS, MY LEGS OPEN UP TWICE AS FAR AS BEFORE AND TODAY I TOOK 20 STEPS WITHOUT SUPPORT OR PAIN.

ONCE I REALIZED THAT I HAD TO BE VERY SLOW WHEN SHIFTING WEIGHT ONTO MY SORE LEG, DOING SO ALLOWED ME TO WALK AND BEAR ALL THE WEIGHT.

I’M NOT CLAIMING TO HAVE FIXED ANYTHING BUT I EMAILED ALL THIS TO MY CHIROPRACTOR AND ASKED FOR ANOTHER CONSULTATION WHERE I COULD SPEND THE MAJORITY OF OUR TIME ASKING QUESTIONS, DISCUSSING TESTS, AND HELPING ME UNDERSTAND HIS VIEW ON MY POSSIBLE PROBLEM AND TREATMENT, AS WELL AS FEEDBACK ON MY HOME REMEDIES. HOPEFULLY GETTING CLOSER TO FIGURING IT OUT.

Hello Glenn,
The body has an incredible self-healing capacity, if we are prepared to work with nature, and for the moment it's encouraging you have certainly moved in the right direction. The hardest part, for this improvement to be sustained and gain further momentum is the need to take it slowly; you have a serious injury obviously and the slightest stupidity, sit too long or even a sneeze could undo everything.

Certainly one chiropractic treatment is unlikely to achieve much. In fact as you discovered, with a long term problem the pain often increases in the short term. You have to give your chiropractor time and space to work with different techniques and procedures to find out what's best for you. After having your wisdom teeth out, or a back operation, you'd also expect to be in more pain the next day.

Don't make your joints pop deliberately; it just weakens your back. Avoid those stretches that cause pain.

It's great that you have a little progress. Let me know how things work out. Take it slowly.

Dr B



Feb 03, 2018
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I have the same problem
by: Garry Anderson

Hi Glenn:

Sorry to hear about your condition, because I know what you are going through. I have the same problem, which first occurred in 2008, then was fixed by chiropractor and massage therapist. Unfortunately, I did not keep up my exercises, and the same problem re-occurred in 2012, but this time it is worse, and has affected both left and right sides.

I think Dr. Barrie's suggestions are good. He helped me in my earlier stages.

I have not given up my chiropractor and massage therapy, but I don't know when my condition will be fixed.

You may like to read my posting, and the follow-up pages as well:

https://www.chiropractic-help.com/lateral-femoral-cutaneous-nerve-pinched-by-knotted-iliopsoas-muscle.html

I still hope for a release from the condition, but I have to keep moving through the pain and not give in to this condition.

Being pro-active with your treatment I think would be my suggestion.

Best wishes,
Garry.

Thanks for this. Alas, most serious medical conditions, and that includes lower back and leg pain, are not 'cured'. Like diabetes they need care, mostly at home, and a commitment to exercise and healthy eating habits.

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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