Pain in legs and feet and numbness in feet when I sit more than a few minutes in one spot or on a hard surface

by Candy Pert
(Lake City, Florida)

Better health is like a maze when you have pain in the legs and feet.

Better health is like a maze when you have pain in the legs and feet.

I have a herniated disc and spinal stenosis at L 4/5. I have RA in my entire spine from the cervical to the S1. I had a laminectomy at L 4/5 in 2009 and a laminectomy at S1 in 2010 because a piece of chipped off ad pinned the nerves. They did a nerve conduction study on my legs which showed moderate to severe nerve damage.

I recently had an MRI on the cervical area but have not gotten the results yet. Pain management just wants to give me epidural injections. I told them I would have radio wave injections but refused steroid injections. I've had several over the years and they do nothing.

I have terrible migraines due to my neck. I have pain and weakness in my legs and groin area. I trust my neurosurgeon who did my other two surgeries but he is in Nashville and I am now in Lake City, Florida. I do not trust most the doctors in this town. I haven't seen too many good ones yet.

I am at a loss. I don't know what to do. This has really affected my life. I am 65 and used to do everything myself. Now I can't keep up the house. Cooking, which I loved, and only from scratch, is now whatever I can throw together. I really need help.

Hello Candy,
It is indeed a heart rendering story, and brings you to a crossroads. There are no easy solutions.

You make no mention of chiropractic in the past, so it seems you have been thoroughly stuck in the medical mode of treatment which has led you to this point. Of course, I can't promise you it would be any different if you had consulted chiropractors.

It seems to me you have two options. Return to Nashville to the surgeon you trust, or branch out in a completely different direction.

All I can point do is point you to a radical change of diet to what we call anti inflammatory foods; you make no mention of what you eat, perhaps because you are already on an exceptional foods, or more likely you didn't realise it was important and could dramatically affect your overall health, including your spine. What's your weight like, by the way?

And secondly, you make no mention of exercise; have you ever been advised to consistently go on a simple regimen of back rehab, and overall increase in movement such as swimming, walking and cycling?

Humans were designed to move and our sedentary lifestyle contributes greatly to our malaise.

I'm not sure that chiropractic can help you at this stage; certainly frank manipulation would entail some risk, but in the hands of an experienced and thorough chiropractor it should be considered.

But chiropractic these days has many other options of treatment that have a lower risk profile.

I have no idea of your overall lifestyle, but I suspect that behind all this misery there are large gaps that have been demanding attention for years; am I right?

This is all very general; I hope it's given you some food for thought.

Dr Barrie Lewis DC


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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 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?

And so the day goes; chiropractors should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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