Pain in my lower back radiating down the right buttock and leg.
(Christchurch New Zealand)
I am a 55 year old female in pretty good health.I have had this pain for two and a half years now with little or no help from twenty three different doctors/ specialists.
I injured my back and knee while doing step exercise in 2008. Slowly my right leg started to feel cold and this changed to lots of awful sensations over the two and a half years. I have: pain, cold, over sensitivity, and prickly sensations.
Some days are bearable and others I just lay down with a heat or cold pack to help with the pain (depends on the weather. Cold on a hot day and heat on a cold day.) I cannot sit for any length of time but can sleep well because I am straight. Bending or sitting can be very painful.
I have just found a doctor who has diagnosed this as regional neuropathic pain of the cluneal and posterior femoral nerves. He has started injecting these areas with glucose injections. The relief is fantastic but however it does not last. I still have lots more appointments to go to apparently my good days will get more and slowly my bad days will get less until the condition disappears.
I have been told I can exercise again but on pushing myself I am now feeling worse with the area around my lower back just at the top of my bottom area giving me some really sharp pain.
This has been very expensive and because I cannot sit I cannot work. Life is becoming a chore.
My questions are:
1) should I be exercising?
2) Am I on the right track to a cure?
3) Can it be cured?
4) will I re-injury myself if I do exercise?
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Before I can give an answer, I need some information:
* Where precisely in your leg do you get these pains?
* If you bend forwards and backwards, do you get pain in the back, leg, where in the leg? Which is worse, forwards or backwards bending?
* Have you had X-rays taken? Could you email me digital copies?
* Do you have pain in the groin? Run your thumb down your inner thigh. Does it hurt?
* Rub your hand gently down the outer side of your thigh, and compare with the other leg. Difference? Prick with a pin. The same?
* Can you stand on the naughty leg: can you bend at the knee without a feeling it's going to give? Raise your big toe? Stand on your toes?
* Go to Chiropractic-Books.com and in the Search this site function type Slump Test. Do the test and give me the result.
* Was one of these doctors you've consulted a chiropractor? No response to treatment?
* What's your gut feel: is the problem right at the base of your spine, or high in the lumbar spine?
* Are there no changes in sensory function, reflex and muscle power in the leg?
Quite a bit for you to think about, but yours is obviously a difficult case, and I don't want to give a superficial or misleading answer. Please be specific in your replies to ALL of these questions.
Look carefully and thoroughly at this page: https://www.chiropractic-help.com/maignes-syndrome.html
And yes, I would certainly recommend exercises, but vital they are the RIGHT exercises.
Dr. Barrie Lewis