Pain, left hip, back and legs coupled with obesity

by Melissa
(Louisville KY)

Do you get groin pain?

Do you get groin pain?

I found a dr. that charges per month due to not having insurance. She was able to get me an Xray and found out I have arthritis in my facet joints, causing my nerves to be compressed and pain in the back and legs.

I am 45, have scoliosis, three curves, was told I would not be able to carry children, but I had four. I have lost 90 pounds in the past 4 years and still have at least 50 to go. I know I need to lose weight to help the issues but it has been hard to even walk ten minutes.

I started PT but could not afford to go back, however I am doing the workout and stretches she gave me. I need to work on my core, glutes and leg strength. I have a hard time getting up from low sitting chairs; I can bend over and touch the ground, I have always been flexible, but can't get my leg on my other leg while sitting without extraordinary pain.

My back seems better, my legs are getting stronger, I am able to walk without shaking like a drunk person. I have burning pain in my left thigh; dr. believes this is due to aggravating a nerve in the pelvis. I also have pain that shoots down my leg, left side, due to the facet joints affecting the nerves.

I had bursitis in both hips and finally took a cortisone shot. It really helped my right side but my left side I still can't move without pain on the front of my hip, thigh area. It's not in the same spot the bursitis was but it is still annoyingly painful.

I need help on how to get this better so I can open up my hip flexors and get better for good. Continue to work out and loose weight. Getting frustrated but still determined. (at least I can walk more than ten minutes without having to sit due to the pain now) I try to stretch it out while laying down putting one leg on the other and slowly pushing out but it's too painful to go far. HELP! I went to a chiropractor once and he put me in bed for two days so I am nervous to go back to one but need HELP!

Hello Melissa,
You are obviously on the right track; the thing is to keep working at it. Rome wasn't built in a day and undoing the severe abuse of your body is going to take a long time. All the research points to slow steady loss of weight being the right way to do it; otherwise it comes right back, all for nothing.

Do a google search on the term glycemic index; it's the only sensible way to permanently get those pounds off; well done on the great start you have made.

Avoid low chairs and couches. To get up, slide to the front of the chair, tighten your thigh muscles, lean forward and then stand up.

Not being able to cross your legs; lying on your back, pull your knee to your chest, to the opposite shoulder and then drop it into the lotus position; how does it compare with the other hip?

Hip bursitis happens where the piriformis muscle attaches to your thighbone; often the sacroiliac joint is the cause of the problem. Try lying at night on a five pillows laid down your bed like extra cushioning. Exercise the SI joint by pulling the knee to chest every morning before getting out of bed.

Look for a chiropractor who uses the Thompson Drop method; it's much easier on you and equally effective.

Keep going, not just for your back and pelvis, but for your heart and brain. Remember that refined flour, white rice, sugar, bagels and cookies are what are literally killing you; and colas of every sort. You've obviously made a great start; well done. Disability and pain are a stark reminder of what is to come otherwise.

Dr B

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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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