Pains down in my hips lower back and knees and ankles

Pains down in my hips lower back and knees and ankles


I am 30 years old women who has lower back ache, also in my hips knees thighs and ankles

I have been trying to get pregnant for a year now with n o success but have slihlty worn discs on L4/5 and facet joint worn same L4/5 but no nerve damage was seen on mri

would this cause infertility or trouble getting pregnant also is their any back problems that would cause infertility

Hello Josie,
Firstly, I wouldn't recommend falling pregnant at this time, and it would seem that your body instinctively knows that. You would probably have a torrid pregnancy.

When you have generalised pain like this: lower back, hips, knees and ankles (you haven't mentioned, but neck and shoulders too?) you need to be looking at something systemic, affecting your whole body.

Three things come to mind: It's not likely, but I would suggest some blood tests to rule out one of the arthridites, there are over 100 of them.

Secondly, are you getting any exercise? There's heaps of evidence that people who sit behind the computer all day, in the car, TV... become stiff and arthritic. In particular, I'd strongly recommend a set of lower back exercises done faithfully every morning before getting out of bed. These Lower back exercises take less than two minutes. EVERY morning, nights too.

Thirdly, overweight women have far more difficulty falling pregnant, and have hip, knee and foot pain. Your weight okay? Our Free weight loss programs make it easIER. It's never easy, but vital.

Lie on your back, and pull each hip to the chest, then towards the opposite shoulder. Now rotate the hip. Any pain in the groin or side of the hip?

As you can see, I'm fishing. I've really no idea, but it's time for a good chiropractic examination to find out if you have a hip condition, subluxations in knees and ankles. We already know you have lower back subluxations.

Fixations in joints, reduced movement, has been clearly shown by physiologists to cause what is known as Immobilisation Arthritis and at the tender age of thirty you are already showing signs. Those joints must move.

Lastly, a big one. Generalised inflammation in the body like you seem to have suggests that your diet is not what it should be. Extra Virgin olive oil has low levels of anti inflammatory substance called oleocanthal. Eat it daily.

Likewise the ratio of omega 6 / to omega 3 fatty acids in the diet is supremely important. If you have too many of the former (in seed oils) and too little of the latter (in fish oil and freshly ground flax seed) then you will have generalised inflammation and pain in all your joints. Worse in years to come in the blood vessel lining too. Read more about omega 3 fatty acids. Your five coloured foods per day? Fruit, salad...?

Yes, I'm making lots of long-shot assumptions. I may be quite off beam. But if I am... do these things, before falling pregnant.

There is anecdotal evidence that subluxations in the spine can cause infertility, and every chiropractor has yarns about how he or she made a woman pregnant...! You may be one, but of course there are many causes.

Find a good chiropractor is your next stop.

I hope this has contributed.

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.

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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.

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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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