pains every where.

by lisa duckett
(telford, shropshire)


I'm a 33 year old female. I have been to many doctors and hospital thinking I'm having a heart attack or stroke. Test results are always normal. I cant under stand it I have really bad pain in my neck, back and chest. I get numbness and tingling in my arms, fingers, hands, legs, face, and tongue. I have tried every thing from heat pads, pain killers, hot baths and rub on gel.

Nothing helps. It's got to a point that I go to hospital and gp so many times, I think they think its all in my head when it really isn't. I'm in pain 24/7.

I have stopped doing things I used to do due to it all. I have three kids and find it hard to run after them some times. I'm always tired is there anything I could do to help me? I feel so sick all time as well, any help would be great.

Dear Lisa,
When you have an illness that defies diagnosis and treatment, the best you can do is to go back to basics. And it's often the most effective, and a blessing in disguise.

1. Become a health nut. Cut ALL the crap out of your diet. Start to eat apples and walnuts, salads and hummus, vegetables and fish...

2. Absolutely no colas, no chips, no nik-naks, donuts, nothing with hydrogenated oils. That includes most margarines. Read the labels. Avoid stuff loaded with preservatives, flavour enhancers, stabilisers... back to basics.

3. Because there seems to be a neurological basis to your illness, make sure you are getting the good fats: fatty fish, olive, avocado, nuts and seeds.

4. Absolutely be sure you aren't on a high carb / low fat diet. Very dangerous.

5. If you're overweight, get in shape. Get it off. Start by cutting out the starches in your diet: bread, potato, rice, less pasta.

6. Start going for a walk EVERY day. You decide how far. But every day.

7. Spend time with God. He loves you, and wants you to find the fullness of life. Start to believe that He walks with you in your misery. Because He does.

8. Spend some time being quiet every day, perhaps just ten minutes to begin with. Mobile off, TV off, no distractions.

9. When did you last have a proper holiday? Start to plan it now.

10. You say you've tried EVERYTHING. But you make no mention of a Chiropractor. That's the place to start with neck and back pain, but rather late than never.

I suppose I could add more, but that will keep you busy! Scour our Healthy Living Tips page.

I hope this contributes.

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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