Right buttock and leg pain for 1-1/2 years

by June Jones
(California)

Iam a 67 years old female with Parkinsons disease. I have had significant pain in my right buttock and right leg which gets extremely painful when I walk. I have gone to every type of practitioner I can to get relief but no one seems to be able to help (orthopedist, 3 epidurals, 3 chiropractors, 2 acupuncturists, 3 myofascial relief, personal trainer, botox shot).

The last chiropractor I saw stated he suspected that I may have compartment syndrome in my lower leg. He stopped treatment and told me he was going to refer me to UCDavis and consult with a local neurologist but that has been weeks ago. Now, I cannot do anything that requires walking at all. I have to use a wheelchair to go anywhere. What should I do now?

Hello June,
That is indeed a miserable story; you are being very brave, and have obviously tried everything. Well done.

Firstly, I think this is probably unrelated to your Parkinsons.

Please do a few tests for me when you've been off all painkillers and NSAIDs for 24 hours:

1. Bend slowly forwards, then backwards and to the side. Carefully and gently. Does it provoke pain in the back, buttock or leg?

2. Lying flat on your back, pull the knee to the chest and then to the opposite shoulder. Rotate the hip. Does anything interesting happen?

3. Go to this page and scroll down to the Faber test. Do it lying flat on your back. What happens? https://www.chiropractic-help.com/PAIN-IN-UPPER-LEG.html

4. Type Slump test for sciatica into the search function at Chiropractic Help, and do the test. What happens?

Where, as exactly as you can, does your leg hurt?

Is the leg pain brought on by walking and immediately relieved when you stop exercising? Has anybody tested your pulses in the ankle and foot? Were you a smoker for a long time?

Give me some answers, as accurately as you can and we'll see if we can go further. Keep to this same thread.

You might also print this out and take it to your chiropractor. It's hard obviously as I cannot examine you.

X-rays and scans of your lumbar spine?

Dr B

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