tightness of skin and pain down left side of body from top of rib cage to toes

by Mary Green

I had a misplace epidural 36 years ago and have always had problems since. ( i was told i could have arachnoiditis). 15 months ago I had tingles in lip, hand and leg then suffered a 'full blown' attack when out with my friends. The tingling/tightness went from my toes to my neck. I was checked for a stroke which was ruled out but I had sensation of coldness inside of leg and walking on glass sensation also weakness in my arm I was very tired and ill.

To date I have had CT and MRI scan have seen neurologist, rheumatologist, have spent £700 seeing sports theraphist, bowen technique, acupunture, reflexology but no-one seems to have found the problem I am getting a little better, but the tightnesss and pain hasn't, completly gone since it happened last september.

It hurts my knee and ankle when I walk and can only wear one pair of shoes as others seem to make the pain worse.

I also have pain in left buttock especially when in bed. I really need some help with this pain, hoping you can shed some light on my problem Thank you, mary green uk

Hello Mary,
This is complex, and I suspect there are different things going on.

You probably had two TIAs, Temporary Ischemic Attacks, or mini-strokes that leave no tell tale marks on the scans.

I'm sure your doctors have considered this, and made some suggestions. First, vital that your blood pressure is under control.

Secondly that you get your omega-6/omega-3 ratio down. That means increasing the amount of omega-3 foods, and reducing the omega-6 oils.

To do the former, get yourself a little coffee grinder, inexpensive on Amazon and find a source of flax seed. Huge amounts grown in England, so must be available. Every day grind one tablespoon and sprinkle on your oats muesli. Oats to reduce any cholesterol problems lurking.

If you're not a vegetarian, start eating fatty fish at least twice a week, and take an omega-3 capsule.

Your hip / knee / ankle all need to be carefully examined to find out why you are having those pains and can only wear one pair of shoes.

One last thought, this off the wall. Spinal stenosis in the neck causes bizarre symptoms in the legs. Very stiff neck?

The tightness of skin. Afraid I have no idea.

This is all very speculative, Mary, since I haven't the opportunity to examine you, do a neurological and orthopaedic exam. May be way off track, but the best I can do.

Dr B

Find a good chiropractor may be your next step.

To do the latter, change from seed oils to olive oil which is low in omega-6.

Take a daily walk, rain or shine, don't slip on the ice! Always with a stick, if only to fend any dogs off.

That pain in your hip at night could be many things. A pinched nerve following the Femoral nerve, often worse at night. Hip arthritis, various hip/ groin conditions all of which cause hip pain.

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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.

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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.

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