Upper thigh pain down the leg into toes

by Gerri
(San Antonio, TX. )

Which toes and where in the lower leg?

Which toes and where in the lower leg?

I've had several knee, femur and tibia replacements. Everyone came loose. I have allergies to many metals, nickel being the main one, also cement, cobalt and alloy particles. I've had that since I was old enough to wear jewelry. I always got infected, pussy and green wearing earrings or cheap jewelry.

After my last surgery I woke up with extreme pain in my inner thigh going down my leg into my toe. It's spread into my other toes up my foot. I've also had Polyneuropathy since childhood. All explained before each surgery. Three of the Surgeons studied at the Mayo Clinic. Possibly not something they teach there.

I now can't leave my leg down; the blood pools up to where it's unbearable. Leaves many things out in life. Standing in one place is very hard. When I sit I always have to have my leg up. I use a walker now to help with leg pain, also to keep my leg up when I'm able to.

Being in cars is almost impossible for more than a few minutes. In an airplane I get 2 seats to be able to put my leg up on my carry-on.

I am seeing a doctor in LA. He's working on new replacements. So far nothing without something that I'm allergic to. He found one that still has the polyethylene. Smith and Nephew has a hinged one coming out in 1 yr. Any suggestions? After reading your site I have a little hope. To be able to find the reason for this would really help with the pain I'm having in my thigh down my leg into toes. I did have L4-5 surgery. Plus C2-3. I have Anklosing Spondylitis throughout my body.

Hello Gerri,
I'm afraid I have little to offer beyond going back to the basics of healthy living. What's your weight like? When did you last enjoy an apple and 100% whole grain oats and wheat products? Do you exercise? Is there a swimming pool nearby?

Do you have an omega-3 rich foods in your diet? Fatty fish like salmon and freshly ground flax seed.

Do you have 6 to 10 coloured foods daily in your diet? For example, fresh green peas or beans, beets, blue berries, tomatoes and parsley or cilantro.

When you have widespread inflammtion it's imperative to look at the bigger picture.

Are your doing daily lower back and hip exercises? When did you last take a proper holiday. Do you ever talk to God?

If the answer to most of these questions is negative, then of course you are experiencing poor health, disability and pain.

Of course, I'm shooting in the dark, but I suspect a total lifestyle shake up is called for? The alternative is too ghastly to contemplate.

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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