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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 5, 2006
  • 02:38 AM

I have had back pain since May 06. I was treated by chiropractor for 4 months along with massage. Both only offered temporary relief. I then went to the doctor and he discovered I had no reflex in my right ankle. He took x-rays of my back which came back normal. He set up a MRI for me which will occur in Jan. For the past month I have been going to physiotherapy. He has done acupuncture and put me on the traction machine. He told me today that since there has been no improvement with anything he has tried I was wasting my time coming. I have tried to search the internet but haven't had much luck. I still do not have any reflex in my right ankle and now it is numb and so is the side of my right leg in the calf muscle. I am frustrated and would like some help.

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  • Is there a licensed acupuncturist in your area? If the physical therapist is not fully trained he will not give you much relief...you can go to www.acufinder.com and plug in your zip code to find a qualified acupuncturist near you. Did you have an injury? Did you just wake up with pain one day? Does the pain radiate down your leg? How much water do you drink daily? Anything less than 64 oz is not enough, ( don't include any other fluids in that amount.) Acupuncture can really help back pain but sometimes you need to give it some time, and go in 2x week if possible. Doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists have had only like 100 hours of training and a licensed acupuncturist has had over 2000hours!Good luck and hope you find some relief.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 5, 2006
    • 02:57 AM
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  • Thank you for getting back to me so soon acuann. I actually had a poppped rib head on my right rib cage shortly before this condition started. I have been told by my doctor and physiotherapist they would not be related. I did have the chiropractor fix the rib head and felt much better directly after. The pain(from this condition) did start in my buttock region and was very painful. It now has localized in my right knee all the way down to my foot. Hardly ever any pain but lots of burning, tingling and weakness in these areas. I am truly at a loss of what to do. I am off of work and feel I should be trying to help myself. I have so far exhausted all avenues I can think of. Any new advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2006
    • 07:23 AM
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  • I have been in a similar situation and after ruling out arthitis, lupis, and just about everything else a ruematologist told me I hade fibromyalgia and myofacial pain. It's not a satisfying diagnosis but after physical therapy, chiropractors and pain meds I've come to terms with the fact that I have these conditions. There's not much you can do for the pain but learn to cope. If nothing else you may have nerve entrapment.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2006
    • 07:55 PM
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  • Hi Kandi,Sorry to hear what you're going through. I would say hold out for the MRI and see how that comes out. The pain, numbness, and lack of reflexes sounds like it could point to Multiple Sclerosis, and that is usually diagnosed with an MRI (though, after less than a year, you might not have anything show up on the MRI yet). It might be worth while to read up on MS while you're waiting for your MRI date to roll around. And you might want to ask your doctor to run an EMG on your right leg, if the MRI comes back normal.~Ryot
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 6, 2006
    • 00:14 AM
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  • Thanks for the advice. I did look up ms and I don't seem to have any of the symtoms this sight suggested. I don't really have muscle pain and that was the only symtom that was somewhat similiar. I have however today recieved some advice on a vitamin/supplement called msm. Has anyone heard anything about this or know someone taking it? At this point I'm going to give it a try.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 05:36 AM
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  • Hi Katie,MSM is a wonderful supplement for the joints. I had a knee injury years ago that laid me up for six weeks. MSM cream and chondroiton and glucosamine helped me to recover. I still take the pills. They protect your joints.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 10:51 PM
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  • I just reread your post and though I strongly recommend MSM, chondroiton, and glucosamine, this sounds more like a nerve problem, though it is possible they might help.Are you a strict vegetarian? The symptoms you mention could be signs of a B-vitamin deficiency, though it seems that this would have been investigated with your alternative practitioners.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 10:55 PM
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  • Were you ever involved in an accident and was your ankle ever x-rayed? I was in a car accident years ago and my ankle was injured, but not broken. Frankly other parts of me were in more pain and thus more attention was given to those areas in terms of x-rays.Years later while seeing a chiropractor for problems further up on that same leg, my chiropractor was eyeing my leg and she said that one leg looked slightly shorter and she thought my fibula was not seated properly. She asked if I had ever injured that ankle!! I told her so, and that I had been x-rayed, but it wasn't broken so nothing was done. What she told me was that they should have x-rayed both ankles for comparison. Just because an ankle looks all right doesn't mean it is and just because you don't have pain there, doesn't mean it can't create pain elsewhere. She said that ankle injuries can cause problems further up on the body. They have to compare both sides of your body when it comes to legs, just like when you have wrist pain they have to look at the arm and shoulders and back. So if your foot or ankle were ever injured, but you didn't have subsequent pain or problems, you still may want to look into them as the cause.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 11:04 PM
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  • By the way, I didn't mention that acupuncture has helped me tremendously with all pain management that arose from this injury. It may not help everyone, but it has certainly helped me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 11:06 PM
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  • thank you all for replying. I have never had any ankle or foot problems or injuries. I am not a strict vegetarian. I am just at this point taking calcium and trying to patiently await the MRI scheduled for January. This condition was really just something that occured one morning when I woke up. Doctors say there can be thousands of reasons why and the only way to know for sure is MRI. I guess the only thing that kind of troubles me is that my mom was diagnosed with rhemotoid arthritis about 8 years ago. It is very much under control but I just am concerned that maybe that is what it is although I am not symptomatic like she was.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 07:13 AM
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  • Weakness of one limb is typically caused by a problem of the spinal cord or peripheral nerve. Charcot Marie Tooth is a peripheral nerve disorder that can present with foot deformity and leg weakness, but is typically picked up by nerve conduction studies. There is also a disease called spinal muscular atrophy that has a segmental form in which only one limb is affected. Usually presents at 10-20yrs of age. Another possiblity is that this could be an atypical presentation of a neuromuscular syndrome such as a muscular dystrophy. Also, an absent ankle reflex has been described as a definite neurological sign, possibly indicating nerve-root compression. Talk to your doctor about these possibilities.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 10:15 AM
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