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***Need help! Flareups of numbness, tingling, stiffness

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  • Posted By: tarmale
  • September 15, 2008
  • 06:57 PM

Hi,

I am a 38 year old woman who has been having the same symptoms plus a few new ones for about 5 years now.
I was adjusted at a chiropractor 5 years ago and ever since then I have "flareups" of numbness and twitching in my face, arms, legs. It seems to travel but almost always in my face. Also, when I do flare up I seem to get very stiff all over especially my feet. It almost feels like my body is made out of glass and when I walk everything is breaking. It's very painful and depressing. My right leg and arm gets especially stiff and it's hard to walk. My feet stiffen up like I have plantar fascitis.
I've been to numerous dr's and all have told me different things but nothing conclusive. I had low b12 so I'm on supplements and they have brought my level up. I've had two brain mri's and there is no evidence of any lesions or stroke, other mri's and xrays of the body etc. I've had gallons (it seems) of bloodwork done and there is nothing! No arthritis, no ms, diabetes etc.
The only thing I can mention that I do have is a mild fatty liver and a 3cm hemangioma and possibly gallstones. My fasting blood sugar is usually in the 90's and sometimes 80's. I am about 30lbs overweight which I'm working to get off.
Please, if anyone knows what this might be can you please tell me? I feel as though the episodes are getting closer together, lasting longer and are more severe.

Thank you!!

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  • We have a really good chiropractor in SE Arizona if you ever get in this area. He is moving to northern AZ in Jan, however....seems like it could be related to the bad adjustment. Some times, they just don't have the touch. I would look for someone else to do a couple of adjustments, but you might be too nervous. You may want to try several acupuncture treatments to see how they go and may need up to ten or so before you are feeling better.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 01:34 AM
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  • Maybe celiac disease. Try here: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 00:44 PM
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  • Hi, I am a 38 year old woman who has been having the same symptoms plus a few new ones for about 5 years now.I was adjusted at a chiropractor 5 years ago and ever since then I have "flareups" of numbness and twitching in my face, arms, legs. It seems to travel but almost always in my face. Also, when I do flare up I seem to get very stiff all over especially my feet. It almost feels like my body is made out of glass and when I walk everything is breaking. It's very painful and depressing. My right leg and arm gets especially stiff and it's hard to walk. My feet stiffen up like I have plantar fascitis. I've been to numerous dr's and all have told me different things but nothing conclusive. I had low b12 so I'm on supplements and they have brought my level up. I've had two brain mri's and there is no evidence of any lesions or stroke, other mri's and xrays of the body etc. I've had gallons (it seems) of bloodwork done and there is nothing! No arthritis, no ms, diabetes etc. The only thing I can mention that I do have is a mild fatty liver and a 3cm hemangioma and possibly gallstones. My fasting blood sugar is usually in the 90's and sometimes 80's. I am about 30lbs overweight which I'm working to get off. Please, if anyone knows what this might be can you please tell me? I feel as though the episodes are getting closer together, lasting longer and are more severe. Thank you!!I now have painful tightness in my left jaw joint, as well as a lopsided, puffy face. I believe I have these problems because two chiropractic interns performed bone-crunching neck adjustments. Shortly afterward, my jaw felt misaligned, my chin receded, my bite was off, my teeth hurt and when I slowly opened my mouth, my jaw swung to my left. I reported these problems to the 2 interns who treated me, to subsequent interns and a supervising doctor at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA (LCCW). They all said my misaligned jaw would naturally re-set because regular chiropractic care properly realigns the whole body. But my jaw misalignment caused a chain reaction of compensating misalignments. I developed pains in my arms and feet, so I thought I had bursitis and plantar fasciitis. Interns applied cold laser treatments to no effect. Along with a receding jawline, I soon had a massive double chin, even though I hadn’t gained weight. I felt frustrated that interns & doctors showed no concern about my facial distortion even when I showed them before-and-after photographs. After 2 years of indifference, I complained to the president of LCCW, who told me that my intractable “jaw/TMJ problem” was resistant to chiropractic treatment. (No doctor ever told me I have TMJ problems.) The LCCW president also blamed orthodontia work done 30 years ago, thereby ignoring my before-and-after pictures showing facial changes in 2006. The president’s assertion that I have an intractable, chiropractic-resistant jaw problem would mean interns and doctors strung me along for 2 ½ years while knowing they couldn’t help me. In November 2008, I switched to osteopathic treatment. The osteopath--who is board certified in internal medicine--told me rough neck adjustments had caused trauma to my neck and jaw. This trauma activated a clenching reflex in surrounding muscles, thereby causing my jaw to pull back, my chin to recede, my bite to become misaligned and my lymphatic system to constrict, thus causing facial puffiness. Since ending chiropractic care at LCCW, I’ve spent about $6,000 on massage therapy and osteopathic care. I recommend that anyone with chronic joint/skeletal problems see an osteopath, who attends medical school for 4 years and has diagnostic expertise. Osteopaths are more expensive, but when you calculate the fee against the treatment time, it's comparable to chiropractic care. My osteopath treats me for 45 minutes, whereas my chiropractic treatments lasted about 5 minutes. Osteopathic treatment is so gentle, I sometimes fall asleep on the table. My first visit cost $250 and lasted 90 minutes. Subsequent visits cost $135. I checked out my osteopath on the Internet. FYI: There's an interesting article on the dangers of neck adjustments. You can Google "neck adjustment dangers" or go to: http://www.self.com/health/2007/04/chiropractors-causing-strokes; I hope this helps.--Elizabeth N.
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