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My leg pain and a healer

Update: Now at about two months since the start of the problem here’s a little update:
I have much less painful episodes and when they occur they are not as painful now and usually not long at all but more of a one-time shocks. They are also now somewhat more connected to how I move the leg and I usually experience these one-time shocks now only when putting the leg awkwardly. But otherwise I’m much much better.


I still do the TCM sessions since I believe they are the ones that help me most in the long run. My friend now puts much more attention to the lower back. I’ve also went to a neurologist and she confirmed that Chinese medicine is good. It’s also possible to do physiotherapy instead or some other form of complementary medicine. She also prescribed me Vitamins from group B since they help the healing process of nerve endings. She confirmed that the problem is in the lower spine and she assured me that it will soon pass. But I need to pay more attention to lifting weights. I also started getting more to the gym, mostly to swim, since it should really strengthen my back muscles. It’s very essential to future prevention of this problem.
End of update.

For about 5 weeks now I’ve been having a periodic pain inside the calf of my right leg. At first days I thought it were muscle cramps but after I noticed that the calf muscle was soft at the time of pain I understood it was something else.

It was very painful at first and quite often. My first success in reducing the pain was a treatment by a friend of mine who does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I think, the Tui Na (pronounced tweena) massage was the most helping part. But the pain persisted and came back and my family doctor could not find its source. So he prescribed Vitamin E, without explaining much. Later, when I asked he told me that Vitamin helps nerve endings. Since he didn’t know the reason for the pain he sent me to see a blood vessel surgeon. But I had almost 4 weeks before my appointment with him took place. Now, to the more interesting part of the story…

During that time I called a friend of my mother, who lives in New-York. He is an energy healer but I never talked to him before about this. But since my problem was quite acute and the meeting with the surgeon about 3 weeks away (and not much hope that it would help), I decided that I’ll call him. At that time, my assumption was that the problem was indeed somehow connected to blood vessels inside the leg, since the pain was pulsating and it didn’t feel to me like muscle pain.

During my talk with this healer I explained to him where I have the pain and suggested that it had something to do with the blood vessels. He told me to let him check. He then told me that he sees nothing wrong with my blood circulation and he sees that the problems comes from my lower back, in the spine. It was pretty unusual, since nobody before him suggested this. He then did me an energy treatment on my lower back and I had 3 days pain free. I contacted him again about 1 or 2 weeks later when the pain returned and made me nervous again. He told me his observation was that I was doing better, gave me another treatment and I had another 3 days without pain.

About a week and a half ago I went to that blood vessel surgeon. His visual inspection was that he didn’t see anything wrong with the blood circulation in the leg but to be sure he sent me for a doppler test which should check circulation inside the leg. As I understand its an ultrasound test. I have it next week. Yet he also suggested that this kind of pain can be sourced from the lower back and he also sent me for another test, called EMG (Electromyography). EMG tests muscle and nerve functionality.

Yesterday I’ve done this test and although it was a bit painful it showed what the problem is. The problem affects a inner muscle inside the calf but the source of the problem is an irritation in the nerve in the lower spine. I have to see what the surgeon will tell me about the needed treatment (but I have a week until I meet him). I guess some healers really know what they are doing. I have called him again yesterday after the test to update him on results but really didn’t need it for himself. He only gave me another treatment and told me that it was getting better with time. Well, that’s the story of my leg pain, which isn’t over yet, so it seems.

   

 

 

11 Comments

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  2. Some people report feeling discomfort or pain, depending on the muscles being tested.
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  5. when i was reading your story, it was like reading my own life story.
    I suffer from the same pain since 2007 and I visited so many doctors.
    I visited european hospitals, some also in China, some healers using
    chinese medicine, also method NA TUI. I spent so much money on
    treatment and looking for reason of my pain and nothing helped.
    They said that i am completely healthy. Any examinations – X-rays,
    CT, MRI, blood tests, sono, nothing proved irridation of my sciatic
    nerve. When pain appears, 4 times per month for 4 days, i have
    problems to walk and pulsing pain goes down the sciatic nerve. I
    though that there is some problem with microcirculation. But i was
    probably wrong, nothing proved it. When pain comes, i cant stand
    stand anything, noisey sounds, voices, sneezing, coughing and etc
    makes me feel worse. So many people suffer and spend money on healing
    this condition, but till now i found only one solution. I started to
    use gabapentin or lyrica. iT really helped me a lot. Problem is that
    i am planning a baby, and i cant use this medicine during pregnancy.
    I dont use this medicine anymore for a baby, but it is like i was
    dying. Every day is worse and worse. I cant use iboprofen, diclofenac,
    nothing. I am really sorry for all of you who are looking for some pain
    relief and havent found it yet. If you have some advices, please share
    it here, many people will be thankful if it helps a little.

    • On the bright side… you have invested in a lot for your education regarding your pain…. sorry trying to be motivational… but you are in pain.. I would look into neurological release with an exercise therapist… and SMR rolling… SMR stands for self myofascial release… the exercise therapist may also diagnose your muscle imbalances as well.

      Sounds like your bones are okay.. but your nerves and fascia are irritated and there is a muscle imbalance not addressed… check this out:
      http://backpainsolutionsonline.com/lower-back-pain-exercises/muscle-balance-therapy%E2%84%A2

  6. well start about 9 months ago i start littlr bit pain my leg but i dont know what it is from my butt to knee that pain then couple months getting worst i trying get better when i go to bed at night i cant sleep very well keep my leg plain but i not sure if i have Haemorrhoidal if i do have that how do i get better plz help me take ages get plain… well i dont know wat it i cant run getting worst but i know not hamstring…. somthing in my leg feel like stabb my leg only left leg

    • My guess is that’s sciatica pain. You better go and see a neurologist to examine the nerves in your back, just as they did for me (EMG test), which showed where the problem was.

      • HI,
        even i am in the same situation jacob.i have pain in my left leg calf.its since 2 months now.i am taking pain relifers which my doc gave me.i have done with ultrasound but everything was fine.last week i gave x ray ,and waiting for the results.can u plz sugest me with any kind of treatment or docs,i stay in baltimore,maryland,usa.shall i take vitamin E tables for some relief.
        u r suggestion will be appriciated.
        thank you

    • I have very similar situation as Glen described, a few months ago I was treated for one varicose vein behind my left leg behind my knee, I’m not sure if still the case with the varicose veins but the pain stop for a little while and then is back again. I’m confuse and not sure who to go see. Can you recommend someone to help?

  7. wondering what was the status of your situation?