I have posted previously but had a new question. I was injured several times 1. dog attached by least to pants pulled me forward. 2. PT was doing a manual adjustment did wrong leg and caused major pain, sat too much. 3. was laying on bed with knees bent and left knee fell out to left side (free fall) and I felt a tear but don't know if there was. I have had chronic pain since in one spot on my low back near the L5-S1 area on the buttock sort of near the SI joint. I had a MRI of lower back and bone scan before injury #3 and it was totally normal. I had a hip Xray after injury 3 and it was also normal. After injury 3 I can cross my left leg over the right knee while sitting but not the same as the right side. When I try, the muscles in the left buttock are very tight and I get increased pain in the injury area mentioned above but it doesn't last into the next day. After a year and a half I still can't cross that leg properly and was told to stop trying to cross it for about 6 months until my pain when down. The pain is getting better but I tried again to cross it and it still is frozen. Will I be able to loosen it up if I keep trying? Is there something wrong that I should get checked or is it just scar tissue? what should I do? I am walking a hour a day including hills and doing some chores and driiving but I can't do all my chores yet. thanks in advacne for any suggestions. Marieh9View Thread
I have chronic myofascial pain syndrome. My pain was from my dog yanking me forward (she was tied to my belt loop, duh) two years ago. I have had 5 doctors neurologist, pain medicine doctor, orthopedic surgeon, GP, and integrative medicine (pain specialist) say I have myofascial pain in my left lower back.MRI, hip xrays and bone scan all normal. I have been two four physical therapists. I had sucess on my first injury after 7 months and a cortisone injection I finally got out of pain for a year and a half. The next recurrance was due to a twist in yoga and the pain in the same area came back. I went to a physical therapist (PT) and did well and got out of pain in 6 weeks but was not told to not bend and I did and reinjured. I was down about it and family problems and went to another PT. This PT really injured me and I had another MRI still normal. I got on pain meds and muscles relaxers and was told to not move around too much. So I sat for a month. I was really weak and started walking. I went to another PT and was doing ok but he worked me too fast and I pulled a muscle. Then he tried to do traction to loosen my hip flexors (I think) and it really hurt and he also bruised my ribs. I quit and then I got another big injury at home. I was getting ready to stretch and the got distracted by my husband and I was on my back with knees bend and I let my left leg fall out to the left. I felt a tear though I don't know if there was one. After that injury I couldn't hardly lift my left foot to walk and couldn't get outside or squat in the shower to wash my privy parts, and I still can't cross my left leg over my right properly or well enough to get my left sock off or pull my pants up. Hip Xray was normal. Since then I have stayed away from PT's and have done stretches on my own and walk now 1 hour a day and do 1 medium hill. I was getting set back about every 2-3 weeks by a slight strain until finally these ceased for two months and now I'm getting them again from small things like stretching my leg in my sleep, or lifting a bowl of soup overhead into the microwave etc. I still can bend and am getting accupunture and biofeedback etc. I am back on flexeril but I sitll have pain. Now that you have my history, I need obviously to get back in shape without hurting myself. Any suggestions since I am still sitting too much and can't lift anything but I do wash dishes and try to do small things. I need help to get back in shape. thanks Marieh9View Thread
I wanted to ask given my profile up above, it had been a year and a half and I was told not to try and cross my leg on the bad side until my pain went down. My doctor now said to try it. I did and it is still very hard to cross that leg. I sit and cross the left leg over the right knee (so I can try to put shoes on etc.) and that leg doesn't cross like the other. It can't lay to the left side and the buttock muscle is very tight. It is basicaly frozen. If I keep trying will it loosen up? I had the hip Xray after the leg fell out to the left as mentioned above and it was normal. Could this all be scar tissue or what is the problem? I do get some increased pain about an hour after I cross the leg ( in the buttock where my other injury is) but it goes away by the next day. Any suggestions? marieh9View Thread
Do you have tendonitis or carpal tunnel? I had tendonitis and they had me first try to lower the pain with NSAIDs, then later they used a topical steroid using iontophoresis (like electrophoresis with a steroid patch) and had me do some stretches and massage. The massage supposedly breaks up some of the tissue that gets tight in the forearm and i have De Quervains tendonitis on my right hand. They told me to bend the thumb and gently pull the thumb at the joint downward to stretch the tendon. It hurt some but it gets better with time. They also had me squeeze my hands in a ball and other exercises like that. It is basically to try and get more movement in the area where the tendon is inflammed or stuck. Then I progressed to 1 lb weights to lift with the hand using the wrist etc. and clay putty to squeeze. At home I also used cold water bath then warm water, 5 cycles ending in cold water to get the inflammation down. You can use ice after surgery until it is ok to use heat then you use ice, heat same thing. A brace for a short time only until the stiches are gone. Many doctors don't like a brace but it can help for a couple of weeks. Beware your grip strength will lessen until you recover. I have chronic tendonitis and the surgery was 50:50. A cortisone shot into the 1st dorsal compartment helped a lot. hope this helps. marieh9View Thread
Hi, I have written on other sites but was referred here. I was initally injured in 2006 by my dog pulling me forward. I have since seen a GP, pain doc, ortho surgeon, neurologist and now integrative med doc. All think I have myofascial. I did PT and recovered after 7 months (MRI was negative). I was out of pain for 1 1/2 years. I recurred when doing a move in yoga. I went to 3 physical therpists two/three thought I had SI joint regardless of what the doctors said. MRI, bone scan, and hip xrays negative. 1st, new PT (after recurrance), got me out of pain in 6 weeks but then she didn't tell me not to bend so I reinjured, then I went back and she didn't tell me to stop certain excercises I reinjured. I changed PT's again. This second PT (after yoga recurrance) was using manual manipulation to get my SI joint "back in place". He did the wrong side one day and I went into major pain. I was told by my GP to not move much so I sat for a month and walked very little and got atrophied. So I went to PT #3 who tho' I told them I was weak had me do a lunge and I pulled a muscle. Then he did traction on the left leg to loosen the thigh, again felt like I couldn't walk. He then tried to adjust the muscles to put the sacrum back and that hurt alot and he bruised my ribs. I quit and at home I was trying one of PT #3's SI corrections and I was laying on my back and had knees bent and my left leg fell out to the left. Since then I can't cross my left leg enough to put pants on.I couldn't lift my left foot to step into the shower or go outside for two months. I am now with a integrative med doc and doing accupunture, biofeedback and I am walking 1 hour plus starting a hill. But I am still very weak (arms and buttocks and legs etc.) from sitting too much despite the walking. I am trying to increase. My question here is I am doing much better but my doctor wants me to try PT again. I am thinking of going back to the original one I had with my first recurrance as he didn't injure me. I am afraid and want to know if there are any suggestions on how to get through PT without reinjury and so that I can go forward. I can't do steps yet only one at a time and starting with my good right leg first. I am taking an NSAID, Flexeril and lots of supplements. Any other suggestions please feels free. Any suggestions on how to bring this all up with the PT. He listens well. thanks and sorry for the long email. marieh9View Thread
Hi Melissa, Thanks for the reply. Well, when I move the leg to cross it the range of motion isn't as far as the right side. Also, it feels like it pulls but I'm not sure whether it increases my pain or not. I think it does but since I haven't used it that way my integrative med doc said not to do anything that increases pain right now. But, as some point I'll have to address this issue too. I have had an MRI, bone scan and hip Xrays and all are normal. When I got this secondary injury (before this I just had the back pain problem and I could cross that leg ok) I got it by laying on my back with my knees bent and I got distracted by my husband and I let my left leg (bent at the knee) fall out to the left. I felt a tearing like feeling but didn't hear anything. I couldn't lift my foot much for about a month and it took me two months to get outside over the step and also to get into the shower. At that time I couldn't squat to wash myself (privy parts) and now I can wash myself and squat and I can cross the leg but not well enough to reach my shoe or sock to get it off. I think I am starting to improve and I am walking up a hill now and walking a hour but still have pain. I was getting minor strains that would last a week and then that finally stopped for two months so I was told to go ahead and walk hills. The minor strains have come back but they last a day to 3 days. I am still able to do my walk with the pain most of the time. I am being followed closely by the integrative medicine doc who specializes in pain management. He knows about the problem. I just wanted extra advise since the time with my doc is limited. Does this info help? I appreciate your advice. thanks, mkh9View Thread
Thanks for the website. I have done some of these in the past. I will try to incorporate them into my plan. I have been trying to do stretches. I also can't bend or cross my left leg over my knee when sitting (I can but far enough to reach my foot). So I can't put my shoes or pants on myself. What exercises would help with this problem? If I am walking a hour a day and doing hills (one hill so far), will I eventually loosen up naturally? Thank you, marie9View Thread
Thanks for your reply. Unfortuately, the two PT's that injured me both had Ph.D's and both had the creditials you mentioned, and the one that really hurt me was doing manual therapy, joint mobilization. I don't have SI joint I have myofascial pain syndrome, As I said 5 doctors including my integrative med doc says I don't have SI problem. The Two PT's said I had SI joint. My pain went away with muscle relaxants and finally I am getting better without PT. The person that did massage helped me and let me do the stretches and strenthening on my own. This did help but she didn't tell me not to bend and I was injured then she had 3-5 patients at once as wasn't watching me and after the injury she didn't say not to do certain stretches and I did all and hurt myself again. So, my husband says no more. It is hard for to trust another one. I did well with the first one but I was in good physical shape (had just hiked the rocky mountains and was jogging 3 miles a day) when dog injured me. So when I started with him I did well but was not atrophied like I am now. he said I had a torn ligament not SI joint syndrome. It is a shame and hard to know what I can do at home . A catch 22. Any ideas on exercises for home? marieh9View Thread
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