Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain

Fibromyalgia is many things to many people.  I’ve always found it to be really interesting when a new patient comes to me with their history and tells me that one of their Drs. (or maybe all of them) have told them that they “must have fibromyalgia”.

They will describe to me how they were tested and have all of the pressure points that go into the diagnosis of fibromyalgia and also how their pain is varied and randomized.

They will then describe all of the medications that they have tried.  Continue reading “Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain”

Headaches and Neck Pain

A common complaint of people with headaches is that they also have neck pain.  Some people even say that they feel like the cause of their headaches is from a problem in their cervical spine (neck).

In this article, I’m going to make connections between the cervical spine and headache pain.  The two are absolutely related in many cases and each can contribute to the other kind of like a dog chasing its tail.

First, we need to discuss some basics of human anatomy.  Hang with me on this because by laying the foundation of understanding the basics, it will help us when we dig in a little deeper.

Anatomy and Headaches

The cervical spine has significant neurological involvement with the Parasympathetic Autonomic Nervous System (PANS).  Continue reading “Headaches and Neck Pain”

Is There a Cure for Meralgia Paresthetica?

Thigh pain, or numbness in the thigh, can be life altering for many.  Any time there is numbness, it can be a sign of possible nerve damage and should be taken seriously.  Once a nerve becomes permanently damaged, it is irreversible and normal function is gone forever.

Numbness in the thigh is a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica.  Meralgia Paresthetica can be a painful condition for those who suffer from it for a prolonged period of time.  Most people can bear pain or numbness for a short time period but when a condition becomes chronic, it can become quite bothersome.

Last week, a consultation came in and told me of his meralgia paresthetica and how much pain he had been in.  He also described the numbness in his upper leg and thigh.  He was very concerned because he hadn’t been able to find help.

In Arkansas, I am very well known for my natural and non-invasive treatment successes for people who suffer from chronic and debilitating neck and low back pain, failed low back and neck surgery syndrome, peripheral neuropathy (tingling, burning, or numbness of the hands and feet), loss of balance, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, and sciatica.

All of these conditions have one thing in common:  Nerves.  Continue reading “Is There a Cure for Meralgia Paresthetica?”

Laser Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery is on the rise.  In fact, it’s big business.  The only problem is that patient after patient has come to me for treatment after they had failed surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Why does carpal tunnel surgery fail so often?  I believe that there are several reasons.  These are the topics that will be discussed in this article.  I will also discuss part of my highly successful natural and non-invasive treatment methods for people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and other forms of radiculopathy or nerve pain.

Is the Nerve Conduction Velocity Test Accurate for Detecting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

 

I’ve read thousands of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports.  An MRI is imaging that is different than x-rays or CT scans. MRI’s show soft tissue problems such as bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteophytes (bone spurts), and a condition called facet joint hypertrophy.

Most of the MRI reports that come across my desk are lumbar and cervical MRI’s.  Occasionally, I’ll read a thoracic MRI report but most of my patients have severe and chronic low back pain with accompanied hip or leg pain.

I’ve also treated many severe neck pain patients with upper extremity radiculopathy which is pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the upper back, shoulders, arms and hands.  Continue reading “What is Facet Joint Syndrome?”

Can Deep Breathing Reduce Low Back or Neck Pain?

Chronic low back and neck pain can be debilitating for so many who suffer with these conditions.  In fact, my entire professional career has been centered around treating the worst of the worst.

I don’t get your garden variety neck and low back pain patients.  The most common scenario I see in my clinic are patients who have been in pain for years.  Most have tried injections, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, stem cell injections, steroid injections, etc…

Over half of my patients come to me after having failed neck or low back surgery.  I know the neck and back pain world very well.  I’ve heard thousands of sad stories of lost quality of life, lost relationships, lost time with family and loved ones. Continue reading “Can Deep Breathing Reduce Low Back or Neck Pain?”

What is a Slipped Disc?

Throughout my career, I have had many patients come in and describe their low back pain, leg pain, sciatica, hip pain, neck pain, and spinal stenosis as being caused by a ‘Slipped Disc”.

I’ve often thought that the term slipped disc was a funny one because it really doesn’t fit with human anatomy.  A spinal disc is the cushion between two vertebrae so how can it be “slipped”?    Continue reading “What is a Slipped Disc?”

Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome

Approximately half a million low back surgeries are done each year in the United States of America.  Some may wonder why the number is so high especially when you consider that low back surgeries have such poor long term outcomes.

The article Alarming Escalation of Fusion Surgery written in 2016 by Dr. Ron Feise, D.C. states that between 1993 and 2008, spinal fusion surgeries increased by 773.8%. To put this into perspective, that’s only a 15 year time frame.   Continue reading “Failed Low Back Surgery Syndrome”

Pain Changes Things

I have dedicated my professional career to working with patients who are in chronic pain.  It has become my life’s calling.  I get so much joy and happiness helping people who say that nothing else had worked for them before they came to me.

Some people may think I’m a nerd, but I still get goosebumps when someone tells me how much better they are.  I’ve been in healthcare for a long time but I feel like I hit the game winning 3 point shot in the NBA Finals every time a patient shares with me a great success story with all of the things that they couldn’t do before and all of the things they can do now.

I don’t believe in, recommend, or do pain management.  To me, “pain management” is for the birds  It’s sad, because it is a multi-trillion dollar industry but I don’t have a time and place for pain management. Continue reading “Pain Changes Things”

What Causes Calf Cramps

Calf cramps can be miserable for those who suffer from them.  Through the years, I’ve had patient after patient come in and tell me how thankful they were to finally get rid of the cramps in their calf muscles after I successfully treated them.

Of course, when people have cramps in their muscles, they want to find relief fast.  It can be extremely painful and make you care about nothing else when you are in that moment.

You may experiment by drinking pickle juice, or you may have done all of the stretching that your friends, doctors and therapists have told you and still have cramping in your lower legs.

What are Possible Causes of Cramps?

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My Quest to Solve Low Back Pain

I have some really exciting news for all of my patients and future patients.  I just got back from a business trip where I purchased another machine to add to my treatment protocols for severe low back, hip and leg pain.

It helps people with severe low back pain, sciatica, peripheral neuropathy, and spinal stenosis caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, facet joint arthropathy, and degenerative disc disease.

In life, we all want to get better.  I am always working to do better for my patients and add more tools to my tool box when it comes to available treatment options for people who are suffering and in need of some serious help. Continue reading “My Quest to Solve Low Back Pain”

Can Yoga Help Low Back Pain?

Various forms of yoga have been done for hundreds of years.  Even the cave men and women probably had some soft patch of grass where they would do some gentle stretching to loosen up their achy bones and joints.

I know you realize that I’m joking here but as I think about it, maybe it’s not a joke.  Seriously, hunting and gathering was really hard on their bodies and let’s face it, they didn’t have good quality shoes, diets, sleeping arrangements, or anything for that matter so you know that they had a lot of low back, hip and leg pain. Continue reading “Can Yoga Help Low Back Pain?”

Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain

Occasionally, I will have someone come to me with symptoms of classical trigeminal neuralgia.  I’ve been in practice for a long time so through the years, it has been enough people that I thought I would write an article about this painful condition called “trigeminal neuralgia”.

In fact, I currently have a patient who has suffered with trigeminal neuralgia for years.  This patient has traveled a great distance to see me because he felt that I could help him when no one else has been able to do so. Continue reading “Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain”

What Does Sciatica Feel Like?

Sciatica pain is some of the worst pain that is possible in my opinion.  I’ve never given birth to a child or anything but I have seen what sciatica can do to both men and women and it ain’t pretty.

Yes, I realize that I used bad grammar but it’s not pretty.  I’ve seen both men and women who had sciatica nerve pain cry painful tears of agony.  I’ve seen people be on the floor because they can’t stand up.

Some people may think, “How could one pinched nerve in my back cause so much pain in my buttock or leg?”  I’m here to tell you that it can and it does. Continue reading “What Does Sciatica Feel Like?”

Why Are My Thumb and First Finger Going Numb?

I used to race motorcycles back in the early 1990’s.  It was a sport called motocross.  I loved it.  It was some of the most fun that I’ve ever had.

It was pure adrenaline.  Imagine jumping 25 feet in the air and having to time the landing just right to pull it off.  Imagine 20 guys racing towards the first turn knowing how important it is to get a quick lead at the beginning of the race.

It was like a stampede of mad cows but instead of 4 legs and a tail, we all had 250 cc engines on 2 wheels.  Those 2 stroke motorcycles were like raging bulls with power that is hard to explain for someone who has never been on one.  It was really something else.

During that part of my life, I was stationed on Guam while in the United States Air Force.  It was my dream to get out of the Air Force and become a professional motorcycle racer. Continue reading “Why Are My Thumb and First Finger Going Numb?”

Why is my Big Toe Numb?

In this article, I’m going to talk about why people have numbness or pain in their big toe (and sometimes the 2nd and 3rd toes).  Big toe pain is a common finding both in patients who have a history of low back pain and/or previous low back surgery.

I also treat a lot of patients that have big toe numbness who haven’t had a failed low back surgery and don’t have low back pain at all.  It’s hard to understand how you could have a form of pain in your big toe and not have Continue reading “Why is my Big Toe Numb?”

Is There a Cure for Degenerative Disc Disease?

I have spent the last 15 plus years helping people who suffer from chronic low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, headaches and neuropathy.  I also do a great deal of functional medicine with patients internationally.

One question that I get over and over again is, “My doctors tell me that I’m old and that my pain is from arthritis and that I’m just going to have to live with it.  Is that true?” Continue reading “Is There a Cure for Degenerative Disc Disease?”