Low back pain can be debilitating for those who suffer from this painful condition. I’ve heard many men and women say that there is no pain like low back pain.
Spinal nerves are delicate and in the case of the legs and feet can be up to 3-4 feet long. When a nerve gets pressure on it, it creates a response. In the case of a pinched spinal nerve, it will often cause a lot of pain. However, a pinched nerve in the low back can cause other health conditions than back or leg pain.
A few years ago, I had a patient named Glenda who had suffered from severe low back and leg pain for almost 30 years before she came to me. When we met, Glenda told me that the only thing that felt like would give her relief was if someone took a knife and slit down the front of her leg and shoveled out the hot coals.
She also told me that her pain was so intense that she only had 3 minutes to stand up before she had to sit down. She said that she couldn’t wash her hair and clean her body in the same shower because she didn’t have time to do both.
Glenda also had a condition called “gastroparesis”. Gastroparesis is when someone’s digestive tract becomes paralyzed and doesn’t move food through properly. She described how when it would get really bad, her abdomen would swell to huge proportions.
She told me that on one occasion, her abdomen got so big that it tore her abdominal muscles. She also explained that she was in the hospital once and someone asked her when she was due. She explained that she was in her 70’s and wasn’t pregnant.
Glenda asked me if the treatments that I was going to do for her low back and leg pain could have an effect on her gastroparesis. I told her that I didn’t know but that the spinal nerves go into the legs but they also have branches that go to the digestive tract.
I’m happy to report that by the end of her treatments, Glenda was able to reduce her gastroparesis medications and was thrilled about it. Also, one day my wife and kids were in the clinic and I watched as Glenda stood for half an hour talking to my children.
Also, as Glenda was nearing the end of her treatments, her husband called her at 9 o’clock at night because he was worried about her. She was shopping with her 17 year old granddaughter! I know it sounds too good to be true but it is.
I used Glenda’s story to illustrate the fact that all nerves understand is pressure. If a nerve has enough pressure, it will send electrical signals to whatever organ it goes to. That is why so many people who have a “pinched nerve” will get muscle cramps.
Nerves go to both muscles and organs. When a nerve gets pinched from a degenerated, herniated disc or a bulging disc, the nerve can cause muscle cramps in the legs such as “Charlie Horses”, calf cramps, etc…
When the L5-S1 disc space is compromised, the L5-S1 nerve can get pinched and cause a pain referral pattern of shooting a lightning bolt into or out of the big toe or the 2 toes next to the big toe. It is also common for a pinched L5-S1 nerve to cause pain into the hips, buttocks, hamstrings and calves.
When the L4-L5 disc space is degenerated or dessicated, many patients will complain of lower abdominal pain, groin pain, testicular pain, or pain on the inside of their thighs.
Sciatica is a painful condition in which spinal nerves can get “pinched” and cause radicular pain or “radiculopathy”. Basically, L3, L4, and L5 all have nerves that contribute to the sciatic nerve. When one of those nerves has pressure on it, it can cause irritation to the nerve roots that go into the sciatic nerve.
The resting membrane potential of a nerve is -70 mV. Nerve conduction is “all or none”. If the pressure on a nerve reaches -70 mV, the nerve will send its electrical signals and “fire”.
If a herniated, bulging, or “slipped” disc puts enough pressure on the nerve that is closest to it, it can cause the nerve to reach -70 mV and turn someone’s world upside down.
It’s the same process as a cavity in a tooth. A cavity will expose a nerve and the smallest amount of pressure can cause the nerve to reach -70 mV and light the tooth up with intense pain.
Pretty much everyone knows that cold water, hot water, a piece of lettuce, or even air can cause an extreme amount of pain when there is a cavity in a tooth.
Spinal nerves are much larger than the nerves in your teeth and that is why they can cause so much pain that can put someone down. Actually, a pinched sciatic nerve can cause someone to fall if enough pressure gets on the nerve and the leg gives out due to what is basically a “short circuit” of the nerve.
The wonderful news is that as bad as things may seem, most people don’t have to suffer for the long haul. New technology that is non-invasive has been developed that can take pressure off of nerves in a natural way without medications or surgery.
In my clinic, patients go through my proprietary disc rehydration protocol and laser treatments to free up their choked or pinched nerves and get their quality of life back through non-invasive procedures.
Over the last 17 years, I have traveled the country developing my treatment methods and seeking out ways to work with patients in non-invasive natural ways. It is my passion helping those who couldn’t be helped.
I have close to 1,000 hours of post-doctorate education which far exceeds the annual requirements of 24 hours per year.
My protocols have a high success rate and have worked for people from the ages of 18 to 93. It may be surprising, but I have worked with quite a few patients who were over 90 years of age.
I actually had a 93 year old patient who drove by herself to Conway, Arkansas from Fort Myers, Florida. She lived in Conway while she went through her treatments and drove herself back to Southern Florida when she completed her care.
If you are suffering, take action. Don’t let another day go by without aggressively seeking help. Life is short.
Health is Happiness,
Dr. Keith Currie