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    Ouch!! Former ballet dancer truly feels your pain.
    Take it easy as it is a maddeningly incremental healing process.
    Everyone has their 2cents worth….I was helped with acupuncture. .
    Your writing has been missed.


    I don’t know if it is available in Canada but see if your doc will prescribe Voltaren Gel 1% (generic name is diclofenac sodium) which is a topical pain med. This may help, I wish you luck and better health.


    One more possible help is Nyloxin which can be bought in a mouth spray or topical gel and is sold without a Rx (at least in the US). Check here:


    Ilargi you need to see a GOOD neurologist for a proper work-up of your symptoms.

    V. Arnold

    I would second seychelles on that; hope you mend quickly Ilargi…


    Hope you recover soon, and let us know what helps best to relieve the pain.


    Yuck. Really sorry to hear. I have long and life altering parallels; but won’t unload here. Just two things- loss of sleep is far more important than most health workers yet realize; I’ve had at least 3 times in my life when disturbed sleep turned out to the be chief cause of a pile of health symptoms. Find a way to sleep.

    And – getting a regular neurologist’s opinion is a good idea. But. I live close to the Mayo Clinic- and 3 years ago, at immense expense, I baffled a senior physician who is probably one of the top 5 neurologists in the world (you should see the awards on his office wall). Excellent physician- took me 100% seriously, tested everything (3 full days in the Mayo test dungeons) – and at the end “we still have no idea what’s going on”. He did then prescribe a medication with an off-label effect to treat the major symptom; which worked for 2 years, anyway.

    So try the mainstream; try all the weird stuff; and when this one doesn’t work, try the next one, fairly quickly. Oh, and, many weird afflictions have on-line support groups these days- I recommend them.


    I would strongly encourage you to not put additional stress on your body (i.e. long flights) until you are fully recovered, as much as you want to return to your “usual” activities. It’s a hard lesson I’ve had to learn with a series of head injuries. If you move too fast you risk permanent damage. Not that you shouldn’t push your limits but it should be done thoughtfully and with respect for your body’s need to heal. It is difficult for us to acknowledge limits to our desires to “do”. You need to be in this life-long game for the longterm!


    Sorry to hear this Ilargi, I hope you heal up soon.


    Get better soon. Sorry for all you’re going through.


    Ilargi, consider that your body may be expressing long term physical and psychological stress. I have worked with people for over 25 years as a chiropractor and Pilates instructor and time and again have seen that this kind of debilitating injury is a voice, a message to you from your soul-body. The day after my sister was diagnosed with a terminal ALS like illness I bent down to pick up a pencil in my Pilates studio and my back blew out so to speak. I have also undertaken many different kinds of therapies to help with my back. The most useful was Rolfing which is fascial release therapy. I have had many chronic pain clients benefit a great deal from this work. Fascia is where human beings put their pain and stress to be able to keep going as it is a relatively sensation free tissue but it is also a major player in lymphatic flow and in meridian energy balance in the body. Hence acupuncture would be of help too.

    If you would like to talk more about this I would be happy to help in any way I can.


    Raul, have been in the same quandary, crippling pain in feet and legs. I could not even go as far as the toilet….very humbling.
    Can highly recommend Acupuncture, is the only treatment that helps without poisoning you with allopathic “medicine”.
    Best wishes!


    Dear Raul – Your collection of bad economic news is part of my daily news diet. I’ve done such news aggregation for regional cooperation since 2003 and know how much work it is to find, read and decide what should be included. That you’ve been doing this in pain due to severe muscle pain is troubling. Having had long term chronic pain for many years, like others offering advise here, we do in fact feel your pain. My problem was a pelvic tilt, one leg shorter than the other more than normal, a lifting injury at age 17. Some resolution with chiropractic finger pressure acupuncture at age 50, but it took deep muscle massage at age 58 to correct the muscle distortion caused by living with an injury over 40 years. I did two or three sessions a week for nearly a year, with regular massages after that. Though I’d had massages here and there, it took continuous treatment to get the muscles right – then the regular hiking I did was more effective in maintaining moderate strength – never have been an athlete.

    So there’s a way to correct muscle, but that doesn’t mean you need to carry all the problems of the world. An unburdening of that is what I recommend. I carried that too, but not as much as I see you doing. The teaching of Greater Community Spirituality that I follow says we are here to work and to do so need to find our meaning, purpose and direction so that we may contribute to the world. The many challenges of the world we can’t solve, but working with others, we can contribute. It is beyond chop wood, carry water, in that this is a complex world in which we live. Power and domination are the objective of many, so communities have to work together to create environments of responsible freedom where human creativity can continue its evolution of organization and technology in a very competitive and challenging universe. The lack of wisdom and knowledge in our societies is reflected in the stories you give us daily.

    Those that can respond are responding and hopefully ideas will come as we retrofit forward, correcting the errors of the past and making a new, more humane way for a worldwide age of human unity and cooperation. Peace Dynamic. Tom


    Raul: “two days after I flew from Athens to Amsterdam mid-March, I got myself a -for lack of a better term- nasty injury. And I have no idea where it came from. Crampy seat on the plane? There’s a link to earlier hip issues, I know that, but this was (is) severe.
    What happened was the IT (ilio-tibial) band in my left leg (ligament on outside of thigh, runs down from hip to shin/ankle) seized up pretty much entirely; muscle contraction squared -or cubed-. All of a sudden, I couldn’t stand up straight any longer, nor could I walk other than in a hunched Quasimodo way and just for a few feet, and because when muscles contract in this fashion they get extremely painful, 24/7, lying down hurt a lot too, and I therefore basically didn’t sleep for weeks”

    Right. I have had extensive experience with a near-identical problem. The main difference being that my episodes have been much shorter — like a day or three each. Episodes have been precipitated by long plane flights, being jammed awkwardly into the seat for hours.

    There’s a solution that is cheap and easy. Your primary problem is MUSCLE SPASM; as you say, you have “muscle contraction squared, or cubed”. Right. Spasm. You need drugs which release the spasm, called muscle relaxants. The one I’ve used, which is highly effective, is called cyclobenzaprine (trade name “flexaril”). There are several others, and they probably all work comparably well, but I’m sticking with this one which I’ve used repeatedly with brilliant success. All the spasm, or at least 90% of it, and with it the pain, goes away inside of an hour, like a miracle. And that for a pill that costs, generically, only a few cents, and is harmless (no serious side effects)!

    If you’re really in terrible shape you might need an analgesic in addition, like tramadol or codeine. Forget diclofenac and NSAIDS; they are worthless for this. (I’ve tried.) But if you relieve the spasm you probably will need minimal or no analgesia. You also don’t need exotic myofascial release therapy or the like; not that I am against those things, only that I know what works spectacularly well, and it is cheap and harmless and easy.

    You write that “the family doctor had no idea what pain I was talking about and prescribed a useless generic painkiller (Dyclofenac).” Either the doctor is an idiot, who does not recognize the appropriate treatment for muscle spasm, OR you failed to specify fully what was going on — perhaps emphasizing the pain and barely mentioning the spasm.

    Regardless, get cyclobenzaprine, right away, and never run out of it. I take it with me wherever I go. I would never leave town without a few tabs in hand — each one offering blessed relief from hours of torture, in the event of one of those episodes.

    God bless you, and good luck.


    Hi All,

    I mentioned it in a different post, but I’d recommend reviewing the free information on Dr. Wilson’s Nutritional Balancing website and giving it a try. The amount of information is expansive.


    You don’t have to do the hair analysis and supplementation, but that portion did play a key role in jumpstarting my friend’s allopathic doctor declared “dead” thyroid that was anything but dead. I know Big Pharma is upset they won’t be selling her drugs for the rest of her life! Her osteoporosis cleared up as well.

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