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Dear Dr. Borigini, I have chronic lower back pain and hip pain related to a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, stenosis , and arthritis in my spine and hips. I had surgery about 3 years ago to repair nerve root damage caused by a botched laminectomy about 4 years ago. The nerve damage resulted in foot drop in my right foot/calf. My question is that recently, I have noticed that when I stand or sit for more that about 5-10 minutes my feet (both) start to feel like, well, the only way I can describe it is if you have been working on your feet for about 8-10 hours. They feel swollen and painful. They do not change color or anything, at least not that I can tell. But when I lift one up, changing my weight from one to the other, it feels like the blood is rushing back to that foot. The only way to relieve the "pressure" is to sit and raise both my feet up on a stool or coffee table. I hope you can understand what I am describing. If you have worked on your feet all day you know the fe...
Who am I? I can barely recognize myself because the rheumatoid arthritis has severely deformed my hands, my feet and my legs. The first 50 years of my life from 1841 to 1891 must have been in another body because this one cannot even hold up my favorite pipe or roll my favorite cigarettes. This decrepit shell has really failed me now that one side is nearly completely paralyzed. The doctors say I had a stroke , but I don't know if that is right because my neck hurts me something fierce. Luckily, I am ambidextrous so that I can continue my work at creating beauty.
Although I have been offered the latest chemicals like antipyrine , I prefer not to use treatments that could interfere with my creativity. My goal is to just keep moving. So, I have taken up juggling daily to keep my arms and hands limber. I also enjoy playing billiards because I have to get into so many different poses just for a chance to beat my wife. With each bend in the knee or twist of the arm, I believe I can ma...
RLS sufferer Cari Lendrum recommends: Try Cari’s “RLS Squats!” – To do this exercise, start off in a standing position and then bend your knees slightly so that you are in a squat. Rest your forearms on your thighs close to your knees, grasping your opposite wrist for stability if necessary. Maintaining that position, raise and lower your buttocks over and over until you get tired. Repeat the exercise as long as you can without feeling muscle strain or discomfort in the back or knees. Hopefully, this will alleviate your symptoms even if just for a short time. Do you have a strategy for coping with RLS? Share your story and/or advice by contacting Colleen Cancio at email@example.com .
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