I"m going to suggest something practical for what it's worth. I"m not a doctor, but I do know the power of nature. The more they go, the more they're finding that all the ingredients that heal most ailments reside in THE FOODS WE EAT.
So, my recommendation to you is JUICING. I am not selling anything but natural health here. Honestly, I read a lot of health magazines and they all agree that getting the vitamins and minerals from nature in its RAW form as much as possible, carries a huge PUNCH to just about every disease there is.
I started juicing this past year and I"m not kidding you, after 3 weeks of juicing green organic veggies, I felt amazing. I have been having cervical disc issues on and off from too long in one position at work, stress, and poor health I'd say.
So, I went on a health kick because this neck thing has been a real pain. I've tried a lot of things but one thing I've learned after months of research is that nothing is QUICK when it comes to healing a disc. But some things are known to help and they are:
Finding out what vitamins and minerals help rebuild and repair what is breaking down. THEN finding the natural foods that have that and JUICING.
Nothing extravagant, but plenty of cardio and muscle strengthening. Be careful though, better to build up SUPER SLOWLY than to accidentally INJURE yourself further. And if you're currently in a lot of pain, stick to RESTING for a while and VERY SLOWLY introducing common movements into your routine. KEEP MOVING as much as you can, the more cardio you do, the more your body can aid in healing itself.
we are designed to heal. But our bodies need the right ingredients to do that. WE are the only ones who can get it that.
I was just reading about inflammation and how important it is to injuries to aid in healing. And what do we do when things are inflamed? We hurry to stop it. If we can tolerate it, we need to let nature do its thing and let it heal itself. Obviously if it's too painful we need to try and stop it so we're not so tense from the agony we cause other stress issues. But again, seek out NATURAL SOLUTIONS because everything mediation we take carries its side effects.
Water has been a huge study I've done. Amazing how complicated something like water can be and yet SO VITAL to our health. We need 8 glasses a day and to think you might be getting 8 glasses of stuff that is helping to kill you. After much study, I've found that spring water and distilled for the occasional "cleansing" is about as safe as we can get.
If you're going to do vitamins, try to find liquid. If you're going to do liquid, try to break it up into 4 times a day because we are not designed to process an entire days worth of vitamins or minerals in 2 go's. I currently take the morning and night time liquid vitamins of Mary Routh I think is her name. I get it off of Amazon and even though it calls for 6 teaspoons of the morning vitamins a day, I break it into 3-twice a day. The night time formula is a complex B vitamin in a coconut concoction that tastes great with milk if you like milk, or good by itself, all targeted for that night time sleep "repair" our bodies do naturally.
There are solutions for just about every ailment I know that include using natural vitamins, minerals, or other such thing if you just search carefully. NATURE is our SAFEST and most EFFECTIVE cure and we should all be shouting about that in these forums.
No worries. I was just trying to tell you that you actually have the symptoms of this condition and I didn't but I still have it. It is known to cause swollen legs yet many doctors still don't think of May-Thurner as a possible cause. I still think you should at least mention it to the doctor next time. Good luck! Hope you find some answers soon .
I'm not sure how well I fall into that. It's possible though I may not notice some of it, who knows? Thanks for the advice though. I may try to go get it checked out either way. I'm tired of the feeling of it.
Maybe mention this condition the next time you go into the doctors. It took me over 30 doctor visits and a dozen different doctors to get diagnosed with May-Thurner. It can also cause difficulty breathing even without blood clots. This was the reason none of the doctors I went to even thought of this condition. It seems the only thing they know about it is blood clots and leg swelling. But it was even causing me Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, anxiety, depression and difficulty breathing. After having my stent placed, the next day I could breathe so much better, my anxiety was gone, and 25 years of chronic fatigue vanished!
I'm not really sure what they was looking for either, but no they just checked mostly my right thigh, some on the left just to compare it to I think. I haven't been coughing up any blood, I have some trouble breathing but I'm a big guy, and it's been more then just recently. I don't seem to be getting out a breath any faster then I ever have anyway.
Symptoms of a blood clot could be difficulty breathing or coughing up blood in which case you should go to the ER. But it's possible that you don't have any clots like myself but still have the condition.
Sorry that you're going through this especially without a job or insurance. But if you can get into an Interventional Radiologist at some point they are great docs at dealing with these conditions. I'm not sure what they were looking at with ultrasound but did they check your lower left abdominal area? This would be where the May-Thurner vein compression would occur.
Yes it is still overly large, last time I was at a doctor for anything I brought the leg up, she send me for an ultrasound and they said there wasn't anything they seen that could cause it, or something like that. I think they may have said fluid, but I can't remember if that was a before anything happened possibility or afterwords, though I do remember the letter that said they didn't find anything basically.
Is there anything I should be on the lookout for right now? I don't currently have a job or any form of insurance, the doctor is an expense I can't quite do right now, though if this is something that could be very bad I wouldn't wanna live it with it either, I already have for close to a year at this point, slightly different over that time but yeah, close enough.
I just want to make sure I'm reading your post right. You're right leg is still 2-3X the size of your left leg and doctors aren't concerned? Have they checked for blood clots in your right leg? Either way I would recommend that you go see an Interventional Radiologist and have a venogram done to get checked for a condition that I have called May-Thurner Syndrome (left iliac vein compression). It can cause left or right sided leg swelling and can potentially be serious if blood clots or DVT develop. This condition is an anatomical variant that many people are born with but can also occur after a traumatic injury like the one to your back. Feel free to message me if you have any questions or want more info.