Where is this Pain Coming From? Nothing is showing on my X-Ray!!
During the last blog we started talking about the different types of pain. The first type of pain I discussed was Nerve Pain. Nerve pain usually feels like numbness, tingling, pins-and-needles, sharp shooting, burning, or weakness. Usually the nerve or nerves are compressed, pinched, stretched, or injured in some way. This can be a tight muscle squeezing the nerve. For example, a condition called “piriformis syndrome” is a muscle spasm in your buttocks that creates sciatica or pressure on your sciatic nerve. The source of the problem is not in the back at all. You might have numbness, or tingling in hands or arms, which can be from nerves being irritated in the neck or arm.
See previous blog for more info on Nerve Pain!
Now I will discuss Soft Tissue Pain…
Soft Tissue Pain
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
Muscle pain and fascial pain.
Symptoms include burning, sharp pain, deep ache, spasm, or tightness. Fascia is the connective tissue or membrane that covers the muscles or encases our muscles. Visualize it as the casing around meat in a string of sausage. Connective tissue is very important in that it allows your muscles to move freely, limiting friction and irritation. This connective tissue is sometimes damaged by repetitive strains or micro traumas, which lead to damaged or scarred fascia. These types of problems will not show up on any X-rays or MRIs, but are usually diagnosed by palpation by a trained professional who feels the symptomatic region, watches how you walk, evaluates your posture, and moves the affected body part to get clues from the dysfunctional region (another good reason your doctor should always feel the painful region). Many health-care providers, although well-meaning, do not have the knowledge or training to diagnose these issues. They usually have tunnel vision, and if there is no evidence of dysfunction and the X-rays or other tests come back normal, they might tell you there is nothing wrong even when there is an issue. I however am trained to find problems just like this.
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