Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that you are suffering so badly from your back and leg problem. There are a number of causes of the symptoms that you are getting and for effective treatment, it is essential that the specific cause is identified. One thing that is certain is that your condition is not being caused by an intrinsic bone problem and it is extrenmely unlikely that calcium supplementation would have any effect upon your symptoms. It is also important to remember that you can obtain adequate calcium from you diet by including things such as meat, green leafy vegetables, nuts and pulses etc.
If you can tell me which area you are based in then I may be able to suggest an appropriate practitioner to provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Also, I would suggest that you stop using heat pads and swap this form of therapy to alternate heat and cold packs. Heat can feel very nice in the short term and provide some immediate pain relief from the muscle spasms but will often exacerbate the inflammatory component of the problem in the medium term. Try applying a hot pack to your lower back for 2-3 minutes then an ice pack for 2-3 minutes. Repeat with the heat again and then finish with an ice pack.
I hope that this helps.
Dr. Gary Riley
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