What is cause of back pain according to Western Medicine ?
The most common differential diagnosis for someone presenting with low back pain and weak legs would be lumbar stenosis where there is compromise of the spinal cord in the canal. This is more common in the 60 + age group. Significant lumbar spondylosis , osteoarthritis, would usually be present or more uncommonly spondylolisthesis, a forward slippage of one vertebra on another. Alternatively a neurological problem might be hypothesized.
What is the MetaMedicine view ?
Low back pain is associated with the feelings of being walked over, not standing up for yourself or your core values and beliefs. Lack of support from others could play a part too which in turn lowers the value you give yourself. The Medulla, the mesodermal embryological layer is affected.
A subjective or objective feeling of weakness in the legs is related to the subconscious feeling of not being able to walk away or forward in a situation. The Cerebral cortex, ectodermal layer, sensory motor cortex is the affected brain layer.
What are the two phases like?
During the stress phase there will be no pain felt. As soon the conflict starts to resolve pain and altered sensations such as pins and needles and numbness will appear.
A client at Physiologic
A 49 year old rail track worker was referred by the local Rheumatology Consultant as he had been complaining of mild low back pain but more worryingly weakness in his legs, right worse than left. He experienced occasional pins and needles in his calves and thighs with a ‘closed in not relaxed ‘ feeling. He felt it after walking around the supermarket for 30 minutes or a 10 minute walk. This problem in his legs had first started 7 years ago but had become worse over the last 5/6 months. He had had intermittent low back pain for 15 years. His Xray and MRI scan were clear.
Following the objective assessment there was no neurological signs of myotomal weakness, reflex discrepancies or significant neural sensitivity with the SLR or slump tests.. Segmental palpation revealed some sensitivity to palpation on the right at L5 S1 but minimal restriction in their individual movement. He did not present with any of the typical medical findings
What was the devaluing conflict he was unable to walk away from?
At work he remembers seeing the jeering face of one of his colleagues ‘bullying’ another coworker and making fun of him. This was the UDIN moment. This interestingly was the role/ pattern that had been playing throughout his life as he had been bullied at school. He subconsciously had the remembered feeling of low self worth and hence the low back pain.
This man was in the resolution phase (A) for his back and low back pain but was retriggering and so was never completely resolving it. There was a neurotag associated between the low back pain and leg symptoms but initially they did not start at the same time.
Symptoms after treatment
Following two sessions of the Meta Healing Process he was able to walk around the supermarket with no leg or back symptoms. He was empowered with the realization that he could walk away form the bullying which had been part of his tracking from earlier experiences. He had reframed the whole experience and also now had a higher value of his own self worth.
I phoned him 6 months later and he was thrilled to report to me that the symptoms had not returned.