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Old 07-07-2005, 02:03 PM   #1
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muscle tension in lower back, left side; corresponding pain in bottom of foot

Hi everyone,

I have been having some symptoms and would like to know if anyone could shed some light on this.
Around Christmastime last year, I tried out my cousin's new theraputic massage chair (it has rollers in the back of the chair that simulates Swedish massage techniques). At any rate, when the rollers massaged my lower back, on the lower left side, I felt an acute tension and pain in the muscle(s) there -it felt like a very tight knot in the muscle(s) in that area.
Since that time, I have noticed what I believe to be a corresponding dull ache on the bottom of my left foot. Sometimes it turns into a charlie horse, and I have to stretch it out; but most of the time, I'm just aware of a dull ache that hurts when I walk on that foot.
Strangely, I don't notice the back pain or tension on an everyday basis; I even have to "search" quite dilligently and press quite deeply to feel even a bit of pain. While that chair massager definitely "found" the trouble spot right away, my attempts have been less successful.
Yesterday, my fiance rubbed some Icy Hot into the area in my back and also on the area of my foot. This helped relieve the pain and tenison greatly; it almost disappeared. However, the pain and tension is back today.
I just wondered if anyone had any thoughts on this: Might it be a pinched nerve, or perhaps just unconscious tension "stored" in my lower back? (I'm a "worrier," and work a stressful job, so I tend to have a lot of psychosomatic symptoms). I don't know how long I have been "holding" this tension in me, but I'm glad that Icy Hot application seemed to help, at least for awhile.
I'm also considering the idea of high arches causing these problems. I do have rather high arches (though perhaps not unusually so) but I also know I don't wear shoes with much support.
Anyway, I'm at a loss as to what to do. I've been to the doctor a lot this past year with various stress-related psychosomatic complaints, and if I could avoid going back for awhile, that would be ideal. I would welcome any advice or comments.


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