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    Why am I experiencing a intense burning pain in my legs when attempting to sleep?

    Prior to the pain I have experienced a clicking/ popping when walking.

    The pain is very new, 1 week duration, I am trying to control the pain with ibuprofen but this only dulls the pain.
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    Jordan Garuccio


    I am fully qualified and registered acupuncturist working in Melbourne in the suburbs of Abbotsford and West Footscray.I specialise in pain disorders ranging from: musculoskeltal … View Profile

    From my experience, burning sensation in the legs and feet can be due to compression of the spinal nerves in the lumbar spine. This is further supported if there is numbness or tingling/pins and needles, weakness in the legs and sciatica (strong pain which radiates down the leg). 

    In this case, anti-inflammatories will only temporarily stop pain, long term use of anti-inflammatory is not always recommended due to side-effects. 

    In my opinion, manual therapies such as acupuncture, osetopathy or chiro are very helpful. Acupuncture is particularly effective in this case as it targets the spinal nerve root in treatment and is highly effective in treating pain disorders, especially when derived from the lower back (the lower back spinal nerve roots control the lower limbs). 

    If you think this could be the case for you, I would advise you see your doctor to get a referral for some tests (xray or MRI - they would know better) to find out if the cause of the burning. Then find a qualified and registered acupuncturist in your area who could treat you if it is necessary. You will be surprised with the results. Good luck in finding the solution to your problem, I hope I have helped. 

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    Lucinda Curran


    Lucinda Curran of Eco Health Solutions offers a truly holistic approach to health by combining Building Biology and Chinese Medicine. Her work is solutions-focussed and … View Profile


    The other things I would add to Jordan's answer is that doing clinical pilates with a good physio can be very beneficial too.

    Taking off my professional hat for a moment, for my back and leg pain, it was the combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and working with a skilled physio on clinical pilates that got the best results.

    I hope this helps, too.

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    Sunil Mulay

    Massage Therapist

    Sunil is a professional remedial massage therapist with a deep interest in the functioning of the human body’s structural systems, and the conditions that are … View Profile

    I think you should definitely see your GP in the first instance to rule out any serious pathology.

    From what you are describing, it does indeed sound like a pinched nerve, possibly in your lower lumbar/sacrum area.

    I had a client recently with similar symptoms, and in her case it turned out to be active trigger points in the sacrum area which needed releasing. She was fully remediated in just one session!

    Longer term, it would also be good to assess your posture and mechanics. It may be that your muscle patterns are causing excessive strain on certain muscle groups, prompting them to develop trigger point activity.

    Hope you get this sorted out soon. Any pinched nerve issue needs to be addressed promptly.

    Best wishes

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