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sciatica

My pain from Sciatica has been getting worse, so I did something today that I said I wouldn’t do.  I went to see my chiropractor.

After wearing a Milwaukee brace in my teens for scoliosis, the pain began to disrupt my life in my twenties.  It progressively worsened until my body was nonfunctional.  From my mid-thirties until around 50 I went to the chiropractor on a regular basis.

When I was younger, this seemed to help relieve some of my pain.  When I noticed that the pain was worse after a chiropractic visit, I quit going.  This was around age 52.  This was just before I learned why the pain was worsening.  I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: hypermobility type.

chiropractor

Getting X-Rays

Because the chiropractic adjustments were making my joints looser, my EDS was worsening.  These two things brought me to a place where I now had many unstable joints.  Unstable joints means pain!

Now, today I made a choice to visit a chiropractor.  But, I had many conditions to treatment.  X-rays had to be done and no twisting or popping of the body.  He agreed that this was the way to go.

After my x-rays and some other scans, the chiropractor agreed that the disks were degenerating ( I have degenerative disk disease) and that my left side was tilted badly.  My pelvis always tilts and this severe degree of misalignment was causing the nerve to be pinched.

Although the sciatic nerve pain was in the back at first, it’s now hurting in the front of my leg, foot, and groin.  I really need some pain relief.  Since I can’t take NSAIDs because of my kidneys, he agreed to use ice and my tens unit.

treatment table

The true test of the treatment’s use for me is about 10 hours afterwards.  If the treatment caused looser joints, the pain will be horrible and I’ll have to sleep for about 20 hours.  I’m really hoping that this doesn’t happen.  But, it happened when I had a regular adjustment a few years ago.  (It also would happen after too much physical therapy.)

I’m hoping for this to help, but I’ll believe it when I see it.  Can you tell that I’m a little skeptical?  When so many treatments get your hope up and then fail, it’s easy to be wary.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert, so may say things incorrectly.  I do my best to explain things, but may not do it well.  My posts contain only my opinions and experiences.  If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2018, copyright Lisa Ehrman

 

 

5 Comments

  1. yikes, hope you can find something to ease the pain and help you

    • xaoti

      August 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Thank you. My doctor did give me some pain medication on Tuesday, because I also broke out with Shingles Sunday. Not even beating the pain, but it sure helps 🙂

  2. I have a few pain problems too. I quit going to the chiro years ago. Right now I go to a pain clinic and get shots in my back. It has helped the pain radiating down my leg, but my hips and other areas still hurt like crazy. They’ve talked about burning my nerve endings to try to keep the pain at bay for 6 months or better. They hope. It isn’t fun to live with over powering pain day after day. I’m 59yrs and have had pain ever since I can remember. But I try to keep the faith and remind myself that there are a lot of people worse off than myself. I’m sorry for you illnesses and hope you have more good hours than painful ones. Sometimes we have to even take it minute by minute. At least we’re alive and have our limbs.

    • xaoti

      August 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Oh, Kathy, I’m so sorry. That sounds so bad! It’s hard to believe that there isn’t a better way to help with this type of pain. I wonder if the shots are more painful that burning the nerve endings? I agree that taking pain minute by minute is about all we can stand, some days. I hope you can get more long-term pain relief 🙂

  3. There are some instances that i believed that marijuana doesn’t give us a good benefit but i am wrong about this. Because i just saw this saying that CBD can be useful as a medicine. One of my friends told me about this because in his case he’s been suffering from Sciatica for 4 months now. And he will start to use the CBD as a medicine to his sickness. I don’t know if it will work. Any suggestion is highly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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