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.
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.
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.
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