- Miss Fish
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2011
I’ve been experiencing varying levels of back pain for the past 4 years or so, but it has been especially problematic in the past 18 months. It’s gotten to the point that my regular state of being is pretty moderate pain.
About a year and a half ago, I noticed that the inside of my right forearm was numbish to the touch- not to the point that I couldn’t feel anything, but just enough so that it’s extremely dull to sensation. A doctor told me it was because my spine was so far out of alignment that it was pinching the nerves in my arm. Awesome. I went to a chiropractor until I had exhausted my money for co-pays. It helped for a while.
Last summer, I noticed the same numbness in my other forearm, accompanied by some of the most intense back pain of my life. I couldn’t get to sleep because it was so awful. Went to a different chiropractor, who knows FI well. We worked out an extremely discounted package deal, and it helped with the pain, but not the numbness. I had to stop treatment because I went off to school in the fall.
When I got to college I somehow thought it would be a great idea to take Brazillian Jiu Jitsu classes. It is SO much fun, and I felt great about myself, but being slammed against the ground hundreds of times in a 2-hour period was more than my back could take. 4 months of that class and I’ve officially quit, which is depressing as hell because it made me feel strong and powerful for once, which is tough because I’m only 5’1″.
The pain is worse than ever. All of my toes except the two big ones are also developing symptoms of numbness. I’m ruining my liver with the number of pills I’m taking a day just to stay functional. And when I take the pills, I’m EXHAUSTED, but if I don’t take them (like now, because I have a presentation due tomorrow) I end up with a steady stream of tears because it hurts SO BAD.
I went to the chiropractor on Friday and I’m going to have to come back pretty regularly for a while. I’m heading in tomorrow at noon, and then Friday I have to get a bunch of scans done to see the extent of the spinal issue and how severe the neurological damage is.
Oh, and my insurance just changed. They expect me to fork over a 50 dollar co-pay for every specialist visit. Hopefully I can work out another deal…
I’m 19. What the hell?
Thank you for listening to my whining.