chiropractor in 2hrs.. feeling nervous!

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Mistress_K:  You’ll be fine…. you’ll really enjoy the chiro, specially if you are having all those back issues. I go twice a week because I have a jacked up hip and it is like taking a mini vacation. I LOVE IT. 

Don’t worry, it’ll be ok 🙂

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Visiting a chiropractor, for me, is well worth it.  Although after the treatment (if you have any), you may have a headache and feel a bit ‘sore’ in places.  It doesn’t hurt at all during the treatment, in fact, it feels so gooood, like being unravelled from a knotted state.  Movement is so much easier.<br /><br />Tell your Chiropractor that you are a bit nervous, and I’m sure that he/she will explain it all for you.  I find it useful to have a massage beforehand but your chiro may do that anyway.  <br /><br />Better to know what it is that’s ailing you as you can then plan a course of treatment for recovery.  Knowledge is power and all that may be needed to reduce your pain could be just a visit or two away.  <br /><br />Have a smell of something relaxing like lavender or vanilla and face it head on.  Sending good thoughts your way xxx

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
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See a real doctor and then maybe a physio? That’s my controversial 2 cents. Oh, and don’t let them sublux you O.o

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
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I would continue seeing specialists until the problem was figured out. What have they done for tests?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
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Mistress_K:  Please don’t read my reply as lack of sympathy for your situation. I’m just aware that chiropractic treatment sometimes lacks an evidence base and some of their treatments have limited benefit but some small but real risk (subluxation). Physiotherapists also do stretching and manipulation, but their treatments are more based on currently accepted science, hence the suggestion. It is of course completely up to you, but I would suggest, if they X-ray you and give you a diagnosis, perhaps seeking more than one opinion about it before committing to lots of expensive treatment from them (you would do the same if a dentist said you needed loads of expensive work done?). I really hope you find something that works for you, and if you find that this works for you then that will be wonderful.

Your symptoms sound really distressing, if some are new it might be worth letting your GP know about them.

Standard disclaimer (especially as it’s a US site!) This is not medical advice! I have studied around this area and have an interest in EBM and CAM etc.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lubeznik Center for the Arts

I too have back pain, although my neck pain and shoulder tightness and pain are bigger problems. I stopped seeing the chiro a two years ago after progressively getting better because it wasn’t evidence based and I wanted to try traditional medical treatment instead. For two years I have been on several anti-inflammatory medications in addition to opiates and muscle relaxers, and although I was never referred to see a physiotherapist (I believe this would be a physical therapist in the USA?), I found the conventional medical treatment not helpful at all. I am now back where I started from, in tons of pain – with such severe headaches that I can’t even bend over to tie a shoe or scoop the litterbox.  Today I went to the chiropractor and I feel 25% better after one visit – I know that chiropractors do not use an evidence based practice, but for me it works so well that I stick with it any way. I hope your experience is good and that you get feeling better soon!!

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Busy bee
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I’m a bit confused about previous comments about not letting a chiropractor sublux you and the risk of subluxations?  Chiropractors fix subluxations, they don’t cause them. A subluxation is an incorrect alignment or position , like a dislocation but not necessarily as extreme.  A chiropractic adjustment is like fixing that misalignment and putting things back in their place, not dislocating parts.  The adjustments are gentle and subtle, nothing that should dislocate anything.

 A real risk of chiropractic care is the possibility of a stroke with upper neck manipulation.  

I see a chiropractor that specializes in sports injuries and he mostly works on my soft tissues and the only adjustments I need are in my hips once in a blue moon.  I had a chronic hamstring injury, for literally 10 years that doctors and physiotherapists were not able to help me with.  I was skeptical but getting desperate so I went to a chiropractor and my long term injury was completely fixed in 2 visits.  I think it will be worth going for an appointment but your description of your symptoms sound really serious and you should get a referral to a specialist to rule out a neuromuscular disorder because a chiropractor won’t be able to help you with something like that. Good luck and enjoy it!

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Bumble bee
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MangoBreezy:  My apologies, I didn’t proof that bit thoroughly (serves me right for multi-tasking!) and now I can’t edit it.

I meant neck manipulation to treat health issues for which they believe a ‘vertebral subluxation complex’ to be the cause.

You might find this interesting, you can certainly see where it is comes from ideologically but I think it’s fairly balanced (the causation is certainly not certain) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/update-chiropractic-neck-manipulation-and-stroke/ 

Interesting, but pretty partisan, on the merits of vertebral subluxation theory in general http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/chiropractic-gimmickry/ 

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Post # 11
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Busy bee
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Ohhhh ok , that makes sense !.  I’m a bit skeptical that chiropractic care is of value when someone doesn’t have specific issues and just get it for health maintenance.  But it seems to work for some people and I’ve never had spine manipulation because I don’t have any back issues.  Definitely helped my injury though! I really hope it provides some relief for OP 🙁

that article about strokes is super interesting!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate

Mistress_K:  I get the same way before seeing a doctor. Extreme anxiety. So I know how you feel about being nervous. Your visit is probably done with by now, so I hope everything went okay. 

I saw a chiropractor for years after I had a horrible car accident (I was hit by a Mack Truck) and it really helped with my back and neck issues. I wasn’t wearing a seat belt so I hurt myself pretty good. But after a few years of visits, I feel okay. I still have pain and numbness, but no where near what it was. I hope they can do something for your pain. 

But being anxious is the worst! I hype myself up before every doctors appointment. Hopefully I will outgrow this weird issue. I swear it’s our age (I’m about your age) cause this never happened to me before. Hopefully it will go away as we get older. Good luck with your treatments!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

When I started going to the Chiropractor, two of my vertebrae in the middle back were hugely gapped, causing too much lactic acid buildup–Well, thats were most of my knots were

My neck was also completely straight, even though its supposed to be curved–I have tenderness in my neck, especially on the left side(Im right handed)

My right hip was set a good inch too low–I was having menstrual cramp-like symptoms frequently in my lower back.

After 3 months of seeing him, that alignment is completely fixed. But. YOU HAVE TO KEEP GOING. Unfortunately, my insurance did not cover it, so I had to pay out of pocket and when I went back to college, I had to stop going….Lord only knows what my back looks like now. Cause I am stillll hurting.

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