Post # 16
I think very little of chiropractors and their techniques. Strong core muscles help, get a physical therapist to correct your posture and movement. That being said, my posture is perfect but I had sciatica from a broken tailbone. Cortisone injections under fluoroscopy are the way to go. Everyone is so afraid of them, but there’s nothing like it for relief of inflammation.
Post # 17
doberman: Weren’t you worried about the risks of injections? It seems like anyone I know who’s had them regrets it. And dont’ they ultimately make your disk weaker?
I have gotten myself a physical therapist who specializes in fixing your posture, so that’s a positive step. Unfortunately at this stage she’s mainlly doing a lot of muscle release work and it doesn’t seem to be helping so far.
Post # 18
cbgg: To the contrary, inections done in a sterile environment by a board certified anesthesiologist under fluoroscopy worried me less than the prospect of remaining in pain for God knows how long. I’ve had cortisone injections in my hip and shoulder too, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. The hip was years ago and hasn’t bothered me since. The shoulder is better, but I have rotator cuff issues so I have to baby it a bit. I have full mobility but reaching back is a no-no.
Post # 19
As a figure skater, I had major SI joint pain one season. Acupuncture helped the most. Almost instant relief. And Bikram yoga has kept the pain away 🙂
Chiropractor didn’t help me at all sadly. I felt like I had to keep going back because it wasn’t long-lasting relief. I haven’t been back to the chiro for at least 10 years now and feel fantastic. Mainly due to the yoga.
Post # 20
Update on my status: it’s getting worse. Even though I had time off work over the holidays and had lots of rest and therapy (physio and accupuncture) my condition continues to deteriorate. UGH!
Result of the MRI is that I have a badly herniated disk, which is consistent with what everyone thought from symptoms. My symptoms seem to get a bit more serious every day and are entering the nerve damage territory. I’ve had to start using a walker to get out of bed and am worried about how much longer I’ll be able to work like this.
I’m just really frustrated and needed to vent. I’m trying physio therapy, massage therapy, osteopathy, and acupuncture right now but nothing is working…yet. I’ve got my appointment with the spine specialist this week so we’ll see what he has to say.
Ok, I just needed to get that off my chest. I’m so damn tired of being in pain and being useless. I hope that tomorrow is better than today!
Post # 21
cbgg: I’m so sorry to hear that your condition has worsened. There’s nothing worse than when your own body starts failing you, it feels like a betrayal of sorts.
I’ve heard great things from surgery for problems like yours. Hopefully the spinal specialist can change things for you. In the meantime, stay strong and keep your chin up girl. Take care.
Post # 22
howdoyoudo: Thanks! Betrayal feels right. It’s a real “life’s not fair” moment for me as I’ve always worked hard to take care of my body. But I keep reminding myself of how lucky I’ve been and how much worse it could be (it’s not a tumor, I don’t have sciatica in both legs, I have good health insurance and live in a country with a great medical system, in my 30 years I’ve nevery had a serious problem like this before….knock on wood!)
I saw the spine specialist yesterday and he’s recomending surgery to remove the herniation. Honestly, I thought I would be devestated by that news (spine surgery sounds so risky and terrifying) but I’m relieved. In my research it seems like it’s a really common and successful surgery. I am still evaluating, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to do it. I feel very fortunate that there is a concrete solution to this problem and that he didn’t say that my case was really complicated or anything like that. Now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that my insurance doesn’t throw a wrench in the works.
When it comes to something like this – do I need to make sure to get a second opinion first? I feel like that’s the right thing to do, but I’m not really sure as I’ve never dealt with something like this. And I don’t want to cause a long delay.
Post # 23
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My fiance’ has weight lifted since he was in the 7th grade and a couple of years ago started experincing sciatica pain. He has had the pain on and off now for the past year or so and now it is just so bad that he can’t really move or lift at all at this point. He started going to a sports medicine chiropractor about 2 weeks ago and this guy really knows his stuff. He has been working on my fiance’ now and it has helped tremendously, but today he tweaked his back and he’s not sure how and he’s pretty upset about it:( He’s going back on Monday for another adjustment, but I know how frustrating it can get because I feel awful for him. He loves to lift and he just can’t do it anymore at this point.