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Old 01-30-2003, 04:00 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I'm new here.
I was searching for some answers and just came across this board.

When I read about some of the terrible pain some of you are in, my problem seems VERY minor.
But, it's driving me crazy and I just need to find out if anyone else has ever suffered with this problem.

I'm a 46 year old female and have suffered with back problems all my life, all minor things.
My back just "goes out" I go to the chiropractor get cracked and everything is fine.

But the past two months, I've had to go two or three times every week.
I have a burning in the middle of my back all on my left side, also the same burning near my left shoulder blade and up into my neck.
If I turn my head to the left side I get dizzy.
My heart will start to beat to fast and then will start to skip beats.
It's fluttered so bad that I've actually thought I was going to pass out.

My Chiropractor tells me the dizziness and the weird heart beats are coming from my middle back.

I go in, he cracks my back and I feel better for maybe a day, sometime as many as three days.
Then it starts all over again.
I even bought a special pillow from him to try and keep my neck and back in place, the pillow actually makes my neck feel worse.

So, what I'm really asking is , has anyone else ever had this problem with the weird heartbeats and what did you or your Dr. do to correct it.

I'm about to lose my mind!!

 
Old 01-30-2003, 04:30 PM   #2
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When I lay down at night and this happens every night, my heart will start to beat hard and feels like it is skipping beats, but I have always blamed it on the meds I take. You probably should have it checked out with a doctor.

 
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Old 01-31-2003, 04:05 AM   #3
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Hi there Graciecat Welcome to the Board

I would suggest you go to your GP just to settle your mind ;There is nothing worse than worrying you're going to have a heart attack or something ,(I've experienced this and was so scared to tell anyone !).
I think it's possibly the problem that's been causing your back problem all these years which is pressing on a nerve or something
( or maybe even the Chiropractor has done some verterbrae damage to you, dare I even say it ?!).

I had weird heart beats and flutters after YEARS of back pain.. going to Chiros, Osteos, Physios etc.. then the GP decided to give me a Heart monitor to wear around all day ..
it showed up a minor Ectopic heartbeat, very common , and NOTHING to be worried about .

However, in saying that , a few years later after that, I began my Real "Back Saga" where MRI Scans showed Massive Calcification growing and squashing the Spinal Cord..

Have had to have 3 Spinal Operations in 2 1/2 years to remove it all, and still am not able to walk without aids due to bad Spinal Cord damage ,
so you see I believe it pays to really go and get it checked out by the Medical Specialists and don't let them fob you off until you get a satisfactory answer !! Good Luck !! !..
Belle NZ xxx

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Old 01-31-2003, 04:15 AM   #4
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Hi there Graciecat Welcome to the Board

I would suggest you go to your GP just to settle your mind ;There is nothing worse than worrying you're going to have a heart attack or something ,(I've experienced this and was so scared to tell anyone !).
I think it's possibly the problem that's been causing your back problem all these years which is pressing on a nerve or something
( or maybe even the Chiropractor has done some verterbrae damage to you, dare I even say it ?!).

I had weird heart beats and flutters after YEARS of back pain.. going to Chiros, Osteos, Physios etc.. then the GP decided to give me a Heart monitor to wear around all day ..
it showed up a minor Ectopic heartbeat, very common , and NOTHING to be worried about .

However, in saying that , a few years later after that, I began my Real "Back Saga" where MRI Scans showed Massive Calcification growing and squashing the Spinal Cord..

Have had to have 3 Spinal Operations in 2 1/2 years to remove it all, and still am not able to walk without aids due to bad Spinal Cord damage ,
so you see I believe it pays to really go and get it checked out by the Medical Specialists and don't let them fob you off until you get a satisfactory answer !! Good Luck !! !..
Belle NZ xxx

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Old 01-31-2003, 05:30 AM   #5
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Good Morning,

i love your name. one of my cat's is named Gracie. she was actually a stray that i took off the streets back in september. she makes number 4 for me. i just have a soft spot for animals and couldn't stand her being abandoned.

anyway, about your back. i would go to your pcp to make sure your heart is fine. my dad died of a massive heart attack at age 46. he had his first heart attack at age 40. hopefully all is fine in that department though.

maybe you could get and mri done. i have disc herniations with i guess a tear(somthing has broken off and there is a small mass) at the T7-8. i have a constant band of pain around my upper middle-right under the bra strap. sometimes i feel like i am having trouble with my heart because i do get pressure on my chest.

i worked for a chiro for 4 years and i let him work on me. this was years ago. i hate to say it, and i will probably get yelled at, but i think he MAY have done more damage. i know some people swear by chiros but i have seen what they do. yes, i have seen real people in pain and he helped them. but i also saw the other side, where it's just a money making thing. i won't go into details, but some of the stuff he did, was, let's just illegal. don't get me wrong, he never intentionally hurt anyone, it was his billing practices that were questionable, and i'll leave it at that.

i hope you find some answers. i wouldn't let that heart pounding go though.

take care
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Old 01-31-2003, 06:14 AM   #6
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Thanks for all your responses.
By the way Kathy, I picked my username because I have a cat named Gracie too, she was also a stray.
I found her, her mother two sisters and a brother.
She was only a tiny baby.
I kept her and one of her sisters, unfortunatly one sister died.
A friend of mine has the brother and mother.

As for my back problems.
I've had my heart checked dozens of times, nothing wrong there.
I've also had panic attacks for years and I know some of the pounding and skipping comes from that.
My Chiropractor tells me that if my back is adjusted properly that it will make my panic attacks disapper.
He "claims" that it's my back causing all my problems.
I just wondered if anyone else had been told that your back could cause your heart to act strangly.

 
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A side note: Billing practices do not necessarily mean he was a bad chiropractic physician, just a lousy businessman or had poor advisors.

I would strongly suspect that it would be very, very difficult for a chiro to "do more harm than good" -- when you see what most spines are capable of withstanding, -- rides on roller coasters, car crashes, falling off bikes or out of trees, falling off horses or off porches, getting smacked by your big brother, tackled in sports,... all of these cause far more trauma than a controlled manipulation. But (IMHO) chiro's often get to be the fall guy for failed medicine.

Nerves that run from your dorsal region (in particular 2nd through 4th dorsal vertebra) go directly to the heart and lungs, and it would seem easy to conclude that an interruption in this innervation, to the nerve which regulates your heart, would or could possibly affect its function. Nerves are responsible for every function in our whole body, and 98% of them run through your spinal column from the neck down. They innervate from the spine feeding all your organs, from your skin to your eyes to your stomach to your bowels to your legs. So if a pinched nerve can give you drop foot or leg pain, why couldn't a pinched nerve in your dorsals affect the area THAT nerve controls?

We can't be selective in our beliefs of whether the nerves control other body functions or not. They do. The question about to what degree is a commonly debated one.

If you've ever hit your funny bone and felt pain down your arm, you've experienced how pressure on a nerve can give you pain somewhere else in your body. Personally I believe it's quite possible. The fact you get relief however temporary is noteworthy.

A side note is that cervical pillows are not all created equal. The coils inside are usually two different sizes, and perhaps the side you are sleeping on is too big/small for your neck. Also they tend to hurt before they feel better. Your neck is used to being in an uncomfortable position, so just correcting it doesn't bring about immediate relief.

If you hit your thumb with a hammer (ie: compression) you feel pain. Ouch. You remove the hammer promptly (ie: relieve compression) and.....the pain does not go away immediately or in full, it takes time. Just removing that which is causing the pain (ie: pressure) does not lead to immediate or permanent relief.

In conclusion,... if this doesn't sit well with you and you want to try another avenue, remember it's your body and you need to feel safe in what you do, and who is treating you, and that's the bottom line.

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Old 01-31-2003, 09:26 AM   #8
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Actually I do trust my Chiropractor.
In fact I'm just back from his office.
I don't think I was very clear in my first post.
I'm not doubting that my back does have a lot to do with the strange heartbeats...plus the panic attacks don't help either.
I asked him about the pillow today, he said the same thing you just did.
At first he told me to try the small side, today he said if it seems to be making it worse to try the larger side tonight.

It's just driving me nuts right now because it just doesn't want to seem to stay in place.

What I was really trying to ask was, if anyone else had this problem and how they, or their Dr. got the back and neck to stay in place.

Sorry for the confusion.

 
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