I have posted here before about my neck/lower back problems. A month ago, I went to a chiropractor and found out my neck was 40 degrees to far forward, and my lower back wasn't curved right. Well, I've been going to the chiropractor 3 times a week and have been doing the "traction" treatment thing. Well on Thursday after getting a treatment and doing traction for 8 min, later that night I noticed that my head felt like it was just full of pressure. I also noticed that my face was kind of feeling numb, not really bad, but just feeling weird. On friday, I woke up with a horrible headache on the top of my head, right side. I was extremely tired, and my arms were tingling. My arms have tingled before, but they have been tingling ever since then. On Saturday, my head felt like it was full of pressure again, and I felt this burning sensation on the top of my head, right side. Felt the same on Sunday, tyelnol did not help at all.
Well, I went to the chiropractor today and told him everything and of course, he just looks at me like i'm weird. I layed down on my back and he rubbed my neck and pushed on it and I told him when he pushed right there, I got the burning sensation at the top of my head. All he said was "Your neck is probably causing the burning sensation." And that's all he said about it!!! Then they put me in that darn traction thing AGAIN and I still have the burning sensation, the tingly arms/hands and weak legs.
I'm 18 years old and I feel miserable! What is going on, and why isn't the chiropractor doing anything about my symptoms!? Should I go somewhere to get a different opinion? Is it more than just I'm out of "alignment", could I have a pinched nerve somewhere?! I'm getting really stressed out over this and really depressed because I don't know what to do, neither do my parents.
Please help!! ANY information/suggestions would help! Thank you.
Don't let that chiropractor touch you again or put you in traction again. You need to get an MRI and speak with a spine specialist. A good place to start is your regular family doctor.
The tingling in your hands could be a sign that you have a herniated disk. This can only be seen with an MRI or CT scan. A plain x-ray will not show it. There are many people who have had damage done by chiropractic care.
It sure does sound like you have some problems. Have your parents go with you, so you have a second pair of ears. It helps to have someone with you.
Hi, I agree with Lea, don't go back to that chiropracter, sometimes they do more damage than help. Go to your primary care doctor and explain your symptoms, and ask for a MRI. Good luck, let us know what happens. Valley
Thank you so much everybody for the responses. I am calling my regular doctor ASAP to set up an appointment to see what he says would be best for me. Of course, my chiropractor wants me to keep coming, but I'm screaming no. After a month of "care" there, I feel worse than I did when I went in. I know chiropractors help some people, but it must not be for me. I will keep you all updated. Thank you. And anymore information you guys can give me would be appreciated. Thanks!
I will never ever want to do traction again in my life!! What a waste of money this has been for me and my parents. I just wish I knew what was wrong with me like right now, so I could stop worrying! I just feel kind of weak/tired..and my face feels numb, not that bad, but it's just weird. If my spine was pressing on my nerves, could it cause my face to also go numb, along with my arms? I also wish this weird pressure/burning would go away in my head...I feel like I'm 80 yrs old! I'm only 18...geesh...Also, along with my neck being stiff and all the numbness everywhere, my legs also feel weak, especially when I'm sitting, because when I'm sitting my lower back/legs just feel really uncomfortable, like I need to stand up to make the dull pain go away. Is all of this connected somehow? There has to be a simple explanation!