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Old 01-21-2007, 07:14 AM   #1
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Question Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

After many years of taking vitamin I (Ibuprophen) and making routine visits to the chiro I am getting ready to give in and do something drastic.

I am a very active person. Years and years of triathlons and marathons. However with even the slightest of wrong moves my back goes out of whack.

Yesterday I sat on an exercise bike wrong and my back went out bad. In my case it means I am forced over to the left. I look like I am shaped like an S that leans forward. The pain is terrible. Past MRI's have shown two bad discs and degenerative disc disease. On one side of my lower spine the muscle squeezes so hard I can barely breathe.

After several days of ice and sitting around it all relaxes, life returns to normal. In past years I would visit my chiro a few times, then things would eventually return to normal.

I guess my question is: Has anyone else here had these problems? What did you do to make things better? Is surgery a viable option? Would regular visits to the chiro help, a schedule of visits whether I am hurting or not? Do I have to give up the things I love?? (running... biking.. etc??)

Please give me some advice. I had to sit on the sidelines yesterday as my five year old was sledding up and down a hill... I hate having to miss these great things in my life.

 
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Old 01-21-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

We all have to sit and watch on the side lines from time to time and it kills you but first you need to consider whether or not it would be dangerous to participate from your medical diagnosis standpoint.

Have you seen a orthopedic or spinal surgeon to review your case and order the necessary tests? If not, this needs to be your first step to make sure what your problem is and if there is one that it is properly treated.

As far as chiro's go, I would not consider seeing one without first having a spinal or orthopedic consult. It could cause more problems then you had to begin with.

Good luck and we are pulling for you.

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Old 01-21-2007, 09:39 AM   #3
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

Hi,

I fully agree with Pepper, that you should see a spine specialist, not a chiro! Especially since you keep having this issue over and over.

You might be constantly herniating some discs or you could even have something else going on in there. And it sounds like you are having severe muscles spasms & spasms usually indicate something happened inside (so the spasms happen to try to protect something in there). I know spasms can warp all different parts of your body into strange positions, as I've been there! Sometimes the spasms hurt worse than the actual problem that caused the spasms. So if you can, find either an orthopaedist or neurologist who specializes in spine disorders. I personally went to an orthopaedist that specializes in adult spinal disorders and I am extremely happy with him. Its just a personal decision to go with a neuro or ortho...just make sure if you ever have surgery, that the doc also has a spine fellowship. But even before surgery, there are probably many other treatments that can be tried first. I know I went through alot before my surgery.

 
Old 01-21-2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

[QUOTE=kmantei;2754744]After many years of taking vitamin I (Ibuprophen) and making routine visits to the chiro I am getting ready to give in and do something drastic.

I am a very active person. Years and years of triathlons and marathons. However with even the slightest of wrong moves my back goes out of whack.

Yesterday I sat on an exercise bike wrong and my back went out bad. In my case it means I am forced over to the left. I look like I am shaped like an S that leans forward. The pain is terrible. Past MRI's have shown two bad discs and degenerative disc disease. On one side of my lower spine the muscle squeezes so hard I can barely breathe.

After several days of ice and sitting around it all relaxes, life returns to normal. In past years I would visit my chiro a few times, then things would eventually return to normal.

I guess my question is: Has anyone else here had these problems? What did you do to make things better? Is surgery a viable option? Would regular visits to the chiro help, a schedule of visits whether I am hurting or not? Do I have to give up the things I love?? (running... biking.. etc??)

Please give me some advice. I had to sit on the sidelines yesterday as my five year old was sledding up and down a hill... I hate having to miss these great things in my life.[/QUOTE]

Surgery is a viable option if you dont want to see a chiropracter forever, their a boneafied physical therapest. If streaching hirts and the pain wont go away with pain killers I would say talk to a orthopedic specialest.

 
Old 01-21-2007, 11:08 AM   #5
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

Hi

I have the same problem especially in a morning or when i am having a bad pain day( which is nearly every day)
I find after moving around for a bit i am nearly straight again.

I can only restate what my fellow back suffers have suggested an get it checked out by a spinal specialist.

I am still receiving treatment after 15 months an its gone too far for a chiro or a physio to help me.
Moving on to various injections an spinal core excercises to see if it helps.
I live in hope!!

Best wishes

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Old 01-29-2007, 12:09 PM   #6
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

This sounds almost exactly like the lower back pain I experience from time to time. Most of the time (99&#37 I am fine, but every 3 or 4 months, sometimes more, my lower back goes into a spasm to the point where I can hardly walk. I turn into an ‘S’ with my entire upper body ‘shifting’ to the left, due to not being able to support much weight on the right side. I have never had X-rays or anything taken as the situation usually resolves in less than a week, with chiropractic adjustments and Advil…

I am also a runner, just completed my 17th Marathon (qualified for Boston for the 1st time with 3:45:59). I have a suspicion that my weight plays a role; I have less back problems when I am under 170 lbs, more when I am over. I am now at 175, having gained a few pounds back since the marathon.

Other than running about 30 miles or so per week (up to 50 per week leading up to a race), I also do stationary rowing and weight-lifting. Neither of those activities seem to have any direct affect on my back. There is never an ‘aha!’ moment, i.e. I am unable to connect the back spasm with a specific event/exercise/action. It just happens apparently for no reason… Of course I realize there is a cause/effect involved and perhaps it is time to make an appointment with a back specialist so that they can take a look. I am 55.

Long hot baths provide me with the best immediate relief for the pain. Otherwise I grit my teeth, have a cup of tea and count my blessings.

Good luck with the running & triathlons

Bert
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:04 PM   #7
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

Hi,
I am as you call "Crooked" also - another term for scoilosis. My lumbar spine is curved to the right and my pelvis was tilted. I am no longer tilted and the curve is getting better, which I attribute to the lessening of muscle spasms and the Micro-D. The others which have messaged you are correct. You need to be seen by a specialist either a Ortho or Spine Doc. The severe pain and muscle spasms, I am told, attributed to the lumbar and thorasic curve. Personally I would not go to the Chiropractor until I was seen by a physician, as mentioned above.
Yours too will probalby resolve, if it is caused by muscle spasms. This is called a functional scoliosis.
I wish you the best - Kay

 
Old 01-30-2007, 06:53 AM   #8
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

a friend of mine herniated a lumbar disc, and walked around looking like the "S" for many months.... FInally, he decided to get an operation (Micro-D) where they removed the herniation, and almost immediately, he was straight, and he said he only had to take ONE Percocet for the pain after the operation... So, I too suggest seeing a spine specialist and get another MRI to make sure that you have not herniated.. Also, proper stretches every day will help reduce the likelyhood of getting a spasm. Chiros can help to a certain point, but that's it... And sometimes, they cause worse problems..

God Bless,

Maurizio

 
Old 01-30-2007, 06:57 AM   #9
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

[COLOR="Red"][B]Hey now my surgeon is a ortho with a spine fellowship [/B][/COLOR][QUOTE=Baybreeze;2754943]Hi,

I fully agree with Pepper, that you should see a spine specialist, not a chiro! Especially since you keep having this issue over and over.

You might be constantly herniating some discs or you could even have something else going on in there. And it sounds like you are having severe muscles spasms & spasms usually indicate something happened inside (so the spasms happen to try to protect something in there). I know spasms can warp all different parts of your body into strange positions, as I've been there! Sometimes the spasms hurt worse than the actual problem that caused the spasms. So if you can, find either an orthopaedist or neurologist who specializes in spine disorders. I personally went to an orthopaedist that specializes in adult spinal disorders and I am extremely happy with him. Its just a personal decision to go with a neuro or ortho...just make sure if you ever have surgery, that the doc also has a spine fellowship. But even before surgery, there are probably many other treatments that can be tried first. I know I went through alot before my surgery.[/QUOTE]

 
Old 01-30-2007, 04:02 PM   #10
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Re: Help. I am Crooked:( And fed up

I'll second this post. Until my operation a week ago I was a walking "S" since October last year (and for periods before over the last two years). I was so relieved to stand straight again immediately after the operation for my herniated disc. Wish I could say the same about the lack of need for meds tho.. Better every day (knock, knock).

mark


[QUOTE=webdude;2771506]a friend of mine herniated a lumbar disc, and walked around looking like the "S" for many months.... FInally, he decided to get an operation (Micro-D) where they removed the herniation, and almost immediately, he was straight, and he said he only had to take ONE Percocet for the pain after the operation... So, I too suggest seeing a spine specialist and get another MRI to make sure that you have not herniated.. Also, proper stretches every day will help reduce the likelyhood of getting a spasm. Chiros can help to a certain point, but that's it... And sometimes, they cause worse problems..

God Bless,

Maurizio[/QUOTE]

 
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