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Old 02-27-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

My name is Jeremy I am new to the board and I hope some of you can offer me some advice. I am a avid slow pitch softball player been playn for about 12 years well three years ago I had to jump over a runner and he clipped my legs and i landed hard on my hip few minutes later my back was killing me so I go to the regular doc she gives me muscle relaxers and pain meds i get better and think nothing of it well the past year i keep getting flare ups so i go to a ortho specialist she treats it a couple times with muscle relaxers and steroids. Finally she gets an MRI and a huge herniated disc is the problem. She proceeds to talk about surgery and how it only relieves the pain and more than likely in a couple years they would have to go in again. So with that in mind i go to a chiropractor who takes exrays and says your pelvis is shifted and proceeds to adjust it well the first two days it felt good now it hurts worse when they adjust me. I went to them for the spinal decompression but they say we thnk we can fix you with just adjustments... I dont know what to do!! I am just tired of hurting... Begining to think I will never get better...

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

Hi, and welcome to the board. I'm sorry tho, that you have need to be here with these issues.

First of all, I would strongly urge you to stay away from chiro treatment as manipulation can make things worse; I think you already have found that out.

Are you having any nerve impingement? Numbness, tingling, etc? If not, that's a good thing. I would suggest you get a second opinion and see what another spine specialist has to say. The one you saw seems to be a bit negative and that's not what you or anyone needs. While it is true that sometimes a second surgery is necessary, it is not always so. Anytime surgery is the option given, it's very important to get a couple more opinions as to what needs to be done, and what kind of surgery is suggested. You might find that conservative treatment will be helpful as long as nerves aren't being pinched. In that case, you don't want to delay for a long time as permanent damage can set in.

Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing....also, if possible, you could post the results of the MRI and someone here might be able to give you more information to work with.

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Old 02-28-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

I have a herniated disk at L4/L5 and my orthopedic specifically told me to continue going to my chiropractor for treatment. I wouldn't go to one that does manual manipulation but the activator method instead. As far as the pain being worse, just remember, all things get worse before they get better. I would also seek out another orthopedic for another opinion...I'm surprised your doc didn't send you for physical therapy

I've got the same issue right now...been thru therapy, still doing therapy exercises and having a lot of trouble getting my pelvis to stabilize. STill doing my therapy exercises, been 5 months now, and I'm actually getting my 2nd of a series of 3 epidural block injections tomorrow. I got to the point where I had to cut out most of my exercises because the pain was getting worse. If these injections and more targeted exercise don't strengthen my pelvis enough to stabilize, I'm back to the orthopedic and scheduling with another for a second opinion as well.

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

Thanks for the replies! Today the chiro didnt do the bone popping she used a tool that sounded like a air hammer?? And i dont hurt now like i did the other times they actually poped bones. My ortho doc said she would do the surgery but told me about the negatives and siad to use only as a last option and that im not risking loss of leg.. The only prroblem I still have with the chiro is The reason i went there was for spinal decompression treatment and they have yet to put me on the machine that does it. I kinda thinking about buyn one of those inversion tables.. Im just scared of surgery so im tryn just about anything. My biggest problem is my line of work Dump truck operator.

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

Maybe it's just because they feel you need to work on re-alignment before decompression would work?? Not sure but I'm sure there's a reason why they haven't done it yet.

I've actually been seeing a neuromuscular therapist who does decompression and have also been told the inversion table is a good route to take. I was told that the inversion table, or something similar, is a better bet and to do it right before bed, roll off and go right to bed so your spine has time to "rest" in that decompressed state, giving it more time to heal than immediately going about your daily routine and compressing the spine again.

I haven't gotten this far yet myself but I plan on trying it myself within the next month!

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

Your ortho gave you good advice to try all conservative options before having surgery. However, I have to agree with Maltluver that you are best to avoid the chiropractor all together as they can do more harm than good when it comes to herniated discs. Chiros are great for muscle strain back pain, but I would never recommend one for herniated discs. There have been many people who have been on this board complaining they got worse after working with a chiropractor.

If you still want to try avoiding surgery, I would suggest you consider physical therapy and epidural injections. It can take months or even years for pain from herniated discs to improve, if they will improve at all.

Do you have leg pain or just back pain? Spine surgery is far better at reducing leg pain than it is back pain. What type of surgery did your ortho recommend if you have surgery? Just a decompression or a fusion? How many levels? What level is your herniation at?

I agree that your line of work as a dump truck driver doesn't go well with spine problems. Are you missing work due to your pain, or are you able to work despite the pain?

Regarding the shifted pelvis, there are many chiropractors and physical therapists who routinely tell patients they have that. It's a common problem, and there's a good chance it isn't a major contributor to your pain. People who have spine problems often have sacroiliac joint and hip problems as there are many ligaments that connect all of these areas. I'm not trying to minimize the pain it is generating, I'm just saying your main problem is the herniated disc and that's where your focus needs to be. Once you deal with that pain, physical therapy and core strengthening can help you with the other minor pain generators.

Jeremy, I truly hope you get some relief soon, and I wish you the best in making your decision of whether or not to have surgery. It really is a very difficult decision that only you can make.

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

Im just having trouble understanding why it takes so many adjustments... 4 days a week seems like alot of adjusting to me????

 
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wow, that does seem like alot. At my worst I was only going every 4 days. I'm still at once a week.

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

I think its a level 2 herniation and the surgery she desceibed was for them to go in and clean up around the disc.as far as therapy I have been using ice and streching wich seems to help a ton.now the only time it hurts is when I lay down to sleep when I wake up I have to walk around a few mins and finally it eases off. The chiro kinda bothers me I'm pretty sure I'm going to stop going the don't seem to be interested in treating the disc all they talk about is my pelvis and that the angle of my spine is wrong.I am also thinking of getting a job that doesn't require me to sit and bounce around so much.the disc must be going back in to some extent because when it does hurt its not as bad and yes I have pain in my hip upper leg and back all on my left side.I'm hoping that the inversion table will help also.surgery is gonna be my last option because I'm scared of it and my insurance only will cover 70 percent. I really appreciate all the replies on here it is being a real help and I don't feel as depressed because I can actually talk to folks with the same problem.may not seem like much but it really does help a lot. I will be keeping all of you posted on how I am doing and what's going on. Thank all of you and please keep posting!

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

I am very glad that you are seeing some improvement and happy that you are considering stopping the chiro appointments.

I can't comment much on the Inversion Table, so I have to leave that to others that have tried it.

If you can find a job that doesn't jar your back so much, that would be a good thing. You really need to protect it now if you want to avoid surgery. Your doctor is right that it should be the last option and that it's good to try all conservative treatment first; the only exceptions are when the nerve is being badly pinched or when you start having trouble holding your bladder or bowels.

What you are doing seems to be helping and I hope you will be one of the lucky ones who can avoid surgery for a long time.

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Old 03-01-2011, 10:41 AM   #11
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

Thanks Carol! The ice seems to be a huge help and stretching also.here lately I will be almost pain free for days weeks and sometimes months and all the sudden it will flare up and be unbearable the ice and flexeril seem to calm it down rather quickly.its here lately the flare ups have been happening on the regular but I tjink its due to the weather and the hours I have spent plowing snow.I have plowed round the clock on several occasions lately. Everytime it flares I worry more and more but at first I did nothing but rest and the steroid packs but now I've been doing the ice sttetching and going to try heat tonight.

 
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Re: Herniated disc/ shifted pelvis

I do have a question and im not sure if any of you can answer.. I can walk about normal for a short distance then the pain will start if I stop for a couple seconds I can walk a little farther before the pain comes again is this normal for herniated disc or is everybodys pain a little different? Also when i lay in the bed to sleep at first it doesnt help but after a few hours of sleep the pain will wake me up i can get up and walk around twist a lil and the pain will ease down??

 
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