Hi all, I'm Kat, new member. Just found this site a few days ago while looking for info on the Cervical Stim, and like a beacon of light I found a couple posts here.
I've had health issues for around 15 years now. It began when I had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and things progressed from there. I also have Fibromyalgia, IBS, and Benign Hypermobility.
I've had recurring problems with my back, most of the pain has been lower with a few bouts of sciatica. Earlier this year, I decided to see a chiropractor to see if they could help ease the pain enough that I could go back to work part time (I've been unemployed due to my health issues since 2003). She took my history and tons of x-rays, then after reading them, took me to a treatment room with a light box to tell me what she saw.
She told me that I have the neck of a 90 year old, and that the natural curve in my neck has actually been reversed, and that was the biggest problem I have. (I have since found that this has aggravated my worst "fibro" spot, near my right shoulder.) She recommended adjustments as needed, as well as traction therapy twice a week (not covered by insurance, of course, and $65 a treatment). She proceeded to adjust me, starting with my neck. I nearly screamed with the pain, and she had to stop. By that evening I couldn't move my right arm due to the tremendous pain.
I saw my PCP the next morning, who set me up with a surgeon, an MRI, and a pain specialist. The pain guy was about 12 I think, rude, and told me that he only gives nerve blocks, no other types of pain control. I went to the surgeon, and decided to have the surgery. I could have waited but he said that if I had a fall, or was in an accident, my spinal cord would more than likely be damaged. I had narrowing of the spaces and bulging discs at C5-6 & 6-7. They did an ACDF with hardware 7/13/09. So far, so good, though still a lot of pain.
Sorry for the book, and thanks for the great site!