Hey, guys! First, I want to thank you for giving my post a look
Though I am new as to what to do about my back pain, my back pain is definitely not new to me.
When I was 16, I was diagnosed with scoliosis (by a chiropractor). I’m not exactly sure what the degrees of my curve were. I began treatment and continued it for six months, but eventually my insurance couldn’t help with it any longer, so I couldn’t afford to visit a chiropractor at all. I felt at the time that I stopped going, the treatment was finally beginning to help, but once I stopped the treatment altogether, things began to get a lot worse.
So, fast forward to today – I am 22 years old, living with back pain that often makes my life miserable. Its not just one particular area that hurts, its everywhere! My upper back, my lower back, in my spine – not only that, but my back pain affects my nerves. I feel pain often in the heels of my feet, and occasionally in my hands. My back is incredibly weak; sitting down or standing up for too long causes the pain to start. Recently, my chest has been popping, just as if I were popping my back. It gives a bit of “relief”, but often its accompanied by other sharp pains in my chest, that go away as quickly as they came. When this started happening, I started getting really worried and decided it was time to finally do something about it.
My question for you guys is, where do I begin? At this point, I’m trying to figure out if this is a problem I should consult my general physician about, or if I should consult a more specialized doctor, since I’m positive it has to do with my back. But what doctor should I see? I’m not crazy about visiting a chiropractor, since I figure they treat more acute back pain, whereas mine is becoming more chronic. I don’t have insurance at the moment, but I feel I can’t put off the doctor much longer, because its only getting worse. Do you have any advice as to where I should go from here? As I said, I am new to this whole process and any information you may provide would be beneficial. This forum seems to provide excellent advice and information and I will continue to browse through the previous posts, but I just wanted to go ahead and post my own.
Thanks for considering a response! Look forward to learning more from the forum