I have been struggling with chronic pain for 4 years. I have been in 3 car accidents one of which was at 70+ mph. I had been going to Kaiser for treatment until I lost my job last year. I was treated with mostly narcotics, anti inflammatories and muscle relaxers. Physical therapy, injections etc. did not help. In my current financial situation and due to the fact that I no longer have insurance, I sought the help of a chiropractor.
Nearly every other doctor I have been to has told me that my pain is in my head or that I am making it up or saying that it is worse than it actually is. I have dealt with these responses from physicians since my first accident. Anyway, I went to a chiropractor for the first time 2 days ago and the chiropractor thinks that I have spinal stenosis. I have 9 compressed discs throughout my back from cervical spine down to lumbar.
My question is: is a chiropractor qualified to make this diagnosis and if he is not full of crap then why have none of my other doctors seen this on x-rays, cat scans or any one of my 4 MRI's? The chiropractor told me that my disc volume is very low. The discs that are affected range from 4 to 2 millimeters. He said that my condition is severe. Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Also wondering if I should consult with the county hospital again and see what they say about this? Please help!