Hello! I'm so glad to have found you all. Because I'm not sure where exactly to post this, I'm hoping this is the spot. If not, my apologies. Either way, I wanted to come by and introduce myself and give a bit of my story.
I am a 41-year-old female, 5'4, 110lbs, and generally in good health. I've had back pain (lower back, mostly) for as long as I can remember, along with 'mild to moderate' scoliosis. As far as I know, this hasn't really caused me any difficulty. I've been to an MD two or three times when the pain in my back has flared up, but once they see I can still touch my toes, they've sent me on my way. I had x-rays once, 15 years ago. Aside from the scoliosis, they didn't show anything unusual. Fast forward to this month. After a particularly painful bout of sciatica pain, I bit the bullet and asked my SIL to give me her chiropractor's number. I've heard great things about this particular Dr, and after avoiding chiropractors entirely (was raised "not believing" in them), I finally made an appointment. At my first visit, we went over my history, she examined me, and took xrays. I went back a few days later, and found out that my spine is all out of whack and needs some major adjusting (her office uses the Pro-Adjuster). That was no surprise, and not particularly concerning. She then went to the side xray, and began to show me the (early) stage two spine degeneration, along with spurs. That got my attention. Her advice is to see her three times a week, for the next four weeks. Then she'll re-evaluate. In the meantime, I have pain almost constantly now. In the morning, when I sit on the couch to have my coffee, I have terrible shooting pains down my leg, and I often have numbness/tingling in my leg/foot as well. If I sit on a hard chair, I have to get up very slowly as it's amazingly painful. As I mentioned, I've had back pain forever, but this is becoming too much. I can't run without shooting pains, and I feel like I've begun to alter my activities because of it.
What I'd like to know is if anyone has had a lot of success with a chiropractor and this diagnosis? Also, can anyone tell me what an MD did for them in this situation? I'm still not completely convinced that a chiro. is my best option, but I don't know that an MD is either. Bone spurs sound scary, especially when I'm only 41 and already have so much pain. I take Tylenol 1 (OTC in Cda) daily, and have for years. Obviously that's not a great thing. I have three young children, an active hubby, and a house to run. I want to explore all of my options and find the quickest, safest way to get this problem managed.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Stories? I'll take 'em. Thanks in advance, and it's nice to 'meet' you all!
ETA: I've got an appointment with my regular MD tomorrow. I'm curious to see if she does anything, as I've never had anyone (other than the chiro.) take my back pain seriously. In the meantime, I'm becoming more and more leery of treating this with only a chiropractor.