First off, this is not meant to scare anyone so please do not take it that way. I'm only describing what happened to me in hopes it might save someone else of being further injured.
I've got confirmed disc bulges in my lumbar and cervical spine. I've had 2 separate MRI's so there's no questions there.
I recently inquired with a new PM about trigger point injections for my constantly flared levator scapulae. I'm also sick of my low back hurting and wanted to see what my options were. After reviewing my MRI, he told me he thought my low back was being caused by MPS - He recommended I see a Chiropractor - Not for adjustment, but for stretching, etc on their tables/equip. His thought was the disc bulge was not touching the nerve, so it must be MPS right?
Same day I do what he recommends - I go see the Chiropractor HE recommends. I explicitly tell this Chiropractor NO MANUAL ADJUSTMENTS. I'll try to keep this short and sweet - I had a RX but couldnt read everything on it. Yes, a Pain Management doctor sent me to this chiropractor.
Here's what happened -
After doing all of the eval, he finally has me lay on this bed that's separated at the hip area. He turns the machine on and it starts stretching me. The machine stops and he starts feeling around. He then uses a trigger type thing and starts popping it on my vertebrae. No big deal, right?
Then, so fast I couldn't do anything about it - wham wham wham wham 4 attempts to pop my back. He goes, "Wow, you're really locked up" It did not adjust. I didn't think much about it because while it hurt, I did not get bad until the next day. It felt like a knife had went through my T-spine and all of a sudden my left foot is constantly numb. I rarely had any foot numbness / sciatica before this visit. Now it's daily. This was only 3 weeks ago and I'm so disgusted with the entire situation. I went from bad to worse, now with daily neurological symptoms all on the recommendation of a doctor I now do not trust.
I blame myself as much as the doctor - I should have known better - I've been to chiropractor who did not help before. I let myself believe that both of these guys knew what they were doing and now I'm paying the price. I have a bad feeling that this is not going to go away and that whatever he did has further injured me. I was so desperate for relief that I got to the point of being willing to try whatever.
Please folks, if you have disc problems, seriously reconsider being adjusted. I dunno if there's anything I can do about it, but after I told him NO ADJUSTMENTS he tried anyways. I wish I'd have gotten it in writing.
This is no joke - The entire scenario went down as described. I'm now back to around my baseline BACK pain level, maybe a little worse, but the neuro symptoms daily are new. The daily sciatic is hurting like heck and the foot numbness is out of control. The days after the chiropractic visit I felt like I was hit by a truck. My entire back was completely tight and thankfully after some PT we got it worked out.
Please care for your backs people - I'm not denouncing chiropractic, but in my situation it has never helped. I used to visit a no-adjust chiro regularly and it was a money pit. This time I'm paying the price and may never get back to where I was just a few short weeks ago.