I'm new here, and don't really know what to say.
I'm a college student and only 18 and have had back pain my entire life. My father has serious back issues himself and I believe due to that never suspected that I too did growing up since I complained. He only brought be into a chiropractor when I was about 13.
My last chiroropractor, which was an Atlas Chiropractor, was astonished when my X-rays came back in...my entire spine and neck is completely straight. Not just a curve straightened, I can lay my entire spine on an outwards corner of a wall. I have no back support and so it is difficult for my to stand up for long periods of time.
My spine also sits slightly towards the left in my back, rather than exactly in the middle(or so a family doctor of mine told me after looking at my back). And somehow my head tilts, my chiropractor says I have a degree left of tilting until I am in ER condition. My entire body "twists" upwards so that one side of my hip angles upwards and one leg is longer than the other. My ribs go out of place and I have horrible light sensitivity and migraines because of how my skull sits on my atlas. I also get what I call "nausea migraines," it's like a feeling of nausea inside my head- I can't explain it any other way. It's unbearable and makes it so I can't use a computer, concentrate, read...or really do much of anything. But I have to deal with it because I can't skip classes and nor would I.
This effects me daily every day. I am unsure if this contributes to my joint pain(it may be due to having Celiac Disease also). I had an arthritis test at the age of 12, but it came back negative. My hips ache and have high pitched pain and I often have a slight limp due to it. If I am up and moving around all day it feels like my organs or insides are hurting and aching- my ribs will be begin to ache...etc.
I posted here to know what I can do about my problems. I constantly have to crack my back and neck- as horrible as that is health choice wise. My neck stiffens and get's tight. It makes horrible sickly sounds when I have to crack it a good 5-10 times a day.
I do stand slightly hunched because it effects my breathing. If I stand completely straight and basically "push my chest out," as my father says I should do, it becomes difficult for me to breath. The only way I can sleep comfortably is on my stomach also, my chiropractor says to sleep on my side or back but I simply can't.
What type of chiropractor would be best? Is there anyone else that has these issues? I have had no serious injuries in my life and I do not have bad posture to create a straight spine- I assume I have been born with this. And again, my spine and neck is completely straight, it's not just a curve or two that has straightened.
Any advice on how I can get help and who to go to would be so helpful.