Hi there, brand new here
I've pretty much suffered from a tired achey back for as long as I can remember, never really thought much of it. I was rear-ended in 2007 which apparently caused more damage than was apparent at the time. I went to chiro and physio and massage until the pain finally went away. I never had any x-rays but I do remember having a CT on my neck and all that I was told from that was that there was soft tissue damage and I was sent on my way.
I went virtually pain free until October 2012 when I woke up in the night with serious pain in my neck that just never seemed to go away. I started having pain in my upper back and right shoulder when I was at work (computer related). I went to chiro and doctors and massage and nothing was helping. I wasn't able to sleep because I was in so much discomfort. I saw so many different people and everyone had a different answer but nothing was helping. My dad convinced me to go and see a new chiropractor who actually x-rayed by whole back as well as my neck. I will try to explain the results as best as I can.
I have cervical kyphosis in my neck (sort of a scary sight). I've been told that this is for the most part correctable with chiro and I've been told to change how I sleep (which I've been working on). The only explanation I've been given is that it's probably from my car accident.
The x-ray of my spine was fairly eye-opening. Around the T-5 T-6 by spine veers off to the right (I don't know the degree...) and sort of wiggles back and forth up to my neck. The most obvious 'kink' if you will is around the T-5 T-6 and makes it looks like my body from that point up tilts over.
Soooo it's been suggested that the deformity is causing some nerve impingement (I've not had an MRI or anything to confirm this) which is causing the discomfort in my right shoulder (sort of near the shoulder blade area). I've also been told this deformity has probably been there for about 10 years and will never be corrected. My chiro told me that he thinks it's manageable once we sort out the nerve impingement but I'll have to see a chiro for the rest of my life.
I lead a very active life and am training to be a police officer so I'm terrified I'm going to have to re-plan my life if I can' get this under control. So I guess I'm mostly here for some advice and guidance. This is all fairly new news to me and I don't know who I can trust. My dad, my spouse, and my father in law have all suggested I look into surgery as an option because they think going to the chiropractor for the rest of my life will be a huge burden and may not even correct anything significantly. I don't know what I think! Surgery seems like such a drastic options but I've never talked to anyone about it so I have no clue. I also feel like there might be more options out there that I don't know about.
If anyone here has some helpful advice, insight, experience, they would like to share with me I would be so grateful. And if anyone could suggest some appropriate boards for me to be on and check out I would also be very grateful!
Thanks in advance