I stumbled across this forum recently, and thought it would be a great idea for me to join. My support system is limited to my boyfriend, mother, and sister. It would be nice to connect with people who understand what I’m going through.
For the past seven years, I've been suffering from chronic back, neck, and pelvic pain due to a car accident that I was in. I was going into my sophomore year in college, when the car accident happened that summer. Unfortunately, I did not receive proper care and treatment when experiencing issues with walking, or really movement of any kind that involved the use of my neck and/or back. After the car accident, I was told that the right side of pelvic bone dropped slightly below the left side, and that was believed to be the only true injuries sustained. This is what they believed the be the reason for the pain in my lower back and hip.
Young and naive, I took the word of the doctor, and remained in physical therapy for a year. With the amount of pain I was in constantly, they actually placed in me a wheelchair, and I could only get out of it when I went to physical therapy. I was prescribed a number of pain medicines and muscle relaxers, and after a year had passed, I thought that I was on my way to being back to the old me again. I slowly regained my ability to walk normally again, and was able to function in life without as much pain (or so I thought).
In the midst of everything that was going on with my health, I had a very ill, and needy husband, as well as problems going on with my family, and I had to sue the college I was attending, and so much of just LIFE was happening, that I, subconsciously, began to protect areas that I was hurting, and I completely ignored all of the symptoms that indicated that the issue was much larger at hand. I couldn't go to the hairdresser without asking for accommodations, as my neck hurt when they washed my hair. I had pain running down the back side of my right leg, constantly, and swelling in my right foot, and that foot always felt hot. I had issues with sleeping because of the leg pain. I had problems with running, or sitting for longer than 1 hour at a time, or really, any stagnant position, caused a lot of pain.
Fast forwarding a few years, on Christmas Day three years ago, I bent over to pick something up, and then I couldn't straighten out my back. Alarmed, I went to the ER, who, again, blew me off. Still in pain, and frustrated that there was no resolution, I went to a chiropractor that a family friend recommended. He took an Xray, and boy was I SHOCKED! I learned that the disc between S1 and L5, was basically squished, I have a bulging disc between L4 and L5, and my spine was curved at the bottom half due to the drop in my hip. I was being seen 3 times a week, and felt some relief. Then, situations in life happened again (mainly having to deal with my now ex-husband), and I had to stop getting care and treatment.
Now, fast forwarding to present day, I’m now divorced, I’ve moved across the country, landed a fantastic job, and I started noticing a decrease in mobility with my right arm, as well as pain going down the right arm, tingling in my right hand, and then my leg pain also began to increase. Alarmed of the new symptoms, I went to the chiropractor locally, and explained everything in greater detail on what was going on with me. I had x-rays taken again, and learned that now S1 and L5 are essentially touching each other, I have several bulging discs in the middle of my spine, and my neck is also curved in the opposite direction, in addition the large curve in my lower back. My spine is basically shaped like the letter S now. This chiropractor’s new treatment plan for me includes using the Denneroll to remodel my spine in my neck, tens unit, spinal decompression, physical therapy, laser treatment and adjustments. They recommended me to a pain management doctor, to address the issues with sciatica, and the soreness and stiffness in my neck and right arm. I need to be seen 3 times a week for the next 10 weeks, and they seem to be hopeful that I would get relief from their treatments.
Everything for me as been pretty traumatic over the past several years. No one understood what I was going through, and still go through today. My ex-husband pulled from me so much, that it was impossible for me to focus on taking care of myself, until he was out of the picture. I’m so scared about having to deal with these issues for the remainder of my life. I always think that everything is fine, but this last chiropractic visit really, truly, scared me. I used to be so fit and active, and I can feel my muscles are very weak. I hurt ALL the time. It even hurts to inhale deeply. I’m trying to remain positive, but it’s very difficult right now. I hope that I can find some great friends on this forum, to help me get through this difficult time, and that I can help others get through their difficult times.