Hi all, I have just come across this site after googling about my back problem, I came acoss the topic on spinal decompression. I must say after reading quite a few stories, I just felt for everyone! I always say, that unless you have experienced it yourself, you truly do not understand the relentless pain and how tiring and draining it is on you both mentally and physically. I injured my back about 5 yrs ago, slipping at the top of stairs and landing on my back. I went through hell in the end. I spent close to two years of about 90 percent of my time laying down, as it was the only way to ease the pain. Pain killers just made me ill. I also did not want to get into that vicious circle of these drugs that are quite often addictive, and only treats the symptoms not the condition.
Then one day, a friend of my best friend, asked me if I had ever tried a Myropractor. I had never heard of this. It sounded a bit like a witch doctor so I didn't pursue it straight away, and wish I had! I got so bad, and was in constant, relentless sciatic pain, was on crutches, couldn't stand straight, and could barely walk 50 yards without pretty much collapsing in agonising pain. I was in an extremely bad way and this also affected me mentally. I got so depressed and lost all hope. One night, when the pain was at its worst, something in me snapped, and I decided, that's it, I will stop this pain. This is extremely hard for me to talk about, and even have tears now typing it.........I overdosed. I came to in hospital. When I first woke up, obviously due to the amount of drugs still in my system, I wasn't feeling pain, was very groggy, it is all still very surreal to me. They took me by ambulance from my local hospital, through to a larger one in the next town. That night and the next day was hell. Due to them flushing the drugs out of my system, I wasn't allowed ANY pain relief. I cried, I begged them to ease the pain,I tossed and turned in my hospital bed trying to find a position to ease the pain. Needless to say, I didn't. When you "attempt to take your own life" as they put it, they will send in a psychologist. Now I would like to make it very clear, that I did not attempt to end my life. In my eyes, at that time, all I wanted to do was end this pain. But the doctors see it as "attempted suicide" The psychologist came in, and within 15 mins of talking to me, he told me that he could tell I didn't want to die, that I wasn't trying to kill myself, that it was obvious to him that in my own way, I was just trying to ease a relentless unbearable pain. I burst into tears, because when you are going through this, the people around you try to understand, but in all fairness, unless they have experienced it, they cant. Its not their fault, they just don't know. There is nothing to see, there is no plaster, no bandages...so why are you in so much pain?? So much so, that what pushed me over the edge, was my then husband telling me I was exaggerating it, it couldn't be that bad!
My doctor then realised finally just how bad a state I was in and sent me to a neurosurgeon. I finally saw a light at the end of the tunnel, that maybe an operation WOULD help. I was told it was simple keyhole surgery and thought yep, I can go through with that. But no, it turns out my bulging disc wasn't like how a disc normally bulges. It was bulging to the side. This meant a major operation, cutting all the way down my spine, peeling away the muscle, fusing the discs and putting a rod in.I sat there in total devastation. Feeling like all hope was lost. The doctor told me how he was happy to perform this operation, but his concern was that in 10 yrs, I was going to be worse off than I am now. I asked for time to think about it, hobbled out of the hospital, struggled to fight back tears because I felt like my last bit of hope for relief from this pain, was gone. I didn't even want to think about the possibility of being worse off than I already was at ANY stage in my life! Then on the way home, something snapped in me once again. I thought, that's it, I am fed up with doctors and specialists....6 months...I am going to give myself 6 months to try anything that I think will help. I went back to my inner strength, that I had used earlier in life when I was told I couldnt have children. Accepted my situation there and then and decided now I will deal with this MY way. I made an appointment with the local Myropractor. He was stunned at my condition, and it was the worst he had ever seen. That day,I just knew, this man is going to help me. When he said to me, "OMG I cant even begin to imagine what this has done to you mentally" , I once again struggled to fight back the tears. For the first time ever....someone realised this. It isn't just the pain...its what the pain does to you. He told me he could fix this, that it was going to take some time, but we will get there. Usually 5 treatments, but because I was so bad, it would probably take a few more. After about 10 treatments, I was walking with no crutches, I was walking upright, the pain had eased to about 40percent. On my last visit I had come to terms with maybe this is as good as I am going to get. I can deal with this. James, my Myropractor said, Tracy, I am not charging you for this visit. That is not what I am about. I am missing something and just cant work out what it is. We finished my treatment, I stood up...and he said wait...lay back down...I want to try something. He worked on my hip, did something a bit different. Whatever it was, I walked out of there nearly pain free. I had already started a daily walking routine. In the end, after that last treatment, I was walking up to 12 kms a day. You can imagine how exhilirating this felt walking along our beautiful beach once again!
Gradually I improved more and more. I managed to return to the workforce, which was so important for me. Occasionally I would have some pain, so I would walk, and do stretches, etc. Once you have had a back injury, you have to take care of it and manage it for life. For the past 2 years I have been hiking over rocks along the coast and 4wd, camping etc with my new partner, doing our photography. Recently, I had an incident, where I moved in an awkward way hanging something up. The next day, I woke up in extreme pain, unable to get out of bed, walk, anything, without collapsing in excrutiating pain. My beautiful partner got me straight to the chiro...then the hospital...has taken me anywhere he thinks will help...osteo/naturopath....etc. I kept saying...Myropractor...I have to get back to a Myropractor. Mine has since retired. Yesterday I managed to get an appointment with the woman taking his place, Charlotte.From this latest bout, which turns out is a new disc injury....prolapsed disc...pressure on the nerves L2, L3 and L4....but the left side this time. Last time was the right. I have numbness down the inside of the left knee through to my calf muscle and foot. This leg is week and quite often gives out on me. After one treatment with the myropractor...I woke up this morning with some of that numbness gone.My right foot was 1 inch shorter than the left due to my right hip being up higher.One treatment and she brought this down level with my left foot. I am aware it is going to take more treatments...she says 5, I am prepared for more if need be.
I am taking anti inflammatory tablets still as it is important to get the inflammation down.
I understand this is a very long story, but I need to share the whole story with you, for you to understand where I was....to where I am now. Chiro worked a bit for me, but not totally on this latest injury.
After reading about spinal decompression, I am willing to check it out. Because I often say, I feel like my back needs to be stretched, to release that pressure.
The reason I have shared my story here, is to give you all the option and some information, on Myropractors. They are quite unknown compared to Chiropractors. Google Myropractor and google psoas muscle (silent p) You will be amazed. Chiropractors deal with the bones, and manipulating them back into place. BUT, when they put the bones back in place, the muscles attached to those bones are still contracted, spasmed, tight. Therefore, the bones don't always stay there, especially with a long term injury...and therefore chiro work is often only temporary hence why you have to keep going back. The psoas muscle starts below the breast area and goes down to the groin area. All the way down it joins to your backbone, and holds it in place pretty much. If the psoas muscle suffers trauma/injury, it can spasm and contract, pulling your spine out of place...thus causing bulging discs. Makes sense huh. All I can say is being a worst case....it helped ME amazingly, and I have a great deal of faith that it will again this time. I will keep you posted, but please please please, give it a go. A lot of drs wont believe in it...like a lot didn't and still don't believe in chiro. When you are in such pain, it is worth trying anything. One visit sometimes fixes it, but usually no. So give it some time guys. I wish you all the best of luck in easing one of the most horrible pains you could have. And I hope that one day, the Medical Profession recognise how much good these Professionals do and include it in the Health Benefits Schemes.
In closing, I must add....if the person with back pain is overweight..people will tell them...it is because you are overweight. Yes this wouldn't help your injury, but I am 5'10 and weigh 65kilos...so that kinda throws that myth out the window.
I also need to add that I also tried the nerve root sleeve injections....24 needles later...I said no more...its not working.