Okay, this is going to be a fairly long post but bare with me! First of all, I'm new here and am amazed by all the posts and responses! What an excellent community, wish I'd found this earlier!
Here is what's going on. In December of 2012, I had a face first fall into my kitchen floor, breaking my jaw in four places. Two on the right, one on the left, and one on my chin. My face took the brunt of my fall (I was 6'1, 210 pounds at the time). My jaw was wired for about 10 weeks. During this ten weeks, I had a bad bite. My teeth never met properly. My oral surgeon claimed that this was the best that could be done, but I had (and still have) a severe open bite on the right side of my teeth. For about two years, I lived in pain from this off-bite. I saw dozens of oral surgeons, never getting any results. Finally, I found that using a football mouthpiece at night (that I boiled) seemed to work best. It semi-eliminated my pain.
Well, about one month ago I rain into a friend of mine that does chiropractic work. I still had a little lingering pain (headaches/occasional neck ache), but it didn't feel life threatening or anything. He told me to come in for a free consultation and he'd take a look. Well, he did an adjustment on me the first day and I actually seemed to feel better for about a week. After a bit of pressure, and telling me that things would fall back out of place, he convinced me to come back in for a second adjustment.
On the second adjustment, he put me on the table cold and didn't do any stretching or loosen any of the muscles like he did the first time. He popped my neck once to the right, once to the left, and for some reason tried again to the right. Well the second time to the right it didn't pop, and I felt a bit of a pain but figured it wasn't anything serious. That night I got into bed and noticed that my hands and feet were throbbing a little. I woke up the next day and asked him if this was normal, he said yes to come back in and he'd take care of it for me. I went back in and he used a tool this time opposed to a manipulation. I left and felt slightly better for the rest of the day, and maybe two more days, until I started hurting again. And the pain got significantly worse, along with a nerve pain that extends into my right leg (is or mimics sciatica - but I know it's a nerve pain because opiate-based painkillers don't relieve it). The worst night for the neck pain was after I'd played a part as an extra in a film in which I was laying on a board straining (I had an injured leg in the film). That night I ended up going to the emergency room. After an MRI, the results were:
CC: Patient complaining of neck and jaw pain x2 years.Bilateral arm pain after a chiropractor visit 2 weeks prior.
TECHNIQUE: Sagittal T1, T2, sagittal oblique T2 and axial T2 sequences of the cervical spine were obtained. There are no prior studies available for comparison.
FINDINGS: The vertebral bodies are of normal height and signal pattern. The alignment is anatomic. There is mild diffuse diminished signal from the intervertebral discs which are of normal height. The cerebellar tonsils are normally positioned within the posterior fossa. Cervical cord is of normal caliber and signal intensity.
C1-C2: Normal central canal.
C2-C3: Mild decreased signal intensity in the intervertebral disc. Normal central canal and neural foramina. Exiting nerve roots are visualized.
C3-C4: Normal central canal and neural foramina. Minimal hypertrophic spurring in the left facet joint. Intervertebral disc with slight diminished signal intensity. Exiting nerve roots are visualized.
C4-C5: There is a small circumferential bulging disc encroaching upon the anterior thecal sac. Normal central canal and neural foramina.
C5-C6: There is a small central disc spur complex containing a linear high signal fissure. Minimal encroachment upon the anterior thecal sac. Normal central canal and neural foramina.
C6-C7: Normal central canal and neural foramina. Mild decreased signal from the intervertebral disc which is of normal height.
C7-T1: Normal central canal and neural foramina.
CONCLUSION: Small circumferential bulging disc at C4-C5 and small central disc spur complex at C5-C6 with mild encroachment upon the anterior thecal sac. Normal central canal and neural foramina. Minimal hypertrophic spurring in the left facet joint of C3-C4.
After this, I felt a little relieved because I figured I could nurse bulging discs back to normal on my own. Well, that night I felt a throbbing pain in my neck and head that got worse and worse over the span of three days, as well as a pain that extends into my throat. I continually checked my blood pressure (always normal) , as well as my pulse. I also developed a bit of a respiratory infection (that hasn't gone away since). Then, about two nights after the the start of the respiratory infection, I had a dizzy spell. Combined with the fear of a stroke and reading too much on the net, I went back to the ER and requested that they do an angiogram of my head and spine to see if I had an artery dissected. After a two hour, $15,000 visit in the ER (I have no insurance), they found nothing and sent me home, assuming I was drug-seeking most likely (the part I play in this movie requires a long beard and long hair, and NO grooming).
So here I am, about three weeks after the chiropractor visit, in the worst shape of my life. I'd do ANYTHING to go back to just having the jaw pain from before, but it's much worse than that now. Aspirin seems to alleviate the pain and reduce the throbbing. Is it possible that this throbbing is a result of my bulging discs/pressure in my spine? I've also ALWAYS got muscular tension in my shoulders.
Also, I notice that when I lay down on a flat surface and put pressure on top of the back of my head, my neck will pop slightly. The right side of my jaw pops as well. I think my posture plays a big part into my problems, but I'm not sure. The chiropractor wants me to come back in for free treatments, but there's no way I'm going back there. He's suggested that I see a 'specialist' friend of his, but I'm too dubious to see anyone he suggests. Also, I live in Mississippi and the healthcare here is horrible. I can't even afford the "affordable healthcare act" because it is over $300 a month and I have not been able to work since the injury.
Does anyone have ANY suggestions? I would just about do anything and go anywhere at this point, I just don't know what to do or what my problem is. This pain (especially the throbbing in my head) is real; I'm not susceptible to placebo pains. It seems to be gradually increasing. I can also obtain/post the results of the bone x-ray of my spine and the CT Angiogram I had.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much.