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Lorraine75LLorraine75 Posts: 2
edited 08/23/2015 - 7:35 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone, I'm new to this. A bit about me:

My back pain originally started when I was about 15 (I'm 39 now) decided it would be fun to go down a steep hill in the snow on a car bonnet!! I turned my back as we were going so fast. I crashed into a metal pole and was knocked out! (Not such a good idea after all) :( I had slipped a disc and sciatica on both sides. I've had physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. I've managed to live with it but for the past year I've had severe pain from my neck all the way down my spine. The pain feels like electric shocks. I am on gabapentin co codamol 30/500 and muscle relaxants but I don't feel any better. I went for my first professional massage last week and now feel so much worse it's like whiplash or like I've been in a car accident and no pain killers are helping I was wondering if maybe a chiropractor would help does anyone have any suggestions? And have any of you had this experience after massage?

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  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 92
    edited 08/23/2015 - 8:53 AM
    caused your back issue. My back pain started at 18 and maybe the dancing I started at about 15 brought my pain on. I've lived with advancing back issues, DDD and other issues and I'm now 77.

    I've had all kinds of massage over the years, from deep to more gentle.....at this point I'd do more gentle work for rmy body...Acupuncture helps, exercises and stretching and PT....I've used them all. I manage and see it as all part of my life activities and foods too.

    I've done a lot of work and dealing now with a hip replacement "mess" in 2010... my outcome was not one of the good ones. Take care and do what feels "right" for you. Be gentle with your body.
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
  • Lorraine75LLorraine75 Posts: 2
    edited 08/23/2015 - 12:25 PM
    I haven't tried acupuncture yet so I may give that a try the mast I had was very deep so maybe a more gentle one will help sorry to hear about your hip problems
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