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Could a chiropractor have created nerve damage? or am i dying

stsx0xsstsx0x Posts: 40
edited 12/04/2015 - 1:01 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am a 19 yo female and For the past 7 months I have been experiencing very strange and disturbing symptoms that at this point I am convinced I am going to die within the year and go back and forth with these thoughts. It is important to note that have serious anxiety, have had it all my life but after a traumatic event i felt a slight sense of derealization or brain fog back in May. I immediately attributed this to a brain tumor and went to my GP and received a neurological exam, eye exams, and blood tests which came back as normal, attributed this to GAD. An MRI was not recommended and of course I was terrified of that so I have never had one. I had a serious neck injury several years ago that never truly healed and simultaneously was experiencing neck pain again so I started seeing a chiropractor and it was determined my C1 and C2 and lower spine as well were severely and moderately subluxated. Within 4 hours after the first adjustment, I felt a strange sensation in my inner cheek that I would describe as fullness, not necessarily numb. I continued going 2x a week all summer and eventually this same feel spread throughout the same side of my face. Not numb, more of a "pulling" "pressurized sensation. Concurrently, my anxiety has been getting much worse since and I have panic attacks fairly regularly and was recently prescribed xanax which is the only way I can stop thinking Im dying.Unfortnately, I attribute these attacks as being pre-seizures. Every day I think today will be the day of diagnosis, but I am too afraid to actually get an MRI because I'd rather live in ignorance as long as possible before my life is ruined and given an expiration date. Current symptoms still allow me to live my life, I'm in college, doing well, have friends, energy etc but this fear never leaves. Are my fears based in reality or can anxiety or possible nerve damage from these chiro sessions be the explanation? PLEASE someone help/ reassure/ guide me. The only hope I have is that its extremely strange all these symptoms began after I started seeing this chiro. All of these physical symptoms are worsened when I smoke weed, but it calms the thoughts down

* pressureized/ tingling on left side of face, cheek under eye. (intermittent, helped by xanax)

*tighter muscles when closing that side's eye

*left leg will feel "weird" but works completely functional, have had weakness measured, not weaker than the other but was measured and is shorter than the right leg

*occasional very inner ear pain on that side

*still have neck pain, reverse curve was shown on X-ray

*currently (recently terrified) cluster tension/ burning like head scalp pain on the right side. not necessarily a headache or migraine. I have not been to the chiro in weeks.

* both eyes will intermittently just feel weird, pressure behind them

* panic attacks, been obsessed with brain cancer since a girl i saw on the news died at 17 a few years ago.

*alternating head pressure on right side

please someone help me and respond. sometimes i can convince myself that I am experiencing nerve damage/ peripheral neuropathy or even psychosomatic symptoms. however it has been 7 months. i really don't want to die and every day I envision sitting in a doctors office being told I have stage 3/4 GBM or DIPG.

I believe even before you read the below, you need to understand that there is no one even remotely capable of telling you if you have nerve damage or going to die.
You should seek proper medical attention so that they can pinpoint anything that is going on.

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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    Please know that I am not dismissing your discomfort, any of it. I come to this forum for support for my own spine issues but I have heard those exact words you are using for so many years!
    People who have anxiety often have a certain kind of anxiety and, although I'm not able to diagnose you on a forum with a few typed words, I'd say you would feel immensely better seeking help for your health anxiety. This definitely does not mean that you are not experiencing pain, sensations, pulling.... What is happening if your brain is causing you more discomfort by magnifying the sensations you're currently experiencing. It will be a relief for you to be able to separate anxiety from physical sensations. And know that anxiety can cause you to feel real physical sensations too.
    The treatment that would benefit your anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy. A professional can help you change the way you value your thoughts so you can change how you react to them. There is another branch of cognitive behavioral therapy designed to help people accept pain.
    I honestly believe that you will experience less pain when you start working on your anxiety.

    I've been there and done that and can honestly say now, despite intractable pain, I know I'm not going to die. I can have good days and not so good days but I'm always looking forward to the next day!

    I hope this helps!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 12/05/2015 - 4:55 AM
    And I would add that if you feel or question whether or not the chiropractic is exacerbating your symptoms, it's always best to stop doing it when in doubt.
    The mind is a very powerful thing. If you are having all these thoughts and fears, it is very possible that your symptoms are psychosomatic, so I would agree with PlumTuckeredOut, get your anxiety under control first. I have witnessed first hand what anxiety and panic attacks can do to someone physically.
    I hope you get the help and answers you need.
  • I used to see a chiropractor years ago and I stopped going because something happened and I could not open my jaw for weeks. thank goodness for slimfast. The is my opinion based on experience. Chiropractors are good if you have a healthy spine and want to keep it that way. Once you have an injury, especially in the neck, you have to be really careful. Luckily the pain got better eventually but I would never let one touch me again, at least around my neck. Same thing for the massage therapists. They are good, as long as you have a healthy spine.
  • Robbie43RRobbie43 Posts: 18
    edited 12/06/2015 - 3:09 AM
    Mother Goose said:
    I used to see a chiropractor years ago and I stopped going because something happened and I could not open my jaw for weeks. thank goodness for slimfast. The is my opinion based on experience. Chiropractors are good if you have a healthy spine and want to keep it that way. Once you have an injury, especially in the neck, you have to be really careful. Luckily the pain got better eventually but I would never let one touch me again, at least around my neck. Same thing for the massage therapists. They are good, as long as you have a healthy spine.
    Have a look
    At my story what a chiro did to me. It's a few down under headaches. I have a few of your symptoms that the chiro did to me. I have lived with it for two years, before this I was 100% fine. It should be banned!
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,368
    edited 12/06/2015 - 4:37 AM
    In my humble experience and opinion - YES

    Look up ligamentous laxity chiropractor - google it

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  • My experience with a chiropractor resulted in my having surgery for crushed discs. I ended up having fusion of C6-7 after a chiropractor did an "adjustment" on my neck. Walked out of the office with numbness and tingling in my right arm.
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  • acer455aacer455 Posts: 3
    edited 12/26/2015 - 12:51 AM
    I have swallowing problems from a c6/7 ruptured disks anyone having swallowing problems and tightness in front of neck near adams apple.

    This thread is about chiropractor, could I suggest you create a new thread to ask your question and add some more information
    Creating a new thread
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