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Never felt so lost


I went to a chiro (with all the certifications) because I had lower back pain that a Orthopedic said was caused probably from a bulged disc.

On the first visit he did different exams, and then on the second and third visit he did 'adjustments' on the back and neck. The hours following the 'adjustments' felt really good, but after a day I felt like ***my whole spine*** is on fire and crazy pains all over. Now it's a week and a half after the second visit and I feel weird pains all over my back, I feel the whole pelvis area and the lower back like 30% numb from the usual, I have leg pains and I feel crippled. I'm only 30 years old with a business to run and a life, I don't know what to do! I'm so lost!

I have in a few days a meeting with a spine specialist and I also have a lower back MRI scan in a few weeks - but how can 'regular' doctors help? They probably wont even understand what the exact problem is. I feel there is like 3-5 problems going on simultaneously. I've had in my life bad experiences with doctors and I don't really trust them \ their methods.

I can't believe what I'm going through. And I also have these weird things going on in my neck. The doctor will probably think I'm nuts when I explain all the symptoms. And just a few weeks ago I felt completely normal except a bit of lower back pain (now that seems like heaven to me! I didn't even think or imagine it can become so much worse).

I'll appreciate any word of advice, thanks!



  • I am sorry you are going thru this. I am not a Dr  It does sound like what you stated, a bulging disc. Maybe it was ruptured with chiropractic adjustments. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. Keep us posted

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,240

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    When it comes to your spine, it can be very hard to diagnose. But since you stated that you will be having a MRI, maybe they can get to the bottom of it. But until then, we cannot assume what it may be. Below are some links for you to read regarding your doctor's appointment.
    What are some questions to ask your doctor during an office visit

    What you need to know

    Spinal Anatomy and back pain 

    You can also click on the Welcome link below for more information on the forum and the Tutorial shows you how to get around.
    Welcome to Spine Health

    Please take care and keep us posted, especially about your MRI

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  • Hey,

    Thanks for the replies.

    Could it be that some "simple" thing just got stuck \ the 'adjustments' were not 'until the end' and if I go to another chiropractor in a few simple 'moves' he can change everything to be as it was?


  • David  I'm not a doctor but..I wouldn't let a chiropractor touch me without getting a MRI of at least your cervical and lumbar spine and possibly the whole spine. Without it you have no way of knowing what truly is going on.  Did he adjust your neck ? If so that could be were it's really coming from as that's home base for all the spinal nerves as they branch out down your spine and can cause problems all the way down to the bottom of your feet. So see you really need a MRI if your having increasing problems .

  • DavidDavidDDavidDavid Posts: 15
    edited 08/05/2018 - 9:20 AM

    Ya, he did the neck.

    Can stretches and gradually strengthening be enough to heal me up? 

    I feel like I'm twisted all over and like he caused 4-5 additional bulged discs.

    I found a person  and he has a YT channel with many great stretches, I started trying them today.

    Will I ever completely heal? :-(

    Edited by Sandra to remove doctor's name per rule #5.10

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  • No one here can answer that question..I wouldn't do anything more till you see the doctor first and get those MRIs done.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,240

    I agree with boo! Furthermore, you will not find very many members on Spine-Health that are fond of chiros. They are not spinal specialists. 

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  • Boo and Memerainbolt hit it on the head!  Unfortunately, it doesn't take much to aggravate the nerves in our backs.  I gave chiropractic another try last Fall.  That was a mistake.  Two trips in I felt pretty good after adjustments, but even after I told him and his staff repeatedly not to touch my lumbar area, he did.  I let out a yell which startled him.  I said, "remember the rods??".  He said, "oops".  That was the end to chiro for me. 

    I think the best advice I can offer is to not let this flare up beat you mentally.  It's real easy to get down when were hurting.  The fact you've had a recent MRI should help your Ortho/Neuro doc begin a treatment plan for you.  I can't stress enough to follow any restrictions or care plan to the best of your ability. 

    The fix probably won't be immediate.  I'd recommend you jot down what triggers your pain, what helps/makes it worse and show your doctor.  Sometimes when we have short appointments, we forget what all to speak about.  Having a pain diary should help.

    Hope you feel better soon!  

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Hey,

    Thanks for the helpful replies!

    I have a lumbar spine MRI in a few weeks, but I feel I also have 'issues' at the cervical and thoracic parts (before the chiro I only had one 'simple' disc problem at the lumbar spine, now I feel completely 'messed up' everywhere), should I pay from my own wallet for 2 other MRI's? Am I exaggerating? But It is already 2 weeks and I still feel crazy.

    Another question - I keep on reading at different places that all of these inner parts don't always heal properly - is that true? How do I prevent such a thing? Is it OK to wait now 3-4 weeks for the lumbar MRI? Maybe stuff is not healing properly and time is a issue?

    Thanks everyone, all of this is very new for me... I was a **totally** different person before this chiro and now I feel 60% from what I was just a few weeks ago..  :(

  • Sounds like some hypochondria. No worries because I can be that way too!

    For example. every doctor I’ve seen has remarked that thoracic discs are much more durable than cervical or lumbar discs due to our rib cage.

    Because of this ask yourself what is the likelihood a chiropractor herniated your discs.

    Two weeks is nothing in the scheme of things. It’s common knowledge that certain injuries, including sprains or strains, can take longer than two weeks to resolve (and even longer if we’re doing stuff to further aggravate the original injury).

    Personally if I was in your situation I wouldn’t get too anxious and I’d wait the 2-3 weeks for an MRI. I had to wait longer than that. Waiting stinks but it’s not uncommon I’m afraid.

    Good luck and please keep us posted.

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