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Chiropractic manipulation

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Four months ago I was diagnosed with a bulging of L5-S1 and other problems due to this as far as I can read in my MRI. A neurosurgeon has been treating me since then, although he did say that if in three months time my problem didn't get better he would perform surgery. I was doing very well with Neurontin and Meloxicam until I was taken off of the Meloxicam three weeks ago. Since then I have had the pain running down my leg again and at times in my lower back. A chiroprater and physiotherapist was recommended to me by a friend and in my desire to improve without surgery I went to see him yesterday. I had my first session but was thinking that maybe the forceful jerking of that type of treatment was not the right thing for a 65 year old woman. I survived it yesterday but am supposed to have another session tomorrow, although I am having second thoughts about it. :SS

Any advice on this I would deeply appreciated.



  • If you go to the alternate treaments section there is some threads on chiropractors there..
  • Thank you Bigcat, I'll go take a look at alternate treatments.

    Thank you Paul, I will definitely put off that session tomorrow and read through the link. It is comforting to know there is someone on the other side of the PM. :)
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  • Please be very careful with chiros. In my initial stages of back pain I went to a chiro that my doc recommended and he did actually help. Then I moved away and went to another that made my pain sooooo much worse. I agree with Paul in that you should see doc before continuing with chiro. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • Thank you for the recommendation, painintheback. I am grateful to have found this site and those of you that warned me about visiting a chiro without the Dr's consent. I have been reading the information about sciatic pain and it has answered quite a few questions. There are days that the pain seems to be worse than others and I just wonder if I overdo things or it is just the way this is.

    I had been wearing a corsette with stays in it that seemed to help but I was also told that it is not good to depend on it because it weakens the ab muscles. I have also been reading about the different exercises for this condition since I had been doing pilates for over four years and have now stopped fearing my condition would get worse. Now I only use my treadmill 3 times a week.
  • i used to go to chiro for years, and i got much help from them (at the time)it was the only way for me to get some relief from my pain, its been over a year since i have been to one, i will even say i was addicted to my chiro,but... now i would not could not handle the manipulations,, is that the word i mean doesn.t sound right my doc's have told me to stay away from them because of my issues, but i do believe they can help many other people, i have to wear a brace when i ride in a car or try and take a walk outside. so i could not let my chiro adjust my neck for sure,
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  • Yes I can see how one could get addicted to the temporary relief of a chiropractic session but I am also still feeling a sore neck, Patsy. You say you wear a brace when walking and driving. I'm really not familiar with the difference of a brace and a support with stays, which is what I wear and was told by this chiropracter not to wear it all of the time. It gives me a sense of security with my active life and I think also helps the pain. The last time I went to my neuro when I was feeling much better he told me not wear it all the time because he felt it was constricting the circulation in my left leg.

    Another question I have is that I see a lot of you have information on your signature line, I see similar information on my MIR, would that be a useful source?

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