Apologies for the new post, I am having trouble with the site. Even though I am logged in it will not allow me to post comments to my old thread.
I finally saw the specialist on Monday the 14th, unfortunately, it did not go as I had hoped. The specialist only spoke with me for about ten minutes, and did not allow me to recall my symptoms - which I had brought typed up with me. I had also wanted to speak to the doctor about advice as to how to handle work as I have been unable to make it in rather often the past few months due to the severity of my pain, which I was unable to do. Overall, I felt as though I was immediately disregarded as having a "muscular condition" due to the location of my issue.
I asked if the doctor would order an MRI, which was refused. Instead, I was referred to physical therapy and a chiropractor. I put off the physical therapy for the time being, and went to the chiropractor.
The first visit with the Chiro was very minimal, however, similarly I was unable to express my concerns and be taken seriously. The doctor noted that I was "jumpy" and very "tender" and continued to note that they were certain that it is a muscular issue, as I work a desk job that had seen the same thing many times with people working desk jobs.
I expressed concern about this as my onset was due to trauma, and also because almost 3 out of the past 4 going on 5 years now I had worked physically intensive jobs and remained as athletic as possible. I have also been through PT in the past (Moist-heat, Ultrasound Therapy, Manipulation, and Exercise) Besides this, some of my more concerning symptoms seem to be nerve related cannot be explained by weak muscles. I expressed that I would be happy to try strengthening the muscles as I am sure it would help, but to please be careful with me.
At that time he performed some sort of manipulation. It was a forceful motion that caused my back to crack loudly. It hurt a decent bit and caused tears to well up in my eyes, but I did not feel any immediate noticeable long term effects. When I drove home, however, I started to have spasms in my lower back, and in my upper right side of my back where I had not had them normally in the past. These were not too severe at the time, but to be sure I called and it was explained to me that this was pressure and gas releasing.
I saw him again yesterday, exactly a week after the last time. I expressed my concerns, but he proceeded regardless, so I assume he felt comfortable doing so. He performed several of these type of manipulations. I then powered through work for the next 10 hours with a moderate amount of pain. Then came the night: When I was trying to sleep that I could not. I simply could not get comfortable, I also noticed that my right leg kept twitching in the hip area, and I was getting pins and needles in my lower back and my extremities. This morning, I am having very severe weakness in my legs, especially the left one. I am continuing to experience spasms in unusual parts of my back which range from mild to severe. The center of pain is still severe and has remain unchanged, being a sharp aching pain that seems to be right on my spine.
Does anyone know if this is normal? Does anyone have any advice? My thoughts were that I would do what the specialist wanted and see this through. If the chiropractor and PT did not solve the problem I would have done it the doctor's way and had room to demand that we try something different - but I worry that this may be doing damage. I don't feel right, besides of the symptoms I described - I simply don't feel right. If that weren't enough I don't know how much longer I can deal with the long drive/hours at work without some kind of step in the right direction.
Thanks for your continued support and advice.
- Meagan C.
EDIT 10/23/13 5:45 PM I have also been having pulling/aching moderate pain in my right shoulder (opposite side and higher up than I had pain previously) although the intensity of the pain is only moderate is is extremely uncomfortable. Thank you in advance for reading, your advice and your support.
10/24/13 12:17 AM Severity of pain has increased including sharp pains in the neck and mid back. Simply movingg about somewhat swiftly causes sharp pains. This type of pain when it occurs makes me feel uneasy like something is very wrong. Experiencing twitching in arms and legs in several positions.