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Hello! Searching for similar experiences with strange sensations.

Ok, so there is a lot of explaining to do here and I'll try my best to not sound like a rambling fool! I'm a 26 year old and I was having lower back pain (as well as pain in my right wrist that radiated up to my elbow) so I went to a chiropractor. I'd never been but went with one that a good friend recommended. He did an X-ray and an adjustment (I heard pops in about 4 different places on my spine) and told me that I had mild-moderate scoliosis and a misalignment factor of 70 mm (with the average person's MF being 20-25 mm.) I saw the X-ray and there was indeed a curve in my chest area and a smaller one below, which he called a compensatory curve. He recommended a long term treatment plan with me coming 3 times per week for 3 weeks, tapering off to 2 times, and so on. I don't have insurance so I knew I couldn't pay for that many visits. I told him that I would think about it. The night after my adjustment, I had a horrible sore throat and chills. I have no idea whether this was related or not. The next day, the sore throat had backed off quite a bit and I actually felt relatively normal. A day after that I had strange sensations in my arms. It felt like rushes of cold air going through then. Then after those sensations went away, I was left with my arms/hands having a (slight) numb feeling. I could still feel touch and heat/cold, it was just strange. I also had normal arm/hand strength. When I went back to the chiro a few days later, I told him about the sensations and he said it made sense because of the subluxations in my cervical spine/upper back. He adjusted me one more time and I left feeling like he had just brushed me off. I should also mention that my hands were falling asleep at night, however, I sleep with my head on my arm so I'm not sure if I just noticed it because I was hyper aware of my body, plus it would go away after relieving the pressure. Shortly after this, I noticed my my feet felt sort of numb first thing in the morning. It would mostly go away after walking around though there was still some slight numbness (especially in my big toes.) I would also get pain in the sole and heel of both of my feet. Nothing unbearable, but it was uncomfortable. Within the last week, I've been having heat sensations in my right leg. This occurred after I had tenderness in my back right thigh area. They're fleeting, but it happens at least 10 times per day. Also, I've had an itchy, tingling feeling in my left shoulder blade, maybe 5 times per day. Is it possible that all of these sensations are related to me getting adjusted? I know that bodies can go through a "healing crisis", especially if they've been out of whack for a long time. I did seek the opinion of another chiropractor and she has adjusted me twice. The numb feeling in my left arm went away less than 24 hours after she adjusted me, focusing on that area. She said that my hips were slightly rotated (the first chiro had told me that as well) and my left leg was drawn up by a 1/4 of an inch. She did not seem concerned about my presenting symptoms either. She said that the vertebra in my neck were "off some" and she did some adjusting to the neck region. Basically, I'm just completely freaked out thinking that I have some awful neurological disease. I haven't had any changes in my vision, balance or anything like that. I was concerned about MS but read that symptoms primarily present on one side of the body at a time (especially at first), depending on where the lesion is. My symptoms have been on both sides for roughly 3 weeks. If nothing changes in a week or so, I will consider forking out the money for an MRI, because my anxiety just can't take it anymore. Any input, advice, or experiences would be much appreciated! Thank you in advance!
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    hello roxy1520!
    welcome to spine-health
    please click on link for helpful information!
    Sue
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello...
    I may have missed it, but how long have you had your symptoms? Was there any activity or incident that preceded them?

    Also, curious if you have seen your primary doctor about your symptoms? Or a spine specialist?

    I would be careful of chiropractor adjustments at this time. Chiropractors have their place, but my experience is that it is better to know what you are dealing with, more specifically, before adjustments that may possibly cause more injury.

    What may work for one person, such as your friend......can be very harmful to another.

    When I started seeing pain management doctor, he was able to discover areas of my spine affected and explaining the pain and other symptoms I was having.
    I had MRI with through  my primary doctor, but PM doctor did other tests more revealing.
    My EMG test showed the source of much of my pain...and PM doctor was able to come up with plans A, B, C.....

    And not all managing of pain and symptoms is drug related. PM doctor can guide you to what is most beneficial to you...while continuing to monitor your spine.
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • Savage, thank you for your response and input! I have seen a doctor once, just over two weeks ago. At that point I was just having the slight numbness in my arms. He had prescribed me prednisone and wanted me to take it for two weeks then get back with him. Friday was the two week mark so I plan on setting up an appointment with him this next week. He did some basic muscle testing at the appt and said my body was responding as it should at that time. Today, I have developed sciatic pain in my left thigh, which is new. It doesn't even truly hurt, just feels sensitive to the touch. I'm just really confused as to why my body is turning on me all of a sudden. I'm a fairly fit woman, 5'7" and 118 lbs. it just all seems random and it's very unsettling.
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