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Chiro for bout a year pain has come and gone

Hello all,  

This is my first post so I wont go into a ridiculous amount of detail but basically last year in about August I was sitting down at my work desk and I heard a loud pop in my neck.  A day later and terrible shoulder pain and a cramp in my forearm was present for a few days till I got some muscle relaxers from my doc.  Well, the neck pain persisted so the doc recommended seeing a PT or chiro. I ended up seeing a chiro and I am still seeing him to this day, only thing is my neck pain has still persisted.  The neck pain also sometimes causes tingling and the feeling of weakness in my right arm but not all the time.  It also causes right pec tightness and right trap tighness as well.  In closing, the main thing that upsets me is that my gym workouts have become less and less intense over the time since ive had this neck pain and I am much weaker overall than I used to be before the neck issues, particularly in my right arm. I am only 30 and I feel that I should be hitting the gym alot harder, but my neck, shoulder, upper back, chest and arm pain can get the best of me when working out. I am considering surgery so that I could be hopefully as physically able as I was before this happend.  I love working out (I get depressed if I dont) but I am not able to be fully engaged at the gym because of pain.  At this point I feel like I am ready to take agressive action i.e. surgery.  My chiro says I have a slight curve in my spine and insists that that is the cause of my issues but I am starting not to believe it, I can feel the pain come directly from the tendons/muscles that attach to the base of my skull on the right side and I dont think a slight curve would manifest as pinched nerve and all the other subsequent symptoms I have mentioned.  I have not had an MRI but I figured that would be the next step on the way to surgery.  My chiro is against the surgical option but he has self interest in keeping me as a customer which means $$ for him obviously, which I feel that can get in the way with him looking out for my best interest.  I want to take matter into my own hands and look into surgical options.  Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,579
    edited 05/21/2017 - 12:27 AM
    Hello mikego_34 
    There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
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  • georgejonesggeorgejones Santa Rosa Beach, FlPosts: 24
    I would visit a ortho or neurosurgeon and get their opinion. 
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,589
    You did say you had gone to your doctor and he suggested PT or chiro. Have you thought about trying the PT?
    Sometimes PT will work wonders.
    But I do agree with georgejones, get a second opinion from a specialist such as a neurosurgeon.

    Take care and keep us posted.
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  • My chiro actually has a PT aspect to it, additionally I have engaged in McKenzie stuff for about 6 months.  I am just generally frustrated about the reduction in my quality of life.  My chrio has mentioned to give him some more time (was going 1x/week and now I am going 3x/week), but he is not charging me anything additional for two extra times per week.  I suppose ill give it a shot with letting him try and remedy my pain, but if after 2-3 months if it doesnt get better or completely go away I am going the surgery route.  Does anyone have any success stories on going from a symptomatic to an asymptomatic disc issue by just chiro and pt work?
  • Just as an additional note my spine curve which goes to the right, is about 8 degrees off center.  My chiro seems to want to tie the upper back, neck, shoulder, arm pain, and thumb tingling/numbness to my slight scholiosis, but I tend to think its a disc issue.
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