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Feb 26, 2016 10:02 AM

I'm having a hard time breathing today from the chest and severe back pain, and my chiropractor is convinced all this pain is just from a slightly herniated disc in my lower spine. Can something like that really be causing all this pain? I could understand if I was having mostly leg pains, but it's mostly centered around my shoulders and back. I go back to see him again today, I don't know what he's going to tell me but I'm going to share the pain charts I've been keeping the past week. I wonder if that will change his mind.

Feb 26, 2016 12:32 PM

Hmm interesting! Never heard of that before, but hey, he's the expert. Let us know how you got on. I hope he has managed to ease your breathing. That must be quite scary for you.

Feb 26, 2016 1:38 PM

Chiropractors are not experts, they aren't even doctors. Go to a doctor before you get really hurt.

Feb 26, 2016 3:18 PM

I just left the office. I showed him my pain diary from the past week and I think he's realizing it's got to be more than just a bad disc. I'm seeing a neuro but not for a few weeks.

Feb 27, 2016 2:41 PM

Squints, are you having muscle spasms? Following an auto accident I was having muscle spasms so severe around my chest/ribs that made it hard to breathe. If you worsen go to the ER. 🙂💕🙏🌼

Feb 27, 2016 2:49 PM

Flappys, I did go to the ER for severe weakness and chest pain, but they didn't give me anything or do anything other than an MRI that came back clear. They told me to wait until my appointment but I'm worried because the pain has been getting increasing worse. I wonder if I should tell my PCP this and go there instead.

Feb 27, 2016 5:00 PM

It certainly can't hurt letting your PCP heck you out. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Feb 29, 2016 4:50 AM

Yes tell your pcp. I love my chiropractor, but some things need my M.D. and what you're experiencing definitely qualifies. I've been a chiropractic patient for 10 years, and pretty well know when they can handle my body's stupidity, and when it's time to call my actual doc. Side note: a good chiropractor will tell you to go see your primary to get some definitive answers. Good luck.

Feb 29, 2016 9:59 AM

I woke up this morning and my pain has gotten much worse, so I made an appointment with my PCP. I'm hoping that they're able to prescribe me something that my insurance will actually cover.

I go back to the chiropractor again today although I doubt it will help. I just hope he was able to get some advice from some of the other doctors that he knows.

Feb 29, 2016 10:51 AM

Best of everything to you. Keep letting us know how you're doing.

Feb 29, 2016 4:16 PM

Just got back from the chiropractor again. This time there's been a tiny bit of relief, nothing major, but I'm just glad my 8/10 pain is now a manageable 5.

Feb 29, 2016 4:26 PM

Glad it's somewhat better & I hope it lasts for a while. Maybe until your pcp appt. . . .. Best of luck with this. These weird, obscure illnesses that plague our lives should be banned. Now, if I could just find the darned complaint Dept.
But seriously, keep talking. We're in your corner.

Feb 29, 2016 5:18 PM

It was hard to press the doctors for my final mri because they believe thorasic herniations are caused by accidents or trauma. It showed I have a herniated disc with spinal stenosis between my shoulder blades. At times I can only take shallow breaths. The shoulder area is caused by my cervical spine issues and legs and hips by my lumbar spine issues. Until you have a doctor look at it and have the imaging all they can do is guess. I would be leary of a chiropractor until you know for sure what is going on.

Feb 29, 2016 5:22 PM

I've got pain all over, so I was really hesitant to think it could be just from a herniated disc between L4 and L5 (and still am). My worst pain isn't even in that area, it's in my upper back and shoulders, so it just doesn't make much sense.

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