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Chiropractor and Fibro

Jul 06, 2015 11:17 PM

Over the past few weeks I've been feeling basically like shit (pardon the language), most of the problem being in my back and shoulders. Typically my mom can realign me pretty well, and it relieves some of the pain. She hasn't been able to realign me because my muscles are so tight for some reason, and I just end up in frustrated tears. She suggested that I go see a chiropractor to get a real alignment, and maybe they'll be able to give me some relief. I have never been to a chiropractor in my life. I don't know what to expect and this worries me. I have severe tender points along my spine and between my shoulder blades. My dog hates when mom pops my back because I'm usually screaming or crying in pain. So I'm worried about that happening at the chiropractor. I don't know how rough they get, or if this is even something I want to put myself through... There is a chiropractor that is close that says they know how to treat patients with fibro, but I'm still worried. I don't yet have a diagnosis.

Any stories from you guys? Does it hurt? What do they do? Did you get any relief?

Jul 07, 2015 12:16 AM

Iammertle I did go to one once. You'd right my neck and shoulders were out of place in fact she did some sort of heat body scan which showed all along my spine had hot spots to correct. I never went back just because I was in so much pain and couldn't really c the difference. In fact they decided to stop as I was in agony. Plus i would only go out of alignment again too quick. Acupuncture on other hand was great just NHS decided had enough physio at time and he wasn't allowed to give more huh typical. Tried pilates and she was brill but then another prob i had reared its ugly head so put paid to that idea. Hope u find answers.

Jul 07, 2015 8:02 AM

Iammyrtle, I've been to three chiropractors. There are good and bad ones. Once in the middle of the night I got up to use the bathroom. When I got back in bed and reached down to pull the cover up, I had not wearing pain shoot down my spine and into my legs. Reflex laid me flat and every muscle in my body went into spasms making it hard to breathe. I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and dismissed with a pain med that only on notch more me out. My mom came down to care for our child but on her second day here she flushed my meds and called a chiropractor. The first visit I walked stopped over because the muscles were still locked and I couldn't stand straight. After two visits I was able to stand up straight and my pain was slowly improving. They did multiple machines for massages and stretching the spine, along with hand manipulating the spine. After a month and a half I was so improved I mentioned to the doc how much longer should I come because I felt it was where I didn't need to. I noticed after that and two more visits I was hurting more again, and her reversed the order, changing what was originally done. I asked my insurance after questioning his changes, where he was evasive and began to ask inappropriate questions for what I was being treated for. The insurance person told me he was under investigation so I stopped going. I was being treated for whiplash.

Several years later my muscles tightened up again on the left side squeezing my lungs. I went to a different chiropractor and his description and plan of care was going to be astronomical and overkill. I didn't go back.

I heard about another week treated minimally only as needed. I've been under her since s and its been 7 years. Because of my DDD, osteoarthritis and cervical surgeries she does a very easy treatment, not the traditional plop & crunch... It works. She specializes in patients with fibro and MS.

You may have to try out more than one to find one who you like. 🙏🌼

Jul 21, 2015 10:21 PM

I went to chiropractors most of my lue, before and after being diagnosed w/fibro . I found one that also had a massage therapist in his office and I would see both on the same time. They worked together and would tell each other how I felt physically. When I was in a flare up, I usually got massage first to loosen up muscles before the adjustment. I would highly recommend doing something like this. Hope you get relief quick!

Jul 21, 2015 10:22 PM

Lue=life lol

Jul 21, 2015 11:52 PM

I have a similar situation with my dad pushing and rubbing my back and shoulders. I was looking up chiropractors, and one of the few pediatric ones had a website that creeped me out. It's too full of the ironic new age crap that so many ignorant people have thrown in my face. Ugh.
Not going to have someone with those beliefs working on my back. Sounds like a placebo to me...but I am helped when my dad does it, so if you find someone who's won't to work with you, it might be fine.
Good luck!

Jul 22, 2015 11:04 AM

I used to see a chiropractor but now I get osteopathic manipulations. The osteopath is much gentler and doesn't crack my neck like the chiropractor did. He's also a very nice person. Very reassuring and reminds me that I'm not hopeless. I'm not as sore after visits. Relief is almost immediate in some areas though short lived. I see him about once a month.

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