Chiropractors

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by hope4, Oct 14, 2002.

  1. hope4

    hope4 New Member

    I would like to know if anyone has been treated by a chiropractor; and if so, did you have good or bad results? I saw a chiropractor today for the 1st time since I've had FMS. He took X-rays of my neck, spine and hips and got my medical history. After filling out the forms listing all my health issues and my meds, I started to get depressed. I guess I had forgotten (brain fog)how sick I really am. It all came back to me when I saw it written down on paper. I go back tomorrow for results and further discussion about treatment.

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    Thank you all for replying to my message. I went back to Doc today. Found out that my tail bone had been broken. This must have occured about 2 yrs ago when I slipped on a wet driveway, flew up in the air and landed flat on my behind. I knew there was something else wrong other than the fibro. Could not get any of my doctors to take x-rays. I'm so glad that I did go to the chiropractor. Even I could see the tail bone bent in the wrong direction on the x-ray. At least I know I'm not crazy. He said the broken tail bone could be causing some of the pain in my hips. My lower back is in a moderate degeneration stage:( I'm not happy about this at all. This could be contributed to the trama of the fall. He was very informative and very kind. He treats alot of Fibro patients. He said he could not guarantee that he could help me, but he would try his best. He also talked about sending me to another MD that specializes in Fibro, who can help me with all my medical and nutritional sides of this disease. I think I'm doing the right thing for now. Nothing else seems to be helping much.[This Message was Edited on 10/15/2002]
  2. hope4

    hope4 New Member

    I would like to know if anyone has been treated by a chiropractor; and if so, did you have good or bad results? I saw a chiropractor today for the 1st time since I've had FMS. He took X-rays of my neck, spine and hips and got my medical history. After filling out the forms listing all my health issues and my meds, I started to get depressed. I guess I had forgotten (brain fog)how sick I really am. It all came back to me when I saw it written down on paper. I go back tomorrow for results and further discussion about treatment.

    REPLY TO ALL



    Thank you all for replying to my message. I went back to Doc today. Found out that my tail bone had been broken. This must have occured about 2 yrs ago when I slipped on a wet driveway, flew up in the air and landed flat on my behind. I knew there was something else wrong other than the fibro. Could not get any of my doctors to take x-rays. I'm so glad that I did go to the chiropractor. Even I could see the tail bone bent in the wrong direction on the x-ray. At least I know I'm not crazy. He said the broken tail bone could be causing some of the pain in my hips. My lower back is in a moderate degeneration stage:( I'm not happy about this at all. This could be contributed to the trama of the fall. He was very informative and very kind. He treats alot of Fibro patients. He said he could not guarantee that he could help me, but he would try his best. He also talked about sending me to another MD that specializes in Fibro, who can help me with all my medical and nutritional sides of this disease. I think I'm doing the right thing for now. Nothing else seems to be helping much.[This Message was Edited on 10/15/2002]
  3. Jewelz

    Jewelz New Member

    My experience is kinda different in away. I started going to a chroprator over 2-3 years ago due to unlevel hips. After my hips were even I was still experiencing pain, thought to be scar tissue causing it.. I still feel that its possible fibro causing the pain in the lower back (hip area).. However, I do get relief for a day from the chroprator with some light pain. But, thats me. This doesnt mean everyone else would. Our bodies are totally different and what helps one person, it might not the next. Luckily my chroprator deals with alot of fibro patients and is very sympathic.. Hopefully yours will be too.
    I hope this helps alittle.
  4. Joannie

    Joannie New Member

    Hi, I have been treated by my chiropractor within the last few months. It sometimes at first makes you sore a bit but it really does bring relief. The only problem is it does not last. When your back, neck or whatever they treat goes out again you are back to where you were. I liked the fact that when I went in for the first time after my injury and he did adjust my low back I realized it was just the muscles being so tense and I was actually able to "move". I had a good experience but remember it may make you a bit sore at first.
    Good luck to you and your Chiro is smart, he did x-rays first before trying to adjust you.
    Best of luck,
    Joannie
  5. Lanie

    Lanie New Member

    and it did seem to help a bit temporarily. As soon as I woke up the next day, pain level was back to the usual. So, yes they are good for temporary, slight relief but I think the best part of going was the massage I got in the beginning, either by hand or by machine. It only was 10 minutes, but it was the best 10 minutes of my day! If you can afford it, I say check into massage therapy.
    Lanie
  6. pooky

    pooky New Member

    I have been going to the chiropractor for years and swear by it. I also found that the adjustments didn't last ...until I began getting trigger point injections. The injections eventually break the pain cycle. They allow the "knots" in the muscles to relax. If the muscles aren't relaxed the vertebra will continue to be pulled out. Light stretching after an adjustment really helps too.
    Hang in there!
  7. latracy

    latracy New Member

    My FM doctor recommended a chiropractor. I understand exactly what you are talking about. I have such a brain fog most of the time, that I keep a little book with me to remember the medications and diagnoses of each doctor. I believe the chiropractor is helping. Of course after only a few treatments, I was in a car wreck and popped my neck, so now he is having to start over. While I hurt after the treatments, it is a different type of hurt. I can take advil and feel some relief.
  8. hope4

    hope4 New Member

    Thanks for the encouragement. I was starting to doubt my decision to go to the chiropractor; only because a few of my friends did not think it was a safe idea. I'm sure they ment well, but no one knows our pain. No matter how we describe it, no one really knows how draining and frustrating this DD is. I found out this week in addition to having a broken tail bone, I also have scoliosis. I know that I must have just developed this within the last few years. The doctor seems to think that it could have occured when I fell 2 years ago. My spine is curved severely to the right on my lower back. This explains why I have so much pain in my right buttocks and hip area. This pain also radiates towards the front of my pelvic area. I thought it was from the hysterectomy I had a year ago, but it is from the curve in my spine. At this point all I can do for now is get some relief from the pain. The Chiropractor says he will try to straighten it, but cannot guarantee anything. My only other option is to have surgery, and I cannot imagine going through that. I would rather go through therapy and wear a back brace before I let anyone cut on my back. One thing that I've realized through this nightmare, is that as we continue to endure our pain each day, it makes our tolerance for pain increase. We learn how to be survivors for ourselves and a support for others that share our pain. I'm so thankful for this message board, it has been a source of strength for me and a great resource for information.
  9. poodlegirl

    poodlegirl New Member

    but my insurance changed and they do not cover chiropractors anymore. I would have to pay this out of pocket. I wonder how much it would be? I don't mind paying for it out of pocket, but I do need a ballpark figure. I mean I will fall over if I go to pay and they say $300 or $500 or whatever. Can I ask if you all are covered by ins or is it out of pocket?
  10. hope4

    hope4 New Member

    My insurance covers the visits with a referal from my primary care physician. The cost is not any more than going to the doctor. It may actually be cheaper than going to a specialist. Thankfully all I pay is a $20.00 co-pay, the insurance covers the rest.
  11. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    I went to a regular chiro with minimal results. So I decided it wasn't worth my time, money, or energy to go there any more.

    Then a friend with FM told me about the chiro she had started seeing and how she noticed a difference after the first time. That got me curious, so I did a little checking around. I discovered that she is trained in Active Release Technique which is what makes the diference.

    To find out more about this type in Active Release Technique at the top of this page and you will see a list of posts. Click on one by Mel and he does a good job of explaining it as well as guiding you to find a practitioner in your area.

    I never thought he and I would agree on something, but never say never!

    Barbara
  12. Wuame

    Wuame New Member

    I've been a couple of times to a chiropractor who was very helpful, compared to another I went to years ago. I wonder if he is trained in Active Release Technique? I wonder the same about my massage therapist? They both do some of this kind of thing, I think, and are both very helpful. And they work with each other in the same office. Well, that's affirming anyway. Thanks.

    Wuame
  13. Ponygirl

    Ponygirl New Member

    I think mine walks on water! He's the one who figured out my fms. Use him once a month for a tune up. $10 co-pay and 12 visits a year.Also have broken my tailbone from a slip on tile stairs and have degenerative disc's in my neck. PLUS herniated and pinched nerve L5. It;s a wonder I am as active as I am flying and riding my horse for pleasure. I feel so lucky. Hope you find some relief