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what happened at the chiropractor

March 20th, 2010 (11:21 pm)

current mood: tired

I saw the chiropractor today. He spent TWO HOURS with me. Well, he put me in a different device then attended to someone, but came back to put me in another. He looked over all my documentation, showed me the FOUR bulging discs in my lower back using the MRI I brought with me, explained lots of things on how a lot of what I've been suffering through is ALL RELATED, showed me exercises to do, gave me supplements, and popped me in many places, including my toes and basically made me feel like I just might have a chance to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.

I hope his supplement recommendations (came away with four bottles) will eventually help get me back to semi-normal.

My nerves really are fried from the neuropathy but he got my right foot to wake up with some traction (a type where you sit UP and the two sections push your top and bottom in opposite directions) and some kind of electrical thing on my lower back and neck that was supposed to stimulate my muscles. Couldn't feel much while it was happening because I was half-numb but parts of me woke up afterward. Did a neck stretchy thingie that was inflatable. He showed me three ways to do an exercise for my back to get my bulging discs somewhat under control. I should have tried the 'easy way' to do it while I was in the office because I can't seem to get the right angle here at home as rat saw it from his angle when the doc did it. The 'hard way' is definitely harder and I have to do the position for 30 minutes at a time. Got another exercise for my hands, which he says really don't have carpel tunnel syndrome (same thing the neurologist said), which means I've had neuropathy since the 1980s.

I have B complex 100 to take twice a day. I know my neurologist will NOT be happy with this. Chiro says you can tell when you're getting enough B12 from supplements when your pee is an effervescent colour, which means your body is dumping what it's not using. If you don't see the colour, then you don't have enough B12.

He's also given me some Rhodiola Rosea for stress/anxiety/adrenalin calming, as well as well-being and my fatique syndrome.

While I don't have a thyroid anymore, he thinks I'm not getting everything I need to normalize me (which explains my exhaustion and lots of other symptoms) so I have a supplement for that, dealing with thyroid, pituitary, etc. I suspect my GP will not be happy with this so I'll need to make sure he knows I'm taking it when I have my next blood test.

AND one to help me sleep so I can start to heal the way our bodies are designed to heal. It has valerin, magnesium and passion flower. Our friends who recommended the chiro says it works very well for sleeping.

The chiro told me that while being informed is good, because of my stress issues I am now to ask rat to look things up I have questions about so I don't start speculating on what's wrong with me and stress myself more. Because we live so far away, he gave us special permission to email him with any questions/ideas and he'll answer back. He considers us special - isn't that wonderful? It's because he knows my folks and rat already and that includes our family friends we've known for years.

So that's the status.


Posted by: crystal_lilly (crystal_lilly)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)

Wow, it sounds like a wonderfully informative and helpful trip to the chiropractor! I'm glad he was able to offer so much good health advice. Whoa, four bulging disks in your spine? Oh, I'm so sorry that you're dealing with something like that, it sounds intensely painful. I think the exercises and the supplements and the help from the chiropractor will get you back into the right direction.

It's too bad that doctors can't all at least semi-agree with one another on supplements. Hopefully your other doctors will be able to see some of the good that will come from your new regimen. I have high hopes for this! And I'm glad you got more options for calming and sleep assistance. I've used passion flower tea before and it does help me to sleep. *nod*

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: March 24th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Hmm... - Shuichi

Yes, he's very informed.

However, I have to resort to Cymbalta now, as I'm to the point I will go over the edge if I don't do something to stop the adrenaline/anxiety problem.

The passion flower/valerian stuff made me dizzy and kicked my heart rate up so that's not an option anymore.

The neuro thought the chiro's exercises were really good, but didn't like the supplements. I know I have no idea how they'll react to the Cymbalta so it's wise to not take them while on this.

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