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by Ashley
(Cullman Alabama USA)

I have medicaid which may make u stop reading as I chose to go to school and have several TBIs from car wrecks that aren't my fault and 2nd caused late on set symptoms so I have to retake biochemistry instrumental analysis and cal 2. I have tangential speech so apologize.

My pain doctor won't help me with anything other than SI joints and my discs starts at CA and go down minus a couple in the middle thoracic. I keep trying to get an injection in my neck and shoulder or where ever it's coming from the but it won't touch the pain of and the bottom of my shoulder blade area burns on the left and top of my shoulder; it shoots down but mainly tolerable except above my elbow which mixed with my left numb price area.

My ball and socket or SI joint on both sides but after SI injections felt relief just not where it was worse and sitting on a 32 oz Gatorade bottle edge in my car is the only relief I can get and I hate being in the car. I need to pop it I think and am so flexible no stretching exercises help my left calf and middle bottom of my left foot along with me price area on the left outer side went numb today with the worst pain so far.

And I have pain shooting into the right thumb and left thumb that are numb. I had a nerve root punctured in 2001 my 1st semester of college and lost complete use of my left leg and had no feeling but now from the knee down its mostly back just know sharpness only pressure for feeling and no reflexes along with my calf; it seems to be th left fibula side of my ankle on the top doing something and bottom.

Of my left foot has a place in the middle that's numb no one will help me because I don't have real insurance and she said I have too many problems and is a psycho is how I am assuming she has agreed to see me.

They keep saying SI BUT I've had pain in L5-S1 since I was 9 and am pretty sure it's that and my ball and socket joints and from nerve path pictures I've seen appears to be my c7ort1vertebrae making my shoulder the way it is.

I just need these two area to be helped now but she won't do anything but sacroiliac I have tried to avoid auto correct but it's not working. Medicaid won't pay for a chiropractor she said or physical therapy I know PT isnt true as I now live in government housing with a bunch of people who didn't try to do something with their lives and know someone near me who goes but do you know about chiropractic stuff and if so can u hep me find someone in my area that is income based or takes medicaid or does charity.

I am having thought of not being able to live if it's like this and desperately need someone to help me as I don't want to die and have a 15 year old son but he says all I do is lay in bed but if I could walk or move my arms without pain then I could be a better mother. No one does but I keep asking hoping someone will help me as I help people all the time and don't expect help in return for that but would love to not have it blow up in my face one day but just saying I don't help people to get help from others I just figure there's maybe someone out there like me who will help.

Hello Ashley,
I live in a different continent, and don't know any chiropractors in Cullman, I'm afraid. Perhaps addressing this to the Alabama chiropractic association might help. I'm sure there's someone who would take on your case.

Certainly lying in bed will only worsen things. At chiropractic help in the navigation bar you'll find some gentle exercises for the lower back; that would be a good start.

If you can't walk, is there any possibility of a swimming pool?

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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