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Mar 31, 2019
by: Paul scotland

Did you ever get anyone to help you in Scotland , I am having the exact same symptoms? Hope you did!!!

Jul 10, 2016
Chest pain
by: Anonymous

I'm a 59 yr old female that had total thyroidectomy in Dec 2015. Trying to get Levothyroxine regulated has been a challenge. Have started going to a Functional Medicine Chiropractor. He specializes in helping people with thyroid and adrenal issues. I did a 30 day elimination diet and started on numerous supplements. Also have been told I have a fatty liver approx 1 1/2yrs ago by Internist.

On June 20, 2016 went to ER with chest pain. Had EKG & Chest xray and lab that determined it was not heart attack. Have continued to have episodes of chest pain off and on the past 3 wks. Earlier today had episode where could hardly breath with terrible pain between breasts. Have had pain under left breast and in left side of back by shoulder blade and in center of back.

Hands are tingling. Pain off and on in the left arm. Scheduled for stress test with neuro dept tomorrow at hospital. See internist next morning. I had never seen a chiropactor before the past 6 wks. Had never had an adjustment before. Went in to get help with thyroid. Neck and back have bothered me for a long time much more in past couple years. My husband suggested I get an adjustment since I was going to him anyway so I have had several.

Now esp if after tom stress test is normal wondering if I have costochondritis? I'm just at a loss and have been in so much pain off and on. More on past few weeks. Now taking Motrin regularly and using heating pads. Does help but isn't going away. Any help or suggestions would be so greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

One of the rules with chest pain, if it involves the rib-sternum joint is to absolutely avoid any heavy posterior to anterior manipulations in the midback.

The anterior thoracic treatment is the best option. Talk to your chiropractor.

Use an iceblock directly over the painful area in the shower, alternating cold and hot, ending with cold.

Lying on your side, ask you husband to gently massage along the painful rib, from the spine, under the breast as far as possible, and to the sternum.

With the painful rib between two fingers you can gently massage away from sternum towards the breast yourself.

No heavy PA manipulations, remember. Sorry for the late reply; I've been on two weeks leave.

Dr B

Nov 04, 2012
adjustment for tietzes
by: Anonymous

I would love to know more about the adjustment so I can have it done here in the usa. I have been having trouble since I started wrking out. I stopped and the problem seems to be getting worse with bad weather. My armpit feels swolle when it comes on and my sternum "clicks" when i sneeze. I feel that click under my arm,, it seems. Tks! Lisa

Hello Linda,
Turning a lecture I gave to the national chiro association into a pdf file is one of things on the to-do list, fraid I can't promise when.

Whilst it took me 25 years to figure how to treat Tietzes, I'm sure there must other chiros, probably many, who could successfully treat you. Just ask before you make the appt. If they've never heard of Tietzes, move on.

A quick rule of thumb: a heavy post to ant manipulation will aggravate the condition, whereas an "anterior thoracic" is a large part of the successful treatment of Tietzes.

Get your doc to check out that swollen armpit.

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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