DEBILITATING SCOLIOSIS PAIN IN A 86 YEAR OLD FEMALE
(WARWICK, RI 02886)
UNTREATED SCOLIOSIS SINCE BIRTH. CHIROPRACTOR FRIEND DID TESTING YEARS AGO. SAID 'NEVER LET ANYONE TOUCH THAT BACK'
RIGHT HIP NOW NEARLY FIVE (YES 5) INCHES HIGHER THAN LEFT.
HEIGHT DROPPED FROM TALLEST THREE AND ONE HALF INCHES ON RIGHT TO CURRENT FIVE FEET.
DIAGNOSED WITH FIBROMYALGIA FIVE YEARS AGO.
TAKING ALEVE IN MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON
INTENSE PAIN RESTRICTS ALL ACTIVITY
INACTIVITY RESULTED IN APPETITE LOSS & DEPRESSION
RESULTING IN TWELVE POUND WEIGHT LOSS
WILL NOT TAKE PHYSICIAN RECOMMENDED OPIOIDS OR LYRICA
CAN CHIROPRACTIC AVAILABLE IN RHODE ISLAND HELP ME???
THANK YOU FOR EXTREMELY COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE
Hello Mrs V,
Married to a Dutchman I take; ik ben ook een Nederlander!
But I'll write in English. I'm not sure whether your friendly chiropractor meant don't let a surgeon touch your back, or anybody including a chiropractor; if the latter I disagree, though Hippocrates' words of 'first, do no harm' ring in my ears, and probably yours too.
Are you doing any gentle lower back exercises? If not get started with them, every single morning before getting out of bed. You'll find them below. That's the place to start; gentle stuff that you do absolutely every day; they take only a minute or two.
There are more gentle methods of treating backs like yours today; I would agree that heavy manipulative treatment would not be appropriate.
That leg length discrepancy needs to be evaluated; it's a pity that an insert in or under your shoe was not considered years ago; it would have made a huge difference. Even now it would be helpful.
If you are also getting fibromyalgia, then you need to look to your diet as well. Using the site search function at Chiropractic Help, type in 'food and inflammation'.
No easy solutions I'm afraid; the swimming pool would be beneficial.
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