Chiro – Part Deux
OK – so earlier in the year I blogged about visiting a chiropractor. And yes, I was fairly skeptical, as I imagine many are. I went for I think 3 weeks, felt some improvement I have to admit, and then a couple of business trips and some personal stuff later, I did not return. I guess I wasn’t quite “drinking the Kool-Aid”, as they say, and was super-uber busy so didn’t make the time to go back.
Since then, my neck has gone rapidly downhill, to the point that I was supposed to have surgery this coming Monday. I had an MRI done over the summer, and in the neurologists own words, my neck is a “hot mess”. That’s always nice when the doctor says that eh?
Anyway, the surgery isn’t happening this Monday as I developed pneumonia last week, and I guess doctors don’t like to cut you open three different times with a recent infection. Go figure. And as my primary doctor noted, I probably don’t want to coughing a lot which three good-sized “fresh” incisions in me. Fair point.
That said, the surgery was rescheduled for January 16th – over two months away. That is a long time to wait when you are in constant pain, and Illinois hasn’t approved medical marijuana yet for neck pain, so I needed to find a reasonable “Plan B”.
Re-Enter the Chiropractor
Trisha has been going to him for quite some time, and sharing my story along the way. He keeps telling her that he can help, so in a state of desperation, I decide to go back and give it another whirl. This time, though, I am going to go through the full 12-15 visits and see if anything improves. Full-on commitment – and going in with full optimism. I gave him my MRI images, MRI report, and xray notes as well. So at least he is armed with more information on how to help me out.
I have been through three sessions so far – shooting for 3 per week. Some improvement, but not much. Though I didn’t expect much the first week, so no biggie. I was, however, VERY anxious about the first adjustment. Seeing what I saw on the MRI, and rapid, and admittedly “violent” movement of the neck in an unnatural way is probably not what the neurosurgeon would have ordered. But again, I am desperate for some relief, so I’m jumping in the deep end this time.
He did do a full re-evaluation of me to see where I was at, which I did request before any adjusting was done. Since I am a numbers guy and like to see objective measurements as opposed to “how does it feel”, I did look at the results of his March vs November evaluation. Based on the change, it looks like I basically drove my car off the Grand Canyon and bounced around for a while. Check it out for yourself – March on the left, November on the right:
Anyway, I will have a full report hopefully by the end of the year. Praying and hoping for some relief here. Wish me luck!