I have had back pain for about 10 years. I was recommended to see a chiropractor, so I did and began treatment within the first few months of being in pain.
This chiropractor ordered a CT scan, which showed a lumbar herniated disc. It was in the same area as my general pain, so it made sense that it was the cause. I began manipulation therapy, getting spinal adjustments for over 8 years.
During this time, my pain got worse, mostly, with few breaks from the misery. It also started to affect my joints in my hands and feet. I basically had pain all over.
The chiropractor ordered a new MRI about a year ago and it showed the herniated disc to be about the same. He went right back to the same old adjustments, which never helped before.
I do not know why I waited for so long, but eventually I got tired of wasting time and money with this doctor. I went to see an orthopedist and took the CT and MRI films I had on discs.
This orthopedist said the herniated disc could never explain the variety of pain locations I had, even though the chiropractor said it could and did. He also said that he saw widespread changes in the spinal joints and he suspected rheumatoid arthritis. A blood test confirmed this diagnosis conclusively and I was sent for treatment with a rheumatologist.
This new doctor put me on various drug therapies and I feel much better now. He said there is no cure, but that I responded well to treatment and I will likely be ok, as long as I continue to be mindful of the possibility of new symptoms and conditions.
I wanted to share this story, since so many of us are in treatment for so long, without enjoying good results. In my case, and maybe in yours also, there is a good reason for the failed treatment.
This chiropractor should not be in practice. I was told that the bone changes were obvious, but he never brought the condition to my attention. I basically suffered for all those years for nothing and paid him to be in pain. I should hire a lawyer and sue him, but I really just want to put it all behind me and move on.
Always get a second opinion on chronic pain and never give up hope. Thanks for allowing me to vent. – Cynthea