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Chiropractor: The Sequel

on February 1, 2014

On Wednesday, I had my first follow-up with the chiropractor after my initial consultation the week before. We reviewed my x-rays that I had after the consultation and the verdict is in regarding my lower back pain:

Arthritis plus a possible slight bulging disc



She said she wasn’t concerned about the disc, and that we can’t do anything about the arthritis I already have, but she’s going to help me strengthen my core more to prevent it getting any worse. After she gave me my first adjustment (horrifying by the way), she had me meet with her in-house CES and he gave me some stomach bracing exercises to work on, as well as some hip flexor stretches and a specific crunch to do on the foam roller that is designed to crack my back.

I’m optimistic now, but also discouraged with such a diagnosis. I didn’t expect her to say anything like that. I really wish now that my rheumatologist had done an x-ray as well and caught this when I started seeing her a couple of years ago instead of diagnosing it as “chronic myofascial pain”.

It’s kind of hard to remember everything she pointed out to me on my x-ray, especially since I can’t view the x-ray from the disc I received, but this is *kind of* similar to my x-ray.


The area between 4/5 and under 5 is where my issue is


Things I remember her mentioning are the “cloudiness” at the bottom where the arthritis was and the amount of space between my lower vertebrae vs the ones above it. She gave me a lot of information and I think I was kind of shocked and probably missed some of what she was saying while I tried to pay attention. It just makes me feel like I’m 90 or something.

The adjustment part of the appointment is really scary when you need to lay a certain way and she basically jumps up and pushes down on me. Hysterical! I thought I was going to fall off the table, but she promised she wouldn’t let me fall. We’ll see how those go and what her plan is for me going forward, but I like the exercises they’ve given me so far – they feel really good!

I plan on doing everything I can between visits. She told the receptionist to schedule me twice a week for 3 weeks, but I can’t afford that. I barely have enough to swing once a week, but I’m going to do once a week for the 3 weeks and see where we land after that. I’m hoping from there on out I could maybe go once a month for an adjustment if needed.

Anyone else have any experience with this that you’d care to share?





17 responses to “Chiropractor: The Sequel

  1. Presley says:

    First off, I am SO sorry you are dealing with all of this. Secondly, thank you for that meme. hahaha 🙂

  2. I’m so sorry that you’re dealing with this! I don’t have any experience with a chiropractor- but my mom had to see one a. Couple of years ago fairly regularly. Because of the things he did for her, she was able to avoid surgeries and medications, so she was realllly happy about that. The key is to having a good one whom you trust!!

    • beach3519 says:

      I definitely love the doctor that I picked. I think she’s maybe a couple of years younger or around the same age as me (34) and my favorite part, and reason I picked her, is she’s a sports chiro so she understands my workout drive.

  3. Yankee Girl says:

    Chiropractic adjustments are awesome. I always felt so limber and relaxed after an appointment when I used to go for a lower back thing. Did your chirp do the freaky neck twist thing?

  4. Kerrie says:

    The adjustments – well they just sounds scary! Hope your okay!

  5. I’ve read a ton on this due to my dad and what I’ve found is a lot of folks have both and never have an issue at all…but they are usually doing a couple of important things: eating an anti-inflammatory diet and yup all those strength exercises for the core.

  6. No experience with the arthritis, but my Chiro does help keep me in working order. Hope you get some good results and relief!

  7. Tabi says:

    I am an AVID WHOVIAN and RUNNER !! I am so happy that I have found your blog! Who is your favorite doctor ??

  8. Good luck on getting all fixed up!

  9. Never had anything like this done but good luck with it and hope it can give you some relief!

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