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Serenity81
07-31-2010, 04:11 PM
I had tried going to a chiropractor back in 2008, lasted all of about 3 days before I was terrified to go back. At the time, I was undiagnosed and therefore unmedicated and I think it was just too much for my body to withstand. I was wondering if anyone has had any benefit from going to a chiropractor at all... I've also heard that massage therapy can be very beneficial for people with chronic pain and whatnot.. just looking for input / experiences / thoughts.

Thanks =)

Hunniebun
07-31-2010, 05:25 PM
Oh heck yeah, massage therapy for sure, I feel SO much better if I am massaged weekly, and VERY good if I am massaged daily, it keeps a lot of the pain at bay. As for Chiro's...I won't go to one because I am afraid of them, and keep hearing its not goos for you especially if you don't need anything realigned and are just going for pain relief.

Serenity81
07-31-2010, 06:09 PM
Yea, unfortunately though, I do need re-aligning.. LOL.. I saw the x-rays myself, my neck is all out of sorts and my lower back and hips are out of whack, too. I think I'm going to go and talk to him about the answers I've got regarding my Dx since I saw him last... I quite going because I ended up in even more pain than when I went in. Docs think I also have Fibromyalgia and they thought it was too much of a jolt, I'm hoping he has a way to realign more gently.. LOL!

Luckily, I have a good friend who's a massage therapist. I need to call her and work out something, I think it would help immensely.

Sarah2010
08-01-2010, 07:00 AM
HI.
I feel like massage is super beneficial....I also have tried different sorts of touch therapy, reiki, and chakra enlignment.....I would never put down the meds and just do these things, but I always feel at peace and calm when i'm having a treatment done, and then afterwards I feel rejuvinated..... I feel like it cant hurt, it could only help, so why not....also i've never had acuuncture...but heard it is also beneficial..
TTYS-
-Sarah

Bonita
08-01-2010, 01:11 PM
I cannot let anyone do anything to my back because of the surgeries i had and the cage and plates and screws. But massage therapy sounds good but to expensive for me. Bonita

SandyR
08-02-2010, 06:57 AM
Yes to both! I go regularly to my chiropractor and can feel results of her help. I am much more achy when I don't keep up my routine of seeing her. I was one of those who thought chiropractors were scam doctors before I started seeing mine. She doesn't hurt when I go. It sounds like you should try a different chiro if you go again, perhaps one with a different method. That was one thing I learned through her too - I thought all chiropractors cracked bones the same way but it turns out there are different methods and some are better tolerated than others by us sensitive types.
Massage therapy is wonderful too. I don't do this as often - it's more expensive for me, but when I do go for a massage I feel greeeaaattt (like Tony the Tiger says). It's more relaxing than chiropractics for me, but when I get massaged, I always try to get adjusted the next day and I get a better adjustment after a massage or first thing in the morning.

Serenity81
08-02-2010, 02:03 PM
Thanks for the tips Sandy! =) I think I'm gonna give my chiro another chance.. in his defense, he didn't know about my Dx just as much as I didn't at the time. I'm hoping he can apply different techniques.

magistramarla
08-16-2010, 09:03 PM
Hi Shannon,
I'm going to try a chiropractor/massage therapist combo on Weds. I have a coupon that gives me an introductory session with both the chiro and the massage therapist and a complete neurological work-up for $27. Since the neurologist was worthless, I thought I might as well give this a try. If I like it, I'll check with my insurance to see if any more sessions can be covered.
At this point, I would just love to have SOME doc listen to me and address the neuropathy in my feet. I'll let you know if this works for me.
Hugs,
Marla

Serenity81
08-17-2010, 07:21 PM
Marla, thanks =) Good luck on your quest, too.. I hope you feel better soon. I'm going to the rheumy tomorrow... not sure what's on the agenda.. I've been feeling pretty blah lately. I'm freaking myself out that I'm not going to be able to handle nursing school, but I think it's more of a mental wall at the moment. I'm just so tired lately again and that scares me. : /

magistramarla
08-23-2010, 08:31 PM
Shannon,
I saw the chiropractor last week, and really liked him. He spent over an hour with me, just checking me over and taking my history. He was especially interested in my neurological symptoms. He definitely noticed my neuropathy and that I don't feel vibrations or temperature in my lower extremities. He also kept repeating a test on my eyes, until I told him that a neurologist in Tx. had noted nystagma before. He said that he was just getting ready to explain nystagma to me. The interesting thing is that the neuro that I had just seen locally swore that he saw no nystagma and felt that I had no neuropathy. Interesting, huh?
He asked permission to get my MRI, X-ray and bloodwork records so that he could study them, and he was delighted that I was able to drop off my records from Tx so that he could have copies. He did a gentle check of my spine, etc. and I could tell that he was checking for fibromyalgia. His hands felt so good that I wished that he would have kept on massaging my back!
He said that he did not want to do any kind of manipulation on me until he had studied my records. I have an appointment with his massage therapist later this week, and it seems that the two of them work together very closely to determine each patient's therapy. I can't wait for that massage!
It will really be something if this chiropractor proves all of the specialists wrong and actually gives me some relief from the pain and numbness.
How did your rheumy appointment go?
Hugs,
Marla

Serenity81
08-25-2010, 06:05 PM
Marla, that's wonderful news! I'm staying hopeful for you =) It sounds very promising. I, unfortunately, haven't had the chance to get to either the chiropractor or massage therapist... I had to put my car in the shop last week ($270 - oh joy) and it's still not running right... now have to find a time to take it back in so they can look at it again, ugh.

Rheumy went well.. after discussing symptoms in detail with him, we both agreed that I've responded fairly well to the Plaquenil, but I'm still having some intermittent issues. This validates his thought of lupus regardless of the still "not-quite-positive" ANA... so he started me on 100mg of Quinacrine 3x / week. I'm REALLY hoping that the fatigue improves soon, I felt HORRIBLE today. Trying to convince myself mentally that it wasn't the new med today (don't wanna freak myself out about it this early on), but rather the combination of my BP being wacky the past few days and work today and the fatigue.. First day of classes tomorrow, luckily it's a pretty short day, 8-noon, then I can come home and rest.

magistramarla
08-25-2010, 07:59 PM
Shannon,
At least it seems that you have a rheumy that listens to you - that's a good thing. I'm not familiar with Quinacrine - does it work like MTX? I hope that it works for you and that you start feeling better.
Good luck with getting the car fixed, and even better luck with the classes.
Hugs,
Marla

Serenity81
08-27-2010, 05:21 PM
Marla,
I found some (albeit outdated) info on the internet: http://www.drugs.com/cons/quinacrine-systemic.html

It says it's an antiprotozoal / antirheumatic.. so I'm thinking it's more similar to Plaquenil than MTX. So far, I've only taken 2 doses, the day of my last post and today. Overall, I don't feel the dragging throughout the day so much.. but I am still napping. I got home from class today around 1pm and was asleep by 2:30. But, I don't feel as wiped out thoroughly, if that makes any sense, so here's hoping it keeps improving!

My poor little car... I have to give it some TLC... next paycheck will probably go towards it again.. hopefully soon it will be running more consistently! Right now I'm making due, day by day. I just have to. I keep thinking: You'll find a way, you always do. I guess I am more resilient than I thought.

Hillbillie
08-27-2010, 07:21 PM
I have not been to either of them but I would be afraid to try. My joints are always swollen and so sore that I can't stand someone to touch them sometimes. I am curious to see if massage is benificial.
Hillbillie

magistramarla
08-27-2010, 08:49 PM
I had my massage today and it felt great.
The chiropractor talked with my insurance and got himself onto their "preferred provider" list, so my co-pays will only be $15!
He talked with the massage therapist before she got started, too.
He's still researching all of my AI problems and won't start any therapy with me until he's sure that he won't hurt me.
I do believe that I've found myself a gem!
Hugs,
Marla

Serenity81
08-28-2010, 04:59 PM
Marla, that is fantastic news! I'm so glad that you found something that might actually be of some help. It's awesome when our caregivers actually listen to us, isn't it?

SandyR
08-30-2010, 06:49 AM
I had my massage today and it felt great.
The chiropractor talked with my insurance and got himself onto their "preferred provider" list, so my co-pays will only be $15!
He talked with the massage therapist before she got started, too.
He's still researching all of my AI problems and won't start any therapy with me until he's sure that he won't hurt me.
I do believe that I've found myself a gem!
Hugs,
Marla

Sounds like your chiropractor and mine are a lot alike. I think of mine as a gem too. Glad to see you found someone who is so good for you.