Trying New Treatment Options

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It’s been years since I saw a chiropractor. I think the last time was back in 1992, on Groote Eylandt when the arthritis was only affecting about 4 joints. As the arthritis progressed and began to attack my spine (leading to the change of diagnosis from Pauciarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis to Ankylosing Spondylitis) I became even less open to the idea of allowing someone to use the clicky thing on any joint that was painful and inflamed. That is, until a fortnight ago.

I went for my routine bone scan, the results showed the expected diagnosis – osteopenia from years of oral steroids, what I hadn’t expected was to find out that I had shrunk three centimetres in two years, (great excuse to go out and buy stilettos! – I’m now 165cm, Mick is 193cm), this I was told was the result of the progression of scoliosis –  a condition I had largely ignored.

Since my next appointment with my rheumatologist is not until sometime in July and the chairman of the bowls club I worked at is also a qualified chiropractor I threw caution to the wind and thought I’d give it a go! I was first cab off the rank on Monday morning, Allan asked me to bring in relevant bone scans and recent x-rays (which I’d discovered the last spine x-rays were done in 2004). Allan told me that x-rays would need to be done first as he wanted to know exactly what he was dealing with (I was relieved, I wanted to know what we were dealing with to).

First x-ray was of my pelvis and sacroiliac joints. Long story short – they’re a mess. I knew years ago that they had fused together (this was the reason why I had three rheumatologists write letters to the obstetrics team in Darwin telling them I had to have a C-section). These x-ray also showed that my spine did in fact have scoliosis where the sacroiliac joints are, my spine leans to the right (for want of a better way of explaining this without pictures), before straightening back up. The other joints in my spine are looking surprisingly good and relatively free of damage.

After reviewing the x-rays Allan did two slight adjustments (using the dreaded clicky thing – he did however place his fingers under the clicky thing to limit the jarring sensation, I was surprised it didn’t hurt or jar at all!) with the warning that the next day (being a Tuesday) may be a little more painful than usual and to take it easy (that wasn’t going to happen I have two children Jake 4 and Lisa 18 months, there was also a wake happening at the bowls club for a friend who had passed away from leukemia the week before and we were expecting over 300 people).

I left Allan’s office with a follow up appointment for Thursday and I’m happy to say that whatever he did with the clicky thing on Thursday has reduced the pain that usually shoots down my left arm significantly! My next appointment is on Monday. I will keep you posted as to how we go. It has certainly opened my mind to trying different things (so long as the person administering the treatment is properly trained!).

I hope everyone is having a great weekend 🙂

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