I recently started seeing a chiropractor--actually, yesterday! I am still a little leary about this and was wondering what experiences others have.
For the past year (give or take some time), I have had nagging, low-level pain right on the "dimple" bone above my left buttock. It has really been "nothing" and most of the time it just feels like I overexerted myself and it goes away for awhile then comes back. But I have noticed that it is more uncomfortable when I lay on my stomach at night or at the end of my Pilates tape when we do the "cobra-type" move where I'm on my stomach and I arch up. Again, nothing bad.
Well, last November when I had a breast lump removed, it flared up at the same time I was recuperting. I joked that they must have dropped me in the O.R. It was really bad and since I was healing from surgery I couldn't take aspirin or Ibuprofen. Finally, I got a heating pad on it and when I could take Motrin, it would go away. Ever since that time, I've been having flare-ups that are more than just a nuisance. And in the last month, the flare-ups are happening several times a week. And then it will just go back to low-level for no reason.
I finally went to see my GP. He told me I had sciatica. I questioned this because, I had done my research, and I have NO pain, numbness, whatever, down my leg. Just a stabbing sensation in the bone above my left buttock. He gave me some stretching exercises and prescribed high dose Iboprofen therapy. I don't mind doing it, but I feel like I have a wrong diagnosis. So, I started doing more reading and it seemed my next step was a big-wig back specialist. I'm still not ruling that out, but I'm wondering if I just got some proper care, I could avoid the specialist.
So, I got a referral for a chiropractor and he got me right in on Friday. He determined that I had an "SI" joint problem and that two of my lower verterbrae were "irritated" because it hurts when I arch backward. I seem to do fine standing and walking, but sitting hurts and torsion/twisting movements bother me on that left side.
He adjusted me and then did electronic stimulation. I have to say, the adjustments kind of flipped me out though they did not hurt. I can't say I'm any better today (and he did not promise me immediate relief). In fact, the pain is kind of different. I find sitting in my car to be almost intolerable (my back sits lower than my knees) and it only bothered me mildly before yesterday. I kind of feel better in other areas though (walking, for instance).
I'm just a little worried that he didn't do an x-ray. In fact, no one wants to image my back at all, while I read about others having x-rays, MRIs, etc.
Do you think this care is appropriate so far? What experience have you had?
I will be going back Monday as he wants to see how I feel after his adjustment. This is just all so foreign to me.