ANyone's back ever "shifted"?

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hopeisreal
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   Posted 5/18/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey!
 
I"ve been dealing with neck problems for a year----and it seems like the neck problem is getting somewhat better!  HOWEVER (isn't there always.....), last Saturday (the day before Mother's Day)----I thought I 'threw out' my lower back.  Laid in bed and on the floor until Tuesday---was taken Relafen (?) and pain meds.....ended up looking in the mirror one morning--and I looked "crooked"/"shifted"!!
 
My hips were 'square', but then, above that my body was leaning to the right!! eyes
 
I went to my chiropractor---and he took one look at me and said, "HEY!  you've shifted!"  WHAT?!!!  He showed me some exercises that do help straighten me out----and then he manipulated me a little---and am starting to feel a little better--but, I am still 'shifted' to the right.
 
Wondering if this ever happened to any of you?  What exactly does it mean?  I did go for a LUMBAR MRI----we'll see...but, just looking for some guidance!
 
Thanks!
 
Laurel
 

ryand
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   Posted 5/18/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Laurel. I've had this happen frequently throughout the years. For me, I would "throw my back out" just like you said and be "off" for several days before it would resolve. I didn't visit a doctor for those episodes in the early years because they would get better, but now that I've been working with a doctor for other back problems, I've found out that what was really happening is severe muscle spasms in some of my back muscles. The spasmed muscles are sort of stuck in the "on" or contracted mode, so they pull you in that direction and you look crooked.

I'm not a doctor, so I can't say for sure that you problem is the same as what I've had, but the symptoms do all sound really similar at least. I have found that a neuromuscular massage therapist can really help with this. It certainly isn't fun or relaxing like you would think a massage would be - it hurts, because they probe those spasmed muscles to get them to release, but you feel better afterwards.

Hope you are feeling better soon.
Ry

hopeisreal
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   Posted 5/18/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ry!

Thanks so much for responding! I wouldn't doubt if it were muscle spasms---I had bad spasms when I threw-out my back! It makes sense! I will ask the chiropractor about that when I see him on Wednesday! FUnny--I asked my Back Dr. not the Chiropractor) about taking a muscle relaxant--and they didn't give me one--just relafen(?) and tylenol w/ codeine (3)!

Laurel

ryand
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   Posted 5/18/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Laurel. Relafen is actually an anti-inflammatory (like a strong version of ibuprofen) so it could help too. It should also help the tylenol #3 with the pain. If those aren't working well enough, you might call your doc back and see if they'll call in a muscle relaxant for you. Good luck!

Ry

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   Posted 5/18/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Laurel,
There are so many things that could cause us to "shift", as you put it. The body is basically designed to be symmetrical - the same on both sides (if everything's "correct", which is rarely is with our bodies). The skeleton is held in place by a complicated system of muscles and tendons and ligaments. So if, for example, you have a muscle tighten it can pull that area out of its correct alignment. If it occurs reguarly in the same spot, the muscles can literally shorten on one side and legnthen on the other, leading to regular misalisngment. Take the example of us women always carrying a heavy handbag on our left shoulder. Do that for years and you'll likely have a problem on one side of your neck. I have learned I can never carry a shoulder bag, and it took a year or more of regular stretching to get my neck muscles relatively straight. I say relatively because they're not ok due to cervical problems which are related to the bones in my neck. See, it's all so complex! Right now I'm wearing a belt to help tighten the ligaments in my SI joint (around the hip area) which my physical therapist told me loosened when I took a bad fall. Ever since then if I don't do exercises to tighten the ligaments, they loosen, the joint shifts and my body is out of line. Add to that it puts more pressure on that sciatic nerve and all my pain cranks up to an 8 or more, even with meds! So yes, we can shift! The sad thing is it's very easy to stretch a muscle, etc., and takes oh, so long to fix it, and in some cases, depending on what's causing it, it may be a condition you have to manage rather than cure.

Hope this helps.

PaLady

hopeisreal
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   Posted 5/18/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope that I can fix it PALady--and not have to manage it---but, I feel more comfortable knowing what I am dealing with----than, not knowing--then, I get really anxious! :( :)

Laurel

PAlady
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   Posted 5/18/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Laurel,
Just make sure you follow through with whatever exercise program is recommended. I know it takes time, but that's how you get things back in alignment. Your MRI should also yield more specfic information about what may be causing the problem. Let's hope it's nothing significant. If you just have a muscle that's tightened, you shoulld be able to fix things over time. You seem to have had good luck with your neck, so you have some idea that this can take time, but improvements are possible.

Good luck!

PaLady

hopeisreal
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   Posted 5/19/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
THank you PALady---- everything is about time, huh? LOL! I wish my children were all in school (I have three little ones under 9 y.o.)---then, I could take better care of myself during the day! :)

Laurel
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