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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/12/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I went for my first McTimoney chiropractic treatment. yesterday.  A friend's been trying to get me to go for ages, but I had bad experiences with physio and remedial massage, so I really  wasn't very keen. I'm very much as the point of 'last resort', now though, so I decided to give it a go.

I have to be honest and say that I can't for the life of me see how the little flicks they do could make the slightest bit of difference, but I'm keeping an open mind.The practitioner, though, was a breath of fresh air!

He  was the only one not to look at me like I'm mad, or making it up, when I listed the many types of pain and neurological disturbance I get every day. It was so nice to have someone tell me it's a good idea to use a walking stick rather than fall down(!), and not sit there and tell me I should use my arm more, swing my arm naturally as I walk, relax my shoulder and all sorts of other things that are, quite frankly, impossible with the pain. Thank God for someone with the common sense to see that I wouldn't be holding my arm this way, doing everything one-handed and walking with a stick if I didn't have to!

He decided against the normal diagnostic testing, because it's too 'antagonistic' and would only make things worse ( I was already having a bad day); and just took a really thorough history. I was speechless - a medical person with the sense to see that pulling my arm around just to see if it hurts is a bad idea? One who actually realises that I know my pain best, and doesn't argue with me about it? Unheard of!

He did a couple of very small things to start the treatment off, and then I have to go back next week. Despite being incredibly gentle, I was still in a lot of pain afterwards and had a pretty miserable evening, but I was expecting that. Unlike the other treatments, though, I will be going back; even if it doesn't make a blind bit of difference, it's worth the money just to find someone who actually listens!
[Sorry if this post is too long, I was just so amazed by yesterday, I wanted to share it!]

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   Posted 6/12/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Bandit,

Give your Treatments more time!  I go for to a Chiropractor that does not do Snap/Crackle/Pop techniques either, in addition they use percussion and the Erchonia Laser.  Even though the treatments are gentle they are still making changes in your soft tissues and bones, so expect some extra soreness or pain.

None of the treatments that I have done have eliminated the pain completely, but it has prevented me from having to add additional pain meds to my regimen.

I am hoping for a positive outcome for you!  Keep us posted!


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   Posted 6/12/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
My Chiropractic treatments include ultra sound and tens and heat, a combo like that really helps..
He doesn't do any snap crackle pop adjustments on me as they can hurt me..
and I agree with Patti in giving it some time and that it won't completely eliminate the pain
but it can help...
and I will hope that you get a little relief soon...
Soft hugz...
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   Posted 6/12/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to say that I am glad you had a good experience. I do hope you continue to be satisfied with it. And yes, it is very important to feel that you are understood and being listened to. I do understand that completely. I do hope you are able to get relief. A little bit is indeed better than nothing at all.

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   Posted 6/12/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your responses and words of encouragement.

No, I know it's not likely to take the pain away (though that would obviously be wonderful!), but if poss, I'd just like to get back to where I was four months ago.

The pain's got soo much worse and I think it might be because I'm developing a tolerance for the Tramadol (it definitely isn't working as well as it used to). I know that the only option after this will be to go back on morphine; I was on it last year but became severely depressed (much more than I am now, and it was the first time it had happened) and suicidal. Things got very dodgy for a while there and I decided to come off the morphine because I was convinced it was the cause. I decided that less pain relief, but a better mental state was the right thing for me. But unfortunately, the pain's now so much worse that I have to do something. I decided to try the McTimoney in the hope that it might just get me back to where I was before this recent deterioration, so I could avoid having new/extra meds.

I'm definitely going to give it more time. I can cope with it causing a bit of extra pain/soreness, as long as it doesn't actually make it worse (as those other treatments unfortunately did). Yesterday was a positive start though.

Thanks for your support (and hugs!), and I'll let you know how it goes.


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   Posted 6/12/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is refreshing to have someone who really listens, and doesn't push and pull us just to make sure they can fill out their checklist or form. Plus, i think it's grossly underestimated how much being able to RELAX with any health care provider can help - even help ease the muscle tension, and therefore the pain. Not take it away, but at least not make it worse. And the pure relief from being heard instead of challenged or disbelieved is priceless. So hopefully you'll get some relief from the treatments.

I do agree that chiropractors who do the old fashioned bone cracking can hurt us more than help (ok, I'm sure some have been helped). I don't think we need jolts to get aligned. And for some of us our bodies will never be back in alignment because of the pain and how we have to compensate for that.

But I digress! I'm glad to hear of a good experience!

BTW edt mentioned the laser treatments. My PT did some of those on my tissue around the site of my fusion (not on the bone or anything, but the muscles connecting and where scar tissue was forming) and I swear that was helping - at least it was soothing. But he couldn't use it much because he couldn't bill the insurance (and I can't afford to pay) because it's not considered a valid treatment modality. Sigh......

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   Posted 6/12/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bandit,

Isn't it great when you find a medical professional who actually cares and listens and believes in you?! I'm so glad you found one! I'll echo the others in saying, give it time. Changes don't happen overnight. I'd give it at least a solid month or two of treatments, if you can. I just started seeing an osteopath this week, and he does craniosacral work on me (which I guess is similar to chiropractic work, although I've never had that done). So far I really like my DO, but don't know if it helps me or not. He wants me to see him 3 times & by then both he & I should know if osteopathy is going to help me. He told me that I'm going to be a very difficult case, but that he likes challenges! He really wants to help. That's just the best!

Good luck & keep us posted!


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   Posted 6/13/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   

I just have to comment how sad it is that MOST of the modalities available that would help us are NOT covered by Insurance.  Most of us here are limited due to SSD income, unemployment or WC (to name a few), these influence our ability to try treatments that might just make our lives a little more comfortable!  I guess this comment can open a giant can of worms, words and frustration....so I'll drop it just had to say it though! 


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   Posted 6/13/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so happy you found someone who will listen. I remember the days when I had a PA who was a Nun. Sister Janet, she was wonderful, she didn't talk much just nodded her head and let me do all the talking. She never once questioned my pain levels or how I felt. She was always there to answer my calls personally. She would take care of my blood pressure migranes in her office while holding my hand. She would call and check up on me the following day after all appointments.

Sad to say she had to leave the state to take care of her dying sister. Angels like her are hard to find. I'm glad you found someone who will listen to you. It does bring a breath of fresh air even if you still walk out in pain.

Thank you for sharing
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all

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   Posted 6/13/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
It is amazing how affirming a kind ear can be.  We need that so much more in the medical field.  I am so glad you enjoyed your experience and I hope it helps in the future. 
I realize that doctors exeperience burn-out and it must be hard to listen to so many complaints but they need to get to a place where they can do this!!! 
My neurologist is extremely young (on the verge of inexperience) yet she has none of that burn-out.  She is so compassionate and yet encouraging and can still tell it like it is.  (like how I need to keep exercising and could I please lose just a bit more weight). 
I am looking forward to hearing about your future visits.
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