We ALL get being frustrated and being in pain. We ALSO all get wanting answers and a fix right away.
I just want to caution you about
a couple of things. You seem to be giving tremendous weight to what your chiropractor said about
your Xrays and spine.
From many years of experience dealing with chiropractors, spine surgeons, MRIs and CT scans, please don't put all your faith into just xrays and what your chiropractor said.
Xrays can look at the alignment of the spine, the height of the spaces between the discs, but they can not see nerve or spinal cord impingement. They also can not determine disc degeneration or how minimal, moderate or severe it might be.
Some disc degeneration is perfectly normal, especially as we get older. Almost everyone over the age of 21 or so will show signs of disc degeneration if we were to do MRIs on the population. It is when the normal wear and tear of being upright, walking, working cause MORE degeneration than is normal for our age that it might be a concern. That can only be seen by MRI since the discs are gelataneous/water to see how badly discs are drying out.
Normally, the discs do dry out some, very, very slowly over decades.
In order to see whether or not there are nerves pinched or the spinal cord is being effected, there would need to be an MRI done. Those things can't be seen on Xray, no matter how good a chiropractor is.
Skye is right, typically, when it comes to back pain, doctors first recommend, some rest, anti inflammatory meds, and possibly a muscle relaxer. All muscle relaxers work, milligram strength has nothing to do with weight, or effectiveness. Some muscle relaxers may be more helpful than others to each of us, but don't get stuck thinking that milligram dosage means one is better than another. Higher milligrams don't necessarily mean more EFFECTIVE.
Don't be surprised if you are sent for physical therapy before any referrals to see a spine surgeon.
Normally, they go with the least invasive, graduated treatment steps first, as most sudden back pain disappears as quickly as it appeared, even sciatica typically resolves on its own, given time.
I wish you the best. We all understand how hard this can be.
Post Edited (mrsm123) : 1/8/2018 9:36:09 AM (GMT-7)