Saturday, November 28, 2009

Whacked and Got Unkinky

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (you Americans :) )

Well, I made my second trip to chiropractor. I hadn't gone for years because I couldn't afford it. (still can't really but have partial coverage for a few visits a year). I knew I was whacked out. In the past I went often and tho it didn't cure me it did seem to keep some things from getting worse, helped headaches etc and helped keep me more on a plateau, ie not getting worse all the time.

This Dr is trained to do A.R.T. which I found helpful for the shoulder I had frozen shoulder in for a year. He helped that the first time. This time I complained about pain under outer edge of collarbone near shoulder (a FM location??) and on the side of my body between ribs I'd been having for a week! (argh!). He adjusted the very top of my back in ways I'd never had done before and I felt a rib move a lot! As I had this problem years ago and my myopractor had explained to me that area can cause skipping heart and/or rapid heart beat I asked him about that. He informed me that anywhere from T2 to T7 affects the parasympathetic nervous system that includes heart rhythm. Later I remembered that is what my brother's chiropractor said about his reflux too, and it totally disappeared when his rib was put back into place. I need that too as reflux has been bothering me bad lately!

You know how it is when you have horrid pain and are soooo happy when it settles down but don't realize the lower level of pain that is ongoing until that goes away? That's how I was. Couldn't ignore the severe pain I get but really didn't realize how much pain I was experiencing constantly (in my upper back) until it was gone! wow! I was soooo relieved with the relief I felt in my back! Unfortunately all afternoon today it felt like it wanted to pull back out of place again... still much better than it had been but I wouldn't be surprised at all to need repeated treatments to get the muscles etc to behave and get used to being where they should be. It's been whacked out for a very long time I think.

It's just too darn bad (and very upsetting) that medical doesn't cover it all and that I can't afford to go as often as I need to :( (this is one of my big objections to universal health care btw. The very things that help me the most are not and would not be covered! ie alternative treatments. AMA practices do nothing for me.)

Anyone else try chiropractic and other natural type treatments?

Hope you are all recovering from Thanksgiving dinner :)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

And Just As It Was Getting Average

Every now and the my symptoms seem to roll into a lull. Though they may vary still, from hour to hour, day to day there gettings to be a sameness about it, an 'average'. I can only hope it stays that way for a while as it is easier to cope with. But then it happens. I get knocked off my average.

About two months ago I got some kind of respiratory virus. I spent weeks sneezing and coughing, headaches, aching, blah. In a wierd kind of way it actually felt 'good'. Yes, I know. That sounds nuts! But I assure your it's really not...because 'normal sick' feels better than this crud. At least with normal sick there's a blah tiredness that matches. With this crud the horrid fatigue is often accompanied by an underlying restlessness, sometimes jitteriness that's hard to describe.

The virus seemed to finally abate, yet not for I have had continual coughing and sinus stuff every since. Yuck. Now I have been attributing this to seasonal allergies, either from mold or the fact that the furnace is now running. However I have been hearing the same thing from several friends, none of whom live anywhere near me and have different weather conditions. Hmmmmm....

Anyway, like I said this has been happening for weeks now, so it's begun to feel 'average'. Not fun mind you, but average.

Until yesterday. Yesterday through me into a tailspin. A change. Not a pleasant change either---and the coughing etc. is still there too. My average world has been turned up on end by terrible back, neck, shoulder and ribcage/chest pain, not quite the same kind I usually get (and I have the usual type much of the time too). That and tingling and numbing. Now tingling is not at all a newcomer to me either but this has been. First it was my hands. Then my foot. That is very unusual for those aren't typical locations of tingling for me much less numbness! Makes you wonder "what's up with this?!".

And if that wasn't enough, along with the difficulty sleeping though it all, today I woke up feeling like I had crashed and burned. Zero strength. I felt like either I was coming down with something awful, which I was hoping for reasons stated above, but I didn't believe, else here comes the extreme of CFS exhaustion again- "the I-Hardly-Have-Enough-Energy-To-Breath" like of fatigue. Ugh.

Does NOT make resting easy let alone trying to sleep.


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