I had my consultation with the chiropractor yesterday.
His findings: two of the vertebrae in my neck, c2 and c3, are a little misaligned and the disk at c7 is somewhat compressed.
What does that mean? It means my neck hurts sometimes, and it is causing extra wear on the joints which could cause more problems over time.
Could treatment help my headaches? That is, as my neurologist said, “the million dollar question.”
The answer seems complicated. Some people respond well to chiropractic care, but not the majority. For headaches especially, there its no definitive answer. Nothing the chiropractor said made me feel the neck issues were contributing to the headache. Nothing he said made me think he felt confident treatment would help the headache. But he was hopeful.
He is certain treatment will help my neck. It is a problem worth resolving so it doesn’t worsen.
Timing is the question.
Chiropractic care isn’t cheap and it isn’t covered by my insurance. It isn’t impossibly expensive, but difficult. Right now all my resources, medically speaking, are devoted to treating my headache. Should I divert myself from other treatments to try this?
But alas, until I have the resources financially, it must wait, no matter what I decide.
I must say, I don’t believe I’ve had a week go so badly in many years.
Let’s start with Tuesday. I was supposed to write up a post detailing the chiropractor’s findings. Sorry I missed that, but I missed the chiropractor appointment. I hit a flat piece of metal on the interstate on the way. I made it to within 10 miles before my front tire went completely flat. I had gashed the tire badly and was lucky to make it off the highway. I rescheduled my appointment and limped over to the nearest tire store on my spare. Of course, had my tire not gone flat, I may not have realized how badly I need knew brake pads. So I consider it a blessing
Wednesday I woke up early with a serious migraine followed by 24 hours of fever and extreme nausea. I don’t know if I had a stomach bug that triggered a migraine or if the symptoms were just from the killer headache.
Thursday my husband had a tonsillectomy. The days since I’ve been caring for him.
On the bright side, I’m guest blogging for him while he’s out of commission. If you want to see the spiritual side of my writing, check out his blog: The Year of Prayer
My rescheduled chiropractor follow-up is in the morning. Hopefully I can get a post up shortly about that. I don't think my stiff neck is causing my head pain, but we'll see what he says. If treatment might help and isn't outrageously expensive I'll consider it.
Good night! Hopefully you’ll hear from me tomorrow.