feed back

my neck

I saw the chiropractor again today, and we went over my x-rays. I knew my back was jacked upped, but he did tell me things I didn’t know, things outside of the scoliosis. From the x-rays I could see that the scoliosis had gotten worse since the last time I’d had x-rays, about 10 years ago. But he also had I had degenerative disc disease in my cervical spine (the neck). That’s not so uncommon, but still. Damn.

my scoliosis






Insurance only pays for about 1/5 of what he charges for what he thinks I need done over a six month time period. He offered me a deal to pay about 1/2 of what he usually charges, which still comes out to be about $2500 over 50 visits. $50 a visit is not so bad, but it’s money that we were going to use for other things. I’m kind of tired of having to spend so much money on my health, especially for this, something that we really don’t know if it’s going to help me or not. What if after six months I’m still in pain? Or something happens to me – manipulating the spine is a serious matter, and there are risks.

my low back



I really don’t know what to do. Doing nothing means staying like this, and being in pain. Doing this means spending a sh!t-load of money on a hope and a prayer. This is a sucky choice.

What would you do?

8 thoughts on “feed back

  1. Oh dear… is that the same chiropractor you blogged about in the past weeks? Do you have more confidence in him now?

    I’m sorry about your problems and I sincerely don’t know what I would do. 😦 I hope that whatever you decide to do can help you.


    1. I’m with Lilian; you didn’t seem to have much faith in this chiropractor a few weeks ago; what changed?

      Are there any chiros that do take your insurance?

      What do “regular” doctors say about your back and neck?

      This is a shot in the dark, but my husband used to have periodic debilitating back pain (turns out he has slipped discs and maybe fused vertebrae) for years, but read “The MindBody Prescription,” and literally has not had an episode since he read the last page. That was 5 years ago, now. This is not to say that your ailments aren’t real; indeed, his slipped disc is very real. But it is to say that we still don’t know why some people have back abnormalities and never feel a thing, and others regularly consistently suffer from their abnormalities. I don’t know if scoliosis and degenerative disc disease is covered in the book, but it might be worth a short, especially since you are into more holistic remedies. Either way, I hope you find an answer you’re happy with soon.


  2. Yeah, you guys are right, I don’t really have a ton of confidence in this guy. I guess my point is I would try it if it didn’t cost so much money, since I’m up for trying new things if it might give relief. I do think what changed was seeing my x-rays, which I didn’t have the last time I saw him.

    I’m going to call today and decline to see him anymore.

    I’ll try that book, ORJ. I agree with you – I do think many of my “issues” are psychosomatic, and can be dealt with by “mind over matter.” It’s just hard trying to figure out which can and which cannot, especially when there are so many opinions out there. I have pretty much decided, though, that I’m not going to spend a ton more money chasing after solutions. A book is within my price range 🙂


  3. Sounds like you may need to search for another chiropractor. Many chiropractors offer a consutation at no cost to you. If your xrays are current request them and take them with you when you go for a consultation. Talk to people in the area and see who the people put trust in and go to that chiropractic office. I would not chase solutions but I would continue to search for ways to keep your spine as healthy as possible. With scoliosis you will have to work harder but your effort will be worth it the long run.
    Start with the basics such as a better diet, stretching, exercise, a quality mattress/pillow. The chiropractor should be able to help in these areas at no cost to you. A positive attitude is vital but and active approach is also very important. Take a yoga class, start swimming, start walking. Keep searching for better health.


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