I have severe spondylosis in my cervical spine. Conventional chiropractic scares me. I was never comfortable with the head twist and crack. Maybe I've seen too many spy movies!
I started having pain from what was diagnosed as glossopharyngeal neuralgia about 6 years ago. Left teeth, L face, L upper palette, L jaw, , L ear, L face, L throat, L tongue, L neck, and left shoulder. I also have an inoperable AVM deep inside my brain, 2.3cm x 1.2 cm.
When I went to se my chiropractor at the time, it had been 2 years since I had seen her last. She asked what had been going on in the last 2 years, and told her what I had been diagnosed with. She immediately told me she would not see me again, and wouldn't touch anything above my shoulders on that last visit.
I found Activator type chiropractic treatment that was surprisingly extremely effective, and I recommend it to anyone needing chiropractic care.
You lay on you belly for the approx. 15 or 20 min, and the chiropractor looks at the length of your legs to identify the target areas. They use a device that looks like a large metal syringe with a coil spring wrapped around a small chrome tube, with a plastic tip on it. The magnitude of the impact is no greater than thumping a finger tip lightly on the table. He holds it like a syringe and puts the red plastic tip on the target area, and pulls on the trigger, and it thumps or taps lightly on the spot. It is amazingly effective! It does make you feel a little sore the next day in your muscles. It's immediately effective!
I'm having my 5th lidocaine infusion on Monday. It was questionable how effective that treatment is the 1st 3 times. The 4th, or last treatment was very effective. These treatments are pretty harsh, as such, showing little to no improvement in how I was doing, it didn't seem worth it. It can take as many as 6 treatments before seeing results, so I tried again, and it definitely helped a lot. These treatments are every 3 weeks. The last one was a 20hr supply, and you can't do it while sleeping. it took 32.5 hrs. to get the drug in me, before I could remove the needle and pump assembly. You can't shower or take a bath while the needle is in you.
We're all different, and treatment that might work for me, might not work for some people.
I'm fortunate to have a good team of specialists looking after me now. The 1st 5.5 years of this ordeal I was told there was 100% risk of complication to perform any type of surgery, and the only thing the could do is medicate me. I wasn't moving forward towards any type of improvement in what I was dealing with, and I was scared of being doped up, and not being able to function.
It's still only medications, but I have to say that this lidocaine treatment might be giving me part of my life back. I can definitely say I feel improvement in how I feel today, versus a year ago. As this treatment is still relatively new for me, I will continue to monitor it for both the positive impact, and any associated side effects of the drug & treatment. I'm far from without pain and discomfort, but I am more comfortable, and can function with some limitations.
I've seen 2 neurosurgeons, numerous other specialists, and the surgeons have differing opinions as to whether glossopharyngeal neuralgia is the true diagnosis. The anesthesiologist agrees with the 1st surgeon, but is on the new surgeons team that is currently looking after me, who is not 100% positive, but indicates it is a possible misdiagnosis.
Ive been on Lyrica and Immiprimine for the last 5.5 years, and morphine for the last 2 years. I'm still a working professional. Every specialist I see tells me they don't know how I do it, and they are all impressed. I don't don't how much longer I'll be able to go. It's very challenging.