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Very distressed by constant non-painful worsening arm problem
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Very distressed by constant non-painful worsening arm problem

3 Years ago I had a fall, after which my elbow started clicking upon flexion. I carried this problem for about 4 months before I saw a doc who referred me to a chiropractor to correct it. The Chiro managed to reposition the elbow and told me not to extend it as I risked banging two bones together in the elbow causing it to start clicking again. That night I extended it by accident and panicked, I put pressure on the same spot as the chiro and apparently stopped the clicking, but something wasn't right. I fear some mal-alignment, nerve entrapment, or some sort of tendon problem was created.

Since this point the problem has manifested into shoulder and hip problems (clicking, pain and odd feeling of no balance) also my libedo has hit a major downpoint (VERY unusual for me). I have trouble breathing sometimes and I foam slightly at the mouth. I have sought attention for this from my GP a few times and all he does is send me back to the chiro, who loosens some tight muscles in my forearm, but this only lasts a while and then the cycle of pain... then feeling good, then pain. It comes as almost a tightness that I can't seem to shake or properly locate, it drives me crazy. All I can do is lay in a quiet room and even that drives me nuts. The apparent mental disturbance seems to have subsided but the problem still plagues me on an almost daily basis. It has affected almost everything in my life and here's the kicker: No-one seems to know what's wrong. I just pulled my hand as hard as I could and it eventually clicked and seemed to cause me some relief.

Any clues?
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Also, had back problem (pulled something I think it was my rhomboid) right next to my spine a while back on the same side of my body. Didn't have it looked at for ages and trained through, x-rays show my spine to be tilted to the right and I'm pretty sure it didn't do that before. Chiro says "probably from birth" but I'm not convinced. It hurt for almost 6-8 months before settling down and still my back ain't quite right. This is upper back about 3 inches down from the base of my neck to about 1.5 inches down. This happend about nine months before the arm thing.
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Oh, and I developed a heart murmur after this that I'm pretty sure is related.
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Looks worth a suss. Cheers dude.

Also, last bloodtest I had a high heomoglobin count (as per usual) and a high level on Pituitary Hormone, but no Thryoidal deficiency.  Not sure how relevant that is tho. The lower spine thing makes a lot of sense to me. Thanks again.
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If you are pretty sure that the heart murmur is related, and you are having trouble with joints you never injured, then it may Rheumatoid Arthritis, or a similar autoimmune condition such as Ankylosing Spondylitis, or Lupus. Ask your Dr to test you for these conditions. If he won't, then get a new Dr.

Chiropractors are great for injuries of malalignment, but they can't treat everything.
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It is unlikely that you have an autoimmune disease. It is also unlikely that all of this things are related. You need to properly rehab the muscles to support your hips/shoulder, elbow. You should seek passive soft tissue care, MRT/PIR/CFX, and active rehab. Keep going to the chiro. to keep the joint mechanics working properly. By the way, you can't jam the elbow joints together to cause popping in the elbow, it is a gas exchange in the capsule when movement is restored.
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The gas exchange is debatable, some consider it a movement of fluid. Many Chiro's are still unsure of this mine told me.

If I had a chiro who would help me with active rehab I would love it, sure would help a lot. I've tried a bit on my own for my elbow but it's too early to tell how much it's helping yet. Hip exercises cause a lot of freedom also.

Also, after lots of comparison, I appear to have found something that causes almost exactly what I have, and after comparing my chest to photos I have seen on the net it appears to be a mild case of PE along with several other compications. All of my biggest problems disappear after a full day when I've been sitting at my computer for a few hours, and I expect this is a result of the relaxed position I keep my shoulder in without realising it (sits a LOT lower than the other shoulder, kind of disturbing).

I remember a few years back when I would breath in I would get like a clicking in and out bit at the bottom of my ribs, and after I took a blow in a rugby match (spear tackle) my hip hadn't been the same since and I could no longer move this "clicking bit" (when it was in the right place I would feel good). All of this seems to stem from the original problem with the right side ribs, which would explain even the original pulling injury to the upper back.

Any recommendations for chiropractors in South Australia who could help with this condition? I understand the community is fairly tight-knit and vast with you lot, and any inside advice would be much appreciated.
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