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National Spinal Health Day

Oct 08, 2008 - 10 comments

October 16th is National Spinal Health Day!

Few people stop and think how important their spines are... So in honor of this day, let's take a few moments to consider some things about the spine...

First, you'll use your spine every minute of every day for your entire life. That's a lot of wear and tear! When your car wears out after a few years, you buy a new one. When your kitchen appliances stop working, you buy new ones as well. And when your carpet gets dirty and ages over time, you start comparing new swatches.

Unfortunately, you don't have the same luxuries when it comes to your spine. You only get one! There are no cosmetic surgeries to give our spines a more youthful appearance.

Another part of your body that you use almost every day of your life is your teeth. You brush your teeth daily, floss, gargle, scrape your tongue, and use whitening strips... all because you want to keep those chompers in tip top shape! And most people are smart enough to visit the dentist each year for checkups... great job!

But their sits your spine, working day-in and day-out to keep you upright, protecting your spinal cord, and giving your ribs a place to hang. It might help to consider chiropractors as spinal dentists. Not only do we help promote spinal hygiene, we also work to improve nervous system function (you only get one nervous system too!)

It's been said that if you had to wear your spine on your face, you'd take a lot better care of it! Oh how true! But instead, your spine works behind the scenes, and all too often gets neglected.

So this month, make it a point to meet a chiropractor in your area, and ask them to give you a pain-free spinal check up!


14 Warnings Signs of an Unhealthy Spine

1.    You have to "crack" your neck and joints often.
2.    The heels on your shoes wear out unevenly.
3.    You have poor concentration.
4.    You feel tired and fatigued all the time.
5.    You have a low resistance to disease.
6.    One leg appears shorter than the other.
7.    You have poor posture.
8.    You get frequent headaches, backaches, sore spots and tender points in your muscles.
9.    You always feel stressed and tense.
10.  You have stiffness in your neck and back.
11.  You can’t turn your head or twist your hips equally to both sides.
12.  You have poor general health and often times just don’t feel right.
13.  Your jaw clicks.
14.  You can’t take a full deep breath.

Warm wishes,
Dr. Tanase

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by pepper77, Oct 09, 2008
hi
im recently diagnosed with arnold chiari malformation i also have spina bifida im 31 an waiting to see neurosurgeon, is surgery always the only thing you can do i dont have that many symptoms. in the mean time what should i avoid doing or should i just continue as normal.

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by selmaS, Oct 09, 2008
good question pepper77......I have chiari as well as cervical spinal stinosis...it seems when ever I attempt to do anything normal I pay  for it the next day.I hurt all over, and am extremly tired, and brain fog! Yet the insurance comp. says I am able to continue my 70 hr a week stress filled job!

Please tell us what should we avoid?

"selma"

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by Adam Tanase, D.C.Blank, Oct 09, 2008
Some malformations are asymptomatic, so your neurosurgeon might not do anything just yet, if at all.

Avoid street fights and head butts... Anything that would cause undue stress and strain on the head and neck.


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by PlateletGal, Oct 09, 2008


"Avoid street fights and head butts"

I'll try ! ; ^ )




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by Jen0301, Oct 13, 2008
I am curious about neurosurgery too!  I just had an MRI come back to show disc dehydration at C3 to C6 w/disc space narrowing, central bulging discs at C3-4 and 4-5, bulging at C5-6 with ventral flattening of the CSF space and impingement on the anterior portion of the spinal cord. I've had problems for years, but worse over the past few months. It causes occipital and brachial neuralgia. My primary is also treating me for discitis. Man, I couldn't even move before a week of rocephin iv's. It still hurts all the way down my spine, but is a little more tolerable. Anyone know what can cause discitis? Anyone seen a surgeon for what I mentioned in the MRI? I certainly don't want to go under the knife if there are other treatment options. I don't even know what kind of doctor to see. A pain management doc is the one who ordered the mri's and is sending me to see a neurosurgeon. Oh, it has also started causing problems w/my legs (weakness, tingling, etc) and incontinence. I'm hoping these newer symptoms are from the discitis and will improve with continued antibiotic treatment.

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by ashkell, Oct 13, 2008
i noticed i had swelling ... like fluid on my knee...i thought it was an overuse...i relized today it went to my ankle and i been having extreme upper back pain...i dont have health insurance and was curious what u think it is and what i should do

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by harteless, Oct 13, 2008
14 Warnings Signs of an Unhealthy Spine

1.    You have to "crack" your neck and joints often. Yes
2.    The heels on your shoes wear out unevenly. Yes
3.    You have poor concentration. Yes
4.    You feel tired and fatigued all the time. Yes
5.    You have a low resistance to disease. No
6.    One leg appears shorter than the other. Yes
7.    You have poor posture. Yes
8.    You get frequent headaches, backaches, sore spots and tender points in your muscles. Yes
9.    You always feel stressed and tense. Yes
10.  You have stiffness in your neck and back. Yes
11.  You can’t turn your head or twist your hips equally to both sides. Yes
12.  You have poor general health and often times just don’t feel right. Yes
13.  Your jaw clicks. Yes
14.  You can’t take a full deep breath. No

Mmm I have 12 out of your 14 sytems I have recently been to see a Spinal person and he advised that I have 3 subfluxations one in my neck one middle of back and one at the bottom. I have been to see him for 7 appointments so far I have not yet felt any benefit. It is quite expensive at £30 a session as I have two appointments a week and the appointments only last about 5 minutes a time.

How many sessions would you expect before a patient started to feel the benefits and is it normal for the appointments to be so short?

I am a 33 year old male and have had the above sytems for the last 12 years.


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by tonkers, Oct 17, 2008
simple question: why would one's tail bone area hurt after ride a bike?

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by ccreddog, Oct 17, 2008
This is a long story, I have had fibromyalgia for 20 years and have been able to work 45-50 hours a week. March 07 I was in a car accident. Dx Whiplash. Since I had no bones coming through my skin no one can diagnose it. I have Hep C. I have lower herniated disc which I had 2005 which was dealt with. I have been to 3 pain clinics and I am on constant narcotics. Nothing else helps and I have tried them all. I take Vicodin 3 x daily which puts me on a pain scale of 7. Then I can do physical Therapy. I sleep with the help of melatonin maybe, 4-5 hours. I go to a Phycologist to help. I have tried Chiropractors ,massage, injections. I now have high B/P which is 170/90 with prednazone. All my life it was 110 /60. I feel I have fallen through the medical cracks. I cannot get SSD since there is only the dx of fibro and chronic pain. For a year I have been suggesting to the Dr's that I need to see a spine Dr. Since I am paralyzed in the am and wife needs to pull me up. Headaches,Migranes,Fibro,Hep C, Spine pain..from the same spots that I had when I first went to the ER with. If I skimp on Pain meds I get that band from front to back around chest (whiplash) Cant walk up stairs all the way. When I cross the street I went to jog across and it was not to be. I could only step slowly. A truck could have been coming and it would be the same. Memory loss, Vision problems. And with all of this Not one Dr can find a thing. I dont know what to do next. I have to wait to go to spine clinic in 3 weeks...while I sit here in pain. I have had fibro for 20 years and had it under control with valium (not abused) many vitimins. So I know more about Fibro that most of the dr's. The minute I mention fibro to a new Dr they seem to want to unload me . Last pain clinic I spent 5 minutes with the Dr. When I mentioned fibro our meeting was over and off to ruemitoligy. Happens all the time. I need help big time. My life is at an all time low . forgive the misspellings. my eyesight is a bit blurry.

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by maestroanth, Oct 22, 2008
Fibromylogea usually is a wierd dx because it really doesn't tell the doctors anything.

You might want to make sure your hormones are checked (not just TSH), because I had hypothyroidism that got pretty bad in just 3 months with a goiter and I had every symptom in the world.  When there are enough symptoms, I'd check even deeper at the hormonal levels (adrenals, pituitary gland, thyroid  are some of the organs).  Anything that can explain a messed up metabolism.

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