I am a 44 yr old female Medical Massage Therapist. I am fit, and only sometimes deal with mid back pain. 4 years ago had a problem with a dislocation of the floating rib.....(from mid-back weakness). Went to a Chiropractor, he put the rib back in place and everything was fine.
A few days ago woke up to intense pain in my neck. I thought it at first , was a crick in the neck....possibly from sleeping wrong. As the day progressed, the pain became so intense that my fiance had to take me to the hospital. (I can tolerate high levels of pain)
They checked me for Menagitis....and ruled it out due to my White Blood Cell Count was not elevated, and I did not have fever,etc....I was sent home with Vicodin, and a Muscle Relaxer.
The following day went to a Chiropractor...well known in the area. He rushed me so much into the treatment...(I was the last appt) and did not realize the magnitude of my pain until AFTER he did "a gentle" adjustment to my neck. He commented after seeing me struggle to move on/off the table that he did not realize the pain I was in.
My concern is that b/c he did not realize the extreme pain I was in, that possibly he made the condition worse. I cannot stay out of work long....people depend on me...my own clients that suffer with Chronic Issues. Also it is not financially feasible for me to be out of work for what he recommended as a week or longer.
He told me I had a Straight Cervical Spine, and a few pinched nerves along the Thoracic area. I am scared because just like a piano player needs their fingers, I need my neck. I love my job and this is my livelyhood.
Any other ideas what could have caused a SUDDEN overnight condition like this? Their has been no falls, nothing. I work on an average of 4 people a day..use good body mechanics......and only problem is a weak mid back area. Could this have caused the problem in the neck?
Scared in Houston................