May 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm #202PrettytiredParticipant
I’ve had several chiropractors do x-rays & tell me that I have Cervical Lordosis (my neck lost its curve). My symptoms intensified after my most recent adjustments (end of January through end of March). I was going for the headaches & neck pain mostly. The symptoms of a C1/C2 misalignment are dead on with what I have (although I have a few extras not on there). I assume seeking chiro care with any of these issues isn’t good, right? Oops.
Anyway, curious how many of us have Cervical Lordosis and/or C1/C2 misalignments. Why do we have them? And what is their effect?
I have to say the chiro care made me much worse, as did taking Zoloft. I began that in December 2011 for depression. I took it 6 weeks before weaning off. I began having suicidal thoughts & the mood swings & depression were even worse. My gyno said it’s rare to have that reaction, but it does happen.
Anyone else share this experience?May 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm #2249
We have neck misalignments because our ligaments are too loose. Ligaments are there to hold bones together in a certain way. Doesn’t always work that way with us as the ligaments get more and more lax.
C1/C2 misalignments can have varied effects. C1/C2 is still considered part of the brain stem so you can imagine the implications.
Traditional chiro adjustments are too fast, too much torgue, and will only make our ligaments and tendons more lax. IF you can find a good PT or chiro who TRULY understands connective tissue disorders then they can be very helpful. My PT is a God sent, but while I got temporary relief from the chiro I am pretty sure he made my neck MUCH worse, including craniocervical misalignment and increasing laxity of ligaments.
Zoloft was ok for me. Cymbalta was a nightmare. My PCP and I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I was way “off” when on it and we quickly pulled me off it.
As for unusual reactions…. get used to it. We are wired differently. Very differently. Our bodies metabolize meds differently, deal with pain differently, etc. Even amongst bendies how we react is varied. Collagen is one of the main building blocks of our body so when it goes wrong the potential for bad things to happen is pretty good.May 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm #2257
Spondylthesis is when one vertabra shifts off the one below. Image a stack of blocks but then one block sticks out further. Makes the whole “stack”, aka spine, more injury prone and affects load bearing. Spondylethesis is graded based on how far the vertabra has moved off the other. I believe it’s 1-4 and it goes by % of vertebra shifted off the one below. Spondylethesis is not good bc it puts pressure where it shouldn’t be and if VERY bad can result in serious injury to the spinal cord.May 31, 2012 at 12:05 am #2258MeghaParticipant
I also have no curve in my cervical spine and have been managing a couple of bulged discs with chiropractic for about 8 years now. I was fortunate to find a chiro who doesn’t do the neck twisting kind of adjustments but uses an activator to just put pressure on the bones to nudge them back into place and keep movement in the neck. I see her at least once or twice a month and she is absolutely the reason that I’m still able to work. Well, her and the dietary changes I made (vegan for 6 years now.) She’s basically my primary doctor. I think the methods of adjustment and having someone who is tuned in to you and focused on healing are the important things to look for in a chiro. I would never let anyone adjust me by twisting my neck again. I guess it’s like everything else for us, what works for one may not work for another. But it’s great that we can share information and give each other hope. Best of luck in finding some methods to work with to bring you some relief. I hope you find it soon.May 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm #2261
If ou look up “military neck” or spine? there is info on what happens when the natural curve of the neck is lost. I too have lordosis and kyphosis. Basically my back is straight as a board when it should have curves. For bendies it seems to be related to how our muscles must work so hard. At least that’s my theory.May 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm #2265
Your “tail” would be in the sacral area, not the lumbar area.June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm #2296MJParticipant
I also have no curve in my cervical spine and have been managing a couple of bulged discs with chiropractic for about 8 years now.
I have the opposite problem – I have too much curve in my neck. So much curve that my head tilts back and I can’t even hold my own head up. Very painful. Does anyone else have this problem of too much curve in the neck? Why would some EDSers have no curve and others too much?June 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm #2298
Our ligaments are loose. My neck is straight because my neck muscles are in a constant state of spasm. If neck muscles remained normal or loose I imagine the bobble head effect would amplify. I get it at ims when my neck muscles fatigue. Sucks either way.
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