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Chiropractor Bruised My Spine

I have been dealing with herniated lumbar disc issues for several years now. I manage my pain with physical therapy and pain medication. However, for about a year now, I have been experiencing pain and muscle tightness in the thoracic area. I think a lot of this thoracic pain is due to my job and bad posture. My job is physically demanding and requires me to stand on my feet and walk around all day with no chance to sit down at all. My break consists of me grabbing a drink and using the bathroom. With that said, a combination of my bad posture and excessive standing is taking it’s toll on my back. I have to take pain medication about mid shift just to make it through the work day.

I decided to go see a chiropractor and see if it would be of any help. Boy was I wrong! The chiropractor put a unbelievable amount of pressure on my spine. He was hurting me during the treatment but I wasn’t sure if it was suppose to or not. I walked out of there and my back felt horrible. It feels like my entire spine has been bruised. I’m not looking to bash all chiropractors, but I definitely do believe it’s not for everyone.

Has anyone had any experiences like this?

Sarapin Injection in Thoracic Spine

For some reason lately my middle to upper back has been bothering me, thoracic region of the spine.  I have a good muscular build, but I do have bad posture at times and I think this is the main cause of the pain.  I have pinched nerves in my lower back and can tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a pinched nerve.  The pain I’m feeling is definitely a pinched nerve in the thoracic vertebrae.

Over the the past couple of months I had two distinct situations where I was barely able to move due to the pain.  The funny thing is I was barely doing anything when my back started acting up.  I can run and jump all over the place and not feel too much pain, but something as simple as walking aggrivated it so bad that I had to lay on my back for 2 days.  I was literally walking out of my job casually after a day of work and I felt this pop sensation.  I could barely support my torso without feeling pain.  The pain is in the area of the back between the upper and middle where you bend.  I have always had bad posture here and I think that is one of the main causes of everything.  I also did heavy squats when exercising that could have contributed toward this for many years.

I have already received 2 epidural injections of cortizone in my lower spine this years.  My doctor wants to wait a little bit before giving me anymore steroids so he gave me a shot of sarapin in the thoracic spine.  It’s hard to tell if it helped or not, but if it did, it wasn’t any major improvements.  After doing a bit of research, a few sarapin injections may need to be given over a period of time.  Apparently there are minimal side effects with sarapin, so I think I’m going to give this a try again.

Does anyone have any experience with a Sarapin injection in the spine?