Hi, Dave...I can empathize with you as I developed cervical spine issues about 2.5 years ago, in early 2007..however, mine are related to rheumatoid arthritis...in the beginning, I, too, went to a chiropractor - who turned out to be a total nutjob and didn't do a damn thing for me...I went to another chiropractor early 2009 who, again, didn't do much but order 3x/week sessions...I then turned to my foot orthopedic surgeon for direction, who promptly sent me to a neurosurgeon...he did a CAT scan of the cervical spine, along with an MRI, which both showed bulging discs, along with other issues...I know am working with a pain management doctor to resolve the pain issue with neck injections (lovely experience) and deadening of the nerves...he does the injections under x-ray...the symptoms have been mitigated with treatment but we are still working on it...the pain can be excruciating toward the end of a long distance swim, but none of my doctors encourage ceasing the workouts...
My point to you is to not simply take a chiropractor's word for it; if you have insurance and the means, pursue a specialist and/or pain management doctor...the cervical spine is nothing to play around with and getting a second, or third, opinion never hurts...you want your quality of life to be the best possible.
Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
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