On deck for today is to talk about “finding the solution”. Solution to what you may be asking. I’ve talked about this before, what I call “the jerk move”. This is when I experience several days (or weeks, or even months) of feeling like I’m being pulled backward and to the left. If you’re new to my blog here at Spark, let me give you a bit of background on me. I have ataxic cerebral palsy. My CP impacts my balance first and foremost, but it also impact the use of my left leg and right hand. I walk with an awkward gait, and a slight limp,
I first experience this pulling sensation (“jerk move”) (as far as I know) about 6 years ago I guess. It was probably way before that, but I was so out of shape back then, I probably never noticed it. I never knew what caused it, and what was more frustrating, I didn’t know how to stop it. It was this uncontrollable jerk of my left leg. My left leg would not go past a certain point when I walked, until I did this funny little move. It happened over and over. I also would spontaneously sit down because of this strange pulling sensation.
I finally found the solution to this annoying problem. Last August, my husband threw his back out so severely (he’s had back issues since a bicycle accident when he was 16), he had to see someone. He found a great place, and at first he had to go in a few times a week. I guess while he was there, he talked with the chiropractor about me (not anything specific, just my CP I think). Now, I’ve seen a chiropractor in the past, and loved it. My hesitation to seeing one here has always been due to financial issues.
However, the more my husband raved about this doctor and the chiropractic center in general got me thinking. I figured I’d go in and give it a shot. I knew already that it would help me. I also knew my back and neck would get out of whack a few days after I went in. I didn’t really want to be dependent on that sort of thing.
I think at the time of my first visit, I was not experiencing the pulling sensation. But oh my goodness, the other benefits of going were unbelievable. To this day, I don’t know how I’ve been able to function as well as I had been. I had no idea how much pain I was in until it was gone. I’ve written about my first visit on my other blog if you want to check it out (I don’t make money from my off-site blog, I know some people on Spark have an issue with posting links to off-site blogs.). Here's the link: keepmovingtee.wordpress.
After that first visit, I kept commenting throughout the day that it didn’t hurt to do something in particular. It didn’t hurt to raise my arms over my head. It didn’t hurt to tie my shoes. It didn’t hurt to stand up. It didn’t hurt to brush my teeth! It was just endless. EVERYTHING used to hurt.
I know for sure I experienced the pulling sensation in January. I had two or three days of it, and I don’t remember a worse case of it. It was rough. So I went in to see the chiropractor. He said it was coming from my neck. I always thought it was caused by my hips, but apparently it’s from my neck. He adjusted me that day, and within 24 hours, that sensation was gone. Now I know what to do when that happens again.
Just recently, I found something else that would cause me to get my butt over the chiropractor right away. Every now and then I have a day (or more) when it really hurts to turn my head from side to side. I had this happen last week. Thursday and Friday were really rough. So I went in Friday afternoon and got adjusted. He found the trouble area right away and fixed it. He asked if I had fallen, and I said I hadn’t. We both agreed that it was because of the way I sleep. He suggested a pillow to try out, which I was actually thinking of buying for a long time. I need to make sure I found the right one before I buy it. I’ll take a photo in with me to get his opinion.
Anyway, I love the chiropractor. That off-site blog post goes into more detail of what was wrong with my back. Mild scoliosis in my lower back (which surprised me, I always thought it was my neck), being one. I was just way crooked and out of whack.
This has been a major positive in my life. I am so glad I decided to go. And I will continue to go as needed. I usually can wait for three weeks before having to go in. But if something wonky happens, I go.