….with a cracked back! =)
At the Rock n Roll expo I stopped by one of those Check Your Spine booths. I have seen these before at other expos but never took the time to stop. Since we were sans kids and trying to soak in the expo in its entirety I stopped and stepped up on the strange contraption. The nice lady did her assessment and told me I was carrying about 9 pounds more on the left side. She asked me if I was interested in seeing the chiropractor and I agreed. For $20 he would do an assessment and x-rays if needed. This was a steal! I have been wanting to go to a chiropractor ever since my hip started hurting but my insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care. Dumb.
Monday I went in for my assessment. The Dr. was nice and also a runner. He talked to me about my hip pain. He was impressed that I was able to run through the pain, even at points where I scored it at a 9. Yep, remember the Million Inch Run? Honestly I would have rated that pain at like a 12 out of 10 but I didn’t want to scare him. He took x-rays and I left with an appointment for this morning. Long story short I went in this AM prepared to hear about my scoliosis and how I was going to begin shrinking in height any day now and how I was destined to be in pain or sleep in a stupid plastic back brace, sexy I know.
The news was good! The Dr. went over my x-rays and explained that I in fact do not have scoliosis! Hooray!! Ever since I was in HS I thought I had it! Even when I was in the Air Force they had to examine me to make sure it wasn’t too bad and I was indeed “Fit For Duty”. He explained that my back is crooked but it does not have the curve then return to mid line characteristics of scoliosis. Instead it just kind of veers off and never returns, I am crooked. Here is a bit of a diagram for you….(yes, I am an artist. Amazing, huh?)
So the good news is that I can fix this curvature in my spine, the curvature that is causing me such pain and agony! The curvature that is preventing me from reaching my potential!!! The BAD news is that it will be intense and pricey. The Dr. suggested 2-3 times per week for 10 weeks. Ouch, in more ways than one. I really want to take this on but it will cost me lots of $$$$. Thank goodness for my new job. I will think about it for now and decide if I will in fact commit to the fix option. The other option is to patch it by simply going in to have my back cracked, or popped every once and a while.
So I left the chiropractor adjusted and feeling really good. It was strange how I could feel my body in a new position, the muscles were wanting to go back to their comfortable place. I got home and put on my running clothes. I was ready to give my cracked back a spin. Today’s run was awful. I was tired, felt weird, wiped out and out of energy. But despite feeling like I was dragging the entire 6 miles I ran at a respectable 8:38 pace. Weird.
So there you have it. I am now sitting here with an ice pack on my back. About an hour ago I got a call from the chiropractor asking me how I was feeling. I told him I was kind of sore and he said that was normal and I should ice it. Here it sit, ice and a computer.
Any of you ever go to a chiropractor? What was/is your experience with it? What would you do?
Today I am grateful:
That I may not have scoliosis (maybe I need a second opinion?).
Tomorrow is July!
My mom and dad got set up with a Skype account so me and LB can check in with them and see them often!!
that Jessica gave me the title for this blog post.