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Dmgentry79

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Curious how you felt after your first visit. I just went for my first time yesterday afternoon and immediately went into a really bad flare. On a normal day, I experience joint pain in my left hip, knee and ankle with slight swelling in my thigh and ankle, along with joint pain in the fingers of my right knee and my neck. On a bad/flare period I have those issues plus joint pain in my right wrist, the fingers on my right hand and occasionally my right right ankle. I've always suffered from migraines but after the AI diagnosis they got much more severe and nearly daily. I had one prior to visiting the Chiropractor yesterday. Upon leaving the migraine got much worse and my GI symptoms came on full force (stomach pain and cramps, nausea), fever, and my joint pain steadily creeped widespread... Into joints never affected during a flare before (shoulders, right hip, left wrist, even my jaw making it painful to try to eat). The fatigue has been terrible like normal but I've slept a total of 2 hours since 6am Friday morning because of the pain. Wondering if this is typical of the early stages of chiropractic care as it releases the toxins in the body? Don't want to give up after the first shot as I know it can greatly help the joint and GI issues I suffer from. Also wonder if it could be purely coincidence that I suffered a terrible flare period at the same time. TIA and hope everyone is having a healthy and happy weekend!
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I've gone to a chiropractor on and off since I was about 6 yrs old. There were many years where I didn't see one at all. I have been to him once or twice a year depending on how bad I'm feeling and knowing that I need a back adjustment. Actually, he has helped lesson the frequency of my migraines and I've never had pain or inflammation issues and never had a flare after a treatment.

You might want to try acupuncture instead. The biggest problem with that is insurance doesn't usually pay for it. I found it very relaxing, but it didn't help with the problem that I went there for, this was before my lupus dx. If I had the money, I would try it again after talking to my rheumy.

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Acupuncture turned my leg black from the knee down. Four needles...really black.

Baker, my tissue doesn't like trauma of any kind...if anyone has an issue with bruising....keep an eye on the puncture areas.
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Sorry to hear that Bun.
I was just giving an alternative to the chiropractic care that causes Dmgentry79 to flare. I would only try it again after talking to my rheumy about it, especially since I am now on Warfarin.

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I know Baker....in reading my post again.... I sound a little bit snooty.

Sorry bout that....what I was really feeling was fear. I'm a big chicken nugget when it comes to acupuncture.

My brother, colitis Bob, gets acupuncture all the time and swears by it to relieve pain.

My bad reaction to the needles is more a reflection of my weird whacked out body.
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Not a problem Bun, I can understand your fear. It didn't work for me on a previous problem, but I would be willing to try it again.
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i had really bad migranes on all kinnddzzaa pain meds & the chiropractic adjustments worked in 3 weeks( 3xperwk) i didn't even need a baby asprin it was such a relief and they haven't been back they did the acupuncture along with the chiropractic i didn't have any side effects from it and i bruise if my dog paws me, you can see by my pic she is pretty little but at that time i wasnt on all these crazy lupas meds.
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Thank you all for your replies. Still not sure if the timing was just coincidental on this or if the adjustment itself brought on a worse flare. I have another adjustment scheduled for tomorrow evening, and I will admit, I'm pretty scared to go. I've barely been out of bed since the first one. Fever has remained consistent between 99.4-99.9 and while some of my joints have subsided with achiness and stiffness, the ones that haven't are worsening... And the migraine will not let go. I was on the verge of an ER visit last night but being a single mom, I didn't want to leave my kids so I pushed through. Doctors appointments the majority of the day this Wednesday so I keep telling myself maybe I'll get some relief or answers then. Hope everyone has a happy and healthy start to their week!
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Good luck with your chiropractic appointment tomorrow. I hope it was just a coincidence. But if you find that it is not helping or that it is making you flare, you can stop at any time.
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Dmgentry79 just wondering how your treatmeant is going you weren't doing so good last i heard, hope your better
Dmgentry79

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Thank you for asking! I haven't had another major flare that coincided with the chiropractor appointments so I think the previous one was purely coincidence. The chiropractic appointments do cause a lot of soreness but over the past week my leg pain and the joint pain in my hips and knee have gotten considerably better! I have coupled the chiropractic appointments with quite a bit of vitamin and supplement therapy so it is difficult to tell which is the most helpful but I am hopeful its a combination of everything!
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well that is great i'm glad to hear what your doing is working!!
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I'm dermagraphic: my body reacts to even the slightest irritation with lots of histamine, and I get very itchy. When that happens, you can write your name on my skin with your thumbnail, and it'll rise up in welts. I take antihistamines twice a day and keep it under control. So when I tried acupuncture for some lupus stuff, all the needle sites swelled up, and a couple started bleeding. They removed the needles early, and that was the end of that.

I don't know about chiropractors, but I've found deep-tissue massage helps a lot. Studies show it helps our immune systems, and it's good for my lousy circulation. 
Dmgentry79

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I've wondered about massage therapy. I think my circulation is pretty awful, as well. Cold hands, cold feet... Reynauds (which I haven't researched much so not sure if they has to do with circulation or not), pins and needles in my feet and hands and both of them falling asleep pretty easily, etc. Not to mention I just have widespread muscle pain along with the joint pain. I just feel like I'm in a doctor's office or some form of it ALL the time as it is!
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has your rheumatologist given you any ideas about what's causing the muscle pain that's coming along with your joint pain I'm experiencing that too and my rheumatologist is just passing it off as fibromyalgia I'm not really sure what to think
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