Much more pain post spine decompression, why?
June 10, 2012 9:33 AM Subscribe
Spinal decompression therapy - lots of pain/worsening symptoms afterward. Normal? What next?
posted by Salvatorparadise to health & fitness (19 answers total)
Hi folks, this Q is for my wife. She has a lot of back pain, but never has had trauma like a car accident or anything. Hasn't done anything that really seems like it would cause it. She is 6' 1". Anyway, she had a bad flare up a few years ago, couldn't walk, stabbing pain in lower back. Got muscle relaxers, laid for a few days. Got better and stayed better.
Fast forward a few years until a few months ago. Lots of pain started again. Much much worse when sitting. She has to sit at her office job. She is also a child/wedding photographer, so lots of moving around. It kept getting worse, not debilitating like before, but pretty bad, especially stabbing pains down leg when sitting at her office. She started last week at a physical therapy/chiropractor place in the same building as her general practitioner doctor, who recommended this place.
He diagnosed her as having thin disks at L4/L5 and at L5/S1. He began decompression therapy, basically a big machine that gently pulls on your body. Session one created soreness, sometimes quite sore, but the back symptom that brought her there was lessened. Session two showed even more improvement. Some soreness and also a few bouts of the real back pain that brought her to the doc, but much less than in past days/week. Then on Thursday a nurse put her on some apparently slightly different machine that does one long pull, rather than staggered pulls. I don't know what these machines are called.
Thursday night she felt very strange/terrible. Almost a shock like feeling like after she did a marathon a few years ago. Friday, lots of low back pain, stabbing pain, pain down the leg. Saturday she HAD to shoot a wedding. It was one of the more tough things I've ever seen someone do. 12 hours. She did it. Had to be lifted into and out of the limo, yelled out in pain once during the shoot! Yike....
So today, she's in a lot of pain as one would expect. Real trouble walking, terrible pain getting into and out of car. She's basically disabled at this moment on the couch.
WTF! This treatment was supposed to help. And did at first . She is taking alleve and is very worried, as am I. She has to go to her office job tomorrow and really needs some muscle relaxers. We called this physical therapist/chiro's he just called back. Said it is a flare up, that muscles get fatigued from this process. Recommended we head over to urgent care to get some strong pain reliever/muscle relaxer/anti inflamatory and then to come in tomorrow to see him.
Has anyone else experienced problems with this type of therapy? Seems that whatever they did thursday caused a major flare up. We really need some answers!!!! Anyway, anyone's thoughts or experiences would be appreciated. Sounds like the chiro thinks this is just a bad flare up. It does seem like that is what it is...