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3/28/10 1:07 P

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I've had no luck with chiropractors at all. They always seemed to make the pain much more unbearable.

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3/22/10 10:11 A

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I'm so stoked that you were able to try it out and had a successful time of it!!! Congrats and Cheers to some relief!

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3/21/10 8:29 P

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Thanks for all your input. I finally decided to try it. When I saw the x-ray of my back I couldn't believe it. Last summer I had an x-ray when I wasn't having any issues with my back and the curve was perfect, this x-ray showed how "off" it was which I knew was true even before the x-ray but it was nice to see proof. I have felt SO much better back/neck wise since I've gone and I am so lucky that my insurance covers all but $20! I would love to go to a massage therapist but insurance doesn't cover it at all although my FSA account does cover accupunture which I find interesting. I have been feeling better but it isn't a true fix, you do have to keep going but I guess that is the case with everything with RA. I'm also learning some exercise from my chriopractor to do at home so I don't have to rely on her quite so much.

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3/21/10 9:06 A

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I love my chiro for TMJ and lower back issues which result from two many miles. My RA is in the board certified hands of my rheumie, who has has kept me running for the past 12 years. I take as much of a natural approach to my RA as possible, a am a vegetarian and eat only organic clean foods. That helps a lot.

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3/7/10 9:06 A

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I use to go to a chiro and it help me a lot. Since
i was diagnosis with R/A i've been to afraid to go. I'm in so much pain i'm considering trying again. I'm tried of all the meds i'm on. I take 15 meds ea
morning 3 for my R/A plus remicade q 8 wks plus meds
2 other times a day, i don't want anymore pills.

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3/4/10 9:05 P

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I've been to several chiro's - one who cracked my neck and caused all sorts of problems including either a serious migraine that caused me to lose my speech for a day or a T.I.A. (they never did decide), and one who used an adapter, which never did help that much. I found a Physical Therapist who had had training by the arthritis foundation and helped to teach swimming classes. She helped with shoulder/neck exercises and these seemed to work the best.

Whatever works the best for you, but you must be very careful and not let anyone "crack" your bones!


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3/3/10 4:45 P

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man Gwen, you said it.
I AM working just to pay for my medical needs.
darn it!

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3/3/10 4:43 P

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I have suffered from migraine and tesnsion headaches for years, unrelated to my RA. I have found I get instant relief from the chiro, I love when he adjusts my neck. It is usually short lived though. Unless I am on vacation, as soon as I have several stressful days at work I need to return for another adjustment. I wish I could find one of those chiros that doesn't charge!! I swear I have put some of their children through college!! I am grateful that they are around b/c like I said, I get instant relief but I have felt as though I am spinning my wheels at times. Massage helps but it becomes a financial strain. Plus, one doesn't really work without the other for very long. My insurance doesnt cover massage and my copayments for specialists are 40$. I swear sometimes I feel as though I am working to pay for my medical needs. I have had MRIs done and gone to pain management to get injections which did absolutely nothing. Thank God my RA is still in check, FOR TODAY!!!

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3/3/10 1:07 P

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Before RA hit, I went to a chiropractor for shoulder/neck problems. I really felt like she helped.
Since the RA though, I've been afraid to go.

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3/3/10 8:05 A

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I agree with the others, be sure to find the right chiro, you don't want what I call a Whack 'em Crack 'em kinda doc, you want one that is doing a more gentle adjustment.
I have found chiropractics to be VERY helpful for many things. I'm lucky that my chiro is extremely honest, doesn't sell other crap around the office, does very gentle movements is sensitive to my RA, and one of the coolest things is he's never taken money from me, you put your payment under a rock on your way out the door and he allows you to come back for multiple visits under the same payment, so he's not having me come back for weeks at a time and just banking off of me.
I would say, find a few options and go to the office and ask the patients what they think.
Good Luck!

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3/2/10 11:06 P

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Thanks for the advice. I have gotten massage therapy over the years with great success in feeling better overall but it did not help with this at all! I know that some will try to sell you vitamins and supplements but I have researched that subject so much over the years that I know what I want and what I like so I know they couldn't convince me to buy something different.

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3/2/10 6:45 P

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I have not gone to a chiropractor because of the bad experience my father had. He went for weeks & spent a lot of money on products the chiropractor sold him...my dad had a terrible muscle spasm in his neck & it went on for a long time.

He finally let my best friend's mom work on him - she is a licensed massage therapist. His neck got better after two sessions (she refused to charge him since we'd all known each other for more than 10 yrs at that time). I am a BIG believer in massage therapy.

But I understand that a lot of people have had very good success with chiropractic therapy. There must be a website for them & that would be a good place to get information about what to look for in a good chiropractor. Good luck!

Stay calm and carry on.
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3/2/10 4:33 P

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Be very careful about choosing a chiropractor. Make sure s/he understands RA. A good chiropractor can really be helpful, but a bad one can seriously hurt you. And don't EVER let him adjust your neck. RA necks are special, and they don't need to be manipulated. It can be very dangerous.

What I found that has helped me more than a chiropractor is a good massage therapist. Once again, make sure the therapist understands RA. I love massage.

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3/2/10 4:31 P

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Going to the Chiropractor has helped me. Mine uses an activator, vs. the others with manipulate your body. Hope you get relief soon!

God Bless!

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3/2/10 4:27 P

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For the last couple months Iíve had serious pain in my back. With my RA, I donít normally ever have issues with my back, more my hips, shoulders, feet, hands, etc. I think Iíve discovered what started the problem. At work I was moved to a new cubical that did not have a sliding keyboard/mouse table under my desk so Iíve been working with my shoulders higher than normal (as I canít increase the height of my chair anymore). Since I use my mouse more than type my right shoulder blade started causing problems. Now my whole right side of my back from hip to neck hurts and my right shoulder is a bit higher than my left.

Iím getting my desk fixed but in the mean time I mentioned this issue with my RA doctor. I told her I had been doing a special type of stretching 2 times a day (Elaine Petrone method which uses small therapy balls) and that although it temporarily helps itís still really bothering me. Of course, her response was she could prescribe me a muscle relaxer and Iím SICK of taking drugs so I said no.

Iím thinking about going to a Chiropractor. Has anyone went? How did it go? Would you recommend it? Any advice?


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