A Chiropractor with a bad back and back pain sounds a bit ironic, but the truth is that many of us started out with back problems before we learned how to fix them!
Personally, I started having issues in my twenties after years of sitting for upwards of 12 hours a day writing computer programs for a living. As I often tell my patients, all that sitting does you no good, and eventually after 2 years of seeing various “experts”, I ended up having disc surgery.
Twenty-two years and a change of career later, it’s perhaps not surprising that (along with thousands of my patients), I’ve learned how to manage my back well. However, I’ve had my ups and downs.
More recently, and after a rather difficult 18 months for everyone, I had a flare up of back and nerve pain. This went on for months, and despite regular exercise and a seemingly healthy diet of home cooked meals, wholegrain carbs, salad, and moderate alcohol intake, it just wouldn’t shift. It seemed that all the stress, poor sleep, and long hours had taken it’s toll. I decided to have an MRI scan at Heath Lodge.
For anyone not familiar with MRI scans, the circled area above shows quite a lot of degeneration and inflammation. Although the changes were a little surprising, it didn’t concern me too much. What I was really interested in was the inflammation – no wonder I was struggling!
I also had some bloods tested with Thriva. They showed a CRP of 2.64, high total cholesterol at 6.7 (but good ratios), and very high GGT (fatty liver) despite not drinking much. All of this pointed to INFLAMMATION and explained all the unrelenting stiffness and pain I’d been having. Luckily, after studying the nutritional and lifestyle changes that could help, I knew that, along with the typical hands-on treatment and exercise, it was time to make some serious changes! In part 2, I’ll let you know what I did.
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness (Stafford and Newport)