My visit to the Chiropractor Friday afternoon was truly a much-needed experience. I’ve been to chiropractors before, but I must say, Dr Rana truly is amazing.
She sat down with me and went over the reason for my visit; which I summed up as “I want to get rid of my migraines and neck/shoulder pain.”
She sat down on her ergonomic exercise ball chair and began to write as she asked questions.
Q. Where are your headaches?
A. I have different ones. Some start at the base of the skull, others are around my jaw, some spread over my head, my eyes hurt sometimes, my shoulder and neck ones are helped by nothing at all…
Q. Women often experience numerous kinds of headaches, so don’t worry, you are normal there. What do you do for them?
A. Imitrex, Xanex, heating pad, OTC medicine. Basically anything I can get my hands on to make the pain go away. I’ve tried massage, but it just hasn’t done anything for me.
Q. Do you find anything that triggers them?
A. Not really. I do wake up with a migraine at least 4 days a week. I notice that I clench my jaw and my hands will ball into fists while I sleep.
She stopped and looked at me.
Q. You’ve been to neurologists?
Q. They’ve never injected steroids into your neck? Or mentioned TMJ?
A. No. None of them ever mentioned injections, and I’ve suspected TMJ because my aunt has it, but no doctor has ever leaned that direction.
Q. Have you ever had an MRI?
A. Yes. On my shoulder.
Q. Never on your neck or brain?
At this point she had me place my feet flat on the floor and sit back in my chair. She rather quickly pointed out that when my feet are on the floor, I should not have any lean to my back. My knees should be slightly above my hips when in a sitting position. She asked about my desk at work and then proceeded to tell me that my computer screen should be at a level where my head does not tilt. She suggested getting a chair like hers (I am searching for one today.)
She had me stand up and looked at my posture, then she told me something that I had never heard before: when you stand there should be a triangle formed from your navel to your feet. Your feet should always be shoulder with apart. The same goes for your navel up to your neck. Your shoulders should always be straight and back so that a triangle forms there as well.
She believes that most of my headaches/migraines begin from my jaw, or TMJ. She was rather disheartened that no doctor that I had been to had tried anything other than just shove medication down my throat. For this I was extremely grateful. I smiled at the thought that I have finally found a Doctor that will listen to me and try to find the source of the problem, not just push pills on me.
She then asked about dehydration. Which I admitted that I do not drink enough water. She used the analogy of thinking of your brain as a grape. When it is properly hydrated it will be like a pretty, plump grape and everything functions properly. When your body does not get enough water the grape turns into a raisin. Unbeknownst to some people, the last sign of dehydration is a dry mouth. When your body is not properly hydrated it will begin to show signs, trying to get your attention, so that you feed it water. Typically a headache is one of the first signs.
Apparently, I am severely dehydrated. She prescribed 36oz of Gatorade a day for 4 days, then I am to drink at least 32oz of Smartwater for 4 weeks. – I have to say, y’all, that’s going to be tough for me. I do not like bottled water, BUT I must give it a try if I am to get my pain under control.
So, after a thorough adjustment, she scheduled me for another appointment this week (and every week for 5 weeks), told me to get me an appointment with a TMJ specialists, and on top of the Gatorade/water, I am to eat 2 bananas a day and 3 cucumbers a week.
She took X-Rays of my neck and head, and after 3 weeks, she is going to have an MRI done on my neck and brain just to make sure that there is nothing wrong there.
I haven’t had any luck with a TMJ specialists yet, but I have been paying attention to how much I clench my jaws – which is very often. Now that I am consciously aware of what I am doing, I can make changes. I am currently looking for a decently priced exercise ball chair for my desk at work, and consciously making sure that I have my triangle formed correctly.
My first step in the journey to no more (or at least way less) pain has begun. I never would have dreamed that I would be so excited over a Chiropractor and her findings. Dr Rana knows her stuff and I trust her opinions and judgement. I go back in two days for my next adjustment. I already feel worlds better. In realigning my spine, it feels as if my chakra is realigning as well. Once everything is aligned and back in balance, then life will be oh so much better.
Just remember, there are different kinds of migraines and each one has different signs and symptoms. I’ve had them all, but if I can narrow down the ones that I have so that I don’t get as many (or any) from that type, that is just awesomesauce for me. If I can find the cause, I can treat it properly, and even prevent it! First up on the migraine chopping block is the TMJ migraines. I can’t wait to say bu-bye to them!
***What works for me, may not work for you, but you won’t know until you try. Best of luck in your journey. I’ll keep you updated on each step of mine. Feel free to comment and let me know how yours goes!
Until next time,