February 6th, 2004

socks and cat

Is there a connection here?

Just got back from seeing a new chiropractor due to some extremely nasty pain paralyzing my neck. After taking an x-ray the doctor showed me where, on one of my neck vertebrae, I have grown a bone spur due to unusual wear and tear. The spur can press into the nerves and cause these painful immobilizing flare ups on occasion. Icky. He also explained something about not enough flow to and from my brain stem which I didn't completely understand. I couldn't help but wonder if it has anything to do with my inability to concentrate on anything for more than 2 seconds.

After the adjustment he sent me home with instructions on how to heat and ice my neck (instead of going out tonight I'll be sitting home with ice packs on my neck). I also noticed that immediately following the adjustment one of the issues that was stressing me out so badly no longer had the same effect. It's not as painful or scary any more when I think about it. It's just kind of there. After the adjustment I don't have any strong emotional connection to it and therefore WAY less stress. I wonder, have there been any studies about the connection between spinal nerve compression and stress/depression?

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