Hi all -- I am a 33 year old male who was hit at 60mph in a rear end accident a couple years back. I was fortunate to have no neck pain, but had some numbness/tingling in my ring & pinky fingers at night that would wake me up, yet my MRI said my C7-T1 and T1-T2 were "Normal".
I had some clicking in my thoracic spine that started occurring with deep breaths, so I decided to seek more treatment. I had no neck pain, but thought there might be still something contributing from the neck so I figured why not (I had my neck adjusted probably 8 or 9 times prior with no complications) I went to a chiropractor just twice over two weeks -- first visit went fine, but on the 2nd visit, my body involuntarily flinched and resisted with all its might. It was the fast high-velocity kind with a lot of rotation. I was not distracted for the adjustment. The chiropractor didn't let up, and instead forced through my resistance -- no audible pops, just a ton of muscle tension and my head was held at end range for a couple seconds. I didn't have pain immediately at the time, but in the days and weeks afterwards I started getting shocks on the left side of my neck, along the upper part of my trapezius.
My neck was torqued, and I've never been the same since. It bulged C7-T1, effaced the ventral thecal sac and ventral nerve root -- small 1.6mm, 5.2mm wide bulge, but its there. T1-T2 has now lost height and I have facet arthritis there as well. EMG revealed "moderate chronic radiculopathy" just 3 weeks after the adjustment. While it does say chronic, I have no doubt in my mind it would say normal had my neck not been torqued. The numbness in my ring & pinky fingers at night is very likely caused by my mild thoracic outlet syndrome (or perhaps because my elbows hitting the mattress while I have rest with my hands on my stomach -- it doesn't happen if I have my hands to my sides)
The last 9 months have been hell -- I had already accepted my post-accident life, and it was so so so much better than what I'm dealing with currently. Thus the depression and anxiety.
I've tried PT, Airrosti, Oral Steroids, MORE Chirorpractic, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Osteopathic Manipulation. Two surgeons have recommended the Epidural Steroid and I have not yet gone down that route out of fear. I have read that it's not effective unless you have symptoms down into your arm, which I don't. I just have this chronic upper trapezius spasm that gives me electric shock symptoms when I use it intensely. I can also create the electric shock sensation when I flex my trap (hand behind head) and palpate the spasm near my paraspinals.
I'm not sure at this point if I should go forward with the ESI or just give it more time...
Anyways... I just wanted to vent and say hello. I am sure many of you also have horror chiro stories... the guy I saw had 20 years in the business and nearly 100 5-star reviews across all platforms. One reviewer said "he doesn't force things". Ugh, still dealing with guilt over going and trying to move on; it's just really hard since I miss my old life so much.