So, I was becoming quite frustrated to improve these symptoms, provide a centralization phenomenon, and just in general do more than ‘dampen’ the symptoms. Instead of going further writing in third person, I will change to first person narrative: because this case is about me.
As described in part 1, the symptoms go so bad one day about mid-day at work that I could not even walk to talk with other coworkers and more importantly, just could not perform my job. I was so focused on this constant complaint that I was not listening to my patients, I would just sit down beside them and really went out my way to do less than I needed to. This had to stop for many reasons (pain mostly!) but I like to give it all to my patients and I was taking my own personal issues ahead of them. Plus, I was about to go on a continuing education trip (needing to fly, walk in airport, stand at course, etc.) the next day and then travel to Chicago for a personal trip the following weekend. This had to be fixed. I was about to give up and go get a prednisone series! (no!) and go the medical route. Instead, the pictures below show what I did.
So I performed this exercise for about 3-4 minutes straight and blam!, got up and symptoms were abolished. Not a dampen, not a “I think this is better”, but my brain actually giving me positive signals. I had a full explosion of relief and overall just felt unthreatened. If you have ever had “nerve pain”, then you know what I mean. This is no joke and now I understand how my patients feel when their referred symptoms are improved, or abolished in the matter of minutes.
So, the next question is, “what was wrong!?”. To be honest, I try not to care too much about this as it leads into psychosocial aspects (such as, wow, was this a discogenic issue? will I have it the rest of my life?). This aspect of pain is real and very difficult to get ‘off’ your mind. Sometimes ignorance is bliss as I wish I would not have thought about it as much.
I may have had an extreme lateral and possible anterior derangement on the left side that responded best to full flexion in sagittal plane, and then transverse plane by rocking. Or, symptoms could have arisen from the thoracolumbar junction, and then exercise helped ‘flatten’ this area to decrease the amount of extension. I may never know fully but would like your feedback. What do you think?