Sunday, September 25, 2011

Being bad on purpose

I was bad last night. We went over to a friend's house to watch a movie, and we didn't get home until 11:30 or so. I hadn't eaten dinner, so I was just going to grab a bowl of dry cereal.

Usually, if it's after 8pm, I don't eat because I've found that if I do, I wake up with a very angry stomach. Last night, however, I was just really hungry and a bowl of cereal didn't sound good. What did sound good was a bowl of oatmeal and a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Poptart. For me, this meal equals bad news. Oatmeal always make me feel like I need to use the restroom right away, and the Poptarts just destroy my stomach, so this meal choice was a horrible one, especially at almost midnight. The oatmeal made it even worse because it has nuts and seeds in body won't even touch those, but it does make it angry. But I wanted to do something that I was sure would cause me problems and see what happened.

I was fully expecting to wake up the next morning and have to book it to the bathroom.

I had to wake up early this morning because the DirecTV guy was supposed to be here from 8-noon, so I got up before 8 and started tidying up the house. It was a complete wreck, so I was busy until about 9. That's when I stopped all of a sudden and just started laughing. I didn't even have to go. First of all, I'm never given the choice of whether I have to go or not- when I've gotta go, I have to go. But this morning, I didn't even feel the need to at all. That never happens. Ever.

I wake up every morning, and go to the bathroom right away. Literally, every single morning without fail. Even though this has been a fabulous weekend so far thanks to my symptoms holding off, I'm still reluctant to say this is because of the coccyx adjustment. I won't determine that until I've gone more than a month without symptoms, but things are looking up.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A coccyx update

Not much different today, but I thought I'd update. I woke up this morning with a really sore back end. It feels exactly like if I had fallen on my ass and hit my tailbone; it just feels bruised. Now that it's further into the day, I can hardly feel it though.

As far as symptoms go, I'm not too sure what's different. Over the past 3 days, my main problem has been gas. It was causing me a ton of pain and just an overall really uncomfortable feeling. Other than that, my other issues were holding off, so I don't know if I'm better because of the adjustment or that I'm still just feeling well as I have been for the past few days.

I haven't been as bloated today, didn't have any urgency, and didn't even need to use the restroom this morning...that's definitely new for me because I go each and EVERY morning. If it's like this for the rest of the week, well....let's just say I will probably cry from being so happy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

I feel like a dweeb

You guys have been commenting on my blog since I started it, but idiot me forgot to set up email notifications when someone comments!

I've changed that, so comment away! I'll actually be replying to them now. Sorry about that! :)

About my coccyx...

Intriguing title, huh? Well, I thought so anyway.

Today I was blessed with a major migraine. You know the kind- lights hurt, sound hurts, lovely sloshy feeling in your head, want to take an ice pick and a hammer to your head migraine. This month I'm on my 3rd (!) pharmacy rotation at a small independent pharmacy, and the people there are just wonderful. The pharmacist I was working with today noticed how much pain I was in and told me I could go home.

Instead of going home, I decided to move my chiropractor appointment up to today instead of waiting until Wednesday. I hadn't been in about a month and figured that was part of the reason for my migraine today.

Now, I know what you're thinking- "This girl goes to the chiropractor? What a looney bin!" and I'm right there with you. Up until a few months ago, I thought chiropractors were sleazy old men trying to make a buck off of unsuspecting looney bins. Until I tried it out. I had been having migraines for a few months and nothing else was working. I also couldn't find a doctor who cared enough to really try to get to the bottom of it.

One day, I read something on Twitter or someone on Twitter told me I really needed to see a chiropractor, so I decided I'd try it. What could it hurt? Well, I was pretty sure it could hurt a lot. I even thought I'd end up either addicted to it like I'd heard or paralyzed. Seriously.

Long story short, I went, I got adjusted, I didn't get paralyzed, and my migraines AND headaches went away. I also lost that annoying as hell stiffness that was everpresent in my upper back and shoulders.

It was until today that I mentioned to my chiropractor what a shitty month I've been having- I've been having diarrhea multiple times a day again, major MAJOR, painful bloating, stomach cramps, nausea, urgency, pain, etc etc etc. He said, "Have we talked about this before?!" I told him that I mentioned it when I first came in, but that my main concern then was my migraines. He told me about some other cases of IBS that he had seen and how all of the people (all girls) had seen major relief once he adjusted their coccyx.

He asked if I'd ever fallen down and hit my tailbone, and I told him I had played basketball since 1st grade and had a bully in grade school always pulling my chair out from underneath, uh, yeah I'd fallen on my tailbone a time or five hundred. He felt for my tailbone and found that it had been pushed up at almost a 90ยบ angle to my spine. He explained to me all of the nerve plexus that attach to the coccyx and how if it isn't positioned correctly, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems get all out of whack and can cause some major problems with your GI system.

While all of this sounds absolutely lovely, and I really hope it helps, I'm not exactly won over with his argument. I've had these problems since I was 7 years old, and I don't expect anything to be this easy. With that said, I'm seriously hoping he's right and that I'll have some major relief after a few more adjustments. For now, I'm just happy he's fixed my migraine situation.

I'll keep you all updated on the coccyx situation.