right, every medical professional who’s ever said to me “psychosomatic pain” and/or “psychological causes” can SUCK IT. i’ve finally had some x-rays of my neck taken by someone who actually looked at them afterwards and *SURPRISE* i’ve basically had whiplash for the last 15+ years. one’s cervical spine (neck) is meant to have a 30-40 degree curve in it but mine is stick-frickin-straight AND i’ve got osteoarthritis/bone spurs because it’s been like this so long. i am both pissed off and relieved. pissed off that it’s gone undiagnosed for so long that i now have permanent damage, and relieved because it means that there’s an actual reason for the chronic pain i’ve had for years and that i haven’t been just being a wuss all this time.
the pic on the left shows a random neck with a normal curve, the pic on the right is me.
phase two subluxation degeneration – phase two is normally seen in uncorrected subluxations present for 20 to 40 years. it is recognized on X-ray views of the spine by visible bone spurs and rough edges of the vertebrae.
oh look. visible bone spurs and rough edges:
so yeah, it kinda sucks BUT at least now i know what’s wrong with my neck/shoulders/upper back.
the fact that i have a short leg, a curve in my spine, and that my pelvis is both rotated AND tilted is a whole other post.