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February 7th, 2003

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12:18 pm - Pain in my...
I fell yesterday when taking my dog for this afternoon walk. On my back on some concrete stairs. It was an odd experience. I haven't really hurt myself in quite a while -- and in general, it doesn't do much for me. In this case, I fell and dropped the leash. I knew exactly what was happening, and the pain wasn't too great, so I tried to vocal control Corvis (so he didn't run off or into the street). "How odd" I tried to say "I can't actually speak, and when I do, it isn't words". Corvis, saint that he is, just stood there -- ignoring the car, the street, the dead squirrel in the neighbor's yard, and not smothering me with attention.

After a couple of minutes, I was able to breath normally again, and did an assessment. Beyond some movement limitations on my spine (serious muscle spasms), the only affected places where the pinkies of my hands. They were numb, mostly. One was bleeding a bit, the other had the nail pretty roughed up. At this point, I've regained most of my flexibility, and my left (bleeding) pinkie is fine. The right one is still a bit numb, the part under the nail has darkened, and it is still sensitive. But only enough to make typing a bit more annoying.

I made the mistake of telling my mom, which means she's redoubled her efforts to getting me to see a chiropractor. Anyone have tips on how to go about doing that?

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Date:February 7th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC)
I usually look doctors up off my health plan's website, but they probably don't list chiropractors on that. Barring that, I go for convenient. The yellow pages are your friend.
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Date:February 7th, 2003 11:15 pm (UTC)


Glad you're ok.
Date:February 9th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
Be careful with chiropractors. While I hear they give GREAT massages, some of their other techniques are dubious. A couple people have recently told me that chiropractor-recommended treatments were later found to have advanced their disease by years and caused them extra surgeries. My understanding is that some guy centuries ago just decided that aligning the spine should cure all ills, and nothing has been done to study this belief, ever.
So they should be used with caution for serious conditions, anyway...

I'm not always such a skeptic - I'm a big fan of acupuncture.

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