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I am panicking about CS. I'm 23 years old, 6ft 3, a bit over weight and have a large head. I work in an office and spend literally all day on a computer. But that seems to be the case with many people my age. My posture has always been pretty poor. But I never anticipated getting problems at my age.
I recently saw a chiropractor as I was constantly having panic attacks over this. I suffer from severe anxiety and depression. He took an X-ray which showed I have mild scoliosis of both my back and neck. My neck is also straight (no curve) and he mentioned subluxations but said he can fix these - anything I need to know here? He seemed to make them sound harmless and treatable.
The X-ray showed no signs of any disc degeneration or arthritis, but then I read many stories as my neck is crunching EVERY time I turn it to the left, if I roll my head there's also a clunk. This has made me extremely worried to the point that I keep having a break down every night - pathetic I know. I also have moments of severe pain in my right shoulder blade which wakes me up during the night. This has happened twice in the last 2-3 weeks, lasting approx 48hrs. I've also had fairly mild/moderate back pain for the last 5 or so years, which has sometimes got worse and spasm'd causing much worse pain. My neck goes through periods of being stiff too, but I wonder if my anxiety could be causing these symptoms. I have clicking in my joints all over my body, but the crunching in my neck really scares me.
The Chiropractor is adimant that this is no arthritis and purely just need to adjust my spine and I should see improvements. And apparently neck crunching is harmless? Is this really true?
In terms of CS, I've read so many mixed stories, whenever I read it online people seem to lose all ability to do things in life like work etc. This scares the hell out of me. But yet I read stats that say only 10% suffer from chronic pain? Which is true? And even those who suffer from chronic pain can manage their pain well, yet I read all of these horrible stories? Can someone who gets diagnosed at a young age such as my self really live a long fulfilling life? I've just met genuinely my dream woman, been with her about 7 months which I know doesn't sound long, but she's everything I could have ever dreamed of. I'm really scared that this will ruin my life and I'll be lonely forever, especially if I can't go out and do things.
It probably sounds pathetic to most, but I've been sucidial for the past year or so following my tinnitus, I really think something like this would push me over the edge so I'm desperate. Sorry If I've offended anyone I really hope I haven't.
Are there any long term sufferers on here who have lived a long life still maintaining work, relationships and having a family?
Thank you for any help that you can provide.
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