I was diagnosed with craniocervical instability in 2011, long before hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos was ever a word in my vocabulary. My journey started with chronic joint pain, migraines, and a bizarre tailbone pain that has never been fully explained. Today I want to share my story and how Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic and Physical Therapy have been instrumental in giving me back my life.
Maura was diagnosed with Chiari I in 2007 at age 6 via a traditional horizontal MRI. “I had a decompression shortly after diagnosis and had significant relief for 8 months. After that symptoms returned but slightly differently, so I had a full decompression. Turns out it was craniocervical instability that caused the symptoms to return after the first decompression so the second decompression was ineffective.”
The underdiagnosis and treatment of Craniocervical junction disorders are experienced worldwide, in both private and public healthcare systems today. We will explore this phenomenon through the use of two primary sources; a review of current literature available on the subject and direct patient feedback I collected through interviews conducted in writing with people who have been diagnosed with Chiari and craniocervical instability (CCI), also known as Occipitoatlantialaxial Hypermobility.
"What I didn’t realize is that my life was going to take a drastic change that night. I wish I could go back and change that day but I can’t. That night I awoke with my spine and neck burning hot and they felt inflamed. I was vomiting, my whole body felt feverish and I was chilling."
Degenerative Disc Disease is a big problem for many people with collagen disorders. Be sure you're prepared for your next battle with the right brace for your cervical spine issues. In this post, I discuss inflatable traction collars, the history of my spine woes and a little about how the medical industry contributed to my lifelong chronic spine pain.