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post #1 of 9 Old 03-14-2011, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me about the one you can't believe you walked away from.

I had to go to my chiropracter today. My grey was feeling a little fiesty cause the weather was nice & gave a little buck yesterday. No major, it felt more like a hop & I really thought nothing of it until this morning when my back was sore.
Anyway, my doc looked at me and said "Horse people are great customers, they're always hurt when they come in, they never think its a big deal, & they have the best stories."
So, tell me your crazy, lucky, you should never do this but I did stories.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 12:45 AM
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I don't really have a story like that, but I do have a story that involves me being injured (I later discovered it was from riding) and going to the chiropractor.

Last July, while working as a summer camp like I have sinxe 2007, I got this headache that lasted a few days and then started getting annoying and painful. It started on Sunday and by Thursday, I didn't want to get out of bed because moving made me feel sick. I did eventualy puke. I went to he ER because i couldn't wait 3 hours to have a regular appointment. They go mad and accused me of just having a migraine. They did do a CT scan amd gave me morphine ..which didn't help at all.

I ended up gettig picked up by my mom later that day because I coukdn't drive. I went to the ER again at home. They thought I had cluster headaches. Nope. I said morphone didn't help and I was dizzy and wanted to sleep, so they gave me a shot of dilaudid, which, in injection form is 8x stronger than morphine. That sure worked! They gave me some painkillers and sent me back home. Oh, bythe way, the first ER gave me vicodin. Didn't help at all. I was still puking after the second ER trip and couldn't leave the darkness of my bedroom and soft pillow.

Eventually I went tothe ER again. They tried imitrex to see if I was a migraine also. Turns out I am allergic to that! I am now aware of what it feels like to be shot in the back of the head because it made my headache about 10x worse. I don't really remember it much because I wasn't really in control of my screaming and bawling. They shot me up with dilaudid again. Serious lifesaver. The nurse them suggested a chiropractor.

I go in the next day and he feels my neck and goes, "Have you been in a severe car accident?!" A vertebra in my neck twisted and cause my 2 week long massive headache. He cracked it and after I yelled "Holy helllll!" I was fine.

I went riding abot a week later and stopped really fast from a lope. When I bounced in my saddle, I felt my spine crunch. My brother was supposed to go to the chiro he next day, but decided he didn't want to, so I did. I told him my neck was jacked up from horseback riding. Hr said it's such a terrible sport for your back.

So..... From that whoke shindig, I found out I am allergic to Imitrex, went from weighing 115-120ish to 105lbs because I was too nauseous to eat, annnnnd I hate having any sort of headache anymore. That's my fun chiro story!
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 12:57 PM
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Haha Poseidon, that's a horrible story! Thank goodness for chiropractors. I'm glad you're okay!
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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That what I'm talking about. My chiro always teasing me about riding. When I come in, he'll be like "how much air time did you clock this time. I just wondered if anyone else's Doc thinks their crazy.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 09:04 PM
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Yup, my chiro thinks I'm just insane. I got thrown off an unruly 3 year old, and landed on the back of my shoulders/neckish area (my head was tucked so I didn't hit my neck or head at a weird angle), and my trainer insisted I go see a chiro. The first one sucked, so I tried my friends chiro, and found out that the "swayback" that a previous doctor had told me I had, was in fact really really minor, and that I had much bigger problems. From years of being fallen on, stepped on, thrown off of horses, flipped on by horses, and just plain in general riding the unruly horses no one else will put up with, I have a permanently twisted pelvis, you can see maybe 3/4 of the circle that you are supposed to see when you get back and hip x-rays, which makes one leg shorter than the other. That explained why my irons were always uneven yet felt perfectly normal. My lower back was being pulled to the left and my upper back was being pulled to the right, and apparently as some point got pretty severe whiplash, though I have no idea when exactly that occurred, but my neck vertebrae are completely straight now, no curve what so ever. I had been having headaches on and off pretty regularly, and as soon as I started getting adjusted, I was like wow, so this is what it feels like to not have a headache yay. So he said I really need to watch my neck, and if it ever starts swelling, or I start getting unusual neck pain, that I need to go see a doctor ASAP, because it means that my vertebrae are starting to rub against each other, which can cause a world of problems I don't need. He could always tell when I had ridden a particularly ornery horse by the amount of adjusting I needed.
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LOL, my chiro thinks I'm nuts too. Every time I go to him his first question is "Is this a regular wear and tear visit or did something dramatic happen?"

I think the biggest one that I'm surprised I walked away from happened when I was about 16. I was training this huge chestnut mare and had been getting along okay with her. Being young and stupid like I was, I decided she was ready to go to the pasture instead of waiting for her to tell me she was ready. I got her out there and got about half of a circle out of her at a trot before things went pear shaped. Holy Cow, that mare could buck something fierce. Anyway, when I went off, I landed on the side of my head and the top of my shoulder. I don't know if I lost consciousness, but I don't think so. I do remember that I laid out in the pasture for about 2 hours thinking that I had broken my neck because I couldn't move.

Luckily, it turned out to just be a stinger and the feeling started coming back with pins and needles. I managed to crawl back to the house and I spent the next month going to the chiro nearly every day just to get me moderately pain free. At this point, I am so accustomed to living in pain that I can ignore most of it.

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post #7 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 10:18 PM
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Wow, smrobs, thats really scary!

I haven't had any intense falls. I think I sprang my wrist from falling off when I was about 10

I hadn't fallen off in a LONG time until I got my horse, and now I've come off twice. Both times have been pretty close calls when it comes to feet getting stuck, but I'm lucky and the foot has so far managed to slip out after a little wiggle. Both times I fell it was so fast I don't even remember how I landed... Until a mysterious buise appeared :)

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post #8 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 11:46 PM
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Hopefulllyyyyy I am going to my chiro when I go home tomorrow. I have to see if he has any openings. After tearing my MCL in 2008 (completely unhorse related) and it being undiagnosed by a crappy ER doctor and therefore never getting it surgically fixed, I relearned to walk so that I don't carry my weight on my knee, but with my hip. This jacks up my hip all the time. I would prefer to ride with a not-jacked up hip now that it's warm.

I also have to send my right quadricep back to physical therapy bootcamp. That'll help wonders.

But yayyyyy chiros!
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-16-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah -chiros.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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