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Heard your call, Jeannette!
Shana, it kind of sounds to me like your body might have some subluxations that have been there for a really long time. Over this time, your body, realizing that these problems aren't getting corrected, has "adapted" in the best way it can, and it has turned off a lot of the pain sensations. Pain, after all, is just a symptom, a body "signal" that tells your conscious brain that something is amiss that your body can't fix on it's own. If you ignore it or just mask it, it will either get worse or just shut off.
Now, your response to the adjustments you have had in the past is something I cannot specifically respond to, as I haven't examined you and know nothing about the condition of your spine and nervous system. However, I can tell you that it is not uncommon to feel worse before feeling better. If a significant structural change was made in your body through my adjustment (and yes, Jeannette, inflammation can be caused by an adjustment, especially in the acute stage), I would absolutely expect and warn you that you may be more sore after the first few adjustments, and to use ice as needed until I saw you next.
It is possible, Shana, that with the increasing biomechanical changes and stress on your body due to that bundle of joy you are baking, your sciatica is even more aggravated (therefore the pain returned), and a big change caused by an adjustment turned on your body's signalling process even more. As in, "Hey, Brain, you're finally listening again and doing something about it, so we're gonna really start screaming about what's been going on down here."
Another thing I have noticed with sciatica is that, with the process of correction, sciatica sometimes tends to travel down the leg as it heals. So sometimes I let my patients know that they might expect to have the pain shoot farther down their leg than it did previous to the adjustment, but it is likely just making it's way out!
Now I don't know anything about the chiropractor you recently saw, but some chiropractors are about relieving pain and other symptomatic conditions. Other chiropractors want to have a practice focused on getting your body corrected enough (and keeping it that way) so that your entire body can function at 100% of its potential. That is the type of practice I have.
So, your subluxations have obviously been there for years. You shouldn't expect one adjustment to get rid of it. It would be like trying to say one day (or even one month) of eating healthy and exercising would erase years of Doritos and ice cream on the couch. Or immediately losing the 60 pounds somebody gained during pregnancy. Or one week of brushing your teeth erases 30 years of Coke and candy.
To sum up, I can't speak directly to your case. Sometimes immediate relief happens. Most of the time, it doesn't.
I hope this helps explain things a bit. If I can help further, let me know!
Hugs to you! It sucks to be in pain, especially when you're so pregnant!
Prenatal/Pediatric Chiropractor (Diplomate) , raising the next generation drug-free!
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