I am a 23 year old male. Several years ago I started having severe lower back pain and sciatica after being involved in several automobile accidents. However, I never really did anything about this, and continued to live with several other strange symptoms such as sweating less in different parts of my skin and changes in sensation of my skin. I also had noticed that I would get tingling in my fingers, and burning and tingling that started in my lower back and crept down to my feet.
Fast forward about 4 years and now I have been going to the Chiropractor to get relief from these issues. I had never been to a Chiropractor before and heard bad stories about them. But, my family managed to finally talk me into starting with him and after a few sessions I noticed a big difference in how I was feeling. I could smell better, had less pressure around my eyes, noticed more sensations around my skin, and could even sweat better too! All of this was a huge surprise to me. I couldn't believe what was happening.
Unfortunately, this was pretty short-lived. After going to him for about 12 sessions (2 weeks) I noticed that I was starting to develop new symptoms. Most of the neck and lower back pain was gone now, but I could now feel things like my shoulders and arms getting weak, and even soon after that my legs too. Even now, when I go to sleep at night sometimes I wake up and my pinky and ring fingers on my left hand have gone numb. Something just isn't right. Anyway, I went to see an Orthopedic Surgeon and he is convinced that there's something else wrong with me that's not nerve impingement. He's ordering a lumbar MRI for me anyway though, to check if there's anything wrong in the lower regions of my back that could be causing some of these symptoms.
I don't have a clue about what to do now. I am so afraid of going back to a different Chiropractor because I think that I may get messed up even worse than I already am. But I think that this arm and leg weakness that I have is really bad and I'm wondering if there's anyone or anything that I can do to try and reverse what's going on. I just think that maybe the Chiropractor got too greedy and made too many adjustments on me, unintentionally causing further damage than what was originally there.
I'm almost positive that there's still something going on around my cervical,
and or lumbar spine that's causing the real problems but I don't know who to see and who will believe me at this point. Would seeing a different Chiropractor help or exacerbate the situation? What about the Orthopedic Surgeon?