Since I wasn’t interested in going the surgery/drugs route to deal with my recent back issues, I decided to consult a chiropractor. It’s the first time I’ve ever been to one, and over the course of two different appointments today, I received a lot of information (half of which I don’t even remember!). The chiropractor basically confirmed my suspicions, and told me that I have three affected nerves in my upper and lower back (but the middle of my back is great!), as well as a bulging disc, and mobility issues with six out of the seven vertebrae in my neck. I also suffered a couple of stress fractures, which have resulted in small pieces of bone chipping off (they’re visible on the x-ray if you look close enough!). The vertebrae in my neck are even starting to bend the wrong way (dammit, POSTURE!).
The prescribed course of treatment for my back problems is a chiropractic adjustment three times a week for the next twelve weeks, which should get my back on track. The best part of all of it is that the chiropractor told me I can continue training, I don’t have to take any time off from Jiu-Jitsu (as long as I don’t overdo it). He actually understood what BJJ was without me having to explain it, and he thought that it was good to keep training.
Apparently one of the irritated nerves in my back controls the thyroid, so the chiropractor said he was surprised I wasn’t tired all the time, and I responded “I thought that was just from training!”. Hopefully when my back is all fixed, my beast mode will be ever more fierce!