STUDIES: Menstrual Disorders
note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses
to care are intended for educational purposes
only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit.
Individual results may vary, depending upon several
factors including age of the patient, severity
of the condition, severity of the spinal injury,
and duration of time the condition has been present.
18, Amenorrhea, Constipation, Depression
18-year-old female was involved in an auto accident
at the age of 16 in which her car ran off of the
road at 60mph and hit an embankment. She was not
wearing a seat belt and the air bags deployed.
She was taken to the hospital with the possible
diagnosis of a head/neck injury and she was later
released. Immediately thereafter, she began suffering
from a variety of health problems include amenorrhea,
stomach and bowel malfunction, and depression.
She also reported feeling neck stiffness. None
of these health problems were present prior to
the accident and no other traumas were reported.
During the two years following the accident, she
underwent treatment with medications and hormone
therapy but her health problems persisted.
her initial evaluation, she reported that she
had not had a period in 2 years, that she had
been taking numerous medications for depression,
and that she required medications and herbal supplements
to move her bowels. During her initial evaluation,
an upper cervical injury was discovered, which
was most likely caused by her auto accident.
began treatment and all of her symptoms gradually
began to improve over a 4 month period. By six
months, her menstrual cycle, her bowels, and her
mood were normalized and she was able to discontinue
all medications. She was also able to attend college
as a normal, healthy college student.
46, Pelvic Pain, Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis
46-year-old female was suffering with irregular
periods, menstrual cramps, endometriosis, ovarian
cysts, and uterine fibroids. The combination of
all of these disorders was causing her tremendous
pelvic pain, to the point that she was doubled
over with pain much of the time. Her physicians
prescribed the birth control pill to try to regulate
her hormones and her cysts decreased somewhat
in size. Their next recommendation was surgery.
Because she wanted to avoid surgery, she decided
to undergo an upper cervical chiropractic examination.
her initial evaluation, an upper cervical injury
the first month of care, her pain decreased tremendously
to the point that she was no longer doubled over
and hardly felt pain at all. Two months later,
all pain and cramping was absent. At the end of
the third month of care, her physician performed
a sonogram and remarked that the uterine fibroids
were completely gone.
22, Ovarian Cyst, Pelvic Pain, Migraine Headaches
22-year-old female suffered with migraine headaches
since childhood, which worsened once she began
menstruating. The migraines came most often at
her period every month. She tried taking the birth
control pill, which worsened the headaches and
her moods, so she discontinued it. More recently,
during the previous year, her doctors discovered
an ovarian cyst, which was causing her tremendous
pelvic pain, especially at each period.
her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation,
an upper neck injury was discovered. She recalled
two different traumas, which could have caused
the neck injury, both which preceded the migraine
onset: a fall in which she landed on her face
and an auto accident.
initiating care, she began to noticing a lessening
of her migraine headaches and her pelvic pain,
especially around her period, which was usually
the worst time. By the second month, she went
through a menstrual cycle without migraines or
pelvic pain. Six months later, all pain and migraines
were completely absent.
Age 23, Endometriosis, Migraine Headaches
I began seeing Dr. Elster, I was suffering from
2 chronic problems: migraine headaches and endometriosis.
I began having migraines when I was 7 years old.
I tried prescription drugs, biofeedback, and massages.
While all of these helped, nothing seemed to prevent
the headaches from starting. I began to accept
the fact that I would have a migraine about 2
or 3 times a month for the rest of my life. I
also suffered from irregular, heavy, and painful
periods since I was about 13 years old. Eventually
I began taking birth control pills to ease some
of the discomfort. That seemed to work until about
2 years ago when I began suffering from ovarian
cysts, severe cramping, and endometriosis. On
advice from my father, I began seeing Dr. Elster
about 9 months ago. Her adjustments have helped
decrease the frequency of my migraines and the
pain of my endometriosis. Today, I rarely get
even a headache, let alone a migraine. My periods
are more regular and the pain from the endometriosis
has been reduced by about 90%! Thanks Dr. Elster!!"
Kathryn, age 23, June '98
40, PMS, Infertility
40-year-old female complained of irregular menstrual
cycles and infertility for 20 years. Her period
occurred after a different number of days each
month and caused her to feel depressed and fatigued.
In addition, she had been unable to get pregnant.
She tried treatments by many fertility doctors
to no avail, and was finally told that she would
never have children.
her initial evaluation, an upper cervical injury
six months of care, her periods normalized and
no longer caused her depression or fatigue. Three
months later, she surprised herself by becoming
pregnant and became a new mom at age 42!
29, PMS, Dysmenorrhea
29-year-old female suffered from severe periods
since her cycle began. Each month, she was afflicted
with fatigue and mood swings the week before her
period. Then, she was bedridden for several days
during her period due to pain, cramps, nausea,
and vomiting. She would lie in bed or on the couch
for several days with a heat-pad across her abdomen
to alleviate the cramping.
During her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury
was discovered. She recalled two auto accidents
as a young teenager that could have caused her
five months of upper cervical care, she described
her periods as being "miraculous". They no longer
caused her mood swings, pain, nausea, or vomiting.