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CASE STUDIES: Menstrual Disorders

Please 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.

Female, 18, Amenorrhea, Constipation, Depression

This 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.

At 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.

She 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.

Female, 46, Pelvic Pain, Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis

This 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.

During her initial evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered.

During 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.

Female, 22, Ovarian Cyst, Pelvic Pain, Migraine Headaches

This 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.

During 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.

After 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.

Female, Age 23, Endometriosis, Migraine Headaches


"When 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

Female, 40, PMS, Infertility

This 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.

During her initial evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered.

After 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!

Female, 29, PMS, Dysmenorrhea

This 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 neck injury.

After five months of upper cervical care, she described her periods as being "miraculous". They no longer caused her mood swings, pain, nausea, or vomiting.



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