"It's kind of hard to say when my back first started to hurt me. It might have been after my encounter with roaming band of ninjas, or when I was abducted by aliens. But that doesn't concern me. Ending my months of pain does.
I took many steps to get help. In fact, I probably took too many steps. Just when it seemed I had taken my last step, I slipped on a banana peel and fell head first back to step one. That hurt, possibly more than my back did.
First, there was the orthopedist. He took some x-rays, saw nothing and sent me to physical therapy. It looked like I was reaching the top step, when, after two weeks of physical therapy, it hurt more. Crash! I dragged my body back to the orthopedist who decided that some MRI's might be in order, another step up. So we went and took those. The orthopedist looked at them and saw something; unfortunately, he was the only one who saw it. Take one step back please!
After we gave up on the orthopedist, we decided, we decided on a neurologist. He, who, it turned out, was almost related to me, prescribed some more MRI's. Oh goody. Another fifteen minutes of my life wasted inside a metal coffin with magnets, just what I needed. We took those, and they looked great. In fact he complemented me on my lovely bone marrow, which of course now gives me something to brag about to the kids at school. Now I was lower than the first step. I was sitting on the floor in front of the first step wondering how to climb them.
After a week of thinking, a suggestion led us to a Physiatrist. Don't ask me what he does, but he has a really nice car. He put me on some more physical therapy, which didn't hurt, but it didn't improve things either. After a month of that, he decided that it was no help anymore and that I should stay away from doctors altogether. Yeah, okay.
At that point I couldn't even see the staircase anymore. It had vanished. What was I to do? I know, how about a chiropractor. Sure, why not. It couldn't hurt, right? I wasn't going to end up crippled and as I walked out the door on the day of my last visit the doctors would stand there and mock me saying ‘Look at the hunchback, hah, go ahead hunchback, ring the bell, ring the bell, haha’, right? Right.
After only a few weeks of chiropractic care, I feel wonderful. My back feels great, my grades are improving, and I sleep better too. So it looks like i skipped taking the steps all together, and found the escalator."