The green areas are "good". Normal spines should be green.
Red/orange/yellow areas? Not so much. So apparently my back is totally gnarly. They're looking at the x-rays now and I get to go back in and learn more on Wednesday.
This was all spurned by the fact that:
-Remember my colonoscopy/endoscopy? Well, my results came back perfectly normal. Which meant, despite my symptoms, I did NOT have either a gluten allergy or celiac disease. They told me I have IBS (which I was diagnosed with years ago--it's mainly stress/anxiety related) and sent me on my way.
-When I stopped eating gluten cold turkey and then added it back in, my body FREAKED.OUT. The worst symptom was lower back pain, which people said was my "intestines inflaming". I decided that by cutting out gluten entirely I had done myself a disservice and somehow made myself even more sensitive to it. So after my colonoscopy I added it back into my diet gradually.
-This tactic worked pretty well. Until this weekend, when I was wholloped with back pain on both Saturday and Sunday night. By Sunday I was all over Facebook asking my medical friends (I have one RN, one MD, and a bunch of medical students on my friends list) what it could possibly be.
They have suggested a few things, mainly kidney stones (probably not since the pain is so random), sciatica (which seems possible) or narrowing of nerve...roots...something? I don't even know.
The good news is, the chiropractor I saw said that spinal misalignment can cause all kinds of crazy symptoms--including headaches (which I've been getting lately) anxiety (YES) and even...dun dun dun...digestive problems!
So this whole mysterious gluten allergy is HOPEFULLY going to be cleared up soon by a magical chiropractor. I sure hope it's something he can spot easily and fix easily!
Plus y'know, if my anxiety gets better that's just a super added bonus.