21 Year Old Male With Mild Goldenhar Syndrome (GS)
The name is Darick and I was diagnosed with Goldenhar Syndrome when I was born. Thankfully, it was only a mild case. Its a very rare condition, and they do not what causes it. My father was not in the Gulf War, however he did work at Chrysler for 40 years. I could have been severely deformed at birth. Twisted spine, fusion of the neck bones, cleft palette, under developed EVERYTHING, including organs, skin tags, and probably more.
I was born with 3 "skin tags" - a little one on my left ear, one on the edge of the iris in my right eye which was removed shortly after birth, and a larger tag on my right ear. The doctor tied off the skin tags because they stuck out pretty far, according to my mom. Notice that I keep saying "right" eye, and "right" ear.
Goldenhar usually only affects one side of the body. As I get older (here I go, sounding like an old man!) I am starting to deal with chronic neck, back, joint, and leg pain. I cannot sit or stand for more than 30 minutes without serious pain. Last year, on Independence Day, I woke up to feeling like the back side of rib cage and every rib were...crippling. I walked with a hunch all day and had to sit IN the car while watching fireworks. It was horrible. Tylenol/Ibuprofen mixed was a joke. I somehow kept myself from crying. I have also noticed over the past few years, my right leg & especially my hip are in chronic discomfort, with some days being better than others. My bones and joints (all of them) pop constantly. I also have "energy releases" through my toes, where my toes constantly, every day, every 2 minutes need popped.
Shortly thereafter, I told my sister (who is a licensed massage therapist) about what happened, and she offered to take me to her chiropractor. I have to say I was nervous. The thought of someone contorting my joints and body is just a little scary. I explained to the chiropractor what happened and he examined me. He said that I was really tight in my right leg and hip. He popped the joints which immediately came relief. He worked his way up to my neck, and explained that my neck was also tight. He concluded afterwards that my syatic (