Thursday, June 30, 2011

Do you Voodoo?


Well, it's been quite some time since my last blog entry.  But as I like to say, "Better late than never!"

The Bioness trial was a bust.  (See Bionic Woman entry). I was so sensitive to the electrical stimulation, that the physio and I felt it would be a good idea to stop, take a break, and revisit it during the summer. I had some other things going on at the same time that was causing some stress which = worsening symptoms...(my dad has prostrate cancer, he broke his hip, and then we found out he had a number of other serious health issues and was given 6 months to live...a bit much to handle all at once).

Anyways, enough of that.  I wanted to write about my newest experiment...Acupuncture! The literature I've been reading about acupuncture gives it mixed reviews.  Some say that it may work in relieving some symptoms, but the majority recommend NOT using acupuncture as it may stimulate an already overactive immune system.  That's all fine and dandy, if you believe that MS is an auto-immune disease, which I do not.

I've had both health and holistic practitioners tell me I've got blocked 'flow' (for lack of a better word) in my body.  My acupuncturist (who is a doctor of Chinese Medicine) is also telling me the same thing.  Gets me thinking...maybe this blocked flow is related to a flow problem in my veins?...hmmm??

I've only gone for 2 sessions...you need to have 4-6 in order to see if it will work.  And apparently, it doesn't always work for everyone, but I am hopeful it will work for me, as my legs have been increasingly stiff, spastic, and numb, and if it can relieve some of that, I would be extremely grateful.

Research out of China shows favourable results for improving symptoms of MS, according to my acupuncturist..particularily bladder issues and spasticity.  So I'm crossing my fingers!

On a side note:  although my legs seem to be worse since my angioplasty, I'm not suffering from the fatigue I once had. :)