Sunday, December 1, 2013

Upper Cervical Chiropractic update

In May, I blogged about starting Upper Cervical chiropractic.  I diligently went religiously all summer long and into September.  Unfortunately, I have not gone since...mostly because I wasn't seeing any of the benefits many had said could be expected.

My xrays did show subluxations in my upper cervical area and I did experience some improvement in balance after treatment... but not anything to write home about.  It was a little disasppointing as I was hoping for some improvement with bladder function. 

I'm not ruling out going back for treatment sometime in the future, but I didn't really see a noticeable benefit...and I felt I gave it a good try (13 sessions)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Upper Cervical Chiropractic

If you haven't explored chiropractic care for your MS symptoms you may want to check out this link It is interesting, to say the least!

Tomorrow, I am going to see an upper cervical chiropractor for an initial consultation (which apparently lasts 1.5 hours and includes x-rays).  I will be very surprised if he doesn't find any subluxations in the upper cervical area as, having ridden (and fallen off) horses for a number of years, tumbled a$$ over tea-kettle skiing, and given myself whiplash on the water slides, I've not exactly been kind to my spinal area!

I have had chiropractic treatment before but have never had X-rays of the neck area or treatment in that area.  The idea that subluxations at the base of the spine where it meets the skull can cause a constriction in the nerves going along the spinal chord makes total sense to me.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't pursue this earlier, as some of the improvements for MS symptoms that have been observed and documented are:  reduced numbness, tingling, pain in extremities, improved bladder control, improved fatigue, improved eyesight, and improved balance.  Many patients have 100% improvement in symptoms and REMAIN SYMPTOM FREE with maintenance treatments.

All I can say is "it can't hurt to try"

Will definitely be posting updates on this one.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's Been Awhile!

Wow, I either have been really busy or I just didn't feel like posting or I felt I didn't have anything important to say.  Hmmm...I think it's a bit of the last two combined.

An update on my health   I am really healthy...except for my MS symptoms.  My legs have been especially wonky with increasing numbness,spasticity, and (new for me!) pain...all other symptoms have been stable since I last blogged.  I've been taking gabapentin just before bed to help with spasms/pain, but that's it as far as medications go.  I refuse to take the stuff any other time as it makes me feel really spacy and I hate that feeling.

My current focus   I continue to have regular massage (every 2 weeks) and acupuncture (every 4 weeks) sessions.  Massage focuses on my legs and acupuncture focuses on the blood flow, specifically in my legs, as I struggle with cold feet.  I'm implementing a protocol proposed by an Australian naturopath (who has MS) Fiona Chin.  It's called You Can Beat MS and can be purchased online for $100.  Now, I normally wouldn't go out and buy   like this, but it is a very thorough, complete, detailed plan that makes so much sense to me and has me feeling very hopeful!  I'm going to write a separate blog about this program.  But do a google's a good program.  I'm also going to look into a chiropractic therapy called atlas orthogonal.  It was featured on Montel Williams as another possible treatment for MS symptoms.  I found a chiropactor in Aldergrove that does it, but haven't contacted him yet.  And finally, I'm focusing on the spiritual aspect of me.  On the suggestion of a friend, I have purchased a number of books that she felt would be helpful on my journey to enlightenment...OK, that sounds a little hokey LOL but it's pretty true.  I'll blog more about that too. :)

So that's where I'm at!  Stay tuned for a more in depth look at what I'm doing.  And in the meantime...remember to be grateful for the little things in life. :)