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 
http://www.news-medical.net/news/2004/09/10/4689.aspx. 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 search...it'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. :)