As some of you may or may not know by now I am the Upper Cervical Chiropractor who Costumenastional has been seeing here in Greece over these past few weeks. Since he told me about this forum I've been keeping my eye on it reading all the different posts. I don't have a whole lot of free time on my hands these days but I will try to keep up as much as possible so please forgive me if I don't reply back immediately. I'd also like to say that Dr. Flanagan has been doing a great job in here of answering everyone's questions. The fact that he's willing to take the time to answer everyone here in such detail shows just how much he cares not to mention the plethora of information he's got locked away in his head.
On to business, After reading some of the posts in here I wanted to chime in on some things that caught my eye.
Kathryn333 wrote:I had my first bout of nystagmus when I was 20, treated with steroids, but never told by the ophthalmologist he suspected MS. Had various symptoms for the next eight years until my first child was born. Six months later, the right side of my body went numb, could stick pins in me, no feeling. I also had nystagmus again, treated with steroids, told it was probably MS, nothing could be done, go home and live with it.
The right side of your body going numb is a "classic" sign of a Brainstem lesion. Now depending on exactly where the numbness is and if it's all on one side can give us a better clue as to where on the Brainstem the lesion is located. I'm providing a link to a document which has some scanned pages from a book I have outlining some Neurological information. You and anyone else who has the link can access it here:
If you look on page 10 of the document (it's actually page 96 of the book) it details out the different types of symptoms and their potential causes.
A friend of mine that I graduated high school with, contacted me back in June asking for my opinion on her symptoms. She had right sided numbness, lethargy, loss of grip strength. She mentioned a few other problems that I can't remember right now. She hadn't seen a medical doctor as money is tight for her which is primarily why she contacted me first so she was never diagnosed with anything.
Recognizing her symptoms as a possible Brainstem lesion, I was able to find a NUUCA Chiropractor in her area. He was the only Upper Cervical Chiropractor in her area for 100 miles.
Long story short, after a few months of care she got her energy back, most of the numbness went away and she regained her grip strength. She had to stop care due to financial difficulties but is still managing OK for the time being. She also only had her symptoms for a few months before contacting me which means it was caught early and received care that helped her unlike what has happened with most of you as far as I can tell.
This is not to be taken as me saying that everyone who has these symptoms or MS has a problem with their Upper Cervical spine or Brainstem that can be helped by Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic but rather that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by visiting an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.
Back to Kathryn333, regarding the Nystagmus, extraocular (eye) movements are controlled by cranial nerves 3, 4 & 6. By testing the vestibular portion of cranial nerve 8 it's also possible to determine a link to either a peripheral or a medullary lesion of the Brainstem. If you take a look at this Wikipedia article on the cranial nerves you can get an idea from the picture there of their importance and see where they originate from on the Brainstem and how a misalignment of the bones in the Upper Cervical Spine can cause a problem with not only those nerves but the Brainstem as well.
With that laid out, I'd say it's a good possibility that if you were to undergo care from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor to remove any possible pressure that is maybe being exerted on your Brainstem that you could experience a reduction in your symptoms. How much of a reduction, if any, only time can tell. Unlike my friend, you've had your problem for much longer so it will most likely take longer than a couple of months for you to experience the same results as my friend however you never know.
I'd love to post more on some of the other things I've read in here but this will have to suffice for now as it's gotten to be very late. I look forward to conversing with all of you and getting to know you better.