uprightdoc wrote:While you can't make the spinal problems go away with diet and exercise you can manage them.
Taking care of the musculoskeletal system is very helpful in manage most types of spinal and other health problems no matter what. Diet is also important to the health of all tissue including the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
I'm positive that many of the things I've done to optimize my health have worked to improve most every one of my physical maladies. And I had a lot of them – even before the MS diagnosis. Since then, I've even managed to get some control over the finger tremor that got me diagnosed with MS (totally by accident) in the first place, by using a hand exercise ball. (I report on that a lot, too.)
Here's my RLS/massage update: When I went to my massage yesterday, I asked for a lower pillow, and we came up with a buckwheat hull version that allowed me to squiggle my head into the most comfortable position and hold it there. I also turned my head the opposite way than I usually do (that seemed to make the RLS milder last time). Result: This was the first massage in months where I didn't have a single twitch, jerk, or kick in my left leg. Cool! Am anxious to see if I've found the answer or if it was a fluke.
And a note about neck noises: My neck gives me snaps, crackles & pops with virtually every movement these days. I can't remember when it didn't make some noise, but it seems to be getting worse. And I recently found that it's loud enough to project to a crowd, too. I work at a university where I volunteer to be the subject of the day in PT classes now and then when I have a new problem. A couple of months ago they had me doing the usual movement evaluation, asking me questions, checking my posture, gait, doing toe touches, and then the PT prof said, "Is that sound coming from your neck?!!"
This time they think it's Piriformis Syndrome, an entrapped sciatic nerve thing, and gave me exercises. Last time I volunteered at PT class, my GP had diagnosed hip bursitis and recommended shots. Instead, the PT class gave me specific exercises that completely got rid of the pain so I could walk again! Both of these have been painful conditions in my non-MS leg, maybe due to a bad knee that causes me to overcompensate for it.
(It's not always MS, it's not always MS, it's not always MS...)
My latest plan: I'm going to try to get an updated MRI of my C-spine and see if I can figure out what type of professional can help me with it. Do I need Upper Cervical treatment or only a round of PT for now? I was irritated when my neuro ordered only a brain MRI last April, even when my original C-spine MRI showed issues.
Wishing everyone a relaxing, pain free day today!