uprightdoc wrote:Upright MRI is the best way to assess Chiari 1 type problems, which among other things, can be caused by trauma and tethering of the cord. Spondylosis (degeneration) of the spine causes scar tissue that can tether the cord and traction the brainstem pulling it downwards towards the foramen magnum and base of the skull. Flexion and extension upright cervical MRI are also good options to check dynamics of the brain and cord which may come in contact with the clivus of the base of the skull during neck flexion. You probably get the Lhermitte's sign because of the spondylosis in your cervical spine. I have x-rays of another rugby scrum injury I have permission to use. His disc is worse than yours and the picture of the scrum and the subsequent x-ray of cervial spondylosis perfectly underscores the point.
uprightdoc wrote:That's interesting Nigel that you had a day from hell. I have had a week or so from hell which isn't so bad compared to the last time this happened. The last time, I had a reaction like this the signs and symptoms lasted well over a year. But this time I caught the culprit red handed at the scene of the crime and I have expert witnesses including before and after x-rays. This time I new exactly what caused the facial pain and swelling and was ready with both an antidote for the toxin and a remedy the side effects, which I successfully put together and used previously. Nonetheless, I spent several sleepless nights due to glutamate cascades, excitotoxicity and neurotransmitter malfunctions causing trigeminal neuralgia, low back spasms and resting tremors in the right leg, shoulders and hands. I used my sleepless time to write a short book, which is nearly complete. Hopefully it will bring the issue to light and help others similarly injured.
While that was happening my mother-in-law was recovering from a stroke that resulted in the loss of her right side and speech etc. She is 92 and has a bad habit of sleeping in chairs with her head slumped forward. I suspect it caused the stroke. As I mention in my book, strokes cause glutamate or ischemic cascades which cause more problems afterwards than the initial stroke. The good news is I got the report and she has no new injuries or infarcts. She is seeing stroke therapists and I had them put together a makeshift mirror box for her to use which significantly speeds recovery. Most of her symptoms were due to brain swelling. Brain swelling following strokes causes problems similar to a Chiari 1. The downward pressure affects cranial nerves in jugular foramen and hypoglossal canals. Consequently, I also had her drink plenty of tea because diuretics are helpful for reducing brain swelling. So far it looks like she will have a complete recovery.
THEGREEKFROMTHED wrote:sorry doc....one scary thing occured to me. My father religiously fa,,s asleep in his lazy boy head slumped over almost like a narcolept every night he returns from work...
MarkW wrote: ... My take on MS is that it is a multifactorial disease and you treat what is treatable. Having had two procedures for CCSVI I am pretty sure that my vein valves are open. A next step for me is to check that my atlas vertebrae is correct and neck is aligned. I want to see evidence (probably x-ray) before I have treatment but not sure what to look for. I have read EJC's thread about the UK based dentist but am unsure if it a good idea to add the jaw into the diagnosis. Thoughts please on what to look for, as there are commercial groups advertising atlas realignment for around 150 gbp, which seems to cheap to include x-rays.
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