Dear Dr Flanagan
Im wondering if you could give me a bit of orientation.
I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS sommer last year, I’m taking no drugs.
February this year I was tested negative for CCSVI (MRV images see below).
Here is a short history of my hard luck so far:
age - text / symptom
-- born in Central Asia, grew up there
16 - moved to Central Europe (Germany) at age 16
around 16 to 25 - long episodes (2-4 days) of headache (in the back of the head and on the sides)
-- fatigue since early youth
22 - developed heat intolerance (summer 1998)
25 - started jogging to reduce fatigue
25 - severe back pain in the region of the right shoulder blade (comes and goes since then)
27 - tinitus in right ear (summer 2003) -> went to several doctors because of the tinitus, one of them saw that my jaw joint on the left side was more worn than on the right side, I was sent to see a dentist / jaw specialist
27 - removal of wisdom tooth 2003 (both sides, tinitus was gone but only for ca. one week, then it came back)
27 - brain MRI, the radiologist told me there were small white spots but didnt know what to make of them
28 - car accident with whiplash
-- between 25 and 35 headache got better, satisfactory health condition
34 - had to give up jogging because of problems with my left knee, the orthopedist also found that I have pelvic obliquity (see x-ray image below)
35 - May 2011: went to sit down on a chair but it had slide away, felt on the floor and hurt my tailbone badly
35 - June 2011: sensory disturbances on the right tigh, disturbance of fine motor skills on the right hand
35 - July 2011: brain MRI, 8 white matter lesions,
35 - October 2011:I was diagnosed with MS
I’m currently seeing two osteopaths (in Berlin/Germany) because of severe back pain ( the heads of the ribs had slid out / snatched out in the area of thoracic spine, right side).
The 1st one told me there was a problem with my diaphragm, its kind of pulling on my spine (at least that’s how I understood it) and needs to be addressed first.
She told me there are also problems with my thoracic spine and cervical spine, but any treatment of these upper areas would be useless unless the diaphragm problem is treated.
Her diagnosis about the diaphragm was confirmed later on by MRI/X-ray of thoracic spine (diagnosis: scoliotic malposition of the upper
thoracic spine with moderate degenerative chondrosis, secondary finding: distinct diaphragmatic elevation left side) see x-ray images below.
The other one tells me there is an even bigger problem with my jaw (i.e.TMJ) and it’s much more pronounced than the problem with the diaphragm.
He is addressing the back issues but wants the focus on TMJ.
I dont know who is right or maybe these issues are interconected....
My question is: can pelvic obliquity or diaphragm elevation cause problems in the upper areas (atlas misalignment, problems with jaws)?
I’ve given up seeing my orthopedist and neurologist, unfortunately I cannot find any UCC doctors in Europe, do you have any recommendations for such doctors in Europe?
Thank you very much & greetings from Berlin
MRI Thoracic Spine 2012-06-06
X-rays (Spine, Pelvis, Jaws)