Welcome, Dr. Flanagan, and thanks for joining the forum! I've only had a chance for a brief look at your website, but it immediately got my attention! I'm 58 yo, dxed with MS ten years ago after many, many years of unexplained symptoms. Huge extended family with <i>no</i> other MS, but my father had Parkinson's disease (as well as multi-infarct dementia from numerous cerebral hemorrhages), my mother had normal pressure hydrocephalus (treated with a shunt) and unexplained blackouts, and an uncle had Alzheimer's (all deceased now). More recently, my 17 yo daughter has Raynauds (white fingertips when cold), gets lightheaded easily, has passed out, and needs excessive sleep (fatigued).
In 1983, after experiencing weeks of partial numbness in one leg, up to the groin, (for which the MDs could find no cause), my first chiropractic adjustment (ever) caused an excruciating headache (including vomiting), and <i>on the table</i> during the second adjustment, sensation returned to my leg.
Until recently, when I first learned about CCSVI, I'd always figured it was a pinched nerve that was relieved. Now I wonder whether it was relief from a blood flow obstruction, and possibly related to my MS (CCSVI?).
Since I can remember, I've always been relatively lethargic, and thought that my average 90/60 blood pressure might be to blame. Always fatigued in hot or humid weather, though I've found a supplement that's worked wonders there.
I'm on waiting lists for CCSVI screening/treatment, but thinking I should go to a specialist chiro first. Can you recommend a qualified practitioner familiar with your thesis in the Raleigh/Durham/Cary/Chapel Hill area of NC?
(Over the years I've been to many chiros, but after that first experience, I can't say I've noticed any benefit. This might be a hard sell with my husband!)
PS And maybe, for those unfamiliar with it, you could briefly explain your thesis. Thanks!
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on Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:40 am, edited 1 time in total.
CCSVI: Making Sense of MS