I’ve had a number of PM’s in response to my original post. Each had similar questions related to this thread, so I thought perhaps it might be helpful to add a few things. Yes, I do have MS. Diagnosed 23 years ago, but only after it became so severe that my symptoms could no longer be dismissed as “psychosomatic.” I recall episodes as far back as age 16 that I now recognize as MS symptoms. That is approximately two years after a traumatic diving accident that I now know from my cervical x-rays injured C5 & 6. The resulting damage and fusion in C5/6 is very old. I have another more recent fusion at C2/3. C 1 is prone to movement that interferes with the flow of CFS leaving my head. All of this probably indicates stenosis in the upper spine. If you saw my x-rays you, too, would suspect this. My cervical spine is almost straight with minimal natural curve and I have little range of motion in my neck. Thus pressure in my skull, dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath are markedly alleviated as long as my cervical spine remains in alignment. It is touch and go keeping it in there, however. I’m a tough case. If it is in good alignment, I feel great. If it’s not, I feel like doggy-do.
I’ve had an athletic (if somewhat clumsy) life with lots of mishaps and recall traumatic incidents involving my head and neck such as a reckless toboggan run that cold-cocked me, a scary ski accident, three automobile whiplashes, several bad falls in mountainous terrain and more. My neck took the brunt of much of it.
One person asked me if a chiropractor told me that my cervical problems caused MS. No chiropractor has told me my MS or CCSVI is caused by the cervical problems...no one knows this. I suspect it is like a stack of dominoes, one thing goes down and others follow in time. Which comes first the chicken or the egg? Heredity, head & neck trauma, virus, congenital issues?
My purpose in posting is to draw your attention to the possibility of cervical problems impeding CSF flow in addition to the possibility of venous problems impeding blood flow. Either can cause neurological problems. Again, I suggest Dr. Flanagan’s book THE DOWNSIDE OF UPRIGHT POSTURE. I will also tell you that I had to read it carefully twice with a highlighter in hand to absorb it all. His knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck are impressive.
May I also suggest another book: THE EMPOWERED PATIENT by Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent for CNN. It is a quick read. She advocates we employ unyielding curiosity and be unrelenting in our research for answers outside the box. Together we can be an educated force for change in how medicine thinks of MS and CCSVI. Power to the people and the CCSVI Alliance. The latter is doing an absolutely amazing job of educating physicians who will help us unlock the mysteries of our bodies. Please support the Alliance with your contributions.