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Postby Zumba » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:53 pm

Hi: I was diagnosed with MS (spinal cord) last week. I don't know too much about it yet but I'm hoping this site can educate me.

I'm 39 years old and my first attack was in 2008 (although I didn't know it was MS back then). In late 2010, the left side of my body went numb for a few weeks and then I had what felt like electricity buzzing through my left arm. I went to my regular doctor and she suspected MS. After a few tests and an MRI, I was told it was MS.

I love the outdoors... especially hiking.. and I'm a Zumba instructor. For those of you who have never heard of Zumba, it's a Latin inspired dance fitness class. I wonder what my life will be like in 5, 10, 15 years from now. I am scared but I try not to show it. I'm thinking that a lot of people on this site can relate.

Anyhow, it's nice to meet you.
Take Care
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Postby jimmylegs » Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:34 pm

welcome zumba :)
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Postby jimmylegs » Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:37 pm

ps: spine only?
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Postby Zumba » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:27 pm

Yes, spine only between c2 and c4. I'm not sure what that means yet... I'm still waiting to see a specialist.

P.S. thanks for the welcome message :)
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Postby NHE » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:51 pm

Hi Zumba,
Welcome to ThisIsMS. I'm sorry that you've found yourself here, but hope that you find it to be a supportive community.

Zumba wrote:Yes, spine only between c2 and c4. I'm not sure what that means yet... I'm still waiting to see a specialist.

P.S. thanks for the welcome message :)


C2 and C4 are the second and fourth cervical vertebrae. These are found in the neck region of the spine. The cervical region of the spinal chord is a common region for MS lesions. The vertebrae are divided up into different groups, from top to bottom - cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral. There is also the cocygeal region which makes up the tailbone.

Here's a brief outline of spinal anatomy...
http://www.coloradospineinstitute.com/s ... lregions14


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Postby Zumba » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:42 am

Thanks NHE - that was really helpful and explains why my neck has been sore and stiff for a long time.

I've read that nutrition can have an affect on people with MS. I love all foods and am wondering if there is a specific diet that most people with MS follow. Are there any items I should be avoiding?
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Postby jimmylegs » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:06 am

normally they would need to look for brain and spine lesions to confirm ms. that's interesting that you've been dx'd with just two spinal lesions.

have a read of my signature links (below) for dietary recommendations by others. you could also look up terry wahls, swank diet, paleo diet, etc.

i have a thread on nutrition in the regimens section which may interest you.

hth!
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Postby Zumba » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:56 pm

Thanks for the links Jimmylegs! :D
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Postby jimmylegs » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:45 am

yvw :)
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