MND or cervical myelopathy
(Miami Beach fl)
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Hi, I am a 56 year old Caucasian male experiencing severe weakness and spasticity in my legs and feet and frequent twitches in my calf muscles. I can still do the normal tests like walk on heals or toes. I had an MRI and ct scan that showed moderate to severe compression of the spinal cord from c2-3 to c7. I also had a EMG of both my arms and legs that was clean. The baninski and clonus signs were positive with very high reflex activity.the spasitcity and reflexes seems to be moderating the past few weeks since starting b12 and folic intake although the weakness seems to be slightly increasing. Incidentally, they also found a 4mm unruptured brain aneurysm in the ica. Do these symptoms mimic a cervical issue or more a mnd issue? What's your take on all of this. Really scared of mnd. Thanks
I'm afraid your question is beyond the scope of the average chiropractor who does not have access to the battery of tests that medicine can call for; and certainly for someone like me who us unable to examine you.
Thus treat what follows with some skepticism.
Motor neurone disease is really quite rare, and because it affects both upper and lower neurones, mixed signs are the norm; reflexes can be increased or decreased, making it quite mysterious and difficult to diagnose. It really is rare.
Far more likely in your case is myelopathy due to cervical spinal stenosis; frankly it's already confirmed from the MRI as the working diagnosis. That too though isn't a walk in the park.
If I was in your shoes, I'd become a health nut; if it is MND then it's your only hope. And an anti inflammatory diet could only help with the major spinal surgery that probably lies in the future.
Where to start? A hard question, but this is where I would be putting my energy.
1. First start eating a minimum of 10 coloured foods every day. It's not difficult, I do it myself. That's my lunch above most days. There's strong research that those following this dictum have a 35% lower all cause of death. That's massive. Don't fuss over the quantity, don't stress over it; for example a sprig of parsley in your salad would count for one. So would a handful of grapes, or blueberries, or a scoop of homemade hummus.
2. Cut out all the crap in your diet, and in particular all that containing hydrogenated fats; margarine for example. MND is caused by a loss of the fatty coating of the nerves; you want to make sure you have the highest quality fat in your diet. Cold pressed oils, olives and avocados, nuts and seeds.
3. Eat some omega-3 rich foods every single day. The best sources are fatty fish, freshly ground flax seeds and walnuts.
4. If that aneurism was caused by smoking, they usually are, then you know what to do there. Quit or there's a stroke in the waiting to add to your misery.
5. Vitamin B12 from free range cage free eggs, folate from all the greens you'll be eating.
I'm afraid chiropractic can't help you, at least not that I know of, and I think manipulation of your cervical spine would be a risky business. You might try a cervical traction device; that would certainly be worth a crack, and not expensive to purchase.
I could go on ad nauseum, but there's more than enough above to get you started. Some think it radical, I think it should be the norm. It's why we take no medication and very rarely consult medical doctors.
But in any case, with MND in the second line of diagnoses, you have to become radical; you have no option.
I hope this contributes something; your contribution to your future health is at least as great, and probably much greater than what your doctors can do for you. Don't take it on grudgingly, but joyfully with hope. You'll soon find that when the world is wearying and trying, and your friends and doctors frustrate you, the garden is the place where you'll find solace and peace. It's no coincidence that the first recorded first hand meeting between man and God occurred in a garden.
I'm interested in how you came to put this question to Bernard Preston?
Good luck and God bless.
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