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Katie7
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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I know it's been awhile since I have posted. Very busy summer for me. Anyway, I hope someone can help with out .

Around the end of June, I fell. I was going down our garage steps and totally missed the last step. My perception was way off. I jammed both feet onto the floor and fell flat on my face. The only thing that really hurt was my left ankle at the time aftyer my fall. I continued to ride my bike each morning with little problem. However, the past few weeks, I have been having horrible spasums and sciatia nerve pain that travels down into my left leg, behind the knee and under my left foot.

I finally went to a chiropractor ( been seeing him each morning this week). The x-rays showed him I have 'spondylolisthesis'. He feels after another week of adjusting i will be better and able to bike again. I am miserable and can barley walk without alot of pain. It gets worse when I sit for long time and in the evenings.

My MS has always been on my left side. Should I call my Neuro MS Doc about this? I had just seen him just a week after the fall and I was not having this problem at that time. I am thinking this may only be related to my fall and not MS at all. I dont want him to think I am a hypochondriac. Maybe I need to just wait this out with my chiropractor and see how things go in a couple of weeks and go from there?

I need advise please. Hugs~Kate
Hugs~Katie

Diagnosed w/MS~2008
Diagnosed w/Celiac 2009
Casein allergy~since forever


popsie
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/13/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katie,

My MS is also left sided and once (10 years ago) my left leg just would not bear any weight at all. It was like there was no leg there at all. I kept falling flat on my face. Scary! My dr put me on a short course of cortisone and it has never reoccurred. Perhaps it would work for you. Ask your dr what to do.
All the best.
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995. Baclofen pump since 2008.

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, the present is a gift."


Katie7
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 8/14/2009 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Popsie,

I have been to the chiropractor every day this week and go again this morning. I am finally doing better, but not able to bike yet. I will start using a portable tens unit today tat my Neuro Doctor gave me to use. I have been told this is related to my fall because both feet jammed when i hit the ground and the vertebra will not go back into place. The nerves swelled and are agitated. Thanks for your response! hugs~Katie
Hugs~Katie

Diagnosed w/MS~2008
Diagnosed w/Celiac 2009
Casein allergy~since forever


Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/14/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Katie,
 
This sounds like a compression issue.  Have you considered an inversion table of some sort to try and stretch your back out?  Ask your doctor of course.  This might really help.  Good luck! 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


Katie7
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   Posted 8/14/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gretchen!
It is a compression problem, and it pushed my 5th lumbar bone forward 1/4 inch according to xrays. You should be a doctor girlfriend! Anyway, funny you brought up the inversion table. A friend of mine has one and let me try it the other day. It felt so good. She said they are not to expensive so I may go get one. I had not checked with my chiropractor yet about using it, but I will Monday morning when I go in again.
I am starting to feel better. Still have some nerve pain but spasums have finally quit. I am going to keep seeing this chiropractor through next week. I really think it is helping. I'll be back and let you know about what he thinks about the inversion table, but I can't see where it will hurt. Hugs~Kate
Hugs~Katie

Diagnosed w/MS~2008
Diagnosed w/Celiac 2009
Casein allergy~since forever


Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/14/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My PCP highly recommends them.  He says they are not a quick fix but it can avoid surgery.  He says it can take 12 to 24 months.  I just got a forward facing inversion frame.  It is a bit different from the table.  I have researched beyond anything reasonable and this is what I am going to try.  I have purchaced it but not yet assembled it.  The assembly looks to be a bit of an IQ test LOL.  I will tell you how I like it.  I have a herniated neck disc as well as mild compression in my lower back.  I am hoping this helps. 
 
I am so glad to hear from you! 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


Katie7
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 8/14/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Gretchen, me again. It's good to be back on the boards again talking to you. Since I have down time now I am on computer more.

What make of inversion table did you buy? My friend is at work now but I will ask her what make hers is and let you know. It was pretty comfortable but weird hanging up-side down.LOL It's werid, since I hit my 50's everything is falling apart, such fun!

Did I tell you I am going to be a grandma? My son and his wife are expecting October 31st...a boy! So far everything is going very well. I can't recall if I told you, but they lost a baby last year in her 5th month. Such a sad time. Plus my daughter-in-law recently graduated from Nursing School with high honors, we are so proud of her! She is waiting to take board testing, has not got the date for the test yet and is hoping it will be before the baby arrives.

We also have my friends 3 horses here for the summer. I have not done any riding and from the looks of things, I doubt I will , at least till fall. One of the horses thats here is a yearling, and shes SO personable. We really enjoy sitting out on the deck and watching them. I suppose in another year or so I will break down and buy a pony for my grandson. Although, I have to say....I have not missed all the work involved in having my own horses. It's been a nice break after doing it for so many years. They are all on pasture, so all I do is keep water troff full. They have access to shelter of the lean -2 off our barn, but I don't have to feed twice a day or worry about getting hay in or shots or farrier, or mucking stalls daily...whew....don't miss that....well at least not a lot. LOL

Hows your horse doing? You riding much? We did buy a boat and have enjoyed that on weekends. We have it at a small lake nearby, it's fun! Enjoy your weekend, we are heading down to the lake in awhile to boat and cookout with friends:) hugs~Katie
Hugs~Katie

Diagnosed w/MS~2008
Diagnosed w/Celiac 2009
Casein allergy~since forever


Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/14/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
 
This is what I got.  It was actually cheaper last week.  You need to check this place, it has pretty decent prices.  You can also check craigslist.  I am always seeing inversion tables for cheap.  Teeter seems to be the most prolific name with the best reviews.  The one I saw was priced around $250.  I have seem them on craigslist for as little as $75.  Keep your eyes open. 
 
This one seems like it would open your lower back up a big more.  I like the idea of stretching and lengthening that area.  I do have lower back pain not associated with MS.  I also have that herniated neck disc from MS spasticity.  I will tell you how I like this do-dad once I get it assembled and give it a try.  It could be a total bust; if that happens I will try to return it or craigslist it myself  :)
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/15/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok the forward facing inversion thingy has been built and tested.  I LOVE IT.  It is sorta scary to use it the first time but it is so nice.  There are no adjustable postions though.  It is full inversion or nothing.  I think the traditional inversion table may appeal to others for that reason.  I really like it though.  I can only stay inverted for about 90 seconds and the blood rushing to my head gets a bit uncomfortable but I suspect I can work up to a bit more time.  I have used it alternating sitting up for a second to get rid of that blood rush.  I have used it only a few times but the stretch you get lasts for hours. 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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