Tuesday, February 16, 2016 |
I am involved in the MS community because I have MS. I was diagnosed the day after Christmas in 2010. Unfortunately, I have failed so many MS therapies over the past five years that I am now left without anything to protect my brain and/or spinal cord from future lesions. At this point, I am just taking maintenance medications to ease the MS symptoms.
MS is often times a very lonely disease. Some of us have amazing support systems and receive so much love...yet, when we are lying in bed and cannot function because of the painful MS symptoms, we are alone. We don’t necessarily suffer in silence but many times there’s nothing anyone can do about helping alleviate the pain. I have also found many people who have MS have a push-pull association with our support systems. We could have a great week and be communicative with everyone and then have a bad week and just push everyone away. MS is a part of me, whether I like it or not. But if I can help others by sharing my story and how I am able to find joy in the smallest of things, I will do so because of MS and not in spite of it.
I have an entire year’s worth of articles that have been or will be published by “American Quilter” magazine in 2016. Each of my articles focuses on topics that have meaning to me – the most recent being about making quilt blocks for multiple sclerosis.
I encourage anyone with MS to have a hobby that they are passionate about. Quilt therapy has been my passion for over 30 years. I used to say that quilt therapy is cheaper than traditional therapy but that is no longer the case! LOL When I can immerse myself into quilting, I can usually take my mind off of the pain of MS to focus it on sewing quilt blocks and putting quilts together. I design quilts, too, and I just recently designed a very original quilt block for a quilt group that makes quilts to raise money and awareness for MS research as well as groups who provide financial assistance for MS tests and procedures for those who meet their financial guidelines. I named my quilt block “MS Pillars of Strength” (See photo above). The pattern for the quilt block is free and can be found at Quilttherapy.com.
Friday, January 15, 2016 |
By Amy Baxter, MD, CEO of MMJ Labs and inventor of Buzzy® for shots and VibraCool Drug Free Pain Relief
Eight ways to fight needle fatigue
While the media focuses on needle phobia, there is a less drastic but equally draining phenomenon that can affect people requiring needle pain on a periodic basis. “Needle Fatigue” is different from phobia – on the outside, there’s no drama, no fainting, no fuss, but on the inside a low-intensity dread that can delay medicines for days. Needle fatigue is less of an “Oh, no!” and more of an “over it.” This is an extremely common scenario – in fact, research showed 94% of insulin pump users still had physiologic fear symptoms [Kruger DF Diabetes met 2015:8;49-56 ] with each insertion. Ongoing fight or flight responses like increased heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol release can burn you out, even when your mind is willing.
But whether fear or fatigue, new research addresses methods to reduce the pain and fear of needing a needle at any age.
1. Pain Management. When time permits, needle pain can be greatly reduced by using topical pain relief – specifically, topical anesthetic numbing creams and gels — which numb the skin in 20-60 minutes. Practical household hint: Glad® Press-N-Seal can be used instead of than the commercial medical covers. More comfortable to remove, and much less expensive.
2. Let your brain do its thing. Overwhelm other competing nerves with sensations that aren’t so painful. Studies have found that when someone’s hand is in ice water, they can handle more intense pain everywhere else in the body. This works both through something called gate control (e.g. cool water soothes a burn) as much as brain bandwidth. Vibration and cold have been studied together; when put between the brain and the pain (especially after numbing a shot area directly), they can decrease needle pain up to 80%. Buzzy® is an award-winning device that provides cold and numbing. www.Buzzyhelps.com/products
3. Relax the muscles. Pushing medication into taut muscles makes it hurt more, now and later. Even passively stretched muscles hurt. Rather than bending over and going for a gluteal stick, try lying on your side with the buttocks muscles relaxed. Do the same for thigh shots; sitting up causes the muscles to be active keeping you balanced, so go for a side position.
4. Distract your mind. Counting and engaging in unrelated tasks can reduce pain by half. At a minimum, count corners, ceiling tiles, or holes in an air grate. Some studies have found that active engagement can be more effective at reducing pain for teens and adults.
5. Distract your senses. The brain can only process so much at one time. Buy five packs of sugar-free gum, mix the sticks, pick one at random, and try to figure out the flavor. Gulp a cold, sweet beverage, then concentrate on swallowing at the moment of injection. Use other senses to counter paying attention to pain.
6. Focus on something you can control. Whether you're thinking about the health or life benefits of the shot, concentrate on that. With fertility shots, for example, think of cuddling or look at a picture of a baby. Building an idea in your mind and mentally “going there” can help with pain.
7. Visualize or meditate. For meditation to be effective, you need to practice the positive or relaxing images. At a non-injection time, breathe evenly while visualizing light, energy, or that feeling you get after exercise coming out of the injection. Then when you inject, recall that trained relaxed positive image. This takes time, but is worth it. To get a handle on how to start meditating, this app is free: http://app.stopbreathethink.org/
8. Be a scientist. If you know you have multiple needle events coming up, keep records of what works best and what doesn’t. Being an observer, even of yourself, adds distance that can give you more control. More control = less fear. Less fear = less pain.
Do needles make you nervous? If you have a strategy that reduces needle fatigue or pain, please share your experiences and tips to the comments section.
You can reach Dr. Amy Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 |
My name is Dr. Laurel Griffin, and I am a board certified Atlas Orthogonal Doctor. The work I do as an Atlas Orthogonal doctor centers around the brainstem and affects blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid flow within the cranium. Cerebrospinal fluid flow plays a huge part in the progression and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
My work focuses on misalignment at the top of the spine - at the atlas bone. When this freely movable synovial joint slips even slightly out of proper alignment, it can put pressure on surrounding arteries, nerves, muscles, and even the dura mater or brainstem as they exit the skull. Correction of this misalignment is very precise, gentle, and tailored to each individual patient. Physics and biomechanics have allowed us to calculate the adjustment so precisely that we can safely correct misalignments of this area of the spine, thereby relieving irritation of the above mentioned structures, without the use of any kind of twisting or popping. All adjustments are done within the normal range of motion of the joint, eliminating the joint cavitation or “pop” that is widely known as normal for a neck manipulation.
Pressure on the dura mater at the base of the skull can cause decreased CSF flow within the cranium, and subsequently increase CSF pressure within the skull. Recent medical research is finding that MS can be traced back to an increase in pressure of CSF within the cranium, as well as stagnation and toxicity within the CSF. Both of these can be the direct result of an atlas bone misalignment. By gently and precisely correcting this misalignment with the Atlas Orthogonal procedure, we can normalize CSF pressure and allow toxicity to drain. In this way, MS symptoms can be relieved and even reversed by Atlas Orthogonal adjustments.
Below is a link to a case study that is part of an ongoing study on this very topic. I will share the study itself when it is completed and published.
For more information on the work I do, please visit my website at www.precisionchirowest.com
My goal is to help as many people as I can with Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic. MS is just one of the many simple to severe conditions we can treat. We also do significant work with even life-long migraine cases, fibromyalgia, vertigo, and more. Visit our testimonials page, and share our work. You could help change a life!
Dr. Laurel Griffin
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Owner, Precision Chiropractic West
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 |
Hello. My name is Jason and I am 39 from Michigan. Late last month I ended up via ambulance in the hospital, for the scariest 9 days of my life. Unable to feel my arms-legs, dizzy and confused- I ended up after lengthy testing, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosois. That was devastating news I was not prepared for.
Not being able to work due to my MS, I am constantly either at a Dr.-Neuro-Therapy- etc apt. I am currently on 8 different medications to try to get my symptoms under control. Unfortunately, the bills are starting to add up. Not working, I have rent-phone-elect-etc, on top of a dozen medical bills that are overwhelming me.
In my day to day life I am a CNA(certified nursing assistant) and I love to help others get well. Sadly, I am the one needing help right now.
The one thing I do enjoy in life is professional wrestling. WWE-TNA-ROH- it really takes the edge off of life. Thus the Fight MS Fight, after the best wrester in WWE today, Kevin Owens ! You can find me on twitter as well @DolphZiggler
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