Wednesday, June 13, 2007

CHM + Lesions

Ok, so I still have 2 more MRI's on my back and probably a spinal tap in the coming weeks. That should be it as far as a complete work-up on my health goes. What we do know is that I have lesions on my brain. Basically spots on my brain that are causing the signal my brain sends out to tell the rest of he body how it should ideally work. This is a main reason why my body is in the shape it's in. As for Western Medicine there is no medication to repair this and get rid of the lesions. There are medications that are available for MS patients that are there to protect from getting worse. I'm not willing to accept that. So I got back in touch with my Chinese doctor to see about Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) and the effectiveness with lesions. I was informed that CHM can eradicate lesions. He likened them to concrete, if they've been there for awhile it will take some to remove them, you have to keep chipping away at them. Also, what I will be taking will kleep new lesikons from forming. I feel comfortable going this route since I did this back in 2005 and saw good results. I start CHM today, I'm excited to feel like there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Getting stronger

Yesterday at physical therapy I had my best day yet. I had a couple of rough days working out the last 2 weeks. I'm only going in once a week now, so we'll be doing some more walking at work, so I hope to have some good updates to share on that front. I've been working out on the 'Total Gym' which is a leg press machine that is adjusted by percentage of your body weight. So I've been at level 3 the last 3 weeks. Level 3 is roughly 40 pounds. The first week I was not able to do any reps, the following week I did 20 reps (1 or 2 at a time), and now this week I did 30 total reps (the first 20 I could only do 1 or 2 reps at a time, and the last 10 reps I did them consecutively). Next week I'm moving up to level 4. The other leg exercises I do I was able to do more than the weeks before and in fact the last reps on every exercise were my best ones. I just keep getting stronger and can't wait to work on walking again. I'm just so excited about how much stronger my legs are getting.

Friday, June 01, 2007

The Latest

Yesterday I met with my neurologist for the first time since my latest brain MRI. The MRI really had no significant changes. She talked about what she thinks of my situation. There really is no answer for sure, so seeing the symptoms and the brain MRI's the only thing she can think is that I have MS. There's enough uncertainty, that I'm gwtting a couple more MRI's tro look into some back issues. I truly can't get all my thoughts out on this right now, but let it be said I'm no longer frustrated and have not been for some time now. I'm very sure I don't have MS, I know my body better than anyone. Plus I have a great sister that researches tirelessly for me on my health. I am going to push and push until we really find out what I'm dealing with. At the end of the day I'm getting better without anything other than determination and faith.