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Posted by Toodles on March 20, 2001 at 10:59:16:

Hi Walt, I have had problems with my upper back for years. About 24 years ago I had acupuncture treatments over about an 8 month period because my muscles in my shoulders would spasm so bad I couldn't move. This worked very well and I was a new person at the end of these treatments. Not only did the pain subside, but I felt more at peace. I moved away from the area or I probably would've kept going for "tuning". These pains never came back as bad as they were at that time.

I went to a doctor in California about 16 years ago because a friend told me that chiropractors can often cure headaches. This doctor "cracked" my neck and I felt awful after each treatment, so I stopped going. I went to another doctor who advertised "acupuncture", but it was not done with needles and it wasn't the same (the first doc I went to was both an MD of neurology and an acupuncturist from Japan). I decided to accept the headaches as part of life.

About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel. I wore a brace for a couple of months and adjusted my work space and that went away.

About 8 years ago I started to notice numbness in my ring finger, pinkie and middle finger of my right hand. I went to a neurologist about it 7 years ago and she took xrays and gave me a script for non-inflammatory drugs. Nothing improved, but 6 months later I was diagnaosed with cancer and the whole finger thing became dramatically less important.

Four years ago, I asked my oncologist about it and was referred to a neurosurgeon who ordered an MRI. I was shown the MRI. My discs (C5&6, I think) had ruptured and exploded bone into my spinal cord. The neurosurgeon told me that I should have surgery. I was told that if I didn't have surgery the bone would continue to collapse into my spinal cord and eventually I would be paralyzed. I did, on occasion, already have hip pain and difficulty walking.

Naturally, with this prognosis, I had the surgery. After the surgery, an xray was done and I was shown the "success" of the surgery. Of course, from reading your site I understand that you cannot see ruptures on an xray and chances are the reason the first neurologist didn't think the numbness was anything serious was because no MRI was performed.

I still have numbness in my right hand (I was told that the numbness had persisted for so long that the surgery may not relief it). I still have pain in my right elbow and now I have a neck which is less flexible and often causes spasms in my right shoulder. I'm sure this is better than eventual paralysis, but I'm feeling a lot of discomfort in my neck and shoulder.

I have tried magnets and this provides some temporary relief. I'm thinking of trying acupuncture again, but I'm nervous about my ability to locate an acupunturist who would be anywhere near as good as the one I went to first. I'm scared of chiropractors because I'm not altogether convinced that the neck wrenching didn't contribute to the neck problems.

What would you recommend? Should I ask for another MRI? I hate that narrow tube! How careful do I need to be about my neck and what kind of exercise or physical activity should I avoid? I'm reluctant to go back to the neurosurgeon because patients are often left waiting for 2 hours in the waiting area!

Thanks for your help.



Re: Neck, shoulder & hand problems

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 22, 2001 at 09:32:23:

In Reply to: Neck, shoulder & hand problems posted by Toodles on March 20, 2001 at 10:59:16:

Hi, Toodles.

Your story is an example of what can happen if simple "bracing" is not diagnosed in the early stages: a failure of the allopathic paradigm!

Once your neck was in extremis, you really had no choice BUT surgery. Your carpal tunnel was also caused by your bracing.

Until a year of so after you practice SR at least twice a day, your problems will continue to multiply. In the meantime you need to be seen in consultation by a certified Rolfer. Alexander Technique OR Feldenkrais would help you help yourself during all of this.

See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms and let us know what you learn.

Once you begin to reverse your original cause (which is still there) let us know how you do. Your success, at this late stage, will be an inspiration to others, hopefully at an earlier stage of their problems.

Walt

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Re: Neck, shoulder & hand problems [Allopathic failure} Archive in bracing.

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 22, 2001 at 09:33:23:

In Reply to: Neck, shoulder & hand problems posted by Toodles on March 20, 2001 at 10:59:16:

Hi, Toodles.

Your story is an example of what can happen if simple "bracing" is not diagnosed in the early stages: a failure of the allopathic paradigm!

Once your neck was in extremis, you really had no choice BUT surgery. Your carpal tunnel was also caused by your bracing.

Until a year of so after you practice SR at least twice a day, your problems will continue to multiply. In the meantime you need to be seen in consultation by a certified Rolfer. Alexander Technique OR Feldenkrais would help you help yourself during all of this.

See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms and let us know what you learn.

Once you begin to reverse your original cause (which is still there) let us know how you do. Your success, at this late stage, will be an inspiration to others, hopefully at an earlier stage of their problems.

Walt



Thank you

Posted by Toodles on March 22, 2001 at 14:03:23:

In Reply to: Re: Neck, shoulder & hand problems [Allopathic failure} Archive in bracing. posted by Walt Stoll on March 22, 2001 at 09:33:23:

Walt, thank you for your advice. I found a certified rolfer on the Internet through your links and I have left a phone message, in hopes of getting an appointment. Any suggestions on how often I should have this done?
I've practiced SR before, in fact I used to practice yoga back about 30 years ago, so I spent my lunch time relaxing -- what a great way to spend the time! The hard part will be making this a habit.

I have also sent an email to someone who teaches the Alexander technique (no phone number was provided) in my area.

After I completed my chemo for my cancer treatments, I went to a masseuse for a "deep tissue" massage (never had rolfing, so I'm not sure how this compares) and that was a remarkable experience. I could feel the toxins from the chemo coming out -- there's a smell to it and an odd taste in the mouth -- and I was so thirsty. She told me that this was the toxins being released from the tissues of my body. I went every month until I stopped getting that taste and smell and it made me feel better than I had in years! I highly recommend massages to anyone who has undergone intensive drug therapy in order to get rid of the residual toxins.

Thanks for your help. May God bless you.



Re: Thank you (Testimonial in Rolfing.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 24, 2001 at 11:08:57:

In Reply to: Thank you posted by Toodles on March 22, 2001 at 14:03:23:

Hi, Toodles.

Rolfing is 10 sessions best done about once a week. Your Rolfer can explain.

As you progress, I hope you will share your experiences with us.

Namaste`

Walt

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