Posted by: michelezanini | August 18, 2011

Getting to the bottom of things – in more ways than one!

It is with some relief that the government has finally decided to fund a study, including a few procedures. Looking at the facts, we already know that the treatment for CCSVI is not the cure for MS. It does however create a colossal number of questions.

Why does the treatment benefit some more than others? How does it connect to MS because if it helps some, and has worsened symptoms in others? There must be a correlation. We need to get to the bottom of this!

I have been working with a dentist who feels he has one of answers. His paper was published in July and he has just aligned with a group of docs to test his theory. “YES” it is exciting and “yes” we all want the information…like yesterday. Time may not be on our side for those of us living with MS, but we must take faith knowing the growth rate of information surrounding CCSVI is phenomenal. Answers will come! There is no doubt in my mind.

The wonderful part about my dentist/friend is that although he has extremely strong feelings that his theory is THE KEY, he is open to input from others. He will be the first to admit it will take many villagers to “raise this child”. He is an intelligent, caring, unselfish man with belief in a cure. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!

September is a big month for CCSVI, a conference in Vancouver with many of the preeminent players in attendance. Here is hoping that more information, thoughts, theories and solid knowledge will be shared in order for us to see further ground breaking advances in CCSVI and its relationship to MS.

Speaking of getting to the bottom of things; for me it means an MRI of my back/hip. My most recent X-rays have shown nothing more than the already diagnosed oesteoarthritis in my lower lumbar (which has twice been treated by cortisone shots). Unfortunately, my relief has been minimal (other than the fact I loved the few hours of being frozen, that’s when Steve and I play some volleyball – just kidding). My GP is willing to provide a prescription for nerve pain however I don’t want to take the meds without knowing more. My massage therapist believes it is an SI joint problem so I purchased a glamorous SI belt. At this point the relief is minimal but I will take what I can get. With any luck an MRI will show something more conclusive. I swear this has really become a crap shoot (no pun intended) or better said, a *@&#% pain in the arse.

The things I know for sure that keep me afloat is keeping a bright outlook, having faith, staying as physically strong as possible , having something worthwhile to do each day (that has nothing to do with MS), enjoying the company of beautiful friends, treasuring loving family members and knowing how to laugh makes every day a good one. Corny as that sounds, it does fuel the fire and keeps me moving forward…
…the gorgeous summer sun helps too!
Namaste,
Michele

Posted by: michelezanini | July 12, 2011

Canada bites the bullet

A couple of weeks ago the announcement was made that Canada would be funding clinical trials of the Liberation Treatment. Yahoo, yeehaw, something concrete being done at home. Coincidentally a day after the announcement, I met with my neurologist who quite cynically said “no one wants to conduct these trials” (I am sure he meant he did not know any neurologists at the Foothills MS Clinic).

My thought; don’t limit the trials just to designate just neurologists and vascular surgeons. I hope the team consists of a broad mix of individuals. This team might include bright, open minded, post doctoral fellows with no agendas, no ties to the “Pharmas”, therefore no conflict of interest. Perhaps the group could include a few newly retired GPs (after all physicians listen to all symptoms and then make a diagnosis). Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Canadian research brought new ideas about the cause and better yet a cure of this darn disease?

Then on Saturday, I read the sad story of a fellow Calgarian who had MS. Her name was Maralyn Clarke. Maralyn passed away after having the treatment in the same clinic I went to in May. The procedure like any other medical treatment comes with risk. Depending on one’s physiology the risks increase but despite her high blood pressure, Maralyn still chose to have the procedure in attempt to gain a better quality of life. I am so sorry for Maralyn’s family; not only having endured how the MS impacted their lives MS but now having lost her in the hopes of alleviating some of the symptoms. This disease has not only claimed one more person but has rocked yet another family. Our prayers for strength go out to the Clarke family.

On another note, the article in Saturday’s Herald brought even more emotion for me. It made me ANGRY as the writer said’ in black and white (after telling us about Maralyn’s passing) “Canada has among the highest MS rates in the world. There is no known cure but symptoms can be managed”.

In the early years, RRMS can be somewhat silent, outwardly unseen and “yes” managed by many things such as disease modifying medication, exercise, rest, a good dietary intake and constant body awareness. But over the years (for as many as 80%) the damage accumulates and MS is not as easily managed. I suppose his statement depends on one’s idea of being O.K.

I have friends that seemingly do not mind a more sedentary, slower paced lifestyle; they are more accepting of the gifts of having MS (not my first choice that is for sure!). I have other friends frustrated by living in a wheelchair; needing help being transfered from bed to chair and from chair to toilet. And other friends with MS that are unable to care for their young children, unable to work in their home or outside the home. How manageable is that? I would love to say that the MS in me is manageable but seriously I want more; call me selfishly greedy.

Other than having been plagued by MS (oh and some osteo-arthritis in my lower back, maybe in my hip too-ha!), I could be a relatively healthy, vibrant, 53 year old. Perhaps his words just hit me hard on Saturday after reading of Maralyn’s passing but seriously the writer should not have been so casual in his broad statement; his lack of sensitivity amazed me. If MS is “MANAGABLE “ then why are so many seeking a treatment that is still controversial?

Annoying, degenerative, debilitating, prematurely aging, frustrating, unpredictable…anything but manageable! Sorry I am still ranting!

As for me I had a hip x-ray today, once I can find out what is happening down there I may be able to take off this “under construction/work in progress” placard. Yahoo, yeehaw! Sorry had to say it again after all it is Stampede week in Calgary. If I can get rid of some of this agonizing back/hip pain I will be able to better assess the success of my last treatment.

My best to all you cowpokes,
Michele

Posted by: michelezanini | June 26, 2011

How am I doing?

On Friday afternoon I came home to a phone message from Synergy Health/Pacific Interventionalists. They would like me to call them back to let them know how I am doing? Interesting, thoughtful and beside all that, it has me wondering how am I really doing post my second venoplasty. What am I going to tell them tomorrow?

I have made up my mind that treatment for CCSVI it is not a cure for MS, at least not for the deep rooted, and outwardly obvious damage I have after 22 years. What came first MS or collapsed veins or visa versa and do the two have anything to do with each other? No one knows for sure, at least no one is openly saying anything!

I firmly believe that the young and newly diagnosed should have the treatment in hopes that it will ward off some of the damages I have, like difficulty walking! Being ambulatory enhances ones quality of life; a bold statement but one I know firsthand. I am not saying to those with MS, don’t take the current disease modifying meds as one must do what they feel is right for them. However until there are clearly defined answers, we must do everythng we can to help beat this disease.

Even though my left jugular and right azygous veins are not in good shape, after having some ballooning and having had my valves ripped open I am certain I have better blood drainage. I know my hands and feet are warmer, the swelling in my ankles has disappeared, I sleep better, I am less fatigued and my bladder is less cranky. The latter two are not perfect but two of my four favourite beverages probably play a role in that issue (red wine and cafe lattes). Oh sure I could avoid all alcohol and caffeine and hydrate myself drinking my other two favourite bevies (bubbly water and herbal tea ) but one has to live and enjoy living, right?

I have had my back treated with three cortisone injections and am pleased to say I have gotten some much need relief. Only to find though that what I thought was hip and groin pain radiating from my bad back, just might be more osteo- arthritis in the hip area. More doctor appointments this week and hopefully a simple treatment of a couple more cortisone shots.

Now about the way I feel with better blood flow. I have not tossed aside my walker (darn it!) but I have had some absolutely stellar days, and can confidently say worth every penny and all the efforts of having the treatment. On those days I feel human again, happy to be alive, more confident in my movements and energized to do things like exercise more. On those days I am sure it’s easier for my family to live with me and love me. Unfortunately and oddly enough is the fact that a great day seems to be followed by a crappy one, or two and sometimes three or four-yuck, more darn it alls and yes sometimes worse words are muttered! You can imagine how I look forward to the amazing days and appreciate when they come: those days are simply a treasure! Do I push too hard? Maybe but when the good times roll I want to enjoy every moment I can. How do I find a happy medium? I haven’t yet. Maybe I will and maybe I won’t. Maybe I will exercise enough to re-strengthen muscles and celebrate with more and more wonderful days. For now that is my plan. I am not going to dwell on what I have done right or what I have done wrong. I have done plenty of that historically. That kind of behaviour strung me out more than it helped me find solutions.

You see what I have learned now is something that my Grandma always knew…good clean living is what is best for everyone, whether you have MS or you don’t. Sometimes though you have to loosen up a little, break up the routine so monotony doesn’t settle in. Living a little on the edge may come at a cost but to sing a line from one of the many George Strait’s hits:

“Life’s not the breaths you take, the breathing in and out, that gets through the day, ain’t what it’s all about. You might just miss the point, trying to win the race…life’s not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.”

Posted by: michelezanini | May 27, 2011

Not a cure but….

The procedure was so easy the second time around (maybe because I was prepared for the worst). The anaesthetic hangover however not so easy; something I didn’t face in round one because I didn’t have anaesthetic…just pain! The day after though I felt like I had been hit by a truck and wondered if it was a bad decision to have had the procedure again.

The doctors were young and slick but honest and straight forward. “This is a treatment for CCSVI not MS, if your MS improves that is a bonus.” per Dr. Arata. The facility was second to none as a matter of fact Dr. Hewitt bragged about the Renaissance Surgery Center “providing the most advanced infection control systems and surgical equipment, Renaissance at Newport Harbor marries cutting edge technology with industry leading aesthetics and efficiencies to positively
influence patient outcomes.”

That being said I have been treated for CCSVI…again. This time I had both valves ripped. Yes ripped and torn (sounds painful, do you feel sorry for me yet-ha!). I will never have proper functioning valves again (now you really feel sorry for me, right?). Hey I had blocked valves before; now they are open (letting the blood flow) and I am embracing warmer hands and feet, having a better night’s sleep, and having less muscle spasms. Enough relief that I feel one hundred pounds lighter, I am moving more and have seemingly more energy.

Does CCSVI have anything to do with MS or visa versa? Even after two procedures I can’t say for certain. I can say though, that the treatment has helped me deal with many of the symptoms that come from MS, symptoms that are apparently the same symptoms of CCSVI.

Sadly, I have not been miraculously cured of MS (or course I/we wanted that to happen but knew realistically that Dr. Arata was using a scalpel and catheters not a magic wand) I have felt small improvements in my general being and to me, to my hubby, to my family and friends that is “better than a kick in the pants” to quote my dear Dad. Noticing every small positive change is ten times better than the facing the “daily deaths” of those small things that get taken for granted. For example, last night I was able to undo my bra without having to turn it around (small yes, but oh so frustrating when it doesn’t happen easily).

Everybody wants to know was it worth it, are the improvements enough to warrant the money spent, the trip, the time away…what do you think my answer is? You betcha! In my human-ness I am disappointed I do not have more signs of obvious improvement but I have enough to be happy. I feel a new sense that I can re-build weakened muscles and that makes for great possibilities and more healing to come.

Off to lift some light weights,
Michele

Posted by: michelezanini | May 13, 2011

Full Of Angst

WOW I am anxious, with a capital ”A”. I feel I need to do more yoga, meditation, breathing, visualization and a week’s worth of sleep wouldn’t hurt either.

For the past two months, I have been struggling with walking more than ever before. No wonder I have an aggravated back! No matter how much I try to deny it my legs feel like they weigh a hundred pounds each and then at times they are like rubber bands tangling themselves up. Most of the time I find I am dragging them behind me. It is like my body has forgotten how to walk properly. I watch how people walk with ease and envision my body doing the same. Often I will get up from my chair and think I can just go leaving my cane behind; alas the fact is it’s not happening. My body is crooked, my posture is atrocious, there is stress and tension in my shoulders, neck and head, hips are not under shoulders, knees are not under hips, my feet are glued to the floor …no wonder my ankles and knees are killing me! All I want to do is sit; there aren’t too many body parts that don’t hurt. It is taking everything in me to carry on. It would be so easy to give in, yet the” stubborn genes” keep me pushing…it is like a war raging within my own body.

I am holding on to hope that this next procedure will open up enough blood flow to give me the strength to stay upright. I am more scared this time, not because of what I know or the pain involved. I am more scared this time because I know that the procedure generally relieves the subtle, hidden symptoms more oft than the obvious, physical ones. Post my first treatment my bladder is still stronger than it was and I am still dreaming, BUT the numbness in my hands and feet is back and so is the curling of my fingers and toes (why on my predominant left hand – just to make me a messy eater, what else?). I am scared because I feel this time, this trip, this treatment is my best chance to stay independent and ambulatory (a fancy word for “walking”). I am scared because of the” what ifs?”. I feel weak.

I have never wanted to voice these thoughts as it is way better for my body, my mind (and my family) to hear nothing but positive thoughts. I have never had fear of my future, that has been the role of my poor hubby (S@#*ty task for my my guy, It really sucks). I must admit I am going to California with more at stake. Perhaps my first procedure bought me more time; maybe I would have felt this way a year ago. that has got to be the attitude I take! After all Steve said we could just keep doing it and I am all for it. (NO Murray get your head out of the gutter, I mean the venous angioplasty!)

Sorry to have let my guard down, I needed an outlet. I needed to get it out in order to let it go. This has been a therapuedic blog to write today. Aaahh I can feel the release, thanks.
M

Posted by: michelezanini | May 10, 2011

Round Two

Here we go again!

As you know our venture to India last year produced some very positive results and we were blessed to have had some relief (and the support of so many people – thanks!) however the reality is I have regressed . That will just not do!

Now I am ready to face it head-on, I have some experience with the procedure and some expected results in mind. I have been doing plenty body scanning and body awareness. This time I am making note of my current condition and hope to be very aware of what changes occur afterwards. Perhaps I wasn’t as astute as I could have been last March, I was just so darn excited to try the Liberation Treatment. Of course anyone with MS knows that symptoms can vary from day to day, or even hour to hour for that matter. We always knew that the procedure is not a cure but more a method to relieve symptoms. Nonetheless and given the way I feel, my understandingly supportive hubby and I are looking forward to my next venous angioplasty. Hey, Steve said if we need to have this treatment every year we will find a way to make that happen.

There is no doubt that MS is a more complicated puzzle than one procedure or any disease modifying drug can cure. It will take many dedicated and brilliant doctors and researchers to help solve this mysterious disease. Puzzles are completed one piece at a time and one piece is shaped like me.

MS wise, I am struggling with muscles spasms that interrupt fluid movement of any kind and can be painful. These spasms occasionally occur in my hands and my back but predominantly in my legs. I swear my legs should be as big and strong as those of a Catriona LeMay Doan or Clara Hughes given the number of spasms per day (and night), unfortunately they are not…how irritating is that? If that was the way MS spasticity worked I am sure I could have had a shot at an Olympic gold medal.

Making my physical assessment more difficult and confusing is my recent discovery of osteoarthritis in my lower back. The pain subsided late December after a cortisone injection and daily physio therapy exercises however the pain has returned BIG time; my world for another shot of cortisone! At the end of June, it will be six months and I can have another injection. As much as I would prefer not to use steroids I have decided not to be a martyr, I have learned life is too short for such heroics. I must remember though to take it one step at a time in regaining health and mobility. Who knows if I didn’t have dragging MS legs whether the osteoarthritis would be as severe? Hmmm….a question for God when I get there.

Looking at the silver lining, I have been fortunate to meet and connect with several intelligent and caring individuals. Doctors, dentists, explorers in their own right; fellow MS patriots or better said, advocates, and friends of friends who have been touched in some way by this disease. WOW! again I am truly blessed that so many care; so many waving flags cheering us on.

As I prepare myself for my next venous angioplasty, I have taken all the words of advice, console and counsel to heart.; high doses of vitamin D, plenty of water, omega 3, emu oil, cottage cheese pureed with flaxseed oil, nitric oxide, bouncing/rebounding and vibration to name a few. Sounds like lots, I am doing what I can, and will hope for the best results given the knowledge that bodies react differently to different things. It is kind of like the P90 exercise program which our dear friend John Murray is so dedicated to (and I would like results like Johnny gets out of his workout regime – so would Steve – GO CANUCKS GO!).

Given all the good advice and healthy recommendations I am following I am sure to feel improvement again, maybe for longer this time. If my brain thinks my body is getting better…it is bound to happen! Hopefully, I have all my ducks in the right row for that preverbal skate around the Olympic Oval and better yet more dancing!

Round two begins on May 17th I will keep you posted!

Posted by: michelezanini | March 10, 2011

Am I a used car or a roast porkloin?

Hi all,

It has been an interesting few weeks as I have firmly made up my mind to seek further treatment for my veins. I do not want to leave a stone unturned in my journey with MS and I am not going to sit and wait for our government to figure out the benefits of the Liberation Treatment.

Like the many RRMS drug options (and as far as anyone can tell), treatment for CCSVI is not a universal help for all with MS. It is however better than doing nothing. I don’t mean that I am not exercising, or doing acupuncture, getting massages and generally taking great care of myself but to relieve myself of the MS symptoms again I am willing to give it another try. Heck for seven years I injected myself daily with Copaxone ($1300.per month) and believe me I wasn’t 100% positive it was helping the MS.

A surgeon once told me it would be easy if we were all machines but we are not; we are all different people (from the inside out). Therefore it makes some sense that we are all unique in our MS and how our bodies react to the disease and treatment of the disease (be it drugs or venous angioplasty).

I have spoken with two doctors at Pacific Intervetionalists in CA, both have said that I may benefit from further treatment. I am what they consider a “redo”, thus my concern about being a used car. Don’t laugh it gets worse, considering what has been learned in the past year about CCSVI, they consider me to be “underdone”…yup the Sunday night family dinner comes to mind, doesn’t it?

My neurologist believes that the wonderful (albeit short lived) post “Liberation” relief of symptoms I had in 2010 was placebo. Once that seed was planted in my head (and because it did not last) I even wondered about that myself. The reality is though there were good things happening in my body (no spasms, better balance, less thinking about every step, more strength in my hands and feet, sleeping better, dreaming again), enough for me to say I am doing it again.

I will be going in mid-May and I am so ready to give it another shot. Hope has never been lost for me, being positive is easy, even amidst our government’s confusion about whether a patient will benefit. If just one percent of the MS population benefits that is huge.

It is too bad that I can’t have this procedure done at home. Too bad the Canadian medical teams are not studying their own work but that of medical teams in Poland, Costa Rica, Mexico, India, the United States and more. Too bad I can’t spend our hard earned money in Canada. Too bad that I feel like I am being a redneck about doing what I can for myself and the debilitating disease that my family and I live with. I know what I am up against now; all I can say is BRING IT ON!

Posted by: michelezanini | January 25, 2011

They say if it is in your mouth you best spit it out!

Thanks to my GP I have found out that the pain in my back is due to severe osteoarthritis. I have had three cortisone shots in my lower spine; alas the last one worked. I have had a month of much less pain, it has been awesome! The concern is will it keep the pain level down for six months which would be the next time I could have another injection. To compliment and help ward off the return of such wicked pain I am doing physio exercises for my back in addition to the physio exercises I have been doing for the MS. One would think I should be in tip top shape!

 Whether the MS and the dragging of my legs caused the degeneration of the spine or whether it was just going to happento me, it doesn’t matter. I am just grateful that I am not treating the pain with Clonazepam the drug recommended for treating the MS pain.
Here is my latest thought. It appears that our government is stepping up (yeah) to fund a variety of time consuming studies (boo); two different thoughts and feelings in one statement. I am pleased that something is being done in Canada but saddened at the thought that people with MS still need to leave our country to seek treatment. In effect our government is funding inconsistent studies of people going to a variety of clinics and they are happily stepping up to recording and reporting ill effects of procedures performed by a  variety of doctors in a variety of different countries. What an interesting way to invest our tax dollars and placate the MS community.

Monies funded should be going towards consistent treatment provided in one or two medical centres in Canada (following experienced doctors protocols, it could be a combination of the best practices from Zamboni, Simka, Haacke, basically all the major players involved in CCSVI and it’s possible relation to MS. What an opportunity for our doctors to be able to take the lead in possibly making medical history. Not everyone with MS is willing to have the treatment but those of us that do want it, without a doubt would be happier to be treated in Canada and spend our money right here at home. Ah yes this is not the way our precious system has operated in the past but desperate people are calling for drastic change and measures. Droves of people have left Canada for treatment, shamefully a young man gave of his life, controlling the procedure and follow up at home would reduce many of the risks. Any surgery involves an element of risk, reading the side effects of many of the disease modifying drugs shows there are risks involved in wanting to rid ourselves of MS and its symptoms (and they have been government tested and approved).

It is a shame that in order for me to feel good again, I am seeking treatment in the USA. Hopefully my symptom relief will last longer (or for my life this time); so much has been learned in this past year since my first treatment. Perhaps I have restenosis. Perhaps more veins require ballooning or higher up to the brain stem. Ideally it would be wonderful if some brilliant person could figure out why CCSVI even occurs and I believe that many theories are being reviewed as I write this blog.

All I know is, I cannot and will not wait as the MS progresses once again and robs me of living a better quality of life. I only wish that the money my family will spend this year, all the learning’s from my next treatment and my desire to be a person involved in validation of the Liberation Treatment for MS  or CCSVI is going take place out of my home country.

Here’s hoping that 2011 is the year that those living with MS find true freedom! I am taking the step forward, keeps your fingers crossed for me and a few prayers would help too.

My best,

Michele

Posted by: michelezanini | November 26, 2010

Pleasures and pains

There is so much happening that I keep forgetting to blog. Winter has hit Calgary hard; the cold and ice definitely slows me down (as if MS isn’t challenge enough). Of course Christmas is around the corner; there are the lists, the shopping, the decorations, baking (a thing of my past) and my struggle with mobility makes it a challenge to find quality goods to serve guests, trim the tree, and all the other festive fun stuff that makes Christmas so special to me.  And we have something more exciting because a couple of days after Christmas as our eldest is marrying a lovely young man from the East (and no his name is not Balthasar though he is one smart cookie). Wedding plans, guests coming from out of town, seriously this day job is getting in the way.

Sad to say, sleep isn’t easy most nights. My head is spinning with ideas, thoughts, plans and worries and then pain gets going…or is it the other way around. Of course I know I should let go and let God, but some nights it seems an impossible task. Heck, I am aware of plenty of able-bodied people that have poor sleep habits; throw in some concern about one’s future health, pain, slow movement, mobility “what if’s”…there are only so many hours in a day, why does it seem there are so many more at night?

Today, I feel like I have been hit by a truck that backed up and drove over me again. I decided to try my stinky (very stinky) Chinese pain patches. I applied them to two areas on my hip and back, I used all of my Indian cream called Volini on my leftt knee and attached my brace to my right knee. Truly I am a sight and a smell for sore eyes. One whiff of these patches can make your eyes weep!

The tens machine works but the relief is sometimes short lived. I have not given up on it and appreciate the fact I am still not taking painkillers. Yes, there is a quality of life issue to think about but I am only 52. Longevity is in my family and I am so healthy other than the MS, why would I want to mess up my insides with drugs? At least not until I have exhausted all the other possibilities.

I am scheduled for a shot of cortisone in my SI area in the next week. Fingers crossed it helps as much as these amazing, smelly patches are right now…ahhh! Thank goodness I work at home alone .

Another plus is that next week we will be chatting with Dr. Rehan (the vascular surgeon who lead my procedure in Bangalore), and who knows, I may have more exciting things to share with everyone.

Other than a few complaints all is well. Thank you to all who continue to write and read of my trials and tribulations, I am grateful for the outpouring of positive energy. 

 Until next time, be well.

Michele

Posted by: michelezanini | November 3, 2010

My journey of hope…continued

I have heard that my last blog was sad, sorry it wasn’t meant to be. Although the pain is still with me and is making movement more difficult, I gratefully believe that the Liberation Treatment bought me time and held off this stage of MS from happening even  sooner than now.

Know that I am not sitting idle…I have my latest Doppler ultrasound report in hand and have had another MRI/MRV; it will be interesting to get my neurologists feedback in mid November now that this treatment is being a more openly discussed. I hope he is not as negative as he was in early May. I have also learned that Dr. Rehan Sayeed, the vascular surgeon who was the team lead for my procedure in Bangalore will be in Calgary on December 1st. Steve and I will meet with Dr. Rehan and will provide him with the post procedure test results I have had done in Canada. Dr. Rehan now has 100 or more Liberation Procedures under his belt and is publishing his records. I can hardly wait to find out what his thoughts are surrounding the latest findings on CCSVI, this procedure, stents and what he thinks a good next step would be for me.

As for pain management, I am still trying to stay away from the meds. Short of dipping my entire body in a vat of Ben-Gay (p u !), I am trying some other alternatives. My dear yoga teacher (who also has MS) recommended I try a tens machine to alleviate the MS pain. Years ago when I first complained to my neurologist of the pain, I was sent to a physiatrist who recommended physio and pain killers. I was treated with the tens machine the few times I went to physio but a person can’t go to physio everyday. Who knew you could buy one of these machines at not a bad price? Marietta did! I started using my “Pocket Therapist” late last week and intend on using it daily to try to reduce the pain more naturally. It may take some time but I will stick with it and report later on. If it works for me, as it seemingly has for Marietta I will be sure to let the docs know that some of their patients might refer this option over meds. Seriously these things I am learning in hindsight, oh well at least I am learning and moving forward.

I guess that is all part of my journey and oh what a journey it is!

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