Multiple Sclerosis

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As the 1983-86 Southwestern USA Judo Champion and the 1983-1987 Colorado State Champion, intense workouts and serous weight lifting have always been a part of my life. In January 1988, I began having neck problems which I attributed to weight lifting. I started Chiropractic care at this time specifically for my neck.

In January of ’89 I began experiencing different symptoms which included double vision, muscle problems, and a speech impediment. In November 1989 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis , a disease of the spinal column. Prednisone was prescribed at this time for MS.

Fortunately since I was already familiar with Chiropractic, I understood the effects of vertebral subluxations on your body. Through regular visits to Dr. Terry, I could have a healthy spine which, along with a good diet, would allow my body to function at its potential. With regular adjustments, I have gotten incredible results. I no longer have muscle spasms that last for hours.

Diet is an incredibly important part of health. I believe that my poor diet also contributed to contracting MS. I ate excessive animal protein. As an athlete, protein always seemed to be the critical part of my diet. I now know that a protein centered diet is not healthy and I have moved away from that and on to vegetarianism.

I still teach Judo and take care of my body so that I can live a normal life with MS. I firmly believe that if not for chiropractic, I would be in a wheelchair or bedridden. After about 1 ½ weeks on the vegetarian diet and with consistent adjustments I no longer have any exacerbations (attacks). The only lingering effect is the slurred speech and that has improved tenfold.

– Freedus W.

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Two years ago I had my first serious attack of MS. It hit suddenly and hard and changed my life overnight. Although the initial symptoms were pain and weakness in my back and legs, within a few months I had experienced balance, bladder, vision and memory problems. After the initial attack, although I felt much better, there was enough damage that I could no longer work or do many of the things that I had previously done. Recovery from the first attack was still a full-time job when another attack threatened the use of my arms, caused swallowing difficulties, and made my neck so weak that I could only hold up my head for a short period of time and so I spent most of my time horizontally.

Daily life was becoming a real struggle, I was continually frustrated by the various medical doctors lack of real help. They offered drugs for pain, drugs for sleeping, drugs for muscle spasms, and drugs for bladder control, but no hope for improvement, no clues as to how to keep from losing what was left. At a particularly low moment, a concerned friend suggested I try her chiropractor, and I told her that many people had suggested such a course to me, but I didn’t see what good spinal manipulations would do, because I had a debilitating DISEASE. No amount of bone crunching was going to cure me of a disease. Luckily, my persistent, well-informed friend knew I would need to understand the philosophy of chiropractic care, and so she proceeded to inform me. When she told me other people with MS were treated and had favorable results, I was convinced to give it a try.

To make a long story short, I have now shed my cloak of ignorance and see quite well that there is indeed some very simple logic as to why chiropractic works. I am convinced, however, that all chiropractors are not alike. I feel most fortunate to have been led to one like Dr. Terry who does reconstructive work as opposed to mere manipulations, and who actively works to inform his patients about how and why he does what he does. In my case, muscle spasms in my back caused by short-circuiting nerves have wrenched my spine out of its proper shape and the damaged spine (subluxations) interfering with other nerve paths has caused my troublesome symptoms. I am convinced of this because now, after only a few months of care, tractioning, and adjustments, I am a new person, rarely have difficulty holding my head up, and the pain in my back and legs is less and even improving. I have vastly improved bladder function, and I can feel sensations in my skin where doctors told me I would never feel anything again. I take long, brisk walks most days and I am grateful for every stride. I still have swallowing, vision, and memory deficiencies, and am far from normal as to my previous strength and endurance, but my improvement has been so dramatic that I again believe I have a future- not just a past. That alone is quite a gift. My thanks to Dr. Terry, you’re always in my prayers.

– Julie G


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I have chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis and would like to tell you about the changes in my life since I started Chiropractic care six months ago. I’ve realized I can’t rely totally on modern medicine to take care of me, so I’ve been very active in searching for alternatives, for another opportunity to help me out. I’ve never been passive with my disease. I wanted to add to the quality of my life. Then I heard the chiropractic story and the whole idea was so logical and made so much sense that I couldn’t pass it up.

I have had symptoms including weakness in my legs that kept me from walking more than three blocks before my legs felt like lead weights, hyperextending my knees, fatigue, balance problems, mood swings, numbness in finger tips and feet, and lhermitte’s sign (tingle down my spine when I bend my neck).

After six months of chiropractic adjustments three times a week, I can feel my feet and fingers, I have been able to discontinue my medication for fatigue, reduce medication for mood swings, my balance has improved and I walked 1.5 miles several weeks ago (something I haven’t done in a long time). I can go shopping at the mall without a wheelchair and my lhermitte’s sign is almost gone.

MS is a disease of the brain stem and spinal column. MS means many scars, so as a message comes down the spinal column it gets re-routed when it hits a scar, and is therefore a mis-communication. It only makes sense that we need to clear the path. Since I’ve been under chiropractic care I’m able to work more hours because fatigue has not been nearly as big of a problem. I’m only taking 20mg of an anti-depressant drug and I was on 40mg. I’m no longer taking tranquilizers. I had a water retention problem which I no longer have. I was also taking six Asprin, four times a day for hursitis. Now I only take two in the morning and two at night, none during the day, it’s amazing! I was having cortisone shots every six or eight months, I haven’t needed any since I’ve been under chiropractic care.

I feel I’ve had a 100% turn around since I’ve been under chiropractic care. It’s so exciting to be able to live my life more freely and fully. To be this well and to be able to do virtually all I want and choose to do is wonderful. I have so much more energy. The medical doctors I have seen are astounded by my progress. And I really believe chiropractic care has made these changes possible.

When my left foot is dragging or my balance is bad – I come in for an adjustment and walk out better.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease than can change overnight, however, my condition has been very stable for the past six months and I attribute that to chiropractic care and the caring, loving, positive attitude at Terry Chiropractic.

– Jo W.

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