What you should Expect
On Monday, we explained what Multiple-sclerosis is, and we explored what some of the symptoms are. There are many diseases that may manifest some of the same symptoms as MS, so it is important to not jump to conclusions.
Since there are many diseases that mimic MS, doctors will run a battery of tests to see if they can rule out these other diseases before they diagnose a person with MS. If you you or someone you love has been told they need to go in for testing for MS, here are some of the tests they will experience:
- Neurological Examination – Your doctor will ask you a series of questions. The doctor will monitor your emotional condition during the testing, to determine if you might have mental problems due to Multiple Sclerosis.
- Lumbar Puncture/ Spinal Tap – A needle is inserted between the two lumbar bones in order to take a sample of cerebral spinal fluid, which is the fluid that protects your brain and spinal cord from injury, to determine if your levels of cerebral spinal fluid are normal or not.
- Evoked Potential Testing – Using a conducive gel, electrodes that record brain waves are taped to the head. This measures the time it takes for nerves to respond to stimulation which is determined by visual, auditory, and somatosensory tests. This test can reveal abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord, and the eyes’ optic nerves.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – This test uses a magnetic field and radio waves to take pictures of the inside of a person’s head. This enables doctors to see what X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds cannot see. The purpose of this test is so doctors can see if there are any signs of MS, and it is conducted to confirm a diagnosis of MS.
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After Multiple Sclerosis Testing
If, after you have gone through your testing, your doctor says you have Multiple Sclerosis, you need to make one of the most important choices of your life.
Will you take the medication you are prescribed, thus becoming dependent on foreign sources to prolong but not address the underlying cause of the disease?
The choice is yours, but your body is designed to heal itself.
Multiple sclerosis has been frequently linked to head and neck injuries over the past 50 to 60 years. The most recent research indicates that an upper neck misalignment could lead to multiple sclerosis symptoms. Is important to have a thorough evaluation of your upper neck to determine if chronic cerebral spinal venous insufficiency related to an upper neck misalignment may be to blame for many if not all of your MS symptoms.
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Dr. Craig Lapenski and Dr. Martha Schenk of Advanced Spinal Care, in Graham, Washington are your Graham NUCCA Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Puyallup, Tacoma, Olympia, and Sumner. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at http://www.nuccawashington.com/