Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stopped Stomach Issues for My Wife with MS

A few weeks ago my wife was at the Chiropractor and the Doc was sharing with us about Kombucha.  We headed to Whole Foods after the Adjustment and picked up a few different flavors of Synergy Kombucha.  The Chiropractor had explained how Kombucha has been super helpful for her health since it contains Pro Biotics and Antibiotics.  We've used Pro Biotics before and it helped my wife but we were surprised to find out how it would really affect her.

While we were at Whole Foods we also picked up Natural Calm, which is a drink mix we had used before to help my wife destress and relax.  Natural Calm has Calcium and Magnesium in it, and was recommended to us by the a Naturopath we used to see.  So, my wife started with the Natural Calm as soon as we got home.  Within minutes she was feeling relaxed and even commented that her hair felt relaxed.  Not really sure what that means, but I could visibly see the difference in her body.  That night she fell asleep easily and she has continued with the Natural Calm every day since.

She also started the Kombucha a few days later.  Up until this time she has been struggling with Stomach issues off and on for years.  Some days she has no issues, but other days she can eat the same thing she always does and she would immediately get sick.  Just a heads up, not all flavors of the Kombucha are good.  Some of them are really, really bad, but she found a few flavors that she likes and our daughter even likes.  She takes a little everyday in the mornings.  Within a few days she noticed that she wasn't having the stomach issues and had been having regular bowel movements, which has been a problem since I've known her.

She's continued with both the Kombucha and the Natural Calm and hasn't had a single day where she's had Stomach issues.  She's super excited because she can tell a difference in her Stomach and in her body.  She's slept better and feels better, and has been able to eat without worrying about getting sick.  We are going to continue to using these 2 products and my wife is starting to work on her diet again.  Over the next few months I will try to post more often as we live life with MS.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Waking Up With Tingly Toes and Fingers

Does Multiple Sclerosis cause you to wake up with tingly fingers and toes?  That's what has been happening with my wife for a few months now.  Sometimes they are really tingly and other times it only lasts for a few minutes.  Sometimes it's only one foot or hand or even one side of her body instead of both.  Most of the time the feeling comes back within a short time after waking up and she doesn't have any other issues during the daytime.  The frustrating thing about this is that we know why she's having these issues.

We know what it is because the problems started when my wife's pillow started breaking down and she ordered a new one.  She tried super expensive Sleep Number Pillows and other pillows that were supposed to be good for your spine and neck like the water filled pillows.  All of these pillows caused the same issues and some were worse than others.  We've found one style of pillow that doesn't cause my wife to have these issues.  Years ago this style of pillow was recommended by one of our Chiropractors and we've both used them ever since.

The style of Pillow is a Contoured Pillow.  I tried to find it online so you would know which one it is but they apparently are only available through a Chiropractors office.  The closest pillow I found you can see by Clicking Here.  When we started using these pillows it took a few days for both of us to get used to them.  It wasn't the most comfortable at first, but after we became used to them we don't leave the house without them.  I take my pillow with me everywhere we go, and so does my wife.  I can't sleep now without it or I get headaches and struggle to sleep. 

For my wife, her pillow provides more than a good night of sleep, it actually helps her to stay in alignment.  It amazes both of us how simple things like her pillow can totally change the way she feels on a daily basis.  My wife recently re-ordered 2 pillows so that we would have a backup for later and she wouldn't have to do without the right one.  After months of tingly fingers and toes, she can't wait to have her favorite pillow so she can have a great night's sleep!  We know for sure after years and years of adjustments and how she has MS issues when she's out of alignment that it is very important for her to be intentional about everything including her pillow.  If you're waking up with tingly body parts, maybe it's time to take a look at your pillow.  If you have any questions please shoot them to us, and as always we really appreciate your comments!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Article on the Vascular System and Multiple Sclerosis

I came across a post today from one of the Facebook pages I follow, and I thought you might be able to get something not only out of the article but also out of ways the article suggests to help with Vascular health.  CCSVI has been a hot topic for a few years now and the link between our Vascular system and Multiple Sclerosis is heating up as more and more Research is done.  There is a lot of information out now about CCSVI and MS, and to be honest I haven't had the time until recently to start really looking at it again but I will try to get more information on here about the newest findings. 

Here is the article about Endothelial Health and MS, and the authors recommendations to have a Healthy Vascular System - http://ccsvi.org/index.php/helping-myself/endothelial-health.  Hope this helps!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Planning Ahead For Heat And MS

Does heat bother your MS?  My wife has gone through times when she can take hot baths and not have any issues, and at other times she overheats very easily.  Now that we are back in Texas we are dealing with hotter and hotter days, and my wife does a few things to make sure she doesn't overheat during the day or night.  If she doesn't plan ahead, things can go south in a hurry so we make sure that we are prepared if she is going to be outside for lengths of time or it's a particularly hot day.

Recently we stopped off at Turner Falls in Oklahoma on our way back from Kansas.  It was a hot day but we wanted to hike some so we could see the Falls and also see the different Camping areas just in case we decided to camp there.  It has become habit now for me to reach out my arm for my wife to either hold my arm or hand while we are walking.  It's pretty normal for her to be walking along and not lift her foot enough to clear something and trip.  Luckily we've been together a long time and I'm always ready to catch her if need be.

So, we did a little hiking that day and she did great.  We took plenty of water and made sure and didn't push too hard.  On that day she didn't have heat issues and was able to handle all the walking and hiking we did.  She didn't even trip, much. ;)  That was a good day without issues, but there have been other days that have not gone so well.  We've been traveling at times when she would just get out of the car after riding for hours and if it was extremely hot outside, she would just wilt.  Those are the times she freezes me out of the car because she has the A/C on high trying to get cooled off. 

If it's hot at night she really struggles to sleep.  It's kinda funny because during the winter she has a heated blanket on all night long, but as soon as it starts warming up she struggles to find a happy medium and sheds the covers fast.  One thing she recently did to help at night was to chill a homemade Heat/Cold bag our daughter made for her.  It's super simple to make, and we even put fresh lavender in it so it would smell great.  She takes the bag and puts it in a ziplock bag and freezes it.  At night she can take it out and use it as a cold bag to cool off.  There are tons of DIY rice bags on Pinterest, and it's a fun project to do with your kids.

I guess the main thing we do to keep my wife from overheating is just being prepared with water, access to A/C and having other things available if possible like the cold rice bags.  Before MS my wife could camp out and stay in the heat outside without any issues, but we know now that she has to have access to A/C if needed so we just adjust as needed.  We choose to make tweaks in our plans that we know will make things easier and less stressful for her and all of us.  She knows her boundaries and we do too, and that helps to alleviate issues before they become major problems.  If you're going to be out in the heat this summer, plan ahead and make sure you have a Plan B.  It makes things so much easier and keeps Multiple Sclerosis from stopping the fun.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Big Things To Come For My Wife Has MS Blog

Well, my wife and I have been talking a lot about our goals and our future.  We are currently building a new Brick and Mortar business but have been building an Online Passive Income for the past few years.  With our Passive Income growing we are excited about a new phase for our My Wife Has MS blog.  Over the years I've told our story and wrote when I could, but I haven't been able to focus on sharing as much as I would like.  So, we are in the beginning phases of something we are both very excited about!

In the near future we will be able to share more about our struggles, joys and life with MS, and my wife will take a bigger role in our new endeavors.  For awhile she wanted to share more about how she feels and what's going through her mind and heart while fighting MS.  With her writing more and sharing more, we feel like you will be able to get a more balanced view of what our lives are like and how we go about treating her MS.  One of our main goals will be to continue to offer a real view of what life is like with MS, and provide Hope for those that are struggling.

So make sure and check back often because we will be announcing new additions to our Blog and will be giving everything a fresh look and feel.  For now, I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you that have followed our Journey and commented on our Blog.  We have laughed with you and cried with you as you've sent us emails and shared your journeys.  Our hope is that our new efforts will help, encourage and provide information for anyone looking for information on MS, and continue to provide a raw look at the ups and downs of Multiple Sclerosis.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Figured Out Why My Wife Was Dragging Her Leg With MS

Over the last few weeks my wife has been dealing with leg issues due to her MS.  Her legs weren't hurting or painful, but they weren't working right and were cold and partially numb.  I wrote a post the other day about finding a new Chiropractor.  If you haven't read the post, you can read it by clicking here.  The first visit to this new Chiropractor I figured out why she had been dragging her leg.  The Dr. was putting her through an initial exam and when she checked her leg length her right leg was literally an inch longer than her left.  No wonder it was dragging!

Our new Chiropractor adjusted her hips and for the first few days she really struggled because her body had been out of alignment for so long.  After a few more visits she is now doing really well and can actually lift her right leg.  For days she couldn't lift her leg high enough to even put her shoe on, but now she is able to raise it almost as high as her left.  Every day she is walking better, moving better and all of the cold issues along with the numbness are now gone.  It still amazes both of us how her alignment affects so many different things in her body, and how easily it can be fixed with an adjustment. 

Over the years we've heard all the advice about how my wife's MS must be progressing and how this is just a part of the natural progression that she would lose functions and have issues.  We will continue to push back against this thought process and not accept that my wife's health is going to become worse, and continue to find ways to help my wife feel better and have more control over her MS.  So far we have found some very specific things that help my wife and we continue to learn more everyday.  I would encourage anyone else that has MS to listen to your body, and look for treatments you feel comfortable with.  That's what we've done, and we've had success.  Most people don't realize my wife even has MS because we've found treatments that work for her.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Found A New Chiropractor For My Wife's MS

If you haven't read my last blog post, you can read it here.  Over the last week my wife was having cold feet, strips of cold from her hip to her feet and was dragging her right leg.  She wasn't having pain really, more of a numb/cold feeling in strips and areas of her legs and feet.  Her left leg seemed to be having more issues than her right leg, but she has been dragging her right leg since she started to have issues.  So, she went Monday to a new Chiropractor that did something similar to what we've done before but she didn't respond as well to the adjustment as she had in the past.  On Wednesday, we decided to try a different Chiropractor.

After searching for a Pro Adjuster Chiropractor in the area, we found one not too far from where we live now.  So, we loaded up and went through a consult and some x-rays and then she had her first adjustment at the new Chiropractor.  It was a little unnerving to see the Dr. check her feet length and her right foot was literally an inch longer than her left foot.  The Dr. adjusted her including adjusting her hips, which was causing the issues with her foot length, and she was feeling better immediately after the appointment.  We drove home and she was fine for a few hours until her right leg started hurting. 

She took an Advil and within a few hours the pain went away.  We knew that she would be "feeling" the adjustment since her body was so out of whack.  What's so interesting is watching her fatigue go away and the feeling come back in her body after the adjustments.  Today she was much better.  She can still feel the issues in her hips but isn't dragging her leg and has had much more energy.  She will go back to visit the Dr. on Monday and we will see how far out of whack her body is by that point.  Just another day living with MS! :)