As far as the MS problem, I was doing just fine until recently Every morning the Tens Acupressure treatment appears to open the fluid flow (blood, cerebrospinal fluid) through the brain which lifts me immediately from a waking "depression". If I'm stressed during the day and begin to feel dizzy (which for me means the "fluids" are freezing up) and my coordination falters (because the blood must be backing up into the CNS), an upper back massage will relieve me. And if I can swim, the relief is nearly "miraculous". Not only does my head tension clear up, my urinary tract empties, it's Niagra Falls. (After 32 meters of doing the crawl I have to get out of the pool and head to the ladies room. Quite annoying. An excellent illustration of the best way to treat "hydronephrosis" – “reflux of urine from the bladder back into the kidney” Wikipedia.)
But late summer 2013 I began to have internal pains for no apparent reason, and my abdomen distended even more than usual. Then out of the blue a terrible cystitis. And then another. I began to wonder if I had bladder cancer. Two years ago I dreamed I had ovarian cancer and since then my ovaries are being monitored once a year but they look O.K for now. So I made an appointment with a local Parisian Generalist Doctor within walking distance so I can be prescribed a urine lab test and antibiotics if necessary. And he decided to refer me to a Urologist and prescribed Sonograms of the kidneys and bladder. When I said I had MS, he almost looked frightened. There was no point talking about CCSVI, he has been thoroughly indoctrinated into the auto-immune, this is Neurologist territory, dogma.
I went home and reflected. I dreaded seeing a Urologist, In my experience they get all tangled up in complicated theories for what I believe is a very basic anatomical defect in human females.
Let’s consider the Friedrich Nietzsche quote again (from memory).
“The seed of man lies between excrement and urine.”
Nasty germs proliferate in excrement, and should they migrate into the bladder during sexual intercourse, infection (cystitis) follows. And for some women this becomes a risk with every penetration. As my cousin who is a school nurse for a private liberal arts college said, “we know that every Monday morning there will be a rash of cystitis cases after Saturday night dates, and they are always the same girls who come in.” O.K. I belong to this chosen cohort. I’ve had a whole group of UCSF medical students look up into my bladder, have undergone a long history of lab/imagery tests. No solid results, but the problem should be obvious. It’s the angle of the openings in the women with this problem (nothing to do with MS here) which facilitates the forcing of nasty germs into the urethra and eventually the bladder. What’s so difficult to figure out there? After I broke my sacrum in 2007, the problem has been worse because the angles lend even greater opportunity for contamination.
Apparently there is a surgeon in Portugal who corrects the angles after which the women are fine. I’m not going to consider surgery, I’m too old and my glory days are over. This surgery should have been performed on me 40 years ago and anytime since. In the early 70’s an imaginative San Francisco Gynecologist prescribed Gantrisin cream to be applied on the urethra before intercourse to kill the germs. It worked great. But then the cream was taken off the market and a sulpha cream replacement didn’t work. So back to square one.
This is also a problem for people who are immobilized or can’t urinate properly. The nasty germs from the excrement migrate into the bladder and infect it. I was told once by a French Doctor that he prescribes Cranberry extract to hospitalized quadriplegic patients to prevent these infections. Cranberry was recommended to me in 1970 by a “quack” healer. It acts against E-Coli bacteria, the most common Urinary tract infectious agent. (E Coli feeds on sugar which is probably why a sweetened Cranberry juice didn’t work for me in 1970.) Now when I can't drink much water I take a Cranberry powder extract and sometimes Propolis as well to prevent bacteria buildup and infection. It works just fine to prevent E-Coli infections and tastes good besides.)
MS patients have the cystitis problem because they have difficulty emptying their bladder. Hydronephrosis can lead to stagnation of urine flow, hence infection. It’s assumed it’s primarily because the nervous system doesn’t work as it should. I don’t think that is true in my case. As I’ve written previously in the Blog post on “ Rigidity Disease”, the bladder “freezes”, stress cramps it up so that it doesn’t easily empty. My recent problems illustrate this perfectly well . It is said that hydronephrosis is caused by MS. Maybe hydronephrosis IS Multiple Sclerosis, that is to say,the type of MS caused by body tension which actually prevents free flow of body fluids, blood, cerebrospinal fluid, urine. What stresses the body? Inflammation, infection, toxicity, allergy, illness, emotional anguish.
Back to Saturday evening after the Doctor visit.. I really didn’t think a Urologist could help me and I dreaded going. Then Eureka! Of course, these symptoms reminded me of Endometriosis, a female disorder which leads to endometrium bleeding in the pelvic area. It can invade the intestines and the bladder, leads to inflammation. And pain and adherences.
I had suffered this for years until I was treated for MS by the kinesiologist/nutritionist and then the Endometriosis disappeared along with the MS after a year of de-toxification, supplements and optimal nutrition. (My Gynecologist at the time didn’t believe this was possible.)
So I began to search on the Internet for diet tips and came upon the fact that estrogen feeds endometriosis and one needs to eat anti-estrogen foods. And then I remembered that every morning I apply Estrogen gel to treat Menopause. I didn’t need to cancel out the Estrogen so much as to stop adding it. What a dope I’ve been. I was inducing endometriosis, my intestines and bladder are probably riddled with it. I dreamt of a smooth slick brown plain dotted by rocky outcrops. Perfect image of my intestines in their current diseased state.
So I stopped the Estrogen gel as of Sunday morning November 17. And by happy chance I had an appointment with the Gynecologist the following Tuesday. The Gynecologist Dr. T said to stop applying the Estrogen gel for at least 3 weeks and then take it every other day, thus reducing the application by half. So this week I’ve been going through a kind of withdrawal. She also ordered fasting blood tests for cholesterol total HDL and LDL, glycemie , triglycerides, 25 OH vitamin D2+3, calcemie, and I asked for insulin. (She didn’t explain what she was looking for.) Also, she told me that should the endometriosis fail to calm down, I should undergo a pelvic MRI before my next appointment April 2014.
I believe the pain and inflammation I’ve experienced these past months exacerbated the MS because my entire body tenses up. My bladder freezes up making it difficult to urinate. The germs which migrate to the urethra weaken and irritate it. Then if I don’t drink enough to wash the germs away they must proliferate and cause infection. (A one day excursion when I drank little was enough to trigger the infection.) Infection tenses up the entire body leading to increased blood reflux/fluid restriction i.e. more MS symptoms.
I visited the Kinesiologist. The advantage of Kinesiology is that it tests one’s own inner knowledge of what to do. It won’t replace Medical Doctors, lab tests or interventions. It acts as a reassuring guide through the labyrinth. When the Doctor prescribes something, it is usually based on some generalized “average” patient. (I call it the medicine cookbook recipe.) The Kineseiologist can customize the treatment .
The Kinesiologist asked me why the Gynecologist wanted to keep me on Estrogen at a reduced level, what did he say. I said “he” didn’t explain anything, French Doctors tend to give orders and expect to be obeyed without questions. The Kinesiologist said the Estrogen was needed to prevent Osteoporosis (bone loss) and she knew I had been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and couldn’t tolerate the drug prescribed for it. I had been taking supplements to strengthen the bones. I told her I had dreamed that I had Ovarian cancer. She hinted that the endometriosis could damage the ovaries. The Gynecologist seemed concerned when I mentioned Ovarian cancer. What I intuite from all this is that eventually I could develop Ovarian cancer triggered by the Endometriosis lesions. (No one actually said that.) The Kinesiologist’s test confirmed I should stop the Estrogen for 3 weeks and then take it every third day thereafter. (This is a bit less than the Gynecologist suggested. In December the lower dose would be 11 days, the higher 18 days.) The Kinesiologist suggested 2 low dose homeopathic remedies, Nux Vomica 7CH and Lachesis mutus 9 CH, 3 grains 3 times a day for each, to deal with the hot flashes and other detoxification issues.
I was reassured. And she told me something I needed to know, that the Estrogen is prescribed to prevent Osteoporosis. I was tempted to stop it altogether. It looks like a juggling act, take enough Estrogen to prevent Osteoporosis, but not so much that it triggers the Endometriosis. When I healed from the MS AND Endometriosis 1984-1985 I was still ovulating i.e. still producing estrogen.
Another possible solution to the cystitis problem. I asked the pharmacist if there was an antibiotic cream I could apply to the Urethra to prevent infection. She suggested an eye cream, “cébémyxine” eye ointment, neomycine sulphate and the Gynecologist prescribed it. I’m going to apply it every day to “kill” the germs which migrate from the intestines, thinking that I can strengthen the urethra and prevent infection. I will certainly use it if I find myself – God forbid – bedridden in the hospital. Thus far the cream seems to have calmed irritation and strengthened the urethra. We shall see.
One important observation. All last week I was dizzy, my walking gait disturbed, I felt besieged by what I had always thought was a hormone imbalance “attack”. On Monday I asked the physical therapist to massage my back which relieved me greatly. Tuesday I visited the Gynecologist, then took antibiotics to prevent cystitis and in consequence on Wednesday I felt terrible. Late Wednesday afternoon I visited the Osteopath who looked at the Nov 2007 X-rays of my broken sacrum and noted that the S-2 bone had fractured. He manipulated the pelvic area and then worked on the head and cervicals. He had read the French version of my MS Cure Enigmas site (SEP CCSVI ou Toxique.net which needs revision). He felt that “Skeletal’ problems needed both Chiropractic and Osteopathic manipulation. If there is a real structural anomaly, a Chiropractor is called for. Osteopaths work more on muscles and fluid flow. (That’s how I see it.)
I still felt lousy Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but a brief upper back massage ALWAYS brought relief. I can now see that these “hormone” disturbance symptoms were actually caused by FLUID CONGESTION IN MY HEAD which could be easily relieved through massage. All those years of suffering when the solution was right at hand!
Saturday evening I began the Homeopathic remedies. Today Sunday, one week after stopping the Estrogen, I feel great, the tension has receded. I’m determined to follow my non gluten, non lactose optimal diet, to rid myself of the Endometriosis while maintaining a “hormonal” equilibrium. And to control the MS.
I’ve told this story to illustrate how I go about dealing with a health crisis. And to emphasize the role of fluid dynamics in controlling MS and in achieving optimal health. If I had known about the blood (fluid?) reflux idea 33 years ago my health would be vastly better.
Tags: Multiple Sclerosis, MS, Endometriosis, Cystitus, Hydronephrosis, CCSVI, Estrogen, Osteoporosis, Menopause, Quadriplegic