I am recovering from a flu - the second this winter! - and understand once again how damaging these flus are to my nervous system. The back muscles tense up which must impede the blood/fluid circulation. I was recovering rather quickly with the Oscillococcinum homeopathy when I developed a bladder infection. (Did I have a minor infection which left me susceptible to the virus, or did the virus leave me susceptible to the bacteria? I should have worn a face mask when my husband began to cough.) Anyway the antibiotic I took for the infection anti-doted the homeopathy and I was headed straight to the hospital, my lungs in flames. The side of my "good" left leg began that cold spongy wet feel which means real damage is being done to the myelin sheath/nerves. I asked my husband to give a good back massage (at least a minute, maybe two) and went to bed. The serious MS symptom was gone by next morning. (I also stopped taking the antibiotic which was poisoning me and fortunately the infection was gone.)
Again I stopped a major damaging MS attack by releasing tension in the upper back/neck area through a simple pysical manipulation. It does seem incredible, but it is true.
(I visited a Kinesiologist on Saturday, was so weak I was barely able to walk. He seemed a bit crazy, but I felt a thousand times better on leaving. He apparently worked on my energy field. I began taking the Homeopathic remedy Pulsitilla 12 CH (I couldn't get the 15CH until Monday) he recommended. I knew the remedy was correct because my state of mind changed within the hour of taking it even though I was still sick. By next morning the burning in my lungs had begun to to lessen. Today I'm actually sitting at the computer after weeks of lacking the motivation to do anything (which is in itself a sign of impending illness.) I'm not going out for at least a week, but feel I'm finally on the mend. Given the huge ignorance and prejudice against homeopathy, I'll write an entry on the subject later. Thank God my friend found the Kinesiologist Homeopath for me.)
I feel one can figure out one's own technique for releasing the upper back shoulder tension. My father remarked that as a child I was extremely tense, my first MS attack hit the upper spine which tends to re-inforce my belief that childhood stress can actually damage the veins leading to MS blood reflux.
So what to do?
Don't wait if you start getting those real MS symptoms. Get anyone to work your back. If one is under pressure, get a good professional massage, emphasizing the back and shoulders. There are probably vibrating back massage devices one can use every day so that one is not dependent on the presence of another.
(I have found a TENS self acupressure treatment will stop an attack for me, but not everyone can do that.) And it may not be necessary. I'm going to look into self massage devices. It is SO important to ACT IMMEDIATELY.
Get help when possible, but act for yourself now.
While working at the computer, I realize that the shoulders are knotting up AND by looking at the screen, my head is held back which impedes the blood circulation from the brain. So occasionally I bend the head forward and massage my neck with one hand to keep the tension from building up.
I was working on Chapter Three "How I inadvertently saved my legs" when I fell ill. I'll finish it this week. What I have recently learned by reading my medical file and personal journals has only reinforced, if slightly revised, my theories of what is happening to my body, and how to help myself. MS victims take heart, there is so much one can do to help oneself heal, and to live better.