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Details  (ID=341)
Date: Saturday, 9 April 2011
Name:  Miss Diana Wood
Date: 9-apr-2011
Main Condition
Main Condition:  Head and Neck Pain with Instability
My Brief Story
Brief Story:  After a fairground ride in 2004 I came off feeling disoriented, weak and with a headache. Immediately went home where I was sick so I went to bed for the rest of the day. On waking the following morning, I could barely move from the neck down. I was extremely weak, uncoordinated and could only walk with assistance. Called out a doctor who diagnosed labrynthitis but couldn’t explain the weakness. Several days passed with no improvement but additional symptoms such as difficulty passing urine and blurred vision so I saw my local GP who sent me for a brain scan. This revealed nothing but because I was showing neurological symptoms I was referred to a neurologist at another hospital.
Various tests were carried out, ct scan, lumbar puncture and emg testing for epilepsy but all revealed nothing. Fortunately my symptoms improved over the next 4 months and I assumed it was just a one off occurrence with no explanation.
Six months later it happened again and over the next 5 years the ‘episodes’ kept reoccurring lasting from 6 weeks to 3 months for recovery. Various diagnosis were given ME, FIBROMYALGIA, MIGRAINE and I was even referred to a psychologist with an underlying diagnosis that it was ‘all in my mind’ which was the most humiliating. Every appointment with the specialist every 6 months was the same. He asked me my symptoms, how long they lasted but it just felt like he wasn’t listening to what I was telling him. I repeatedly told him of the pain in the back left hand side of my head, how my neck would click constantly, how the left hand side of my body was affected, walking was very difficult with me sometimes having to use crutches to get about, stiffness in both of my legs and having to swing them to get them to move. I christened it my ‘John Wayne walk’ tingling in my 4th and 5th fingers of my left hand and my poor vision. By this time it was also causing me to stutter and hesitate in my speech.
Two years after the initial incident and on the advice of a friend I visited a local chiropractor to help me with pain I was experiencing in my right shoulder, the premise was if she would help with that it would be one thing less to cope with. She recognised that I had a problem with my neck and also misalignment with my shoulder and hip. During the following 12 months I saw her monthly but as I was still having ‘episodes’ and neurological problems she referred me to a neurological chiropractor, Iain Smith in Newport, that had given lectures she had attended.
The list of problems he found on my examination seemed endless. I had a grade 3 subluxation and he tried to rectify them. Some he succeeded with but it got to the stage where even he was reluctant to work on my neck as the results were sometimes severe. Fortunately he had had a colleague in New York who he contacted on my behalf for advice. Dr Scott Rosa advised an upright MRI would be advisable as a normal prone mri was unlikely to reveal the cause.
This was taken in 2009 and the results were that I had tonsilliar ectopia and a mis-alignment of the C1-C2 vertebra resulting in my skull not sitting correctly on my neck. That was when my chiropractor contacted Heidi Grant in London who specialised in the NUCCA method of treatment.
I can honestly say that Heidi has given me my life back. Her treatment was painless and quick but the results have been considerable. Initially I saw her every two weeks, now I'm at least 6 weeks between appointments. I've only had one major episode in the last 12 months and that was only because my head had shifted to the extreme but once Heidi X-rayed my neck and adjusted her corrections I was ok again. Within 1 hour I was walking better than I had the previous month.
Unfortunately I dont think my adjustments will hold permanently due to damage to ligaments but as long as I can keep seeing Heidi I'm sure I will still be able to do all the things I love doing. All of the chiroprators who have seen me have been wonderful and I cant thank them often enough. If only the medical profession would recognise the wonderful work they do, maybe less people would have to suffer.
Chiropractor's Details
Name:  Dr Heidi Grant
Practice:  Suite 21, Harcourt House
Has own X-Ray equipment.
Street Address:  19, Cavendish Square
Suburb/City:  London
State/Province:  England
Postcode/Zip:  W1G 0PL
Telephone:  +44 (0)20 7495 2206
Email:  heidi@nucca.co.uk
Web Site:  nucca.co.uk
Chiropractic Technique:  NUCCA
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