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CASE STUDIES: Multiple Sclerosis

Please note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.

Female, Age 35, Multiple Sclerosis

*** TESTIMONIAL ***

"In November 2002, I was diagnosed with MS. Within 4 days I went from being very active (just competed in the '24 hours of Moab' mountain biking race) to being partially paralyzed on my right side and not being able to keep a thought in my head. I started seeing Dr. Elster two weeks after being diagnosed and she discovered an injury in my upper neck. Keeping a journal I noticed that when my cervical vertebra was out of alignment, my MS symptoms would get worse (even with the MS meds) but when the vertebra was in postion, I would recover. Five years later I am working full time, using both sides of the body, without MS meds and am doing great. With Dr. Elsterís care I have been able to regain my life back without being on long term medical care. A huge thank you to Dr. Elster and her quest for a better way of life. " M.I., age 35

Female, Age 30, Multiple Sclerosis

*** TESTIMONIAL ***

"I will always remember Christmas of 2006 with a special fondness. I spent the day snowshoeing in Montana, romping and getting lost in the dense northwestern forests. The average person might have perceived the day as being fairly insignificant, but for me, it was a triumph. The previous Christmas I spent sitting in my living room, feeling sorry for myself. My legs were weak and unsteady and the idea of snowshoeing felt like a fantasy not worth entertaining. My symptoms of MS has become progressively worse over the year and it seemed like my physical activity was dwindling with each passing day. I was frustrated, depressed and almost hopeless. Then in the final days of 2005, on a referral from a friend of a friend, I was introduced to the work of Dr. Erin Elster. Dr. Elsterís successes with a myriad of mysterious chronic conditions ignited a smoldering morsel of hope in me, and despite many seemingly unsurpassable obstacles, I found myself in her office in January 2006. This was no small feat. I live in Portland, Oregon and I traveled alone in my weakened state, terrified and uncertain. What if it didnít work? Was the financial risk worth taking? I had experimented with many non-conventional treatments in the previous years to no avail. I felt an enormous amount of pressure, all of which came to a height when I first walked in Dr. Elsterís door and broke down. As it turned out, I did have a neck injury. And with my very first adjustment, I felt an ecstatic physical release. I was finally being given a key piece of my healing. Over the next year, I traveled between Portland and Boulder so many times that the flight attendants were recognizing me. On good days, when I experienced miraculous dissipation of my symptoms, I was overjoyed. On days when my symptoms would return, I felt my hopeless sentiments creep dangerously back in. Through it all, Dr. Elster was (and continues to be) kind, patient and reassuring. She would reiterate time and again that the therapy takes time and my experiences were normal. Gradually, I am seeing that she was right. On the first day of 2007 I walked up my country road for three miles, and I havenít stopped walking since. " Z.K., age 30

Female, Age 55, Multiple Sclerosis

*** TESTIMONIAL ***

"My main problem was profound fatigue. When I first saw Dr. Elster, my energy was so low, that even my mind and my emotions were adversely affected. I felt like I had the flu all the time. After just a few adjustments, my energy and alertness improved. I feel lighter and clearer and generally healthier. Other have remarked on the improvement. Dr. Elster has helped me so much and I am very grateful." Carole, age 55

Female, Age 41, Multiple Sclerosis

This 41-year-old female suffered a fall one year prior in which she fell down an entire flights of stairs. When she fell, the back of her neck fell directly upon the top stair, causing her head to whiplash backward, before she continued to slide down the remainder of the stairs. She reported that she immediately began to feel a numbing sensation on the back of her head and neck and also suffered from headache. Gradually, her face, jaw, and hands also became numb. She tried to continue working for the next two months but could not due to loss of coordination and balance. On an MRI taken 3 months after the fall, lesions were discovered and she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

At her initial upper cervical evaluation one year after the fall (9 months after her diagnosis), she suffered from the following symptoms: 1) daily headaches originating from the back of her skull that never go away; 2) numbness along her entire right side (arm, leg, hand & foot); 3) numbness on the bottoms of both feet; 4) motion sickness / dizziness; 5) muscle spasms in the back of her head and neck; 6) facial numbness; 7) high blood pressure (did not exist prior to the fall); 8) trouble sleeping. She was taking numerous medications for pain, sleep, dizziness, blood pressure, etc.

Within the first two weeks of upper cervical care, she noticed a marked improvement in all of her symptoms: feeling began to return to her right side, headaches decreased, dizziness decreased, high blood pressure decreased, muscle spasms decreased, and sleep improved. Within two months, all symptoms were absent and all medications were discontinued. When all of her symptoms were resolved, she went back to her neurologist who re-tested her with an MRI-- all MS lesions were absent.

Female, Age 33, Multiple Sclerosis

This 33-year-old female was assaulted at age 26; she was knocked down and dragged by her hair across the floor. Only three months after the assault, she began experiencing numbness in her right hand and right leg. After testing by her neurologist, she was diagnosed with MS and prescribed intravenous prednisone. She continued to experience MS exacerbations and underwent oral and IV prednisone numerous times over the years. She also tried various MS medications including copaxone but could not tolerate those. At the time of her upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, her symptoms were as follows: difficulty walking due to right leg weakness and balance trouble; right arm and hand weakness; curling of right fingers; loss of right grip strength; minor loss of bladder and bowel control; fatigue; and headaches.

During her evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered, which could have been caused by the assault. She received treatment over several months to stabilize her neck injury and reported gradual improvement of her symptoms including 1) improved feeling of wellbeing; 2) improved energy and stamina; 3) improved leg strength, balance, and ability to walk; 4) improved strength in her arm and grip; 5) handwriting improved to normal; 6) bladder and bowel control improved; and 7) headaches absent.

Female, Age 41, Multiple Sclerosis

This 41-year-old female was diagnosed with MS two years prior to seeking help from upper cervical care. Her primary symptoms included pain in her feet, cramping in both legs, loss of balance, pain in her neck and upper back, Lhermitte's sign, widespread joint pain, and twitching in her right eye. These symptoms were present on a daily basis and had been consistent for the previous year and a half. She had been taking MS medications recommended by her neurologist but she was concerned because her symtoms had remained unchanged and she seemed to suffer many side effects.

During her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was found. When questioned, she recalled four different accidents that had resulted in concussion, that preceded the MS onset. During her initial weeks of upper cervical care, she noticed immediate improvements. All of her symptoms resolved within two months and she was able to discontinue all MS medications.

Female, Age 30, Multiple Sclerosis

This 30-year-old female was diagnosed with MS two years prior to seeking help from upper cervical care. Her diagnosis had been given after multiple episodes of optic neuritis, fatigue, tingling in her extremities, foot drop, and loss of bladder control. At the time of her initial evaluation, her main symptoms included pain, stiffness, and weakness in her right hip, pelvis, and leg; bladder hesitancy; fatigue; blurred vision; tightness in her neck and shoulders; trouble sleeping; and inability to walk without a cane.

During her initial evaluation, an upper cervical injury was found. She recalled several different possibilities for the injury including a childhood fall that resulted in concussion, her birth via forceps, and an episode of heavy lifting that strained her spine. During the first month of care, she reported sleeping better; feeling more energetic; walking better; less blurred vision; more relaxed shoulders and neck; more relaxed right leg; and feeling clearer headed. By the second month, her symptoms continued to improve and she was able to walk without the cane.

Male, Age 37, Multiple Sclerosis

This 37-year-old male was diagnosed with MS three months prior to his seeking help from upper cervical care. He first suffered from symptoms several years before. Finally, at the time of diagnosis, he was suffering from Lhermitte's sign on a daily basis, popping in his spinal joints, and random muscle twitching. He described Lhermitte's sign as being severe and painful and present constantly. An MRI showed numerous active lesions and his neurologist recommended MS medications. This patient chose to undergo upper cervical care first to see his response.

During his initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was found. When questioned, he did not recall any specific accident that could have caused his neck injury although he had been an avid runner and noticed the onset of his symptoms following a particularly strenuous training schedule. He noticed an immediate reduction in his symptoms following the first adjustment and continued to see improvement in his symptoms during the first months of care. In the fourth month of care, he had a follow-up MRI peformed and all lesions were reduced and inactive compared to the MRI that preceded treatment. Accordingly, his neurologist recommended that he continue with upper cervical chiropractic care and he also recommended against the need for any MS medications.

Male, Age 35, Multiple Sclerosis

This 35-year-old male was diagnosed with MS one year prior to seeking help from upper cervical care. His primary symptoms included tingling in his hands and feet, fatigue, and leg weakness. All symptoms were constant.

During his initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was found. When questioned, he recalled several different sports traumas from his past, especially during his college lacrosse career, that preceded the MS onset. During his initial months of upper cervical care, he noticed immediate improvements after each adjustment, and gradual reversal of his symptoms until they were absent. During his follow-up check up appointments, his neck injury remained stabilized and his MS symptoms remained absent.

Male, Age 53, Multiple Sclerosis

This 53-year-old male was diagnosed with MS one year prior to seeking help from upper cervical care. He reported that he may have experienced some symptoms 10 years prior to his diagnosis, when he had a brief episode of numb arms and legs and a shuffling gait. His current symptoms, which had been present for the past year, included fatigue, tinging in his arms and legs, and Lhermitte's sign. He was referred by his physician for an upper cervical chiropractic evaluation.

During his evaluation, an upper neck injury was found. When questioned, he recalled several different accidents from his past that preceded the MS onset, including a horse back riding accident and a motor cycle accident, which both rendered him unconscious. During his initial two months of upper cervical care, he noticed the gradually improvement of his symptoms until they were absent. During his follow-up check up appointments, his neck injury remained stabilized and his MS symptoms remained absent.

Female, Age 35, Multiple Sclerosis

This 35-year old female was an extremely active, athletic individual, who participated in triathlons and mountain bike races, until she was struck with sudden weakness, resembling paralysis, of her entire right side. The weakness came on suddently, so she was taken to the emergency room and admitted into the hospital for tests. After an MRI and spinal tap, she was diagnosed with MS and immediately prescribed intravenous steroids. After she was released from the hospital, she was still unable to use her right arm or leg, and was brought by her friend to undergo an upper cervical chiropractic evaluation.

During her evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered. It could have been caused by any number of traumas she experienced as an athletic individual, however she recalled a bad mountain bike crash in which she flew over her bike's handle bars three weeks prior to the paralysis onset.

After initiating upper cervical care, she began to notice improvement in her strength and stamina of her right side and slowly began to regain strength, movement, control, and coordination of her right arm and leg. During this time, under recommendation from her neurologist, she underwent drug therapy. Her neurologist first recommended betaseron, which caused her condition to temporarily worsen, so her neurologist switched her to copaxone. The second drug also caused her symptoms to worsen so she decided not to undergo any further drug therapy and continued with the upper cervical care, which was working for her. After her neck injury stabilized, she underwent vigorous rehabilitative training and exercise and was able to bring her strength and coordination back to its original level. Follow-up MRIs showed no new MS lesions and a healing of the original lesions.

Female, Age 47, Multiple Sclerosis

This 47-year-old female was diagnosed with MS two years before seeking help from upper cervical care. While her spinal tap was negative, an MRI performed at the time of diagnosis showed multiple lesions on her brain. Her primary symptomatic complaints were dizziness and trouble balancing during walking and standing.

During her initial examination, an upper neck injury was discovered. When questioned, she recalled several different events from her past that could have caused the neck injury included two fenderbenders, one fall while walking on ice, and one concussion. All preceded the onset of MS symptoms. During the initial weeks of upper cervical care, she began to report that she felt more balanced and "less wobbly" while walking. She also described that she previously felt like she would fall off of a chair while sitting or a bed while lying but she no longer felt those symptoms. Eventually, several weeks later, she reported that she felt quite stable while walking and no longer feared walking long distances.

Female, Age 34, Multiple Sclerosis

This 34-year-old female was diagnosed with MS approximately one year before seeking help from upper cervical care. She had experienced two major flare-ups in the previous year in which her arms had gone numb, her legs had given out, and Lhermitte's sign (numbness upon head flexion) was present. After the second flare-up, she had a 2nd MRI performed which showed worsening of lesions from the previous MRI. She had begun taking an MS drug recommended by her physician but it wasn't helping her and it was causing many unwanted side effects so she discontinued it. Eventually she was referred by a friend for an upper cervical chiropractic evaluation.

During her intial evaluation, an upper neck injury was found. She recalled many different traumas to her head and neck that preceded the onset of her MS symptoms including auto accidents, a concussion, and a fall while playing ultimate frisbee in which she hit her head hard on the ground. She surmised any one of these could have caused her neck injury.

During the initial weeks of care, she began experiencing minor fluctuations in her symptoms in that they were no longer constant and appeared to be lessened on certain days. After several more weeks, she noticed definite reversal in symptoms in that Lhermitte's Sign was rarely present and the numbness in her arms was regularly absent. In addition, her legs felt strong so she began exercising frequently. Six months later, she described only "slight" symptoms but in general felt greatly improved and was ecstatic to participate fully in life without worrying about symptoms or side effects from medications.

Female, Age 40, Multiple Sclerosis

This 40-year-old female was diagnosed with MS three years before seeking help from upper cervical care. Brain lesions were evident on MRI. Her symptoms included right-sided facial and arm weakness and numbness, and numbness in her big toes. She had tried medications from her neurologist for 16 months but suffered bouts of vertigo and discontinued the medications.

During her initial examination with infrared imaging and cervical x-rays, an upper neck injury was discovered. When questioned, she recalled several different events from her past that could have caused the neck injury included two fenderbenders and one bike crash. All preceded the onset of MS symptoms. During her upper cervical treatment period, she noticed a gradual lessening of her symptoms until all numbness and weakness was absent from her toes, face, and arm. No further progression of MS was reported.

Female, Age 54, Multiple Sclerosis

This 54-year-old female was diagnosed with MS approximately 15 years before seeking help from upper cervical care. Because she was unable to receive the necessary care in her state, she traveled to Colorado. At the time of her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, she had been suffering from severe muscle spasticity, weakness, and incoordination of her legs, which primarily confined her to a wheel chair. Her legs were so stiff that force had to be used to bend her legs into a sitting position. She had tried numerous MS medications, including those specifically for muscle spasticity, to no avail.

During her initial examination, an upper neck injury was discovered. When questioned, she recalled a fall down the stairs in which she hit her head on a tile floor that preceded the onset MS and surmised that must have been the cause of her neck injury. During the first week of care, her muscle spasticity in her legs had reduced approximately 60%, according to her husband, as he no longer had to forcibly bend them in her chair. Gradually, she began to notice increased strength and coordination in her legs and began standing and taking some steps with assistance. Eventually, after vigorous therapy and exercise for many weeks, she could ambulate around her house. For longer distances outside of her home, she used the wheel chair out of ease, but could walk assisted or with a cane for shorter distances.

Female, Age 33, Multiple Sclerosis

This 33-year-old female was diagnosed with MS approximately 9 months before seeking help from upper cervical care. Her primary symptoms included extreme fatigue, daily headaches, full body numbness, and bladder urgency. Because she was unable to receive the necessary care in her country, she traveled to the United States.

During her initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered. She recalled two different accidents that could have caused the neck injury. Both preceded the onset of MS symptoms. The first was an auto accident 10 years prior and the second was a rollerskating fall in which she fell backwards and hit her head.

By week four of treatment, she reported that she felt 60% better. The bladder urgency, leg weakness, fatigue, and headaches were all improved.

Female, Age 59, Multiple Sclerosis

This 59-year-old female was diagnosed with MS approximately one week before seeking help from upper cervical care but had been experiencing symptoms for the previous year. Her main symptoms included numbness/tingling in her arms and legs and frequently the numbness would extend up into her trunk. She also complained of chronic neck and low back pain since age 14, with her neck feeling extremely weak and painful.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found. When asked if she recalled any accidents or traumas that could have caused the neck injury, she remembered several accidents: an auto accident in which her car was hit hard enough to spin it around; two concussions; and a fall out of the bathtub.

Within the first month of care, all numbness and tingling was absent; all back pain was absent; and the neck pain was greatly diminished. Many months later, her symptoms remained absent and no further progression of MS occurred.

Female, Age 41, Multiple Sclerosis

This 41-year-old female was diagnosed with MS two years before seeking help from upper cervical care. Her first symptoms included tingling in both legs. Eventually the tingling spread into her trunk and both hands. She showed evidence of L'hermitte's Sign (tingling in limbs upon neck flexion) and had some walking trouble.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found, most likely stemming from an auto accident she experienced four years before the onset of MS symptoms. During the accident in which she was hit head-on, she slammed her head into the windshield. After two months of upper cervical care, L'hermitte's Sign was completely gone, numbness in her legs and trunk and had been reduced to only a small section in her calf of one leg, and all hand numbness was gone.

Female, Age 45, Multiple Sclerosis

This 45-year-old female began having MS symptoms 9 years before upper cervical care. The symptoms included tingling in her legs, loss of flexion in her foot, and chronic pain in her neck and back. The symptoms in her leg worsened over this 9-year period until she required a cane to walk. She had very little ability to flex her foot and lift her leg and mostly dragged the leg.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found, most likely stemming from a body surfing accident (two years before her MS diagnosis). Immediately following the accident she experienced blurred vision and foot weakness. After upper cervical care, the spinal pain was corrected, and her walking improved substantially so she no longer required a cane. She had no further flare-ups or progression of MS after starting upper cervical care.

Male, Age 49, Multiple Sclerosis

This 49-year-old male experienced his first MS symptoms following an auto accident in his 20's. During the accident in which he was rearended at 35-40 mph, he hit the steering wheel so hard that it broke and soon thereafter suffered from blurred vision. Two years later, while horseback riding, he was thrown from his horse directly into a tree and was rendered unconscious. Immediately following this trauma, his vision worsened and he began experiencing headaches, tremors in his hands, and leg weakness. Another two years later (4 years after the auto accident), he began suffering from loss of bladder control. Because his physicians suspected a problem in his neck, he underwent disc surgery in his lower neck. However, his symptoms continued to worsen and he was diagnosed with MS approximately nine years after his auto accident. Over the next two decades, he tried many medications including prednisone, klonopin, avonex and betaseron but eventually became disabled.

Almost thirty years following his initial symptoms, this patient underwent an upper cervical chiropractic examination. At his initial exam, he was completely confined to a wheelchair and was unable to hold a standing position, even with assistance lifting him there. His wife was concerned that she would no longer be able to keep him at home and care for him because he was unable to assist her at all in moving him. In addition, he suffered from severe tremors and spasticity of his upper body and arms. He required a bladder catheter and was legally blind.

During his initial examination, an upper neck injury was discovered, which most likely stemmed from both the auto and horse back riding accidents. Immediately following the first upper cervical adjustment, a calming in his upper body tremors was noted. One week later, his wife reported that he showed a slight increase in strength because he could assist her in getting up out of the wheelchair to get into his bed, the car, etc. He also reported improvement in his neck strength and reduction in headaches. Within six months, his strength had improved enough to cause them to enlist the help of a physical therapist. The therapist began working with the patient several times per week and saw improvement in various exercises. He began spending more time out of the wheelchair around the house, using a walker instead. Eighteen months later, his improvements were maintained. He continued to work with a therapist and had no further worsening of MS symptoms.

Female, Age 55, Multiple Sclerosis

This 55-year-old female first experienced MS symptoms in her 20's. The symptoms included brief episodes of left-sided tingling and numbness. By her 30's, she experienced more frequent relapses of tingling/numbness episodes and also began experiencing vision loss. She was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Soon thereafter, she was involved in a bicycle accident in which she fell and suffered a concussion. After the accident, her MS symptoms progressed rapidly and she was diagnosed with chronic progressive MS. Her symptoms by her late 30's included balance loss, dragging of right leg, bowel and bladder problems, constant tingling in her hands, cold hands and feet, memory loss, Lhermitte's Sign. At the time of her initial upper cervical chiropractic examination, she was confined to a wheelchair due to the weakness/loss of coordination of her right leg. While her neurologist insisted she take MS medications such as avonex or betaseron, she refused because she was afraid of the side effects.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found. The patient had guessed that she had a problem with her neck because she had experienced frequent "cracking and popping" for years anytime she turned her head. When questioned as to possible traumas from her past that could have caused the neck injury, she recalled a rollover snowmobile accident that occurred shortly before the onset of her original symptoms in her 20's. She surmised the bike accident in her 30's must have worsened the neck injury since her condition deteriorated so rapidly following that accident.

Within the first month of upper cervical care, all neck "cracking" was eliminated, Lhermitte's Sign was absent, all neck soreness was absent, her balance improved, the tingling in her hands disappeared, and she began to feel more strength and control in her right leg. As a result, she began exercises to work on her leg strength, and slowly began walking around her house with 2 crutches, instead of using the wheelchair.

By the second month of care, she reported that she didn't need to use her glasses as often because her eyesight was improving. Her strength continued to improve so she began to go out without the wheelchair using just a single crutch. Six months later, her improvements continued and she suffered no further worsening of MS.

Female, Age 46, Multiple Sclerosis

This 46-year-old female was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, approximately two months before she sought help from upper cervical care, after MRI showed multiple active brain lesions. Her first MS symptoms occurred eight months prior when she noticed memory and cognitive problems, especially at work. In addition, she experienced numbness in both legs and her left arm on and off all day long. She felt a slight "rubbery" feeling in her legs indicating less balance and strength. She also noticed loss of bladder control. While her neurologists recommended that she begin betaseron injections, she was skeptical about long-term drug use and opted not to use the drugs until she tried upper cervical care.

During the first week of upper cervical care, her symptoms improved substantially. She noticed an increase in bladder control, less numbness, and less of a rubbery feeling in her legs. After one month, she noticed a marked improvement in her cognitive abilities. The numbness was hardly noticeable and her bladder control was improved. After six months, all symptoms were completely reversed. Two years after the start of upper cervical care, this patient remained symptom-free. Follow-up MRI showed no new lesions and a reduction of the original lesions. No flare-ups or further progression of MS occurred after starting upper cervical care.

Male, Age 33, Multiple Sclerosis

This 33-year-old male was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis three years prior to seeking help from upper cervical care. The MS most severely affected his optic nerves and caused blindness (20/400 on Snellen eye chart). He also complained of L'hermitte's sign (electric shock sensation down extremities upon cervical flexion), loss of bladder control, numbness in his hands, loss of balance, trouble sleeping, sensitivity to heat, and sensitivity to light causing him to wear sunglasses even indoors. When discussing his medical history, he recalled multiple head/neck traumas from years of ski and motorcycle racing.

After his first upper cervical adjustment, he noticed a decrease in L'hermitte's Sign, a decrease in light sensitivity in his eyes, and improved balance. Over the next two months of care, he noticed a complete correction of L'hermitte's Sign, hand numbness, and bladder control and significant improvement in his balance. He took hot showers because the heat didn't bother him anymore and he slept through the night. He also showed an improvement in visual acuity (20/160) and reported that his eyes felt better and were less light sensitive.

*** TESTIMONIAL ***

"My name is Matthew Bogue, I'm 33 years old and 3 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The upper cervical work that Erin Elster has performed on me has been life changing. Before I started seeing her I was having a lot of trouble with my balance, bladder control and eyesight. Also my main problem was L'hermitte's which is an electrical charge that you get through your whole body when you look down which was very scary for me. I'm an athlete who has been getting some media attention due to my MS and the fact that I've made several first descents (skiing) in four continents in the last 2 years. Around March of 1999 Erin's father read an article about me in a local paper regarding my battles with MS and my desire to hike the Colorado trail to raise awareness for MS. She contacted me and told me she wanted to work on my upper cervical spine. I've seen a lot of doctors over the last three years and none of them have heard or understood what I've been saying to them but with Erin it was really different. She listened and fully comprehended my symptoms. Since I've been seeing her the L'hermitte's has disappeared, my balance has made a remarkable turnaround, no more bladder control problems, my eyesight is getting better and I feel like I'm on the road to recovery. I truly believe this is all thanks to Erin's upper cervical work. To anyone who is thinking about seeing her I highly recommend that you do as she has changed my life." Matthew Bogue, age 33, June '99

Female, Age 53, Multiple Sclerosis

This 53-year-old female first experienced symptoms of MS in 1977. She was finally diagnosed after a bout of optic neuritis in 1989, which prompted an MRI. She experienced numerous exacerbations over the years but recovered completely each time except for some vision loss after the optic neuritis. The most recent flare-up was during the spring '98 in which she experienced numbness that switched from side to side of her body and finally went away. This time, however, some symptoms remained including tingling in her arms and legs, as well as a positive Lhermitte's sign (shooting numbness and pain down extremities upon cervical flexion.) These symptoms were present for three months before seeking help from upper cervical care. Because she did not have a complete recovery this time, her neurologist recommended drug therapy, but she hoped to avoid the drugs.

After the first upper cervical adjustment, the shooting pain and tingling upon cervical flexion was corrected. A week later, all of the numbness in her arms and legs had also healed. Three years later, she is still symptom-free. Because of her excellent response to upper cervical care, she was able to avoid the drug therapy recommended by her neurologist. Her current treatment plan is to continue with upper cervical care, having adjustments as needed, to prevent future exacerbations of her condition.

*** TESTIMONIAL ***

"I am a 53 year old woman who has had MS for 21 years. Although my symptoms have been mild over the years, it was still annoying when a recent exacerbation occurred and did not go away. I heard about Dr. Elster through an article in the paper, which talked about her expertise in helping people with various problems including allergies. My daughter went to her for an allergy problem and had great success. I went to Dr. Elster to help alleviate MS symptoms, which had been present for several months. My neurologist had recommended medications such as avonex or betaseron, which I wanted to avoid having to take. The symptoms included tingling and buzzing down extremities, especially when I tipped my head forward. (Lhermitte's Sign.) With one adjustment, these symptoms disappeared. Now, when I tip my head, there is still no tingling. Upon reexamination by my neurologist, she no longer recommended medication. While MS is a puzzling affliction, I do believe Dr. Elster helped me in correcting those symptoms and hopefully will make it possible not to ever have to go on medication." Jean, age 53, September '98

Female, Age 48, Multiple Sclerosis

This 48-year-old female suffered from MS for 25 years prior to seeking help from upper cervical care. The initial MS symptoms began shortly after a 3-year stint on a Colorado ski team in which she experienced numerous ski falls, blows to the head and neck, etc. At her initial upper cervical chiropractic examination, she was confined to a wheelchair. During the previous year, her condition had deteriorated from being able to move about with a single cane, down to needing two canes, and finally being restricted to the wheelchair. Additional symptoms included slurred speech, loss of bladder control and frequent accidents, and neck and back pain and stiffness. Both her arms and cognitive ability had remained unaffected.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found, most likely stemming from her numerous ski falls. Within the first month of care, she reported experiencing better bladder control and fewer accidents. She also noticed increased strength in her legs and was able to do some walking with the assistance of crutches. She also noticed her speech improve, and others remarked on the absence of slurring. Six months later, she maintained her improvements and suffered no further worsening of MS.

 
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