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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Telling the Truth Tuesday - a problem

I'm a little worried, I have to admit. A few years ago I started having numbness and tingling in my hands. I went thru all the neurological tests and didn't have carpal tunnel or any other neurological issue. They gave me guards to wear on my wrists and it helped. The problem went away.

It's back. Only worse. I've been seeing a chiropractor and last week I went for an acupuncture treatment. When I researched online the possible causes of this, MS was one of them. I really don't think that's what it is. I think it's nerve related from a pain in my neck between my neck and shoulder blade. But I'm worried because it's not getting better.

And one other dilemma. I have severe mucus in my throat. No traditional doc or alternative healer has been able to help me resolve this issue. It affects my singing. Big time. I am so so frustrated.

I researched this as well and found something online I've ordered. We'll see.In the meantime, I'm doing sinus rinses, saline nasal sprays, gargling with warm salt water and watching what I eat, because certain foods definitely make it worse.

Oy. I promise, I'm not letting these things get me down. I just wanted to vent a little.

Anyone else feel like venting?d It's tell the truth Tuesday, after all.
Blessings,
Karen

P.S. - an update - Last night I had my first night without numbness and tingling. Seems the acupuncture treatment really made a difference. Yippee!!

23 comments:

Manzanita said...

I've gone to acupuncturists for 40 years or more. My kind of doctor, too.
Happy to hear you were helped.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Oh Karen .. sorry to read this .. things come along to unsettle us - I sincerely hope you can find some way to resolve both ...

Relax, breathe, don't worry too much and hopefully those nigglies will improve .. especially perhaps as the spring and summer come along ...

With thoughts .. cheers Hilary

Jack said...

Things like that can be so hard, especially when no one can find the cause. I really hope someone can do something about it. Have you tried talking to someone who is into herbs? Sometimes they have things one might try.

I hope the things you ordered work, or something helps soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad your hands feel better! Definitely do some research on the mucus issues, because I bet different foods would make it better.

Karen Walker said...

Manzanita, it's not consistent, so it's a puzzle (the numbness, I mean
Hilary, I'm working on it (staying relaxed, that is)
Jack, yes, I have looked into herbs and tried several
Alex, the tingling is fickle - it comes and goes - the throat issue is affected by different foods - still experimenting.
Karen

Claudia Moser said...

Intruly hope you will have only painless days! And no worry about the venting, it does help!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I'm glad to hear the acupuncture has helped. I can't say that I understand how that stuff works, but it's enough to know that it DOES.

Tonja said...

I have numbness in my foot that's exacerbated by a pinched nerve in my hip. Stretching and PT helps. Also, stopping what I'm doing when it gets bad. I'm glad the acupuncture helped you.

BECKY said...

Glad to hear you had no numbness or tingling. For the past few years, every now and then my finger tips get completely numb, at various times. Sometimes I wake up with it. My chiropractor gave me a couple of plain rubber bands to put around the top of all four fingers and thumb, and then to do a little pushing exercise with them. It really works!

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

I'm glad the acupuncture helped.

My index finger will sometimes spasm and twitch for no reason. It used to happen on my left hand, now it's my right. No idea what causes it.

Karen Walker said...

Oy. Glad to know I'm not alone with this kind of thing. Unfortunately, the tingling returned the next night. I'm more upset that I am losing sleep than my fingers are numb. I'm so tired. to be continued...
karen

DL Hammons said...

Nothing like a little prick! Sorry...couldn't resist. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Glad the acupuncture is helping :)

jaybird said...

I wouldn't worry too much about it being MS just yet, because there are a lot more symptoms you would be experiencing if you had it- like continually falling down, serious memory loss, tingling that feels like an uncontrollable itch under your skin, massive head aches and extreme dibilitating fatigue. An MRI to check for lesions on your brain would be ordered, and that would tell you for sure, straight away.

I am glad you were able to get some relief from the acupuncture treatment. I would keep it up and an eye on those symptoms. Praying you feel better soon Karen, and further tests for MS won't be necessary.

Don't worry too

Misha Gericke said...

Hi Karen,

Just dropped by to let you know that you've been nominated as Published Author with Awesome Writing Style for this month's Paying Forward Awards. Congrats!

Misha

Jennifer Shirk said...

HI, Karen! I just wanted to tell you that I finally read your book and really enjoyed hearing about your life's journey. Very inspiring and thoughtful read!!!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Karen, has your doctor suggested taking Mucinex? It helped my sister-in-law who had severe asthma, so you might want to ask your doctor about it.

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