Every six weeks Avila (who has some kind of autoimmune bowel disorder that acts just like coeliacs) and I have an appointment at the chiropractor to be pulled and crunched about.
Now I know this might seem like an extravagance when we are just so skint at the moment- but I have to say these appointments are really important for both of us. I have sometimes thought I should give up but by the time it’s time to go, I really feel I need it. I believe it’s important because I have to be able to function well enough to look after the home, children and educate them. And for Avila it has made such a huge difference that it means she hasn’t been in hospital at all since she started the treatment.
Yesterday when I got there I was having the shakes. I’ve had them almost continuously for a couple of weeks now coupled with spasms and jerks and all manner of weird things that one doesn’t really want seen in public. (fortunately for me most people who see me on a regular basis are well used to my tipping over, shaking and general weirdness).
Anyway I arrived and the chiropractor did something snappy with my head and neck- which looks like she’s pulling my head off at an odd angle, then with some other bits like pulling my fingers and tying me in knots or whatever it is she does- and lo and behold I stopped shaking.
It was as though she pulled a switch. I could still feel a bit of a tremble but it was very mild. And this morning I got up and started the day with almost no shaking at all!
She also adjusts my balance so I can stay upright better and I could sit with the family last night without sudden jerks. Nice.
I told her about my BP being high (it remains so despite my best efforts) and she suggested I take it on both arms as it can vary considerably with Fibro thanks to the way it is controlled (or not) in this syndrome. So last night I gave it a go. Right arm 150/110 and left arm 150/90 – that is weird.
I am still working on trying to sort out the BP without going to the docs. It’s a case of making quiet time and having exercise that doesn’t increase the pain levels too much. Diet wise I already eat much the way help sites suggest; don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol(I have less than 7 units a week), cut down coffee (i drink 1 cup a day) and red meat( hardly as it’s expensive)- so I should be able to do this.