Painfree everyday life
In the beginning of 2017 I noticed that I started to struggle with dizziness, concentration problems, very painful neck and shoulders, got tinnitus, pain in my jaw (with night grinding), poor memory as well as stiffness in all of my muscles. I have always enjoyed working and have probably only been on sick-leave once in my life. I’m now 40 years old and I have been working since I was 18 years old. This time, I was on sick-leave for 3 months.
Consulted with doctors, naprapaths, osteopaths, chiropractors, and sone-therapists. Some things helped a little, but it was very temporary. It was concluded that I had BPPV, vestibular migraine etc.
Went abroad to take upright MRI, where they found that my atlas was out of position and that my cerebellum had sunk down, as well as some disc problems in my low back. I received great and clear images there.
I then went to see a specialist chiropractor in manchester. He had a look at me and found a few things, but didn’t want to do anything with my neck (atlas), as he thought that my issue were related to my teeth and jaw joint. I was recommended to consult with a oral surgeon in Bath, UK. I still receive some dental treatment here.
I can mention that I’ve been in several car- and MC accidents. Some bangs and falls have been suffered throughout my childhood and youth.
After this I was recommended to send my images to Kjetil at MSK Neurology. I will admit that I was a little skeptical. But because I had tried almost everything, I decided to keep an open mind. I had already learned to deal with disappointments.
6 am the 27th of June I sent my MR images electronically to Kjetil. The same day, 1:30 pm I received an answer to my analysis. He had thoroughly examined my images and concluded with several things. In essence, the findings were related to restrictions in my circulatory system, from the head and down. The blood was coming into my head nicely, but my veins (the return canal) was not open. This could cause intracranial pressure (pressure in the head). Which in turn affects many things in the body which can explain my problems.
No one had mentioned this earlier, and I ordered 3 hours at his clinic for a full examination.
When I arrived for my session I was met by Kjetil, a really pleasant guy who is very passionate for what he does. The session started with a review of my problems, when they started, what could have triggered them, etc. Then the exciting stuff started, i.e. the testing. Kjetil warned me that these tests would hurt, but that it was necessary in order to find out exactly what was troubling me.
After several weird expressions and some cursing from my end, Kjetil finished his testing. It was also performed an ultrasound examination of my arteries, veins and muscles. And, it turned out that my response to these tests gave a pretty clear indication which were compatible with his former presumptions based on my images.
Kjetil then setup a rehabilitation program with a variety of exercises that I was to do at home. All of these exercises are made by him, and can be seen on youtube.
I started with my exercises as soon as I was back home. In the beginning it hurt a lot, and I was in pain for a day or two after completing the program. But I decided that I was going to complete this no matter what. I have done this, and the progress has been quick. Already after about 14 days I felt 70% better! I can function again. My memory is better, my sleep is better, the pressure in my head is minimal, my neck and shoulders seem to have their blood supply back. So everything is going in the right direction!
The reason that I am writing this, is that I know how it feels to walk around without functioning, not finding out what’s wrong with you, using lots of time, energy and not least; money on therapists who only work with the symptoms and not the cause. I know how frustrating it can be to meet others that look at you and say; “but you look completely healthy”, when you in reality are fighting through every day with your pain.
This has been my best investment. Kjetil has helped me back to a normal life again. I now have energy surplus to play with my 2 year old daughter and to attend other activities with my family.
A thousand thanks😁