My goodness, since I returned home from the Cerebrum Health Centers it has been a whirlwind! Being in Texas for a week of treatments was definitely needed, but now it is back to real life. Since I last updated you, I got some really good news, some not so good news, and have been left with some questions.
So, as I continued my treatments at the Cerebrum Health Centers, I slowly started to see more and more improvements - my balance was getting better, my memory was getting a little better, my eye movements were steadier, and I was able to tell my toes apart (well more so than before). While these might seem like little improvements to you, they were huge for me! On Tuesday, my last day at the center, I went through all of my intake tests once again. I thought that I did pretty well on them, turns out that I did awesome with them! My balance improved so much and while I still have to work to make it even better, I am no longer at risk of falling over when I walk on unsteady ground! My eye movements, which is the key to vestibular system were also moving so much better! But, like it is with any injury I will have to continue to work to ensure that I don’t have any set backs.
That was the really good news! Now, for the not so good news - back in May of 2015, I had a CT scan of my head and neck for a procedure I was going through. I learned then that I had 2 cervical spine discs protruding into my spinal column. The doctor told me that much but didn’t say anything else or seem to concerned. During my intake at Cerebrum, I told the doctors about it and they ordered a X-ray of my neck. On Tuesday, I went over my results with my doctor. A normal cervical spine is curved, but in my case, my neck was stick straight. More than that, with the extension and flexion X-rays they took, they determined that my ligaments in my neck are loose, and my vertebrae do not move properly when I move my neck. As a result, I have to be extremely careful until I can strengthen my neck and am not at risk for my vertebrae or discs to collapse into my spinal column.
In addition to that not so good news, they also determined that I am anemic and that my red blood cells do not carry oxygen properly. Neither of those are good things, so in order to try and treat that while we do more tests, I have been put on the Low Histamine Diet, in addition to the Auto-Immune Protocol diet that I was previously on. Basically, I can eat nothing, or so my dad thinks.
Now come all of the questions - why wasn’t the doctor in May concerned with the discs pushing on my spinal column? What can I do to not be at risk of breaking my neck while I strengthen it? Should I do spinal decompressions, or because my neck is so unstable to I need to have spinal surgery? How am I anemic? Why don’t my red blood cells carry oxygen? What can I do to fix those problems? What the heck can I eat?? How long will I have to be on the AIP and Low Histamine Diet? Will I have to eat like this for the rest of my life?
But, while I do have all of those questions, I also got so many answers that I would never have gotten had I not gone to Cerebrum. People ask me why I would ever go there and if it really helped. I can tell you that yes, I am so much better thanks to Cerebrum. Everyone at Cerebrum feels like family and I am forever grateful for them. Because of them, my quality of life increased so much. Now, I can get back to the goals I set for my life, I can get back to being a normal 20 year old. Dr. Brock, Dr. Ross, Dr. Manny, Caleb, Ryan, Sterling, Jay, and everyone else at Cerebrum, thank you for giving me my life back. Thank you for continuing to give me answers to my endless questions. Thank you for believing in me when nobody else did. Thank you for giving me hope for my future.
Now on to the next phase of this journey! (Check out my interview with CW33 Dallas about concussions HERE!