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My mother-in-law is 75 and has suffered from epilepsy

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My mother-in-law is 75 and has suffered from epilepsy (apparently forcep birth inflicted, not genetic) all her life and consequently has taken strong inhibitor drugs since she was diagnosed at the age of 37. These drugs have caused digestive problems over the years but may lie at the root of her progressive arthritis in hands and legs, shoulder and spine.
In recent years, doctors have diagnosed peripheral neuropathy in her fingers (loss of sensation and ability to do 'fiddly' things) which they say is most probably a result of a neck injury sustained when she was about 40,where 3 of the neck vertebrae became misaligned and at least one was never restored to its correct position.
The progressive loss of feeling in her hands is causing increasing disability and 'helplessness', can chiropractic treatment be of any assistance? Thank you.
mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hello,

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Has she tried any physiotherapy yet?

mysticdoc :

Has she been checked for rheumatoid arthritis for her progressive joint deformities?

mysticdoc :

Has she been checked for vitamin B12 deficiency as the possible cause neuropathy?

Customer:

no physiotherapy to date


Customer:

no rheumatoid arth present


mysticdoc :

ok

Customer:

not yet checked for b12 def


mysticdoc :

This is important --given her digestive system problem, she should be checked for vitamin B12 deficiency.

mysticdoc :

The symptoms may improve with vitamin B12 weekly injections.

mysticdoc :

Also herniated disc at the neck can cause pinched nerve.

mysticdoc :

Hence, physiotherapy should be started.

mysticdoc :

This will help with the strengthening of the muscles and also improving the functionality.

Customer:

would chiropractic treatment help?


mysticdoc :

yes that also may help.

mysticdoc :

Chiropractor can be able to adjust the vertebral misalignment.

mysticdoc :

But this can also cause nerve damage in some cases if not done properly.

mysticdoc :

Hence, a neck MRI scan should be considered to assess for the cervical spine disease.

Customer:

ok physio and b12 and an mri scan and maybe or maybe not chiro


Customer:

ok thank you


mysticdoc :

correct

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

Customer:

thanks

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