Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Good Feet

Well, it has been quite some time since my last blog entry.  I've been working on and off on a different entry and debating whether I should post it or not due to the nature of the topic :) I've decided that I will post it...eventually. 

In the meantime, I thought it was high time I got everyone up to speed with what's been going on with me, post-angio.  Actually, not much! :(  I would have to say that there have been no further improvements noted.  In fact, I would say that the spasticity in my legs and numbness in my feet are slightly worse...at least some days it seems that way?  It's really quite frustrating because there are times during the day where my legs feel better and then a few hours later, they're stiffer again??  I'm trying to pinpoint if its something I'm ingesting or doing, but so far the only thing that could possibly be a factor is the green tea I'm drinking?? Could caffeine be a trigger??

I'm hoping it's not the green tea because it's supposed to be a natural iron chelator that can pass through the blood-brain barrier. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16470637  I was drinking about 5 cups of tea a day, but my naturopath said I should cut it down to 3 cups, as that much caffeine could contribute to my spasticity.  Maybe I'll need to take pills instead?

So my feet have been bothering me lately.  It's gotten to the point that I only have about 3 or 4 pairs of shoes I really feel comfortable walking in.  This upsets me no end, because I have this really comfy pair of chocolate brown UGGS that would be perfect this time of year, but I can only wear them on my 'good' feet days because...well, they're a bit 'schleppy' to walk in at the best of times, and I certainly don't want to be tripping all over the place...I do that enough already! LOL

I was secretly hoping the procedure would improve the numbness so that I could wear heels...which made me feel a bit guilty because it's a rather vain wish to have.  I've decided heels may be a lost cause, so I've transferred my love of shoes to...purses! ...I was at Macy's the other day and oh, did they ever have some some great deals on purses! 

But I digress!  So my legs haven't been the best...but here's the thing...take out the legs not being up to snuff and I feel great!  Legs aside...I have a general sense of wellness?! Not sure if it's because I'm coming to terms with my MS symptoms or if the things I've been doing to help myself are just coming together to create this sense of wellness? Whatever the reason, I'm not going to dwell on the why's...I'm just going to enjoy the feeling and hope it continues.

And on that note...I'd like to wish everyone a very, merry Christmas and most of all, a Happy and Healthy New Year.

2 comments :

  1. Hi Moni,

    Is it possible the green tea could also be cheating magnesium or potassium out of you, as well as the iron? Thanks for the update. Wising you all the best in 2011.

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  2. Kettlebell,

    All the best to you in 2011. There is a risk that the green tea will chelate some 'good' minerals as well, but my Naturopath believes it's not nearly as much as with other chelators. I do take a multi-vitamin and extra magnesium, just in case. :)

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