I’ve been sick for 16 years – disabled for 9. It took 8 years and tons of testing to finally get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Since then, we’ve found that the delay in diagnosis left me with a significant amount of residual damage.

The biggest problem area is my neck. I have cervical instability, which means the ligaments are loose. This causes a host of issues, which I didn’t fully understand until today.


Testing

Wow! The testing they do is off the hook!!! These are all standard tests available in the medical community – but rarely used.

I have had so many tests done over the years – most of which come back “normal”. But what does that even mean?

Did you know that blood test reference ranges are based on 95% of the population? Which means you have to be in the sickest 5% to show as not normal. So if you’re borderline, but still in the reference range, they don’t acknowledge a problem.

Some doctors (like Biologix) use “optimal” ranges – the top 10%. That makes so much more sense to me.

These tests are just totally different from anything I’ve done.


Ear Skin Temperatures

Nothing remarkable here. There should be no more than 2° difference between the left and right. I’m good.


Pupillometer Measurement

Normal ranges:

  • NPi: 3.0 – 4.9
  • Pupil size: 2-4mm
  • CH: 26-36%
  • CV: 3-mm/sec

NPi is good – some issues in the other 3 areas indicating reduced nerve supply.


Ocular Tonometry

Normal range: 12-22mmHg

Slightly low – this is not as bad as of it were high.


Internal Jugular Vein Dimensions

For women, normal range is over 80mm. As you can see, the ONLY time I’m normal is in my normal sleeping position. This is why I spend so much in bed. Seriously – so much pressure is relieved when I’m laying down. And now we understand why!


Transracial Doppler Analysis of Middle Artery Velocities

Normal Peak Systolic Velocity: 50-90 cm


Trans Cranial Doppler Vertebral Arteries Velocities


M-mode Ultrasound Measurement of Vagas Nerve

The vagus nerves are the main sensors in the body – they manage stress levels, organ function, digestion, blood pressure, heart rate and many other body functions like rejuvenation and repair.

Normal range: 2-3mm


Orbital Ultrasound Measurement of Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter

Normal Range: 5.0 – 6.1mm


Heart Rate Variability

HRV is one of the best measures of overall health, autonomic nervous system, vagal tone and stress levels. The higher the HRV, the healthier and more balanced the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are.

Ideal HRV: above 70


Digital Motion X-Ray & Cone Bean

This is so much to absorb – I’ll share more details on these two tomorrow, but you can check out the DMX at the link below if you’re interested in seeing how it works!

Shawn’s DMX


Cervical Curve Correction

This afternoon I met with the chiropractor who does curve correction. He also does a form of chiropractic I’ve never seen before – it’s hard to explain, but it gave me instant relief.

Then he put weights on my neck and head, after just a few minutes, he did a new x-ray and I had correction… not complete but a little! That’s huge my curve is slightly reversed.


Tomorrow I will have a few more tests and Thursday I have my first prolotherapy injections. They will be doing 60+! Not excited about the procedure itself, but can’t wait to feel results.

Stay tuned!

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