Failing to Understand Stress

I thought that I fully understood the stress response and had been to enough yoga classes to avoid getting sick due to stress. But what I’ve learned over the past year has been a real game changer. It turns out I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to stress and chances are, you have…

2017: Cautious Optimism Or Reckless Certainty?

A few months ago I was frustrated by my continued gait dysfunction. No matter which medications I’ve taken (Copaxone, Tysabri, Ampyra, Low Dose Naltrexone), therapies I’ve attempted (yoga, Feldenkrais, Anat Baniel Method, physical therapy, myofascial release, basic calisthenics), or medical equipment I’ve purchased (AFOs, foot drop braces, canes), my walking was going to shit. I’d…

Failing to Solve the Problem in Front of Me

What do mean girls, martians and babies have in common? The all solve their problems one at a time. Cady Heron understood this: Babies do it all day long as they slowly map out their newly acquired brains: And in The Martian, Andy Weir taught us that “you solve one problem, then you solve another problem, and…

Failing to Vibrate Daily

Before we get started, I’ve got to know. Why exactly did you click on this blog post? Who are you, Samantha Jones? What type of daily vibration do you think I’m talking about? I’m talking about Whole Body Vibration. You see, the vibrator I use doesn’t fit in a nightstand. It’s a whole body vibration…

Day 31: Failing to Explain How I Plan to Kick MS’s Ass

This past November I started an online course with Irene Lyon, called The New Inner Game. It’s a 12-week nervous system rewire. Irene combines her kinesiology and bio-medical research backgrounds with her Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing certifications to do some pretty ground breaking work. The toughest part of this work is explaining it, but I…

Day 28: Failing Myofascial Massage

Last fall I started getting regular myofascial massages at a great place in town, Holistic Health Associates. There I discovered Aaron Exum, a fantastic LMT.  Aaron has a gentle demeanor mixed with kick-ass anatomical and physiological know-how. I can tell him what’s hurting and he’ll know exactly where to put the perfect amount of pressure to get…

Day 27: Failing at Tysabri

Tysabri (Natalizumab) is for sure, the most spectacular drug failure that I’ve experienced. But first a little background information. Drugs, like all medical procedures, fall on a continuum. Because doctors in general want to first do no harm, whenever possible you are offered options with the least amount of side effects. It’s when those options fail…

Day 26: Failing at Ampyra

The second drug I failed to find success with was Ampyra, otherwise known as The Walking Drug. Per Drug.com, Ampyra (dalfampridine) is a potassium channel blocker used to improve walking in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dalfampridine produced an increase in walking speed in clinical trials. Exactly how it works is not known. It is thought…