...I have full use of my left arm...
...my doctor studied the MRI and showed me where I was almost completely missing two discs in my neck. This caused the vertebrae to sit on the nerves going to my arm and resulted in the virtual paralysis of my left arm...
Today, after much practice (LCUPCD, Six Directions La Chi, three Centers Merge and Crane's Neck/Dragons Head), I have full use of my left arm.
In May of 1999, my left shoulder became very painful, and motion became
increasingly restricted over time even with the wonderful treatment and
understanding of my husband who is a chiropractor. Upon consultation with
and orthopedist, I was sent to physical therapy. After one round (12
sessions) I returned to the doctor who injected cortisone into the shoulder
capsule in the hopes of reducing the pain. I returned to physical therapy
and did achieve some benefits in that the range of motion seemed to increase
somewhat. However, by September I had lost all motion in my left arm and was
in chronic pain. I changed to a physical therapist recommended by our friend
and Rolfer-extraordinary who also had worked on my shoulder. The new
physical therapist thought the problem was in my neck, not my shoulder and
recommended x-rays of the neck.
With neck x-rays in hand, I returned to the orthopedist. After a yelling
match with the doctor (he did not like the fact that I had gotten a physical
therapist "out of the gutter" and even consulted a chiropractor), an MRI was
prescribed along with nerve conduction studies. Both were duly performed. I
then took myself to a doctor recommended by my physical therapist because he
was ultra conservative trying to avoid surgery unless there appeared to be no
alternative. He also was not a surgeon. However, he studied the MRI and
showed me where I was almost completely missing two discs in my neck. This
caused the vertebrae to sit on the nerves going to my arm and resulted in the
virtual paralysis of my left arm. He recommended surgery.
A couple of weeks later my husband and I saw the surgeon to go over exactly
what was needed and what would be done to correct the problem. The
"correction" would consist of replacing what was left of the two discs with
cadaver bones, titanium plates and screws. Needless to say, the idea did not
excite either of us; however, I was seriously considering the surgery. (As
an interesting aside, I was told I would be a couple of inches taller after
the surgery; I measured myself and discovered I had lost 1 3/4 inches in
height!) The surgeon advised us there was an opening on December 6th.
Luck came my way in the form of a friend who gave me a copy 101 Miracles of
Natural Healing. This was just before Thanksgiving. All I could do was La
Chi, but that helped me to control the pain. I attempted to learn LCUPCD from
the pictures at the back of the book and finally ordered the video tape.
Once that arrived, I discovered I could not do the push pulls, and forget
trying to lift my arm past my waist! I had written to Luke asking for an
instructor in the Los Angeles area, but there were none. I e-mailed Nancy
Parker who is in Orange County, and she responded many times to my questions
and was a wonderful supporter. The next step was to attend the retreat at
Glen Ivy, California in March of 2000. When I arrived there, I could only
lift my left hand to shoulder height with the elbow bent, but I could get it
over my head if I lifted it with my right hand. At the end of that retreat I
could almost get my left arm over my head. There was still a ways to go, but
there had been major improvement!
Today, after much practice (LCUPCD, Six Directions La Chi, three Centers
Merge and Crane's Neck/Dragons Head), I have full use of my left arm. The
residual numbness and "falling asleep" of both my hands has cleared up almost
completely, and there are only rare occurrences in mild form. I practice
daily and in March of 2001 I was honored to become a certified Chi-Lel
instructor--in Los Angeles! My gratitude and blessings go out to Dr. Pang,
Luke Chan and Frank Chan without whom I would not have the use of my arm.