Mother Just Diagnosed with Als
I was wondering if I could take my mom to go see you. She was just diagnosed with ALS today. She is a fan of earth clinic and is feeling very sad because the doctors have told her that she will most likely only have 5 years to live. I plan to visit Thailand next year...and since she was diagnosed today, I would like to take her with me to see you.
My uncle was a holistic doctor who moved to Chiang Mai. I don't have any contact with him otherwise I would have probably called him for help. Please let me know if you are open to this. I know it is a little unorthidox but I am hoping that you can help.
So far her symptoms are as follows. She started with tingling in her pinky finer (right hand) about 5 years ago. Then she had some sporadic neck pain. She was also diagnosed with being pre-diabetic and started watching her diet, exercising, and taking supplements like sugar drop (comprised of herbs which include bitter melon, cinnamon, etc).
When she came to visit me (March 2009), she tripped on a curb and fell. After doing this, we believe that she tore a muscle in her shoulder which caused her to have arm pain. She went to see a doctor, in Oregon, who told her to stop doing yoga because she might make it worse. Since stopping, her entire right arm became "frozen". The doctors then believed that she may have torn a muscle and so they did an MRI (around March 2010). In June 2010, she then had surgery to remove the scar tissue in her shoulder (from the fall) and proceeded with physical therapy. 3 weeks after surgery, she had blood tests done - her AIC was 5.9, cholesterol, myoglobin, etc.) everything was normal except her myoglobin which was in the 400 range. This alerted the doctors so they had her do an EMG test. In her second EMG test, it showed that she had problems with her nerve connectivity so she was told to see a Neurologist at the University of Oregon. Today, her physical therapy for her arm has ended. She still has little movement in her arm, but her writing is illegible. She is weak and often tired and she has good days and bad. Since her pre-diabetic diagnosis, she has been doing liver cleanses, master cleanses and gall bladder cleanses. But as of late, since the surgery, she has been doing an herbal liver cleanse supplement that is supposed to be more mild. She was thinking that the weakness was caused by an unhealthy / toxic liver.
Since I don't live nearby, I only know what she tells me on the phone. We talk everyday and I love her very much. From what I found out today, the doctor that conducted the EMG told her that she may have ALS. She was waiting to hear from the doctor at the University of Oregon for confirmation. I can get her accurate medical history
I am hoping that her ALS is a misdiagnosis... and that the problem is something else. I have family (Dad's side) in Thailand and can speak a little Thai.
Thank you and please let me know if you can help.