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The Shocking News

4 Aug 2014About a year ago I started experiencing these big muscle spasms in my arms that were very painful and contorted my arms in ways I could not stop. I not only found these ‘attacks' humiliating, I also found them very scary. The ‘attacks' would come on at any time and last for a couple of minutes, then I would feel a bit tired and be okay again. I would go months without an attack then have a few.

Life felt vulnerable and exerting energy made it come on so I went to see my neurologist who decided after some scans that I had withered away the vertebrae in my neck. The best thing to do was take some relaxant medication and leave things alone. I agreed to this as I don't like to use surgery or the like.

The last time I saw my neurologist regarding my device he had obviously discovered more about my ‘attacks' and that if I didn't have surgery on my neck and spine I can become a quadriplegic (not be able to use my arms or legs at all.)

The news had me reeling as one minute life was nice and smooth and the next minute it was be tipped upside down and my life as I knew it was not the same.

It's important to enjoy life and every moment you have, even in the midst of turmoil.

The good news is that things are not as bad as they thought and life can go back to being nice and smooth again – for a while anyway!

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