Today marks two weeks since receiving my stem cell implant at the XCell Center. At the beginning of this blog I promised to keep my comments factual and honest. Well, I must honestly report there has been no noticeable improvement in my MSA condition; in fact, a few of my symptoms seem worse than before. I think I’m still paying the price for being overly active during the trip to Germany. I walked too much and dragged around a suitcase and carry-on computer bag. Combine that with flight delays and hanging around airports and I’m not surprised by the subsequent headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and sciatica-like pain from my buttocks down both legs to my calves. I’m assuming this is all trip-related since it’s slowly lessening thanks to ibuprofen and hot showers.
What concerns me more are the worsened balance and gait problems, erratic sleep habits, constant fatigue, and pronounced dizziness when standing or walking. While I was prepared to experience some “down side” with the entire process, this is more than I anticipated. I suppose there is nothing else now then to just “tough it out” and hope to experience gradual improvement.
I do suggest to those considering stem cell therapy in Germany or elsewhere; remember you are there for a significant medical procedure and not to wear yourself out as a tourist – like me.
I’ll be back in two weeks – hopefully with a more optimistic report