We will call our 9 year old Huntington's Chorea patient, Missy. Missy was diagnosed with Huntington's disease at the age of 4 years old. This disorder is a progressive neurodegenerative genetic disorder, which affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive decline and dementia. It typically becomes noticeable in middle age with no actual cure. We received a phone call 2 months prior to the patient arriving at InterX Therapy Center from Missy's mother who desperately needed to help her child who was suffering from what she considered excruciating pain. This pain was so bad that it left Missy screaming and crying throughout the night with increase tremors, falls and seizures. Missy was unable to sit on her bottom and only able to ride in the car on her knees secondary to the horrific "itchy" pain in ther low back, backs of her legs and bottom. Missy was unable to enjoy her life as a 9 year old, and rarely laughed or smiled because of the severity of pain, inability to sleep throughout the night, or just feeling sad or depressed.
Missy arrived at our clinic with moderate difficulty walking, she required assistance to move safely to prevent falls. She had continuous tremors in her hands, trunk, and head. She was unable to complete any adls and had moderate dysphonia making her speech unintelligible most of the time. Missy was unable to sit down and cried throughout most of the first treatment as her pain or "itchiness" in her legs and back was unbearable. During the initial treatment performed on her spine and face, Missy began to calm down and the crying stopped. The patient's mom reports that her daughter slept for most of the night for the first time in a very long time. Missy had about 8 hours of pain relief. After the first week, Missy began to attempt to dresss herself, sat on her bottom but unable to relax legs to sit all the way down, noticeable reduction in tremors in the hands, with short periods of time of normalcy in her days and nights.
Today, Missy continues to show improvement in her return of function with sleep, intermittent pain relief in the legs as evidence by less complaints and ability to sit on her bottom, improved mood, less tremoring in hands and legs and now is engaging in basic adls with more and more independence (dressing, grooming, etc).