For all of you who have given up hope of ever getting well, I dedicate this true account. This is my story, which exemplifies the body’s innate ability to heal. The main ingredients were persistence, faith, and the will to get better.
I worked as an aesthetician and nail technician for 15 years with much of that time spent in the salon industry. I had my own business, which I ultimately had to close due to illness. I was diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain(myo=muscle/fascial=connective tissue) with trigger points (hyper irritable areas in the muscle which keep the muscle in painful spasm) in July, 2005. It all started with neck pain that advanced to my lower back. After receiving a flu shot the following year, the pain became widely disseminated throughout my entire body. At times, the pain was so excruciating that I could no longer function, and I could barely walk a block at a snail’s pace. From an active lifestyle, I was now relegated to being bedridden and sedated.
I was told that my muscles were weak and needed strengthening through daily stretches and weekly physical therapy sessions. I was already in constant, debilitating pain, and now had to undergo painful physical therapy, which also included “dry needling” (acupuncture needles inserted into the trigger points in an attempt to alleviate symptoms). Almost every inch of my body received these painful needling treatments. Additionally, I was taking pain medications, muscle relaxants, and sedatives, all with little to no relief. I soon realized how sinister this condition was, and that it was here to stay.
On many occasions, the pain was so intense that I could not sit or stand, and I could barely lift 10 pounds without difficulty. Since trigger points often refer pain to other areas of the body, I was often referred for diagnostic testing. This included multiple CT scans and MRI’s and enough blood drawn to float a small boat. All testing came back normal. To make matters worse, medical doctors unfamiliar with trigger points and their referred pain patterns would refer me to other MD’s. These would include Cardiologists, OB-Gyn, Dentists, Gastroenterologists, Neurologists, and Pain Management Specialists, to name a few. Some areas would improve, and I would have flare-ups in others. Always hopeful, I asked my doctors what else could be done, and I was told, “That’s all we can do.” I still did not know what caused this or how I could get better. No one in the medical field had an answer! Only my symptoms were being addressed, and not the underlying cause.
In June 2008, after three and a half years of agony, I took a leap of faith, began my own research, implemented a homeopathic regimen along with detoxification, and consulted an established naturopath for additional guidance and a personalized plan for recovery.
Months passed, and I became increasingly more functional and my muscles were less painful. I went through one amazing healing crisis after another at different stages of my recovery, and my Naturopathic Doctor was there to guide me through each and every phase. After 14 months, I was now totally pain free, and I joined a local gym to help tone my atrophied muscles. My then frail 103 pound frame is now a healthy 125 pounds. My former doctors and therapists were amazed at my progress. The most difficult part was getting off the pain medications, which only added to my toxic load.
Over the span of three and a half years, I had endured over 100 medical doctor visits related to myofascial pain, 352 physical therapy sessions, hundreds of lidocaine injections into the painful trigger points, and multiple BOTOX injections (not covered by insurance and not for cosmetic purposes). The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies, NCTMB, 2nd edition had been my constant companion since the onset of my diagnosis.
Years later, I am still pain free. It is important to remember that we have a choice when it concerns our health. I believe in a pragmatic approach. That is, whatever works, works. A natural approach was what I needed, and it worked fine for me. Taking this further, I find that natural healing often augments and even supplants medicine, when medicine fails to achieve desired results.
The Healing Crisis
A healing crisis occurs when symptoms of an illness are re-experienced. According to Herring’s Law of Cure, the body re-experiences the symptoms of an illness as it heals. This will happen in the reverse order of the initial presentation of the symptoms of that illness, from the top, down, inside to outside, and from the most important organ to the least important.
The body’s memory of the illness is being taken away by the positive influence of treatment. One may experience fatigue, decreased appetite, dizziness, and pains. This is normal and transient in nature. Continue your treatment plan, as directed, and utilize the products that were recommended. DO NOT PANIC and discontinue them. Stay with the plan.
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