So, I have some GREAT news and seem to have found something that has given me a complete turn around. I just want to say that I realize that everyone won’t have the exact same results as I have to my treatments, but, it is working for me and I wanted to share it with all of you, just in case I can help someone else.
So, I hit complete rock bottom…I mean I am talking terrible depression and the pits…‘I didn’t want to live my life anymore’ bad. I couldn’t get a handle on my life and was desperate. So, from the last time I talked to all of you, here is what happened:
-went to my regular dr. office for some ‘help’. Unfortunately, my reg. dr. wasn’t available and I had to see another physician. I was a wreck…crying, miserable, etc. Well, he began asking me questions, “What are you here for today?” I just feel crummy. “Describe crummy.” Vertigo, nausea, dull headache, ear ringing, cheek numbness, anxiety, agitation, uncontrollable sadness, etc. “Do you cry often?” Yes…I can’t control my emotions. “Do you find that you aren’t finding pleasure in things that you used to find pleasurable?” Yes…Christmas morning, when I should have been happy watching my kids opening gifts, I just wanted to go to bed. So, I saw where this was going…he told me that he sensed I was depressed…REALLY? I knew that. BUT, I also knew that it was the state of my health causing the depression…not the other way around. He was going to prescribe an antidepressant, but I knew that would just mask the problem. I wanted to get to the root. So, I told him that I would call back if I decided to go that route.
-went to my gynecologist the next day. He tested my hormones and ovary function. Prescribed my ol’ standby migraine med…Midrin. Recommended that I take 1-3 daily instead of the regular way, just to see if it helped the symptoms. Also recommended drinking a bit of caffeine each day. I don’t ever drink pop or coffee, but thought that I could handle a cup of tea a day. Results of his tests came back normal.
-4 days later, headed to my chiropractor who also does acupuncture. I spent 1 1/2 hours there and was enlightened. He examined me and told me that my C1-2-3 vertebrae were misaligned. He showed me the lists of symptoms that come with each and asked which one I HADN’T experienced…well, wouldn’t you know, in a list of 15 or so, the only one that I hadn’t had was insomnia. Go figure. So, he adjusted me, did therapy (electro stim on my upper back and neck) adjusted me again, did acupuncture, and adjusted me again. I went 3 times that week, 3 times the following week, then 2 times and am now down to once a week. I can honestly say that I feel like a COMPLETELY different person!!! NO symptoms to speak of. An occasional dizzy feeling if I get up too fast, but remarkably better. This past weekend, I felt a little out of whack (a kink in my neck) and the symptoms started to return. I knew what was going on, took some Advil and rubbed the area that was sore. Within an hour, I was fine. Now, I am also having therapeutic massage once a week (1/2 hour where she just focuses on upper body issues) and that is helping a lot, too. I even, after 3 months of not doing any kind of physical exercise, went back to yoga yesterday and felt great…no dizziness!!!
For me, this all made so much sense. I would imagine that everything got out of whack when I did my triathlon in September…right about when I started to feel miserable. I think that I must have injured those vertebrae and tensed those muscles during the race (it was really cold and I was probably tense) and that affected my whole being. So, I think that I found my root of the problem. Again, I know that everyone is different and I know that this isn’t what is causing all of your MAV issues, but maybe it will help someone. I hope that it does, because I know that I was on a downward spiral and not wanting to go any further down. I hope that all of you can find some relief…however it comes. You deserve it.