OMT and Dry Needling – awesome!

img_1906These last few years have been very hard for me. I’ve gone through a lot medically. I’ve seen a multitude of doctors and no one could ever figure out what my problem was. I should’ve known to take the naturopath way. I probably could have gotten my issue solved a long time ago. Anyone who reads my blog knows what I’ve been going through over the last couple of years. But for those of you that don’t read my blog, I’ll give you a quick rundown. Over the last couple of years I have had:

  • back surgery
  • sciatic pain
  • foot drop
  • migraines
  • dizziness
  • neurogenic bladder

I have just been in pain 24/7.

Well I am very happy to report that most of that is done. I was having migraines weekly and haven’t had a migraine in two months. I had orthostatic hypotension (dizzy every time I stood up)…and I haven’t been dizzy in months. My foot drop has gone away and foot function is back to normal. I no longer have muscle atrophy in my left leg.  I’m able to bend over without crying. I’m able to play with my kids. I’m able to pee without taking a pill. I WILL NOT have daily catheters in my near future. So…..Right now I am a happy, happy girl.

Over the last couple of years I’ve been to an urologist for my bladder, three neurologist for my foot drop and leg pain. I have seen an orthopedic surgeon for my back pain. I finally went to my last neurologist who happened to be a DO and she said I don’t need any more testing. I don’t need any more imaging. I just needed to get some massages and some OMT adjustments from another DO and hope that this will help. The goal was to give my body a break. She sent me to an orthopedic DO. I began the OMT (osteopathic manipulative therapy). Basically it’s chiropractic care but by a certified doctor. And it’s a little more in depth than just getting an adjustment from a chiropractor. And I have to say I loved it. On my first visit he adjusted me from head to toe and I already felt a difference. Then he sent me to physical therapy. It took two tries with two different physical therapy facilities…but I finally found one that I liked and that is helping too.

The physical therapist I’m seeing does dry needling. I always heard bad things about dry needling but the way he does it isnt so bad. The old way is where they jab the needle in you and then take it out and jab it in again and take it out and jab it in again. Painful. This one…it’s not like that. He puts the needle in til he hits the muscle, twists a little and then put the tens unit attached to it so that the muscle jumps and stretches and releases. This process was way better than being tortured by needles. And I have to say it’s great. The procedure lasts for about 15 minutes but the relief that I feel after is amazing. My back doesn’t hurt, my butt doesn’t hurt, I’m able to stretch, and able to move. I’m able to do my exercises without hurting myself. Granted there are a few times where I had a little too much to drink and stretched a little too far or did a little too much ballet. But then all I had to get adjusted with OMT and get a little dry needling and I felt 100% better. I have to say… With how I felt two years ago compared to how I feel now… It’s amazing… It’s at least 90% better than how I felt before and I’m ecstatic.

Why does the 2nd kid get less attention?

imageMy poor little girl has gotten the short end of the stick. I know they say that with your second kid you are a little more relaxed. You don’t worry as much. You don’t have that new mom thing going on. It’s more like…been there, done that….shoot im a pro!

I thought It would have been a myth. There’s no way I would be less concerned about my daughter. But I was wrong. Not that I’m less concerned but more relaxed about having another kid.

We take less pictures. She doesn’t have a scrapbook….its more like a box of crap that is not labeled. I don’t blog about her as much as I did with him. I’m not in panic mode when she falls….instead I kiss her ouie and tell her to move it along. We didn’t make her watch Baby Einstien like we did with her brother. And this is a bad one….we don’t brush her teeth as much as we should. With her brother we were diligent about cleaning his teeth and getting the milk off his tongue. But with her….we forget to do it before she falls asleep at night. We have a set time that we brush her brothers teeth and sometimes she falls asleep before then…so we miss out on it.

I feel bad when I think of things like this but then I try to make excuses….I’m too busy…I have so much going on that I forgot….she is learning from her brother…there is not enough time in the day….but really…all of that translates to – I’m lazy. My baby girl is suffering from my laziness.

So my goal for this next year is to get better….if not for me…then for my little girl.