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.

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My January Struggle

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This is been a rough month for me. And it’s just started. Let me list my struggles out for you…

  • I’ve changed my thyroid meds a few times. They upped it again and it seemed to make me worse. I was in a pretty bad depression for a few weeks. I mean I’ve been depressed before but this was another level. My brain was pretty dark there for a minute.
  • I think it also increased my blood pressure. For a few weeks, my blood pressure was 130/90.
  • I went and got labs done for my physical and my glucose was up.

So for the last three weeks I had depression, hypertension and possible prediabetes. These meds are definitely doing something weird to my body.  The doc says that I need to give it at least five weeks with this new regimen. It takes five weeks for the meds to really adjust to your body. So I have two more weeks to hope and pray that I get back to normal. The good thing is (now) my depression is gone. And last time I went back to the doctor (a couple days ago) my blood pressure was back to normal. I’m working on eating right and I’m back in the gym…. So I’m working on the glucose. I’m doing everything that I can to fix it on my side. Now I have to wait and see if the meds do their part to.
Now we are on to the next level of struggle…

  • I went to my urologist to have my bladder tested to see why my bladder refuses to pee on its own. The test shows that I have a neurogenic bladder. Which basically means that my herniated disc in my back or my back surgery (1 of the 2) has pinched the nerve in my back that goes to my bladder causing it to not work. So basically I have no nerve function to my bladder anymore. The only solutions are:
  • Another back surgery to fix it
  • Take pills for the rest of my life …then….If the pills stop working – have my urethra dilated every week (talk about painful) and then……if that stops working – wear catheter for the rest of my life (worst fear)

Ohhhh….the struggle doesn’t end there…..

  • I also had those lovely migraine attacks which I talked about on my previous post.
  • Along with those migraines….I had the awesome allergic reactions to Imitrex (a migraine med) which made me feel like I’m having a stroke. Good times!

Then…to make things worse…..On my sons birthday a couple months ago I am pretty sure I re-herniated my back.

  • I finally got into my doctor and he said I needed another MRI. I had it done. I see the herniated (or scar tissue because I can’t tell the difference). Either way…..I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to have back surgery again. It probably won’t happen until mid February but nevertheless… Still shitty news. At least if I have surgery they will fix two things at once… My disk herniation and my bladder nerve function.

Then….My daughter caught a head cold in December. She still has her head cold in January.

  • My daughter gave me her cough. I ended up in urgent care thinking I cracked a rib again from coughing…. But I didn’t… It was just a pulled muscle.
  • Then a few days later….my son caught a stomach bug and give it to me.

Gotta love my little petri dishes! It’s only January and I’ve almost met my deductible. Just sad!
Then to top it off….the worst one……a very sad moment for me….

  • I had to put my dog down. My awesome “old man”….PeeWee. He was such a good dog. We had him for over 10 years. He was loyal, strong minded, smart, and stubborn. I will miss him always. But it was definitely a pretty shitty way to end my January.

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I really need February to be a good positive month. No more negativity. No more pain. No more illness. No more headaches. Only happy things to write about. Only happy thoughts. Only positive energy.