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.

No More Pain Please…

imageLiving day to day in pain is no joke. This is probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do….AND I HAVE 2 KIDS!!!

I have been to multiple doctors and I have had multiple tests….and I still don’t have an answer. Keep in mind all of my doctors are fee-for -service doctors….so they are all about that 10 minute visit for your one issue. And you basically get pushed out the door for bringing up multiple symptoms. Well either that or they refer you to someone else. And then that doctor does the same thing.
Where is House when you need him??
I need a doctor that will take the time to figure out what is causing my pain. But instead I get a doctors that schedule each test and each follow up visit to get the results in 2 week time spans…..so then it takes a month just to see what the MRI results are.
All I need is a pelvic MRI. I know it. I just wish they would order it. But knowing the system….I will ask the doctor to order it…and if the doctor puts in their notes “member requested” or “I don’t think it’s needed” then it won’t get approved and I am back to square one. (And as I type this I talked myself into asking anyways. What can it hurt.) But my point is….why don’t they see the issue and order it. But no….so far they have made me take multiple tests that I probably didn’t even need.
Here’s what my current issues are:
Tailbone pain
Sciatica (butt to foot) in left side
Numb shin and foot in left side
Foot drop on left foot
Muscle atrophy in left left
Neurogenic bladder
Intermittent numb genital area left side
Ovarian cysts
Adenomyosis

Here are the tests/visits I have had in the last couple months:
CT of brain
MRI of brain
MRI of neck
MRI of middle back
MRI of lower back
Orthopedic surgeon
Family Doctor
Neurologist

And what I have heard so far:
Family doctor says you should see a specialist. My orthopedic surgeon says I do not have herniated discs anymore. My back surgery fixed that. So my leg pain is not from my lower back so he sends me off to a neurologist. Neurologist says yeah there is a compressed nerve but we will wait to do the EMG nerve test (even though my leg has been in pain for the last 5 years)….and we do all of these random MRIs (which cost an arm and a leg) to test for MS. And to top it off….before he ends the visit he says “I don’t think you have MS. I’m even going to order the MRI without contrast because I don’t think you have it.” Then he goes on to say that after the EMG test I may need to go to my OB or my Urologist to see if they will look into it further. Maybe find the cause. Say what!!! Then why the hell am I here!!!!!!
So here I am another month later….loosing muscle and limping….waiting on another follow up visit so I can schedule my EMG. I wish they would just order my pelvic MRI….just to ease my mind.