Thank God for chiropractors
My name is Melissa. I am a 25-year-old stay at home mother of two wonderful children. I started to realize something was a little off during my first pregnancy. My body started rejecting my first pregnancy at 28 weeks. My doctor told me he thought it was an incompetent cervix but that he wasn't quite sure because it didn't follow the usual pattern of incompetent cervix.
Anyway, I stayed on bedrest in the hospital until my son was born at 37 weeks. Then my life went back to normal until my second pregnancy.
They sewed my cervix closed, this time, to insure that I wouldn't have the same problem. Still, the pregnancy was a struggle with constant contractions.
One night I told my husband. "I just don't feel right. I can feel my body just saying it's done. Get out." Three days later my water broke in the middle of the night, and my daughter was born at 34 weeks. She spent a week in the NICU and is doing well now.
After that my life just went downhill, I had no energy at all. My right eye started completely dilating for no apparent reason. I had an MRI of my head and saw the eye doctor, but they said it was just ocular migraines.
"Migraines I can't feel?" I thought. But I took their advice and went home.
Then one night in March of 2009 my life changed forever. I woke up in so much abdominal pain that I passed out on the toilet and woke up sprawled over the side of the bathtub. I cried for my husband, and he drove me to the hospital vomiting all the way.
Of course, they said I had the flu and sent me home the next day. They did try to keep me on account of my low blood pressure, but I said Nah it's the flu I'll be fine.
But I wasn't fine. I was in so much abdominal pain, but finally, after three days it let up a little. I thought cool I'll go on with my life now.
Not so! 2 weeks later the pain and vomiting were back. It kept coming and going for three months. Eventually, there were no more good days. I could not eat. My body was racked with pain.
My children had to stay with my mother because I didn't have the strength even to get out of bed to throw up. Meanwhile, my doctors were telling me it was Crohn's, no wait; it's some undetectable parasite. Here's a colonoscopy. Here's and endoscopy, a small intestine study, a cat scan, an MRI, here's 15 different pain killers and stomach regulators, anti-nausea pills, antacids.
Then the ultimate insult. You're crazy. This is all in your head. Here's some Xanax and Prozac.
My doctors did nothing but humiliate me and make me sicker. I dropped from 115 lbs to 98 lbs in 3 months. I truly thought I was going to die.
And, oh yes, they gave me the celiac test which came back normal.
And not once did I think, oh yeah, before I got sick I was on weight
watchers for four months not eating carbs, and then I went back to a regular diet, and that's when I got really sick. I had no freaking clue what was going on.
Then my friend mentioned that sounded an awful lot like what she had gone through with endometriosis. So I begged my ob-gyn to do the exploratory surgery which he did and yep, sure enough, there was the endo.
Then I thought cool we've figured this out. And yes I got slightly better and at least was able to care for my family again. But over the next few months, I was still getting severely sick once every 2 or 3 weeks. So I went back to the ob-gyn and got diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (ulcers in the bladder), so I started getting treated for that.
Still I was getting sick, and now even more bizarre symptoms began; extreme muscle pain, swelling joints, tingling in my hands face and feet, night sweats, night terrors, unexplained muscle contortions, cramps, and spasms, constricted breathing, passing out, color changes in my vision, dizziness so extreme I couldn't watch tv or look at a computer, severe migraines, rashes, memory loss, hair loss.
I went to my regular physician and was told that I had fibromyalgia. I was put on several different medications for it to no avail.
Finally, I decided to go this chiropractor my in-laws were always raving about. Within four weeks of talking with me and working on me, he said I truly believe you have celiacs disease. I said no freakin way; they already did that test. And besides, I love wheat I thought to myself.
Then he told me that the particular test they gave me is fairly inaccurate.
So I decided to go off gluten (okay after my appointment i went to a Chinese buffet stuffed my face came home threw it all up and then decided to go off gluten)
I have only been off it for seven days now, but the inflammation in my abdomen has gone down significantly. I haven't thrown up, and I haven't been in intense pain either. In fact, for the first time in 2 years, my bowel movements are normal and don't hurt or cause my legs to go numb.
I am greatly encouraged by even this small progress because to be honest my life has just become struggling to get through the pain.
Also, my energy level has increased. I no longer have to take a nap every day. I am very much looking forward to my gluten free life, even if the diet does suck.
Oh, I also took my daughter off of gluten because of her slow development, night terrors, and constipation and she is doing so much better. We are much happier girls.
Thank God for my chiropractor because if he hadn't have helped me I don't think any doctor ever would have. I think I would have been completely miserable for years and years until too much damage was done to even fix. I also Thank God for my loving and supportive family who have been full of practical help, patience, and compassion.