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I have been suffering with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for five years and after seeing 11 doctors before I was told what I had. Three years ago I went to my State Representive and ask for a State law on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The bill was introduced in January of 2006 and passed in December of 2006 House Bill 5603 became Public Act 678-2006 it was sign into law January 2007. I also became Detroit's RSD/CRPS spokesperson, State of Michigan Power Over Pain Action network leader under the American Pain Foundation, NORD, American Chronic Pain Association and much more. September is pain awareness month which 2008 and 2009 and have promoted awarness to many michigan elected officials.
I stopped taking the medication because it never took the edge off the pain. I thought back to what my perents had taught me herbs don't and cry get up and keep moving. I was even told by the medical field it was in my mind and that I would be sitting in a wheel chair for the rest of my life, four years ago. I still walk today it is not the best but I keep moving. As I have said before I would rather see and know that all that suffer with chronic pain would be cured before me. Promoting educational awareness to all is now what I do.
JW Detroit, Michigan
One thing I have learned walking on this planet for 72 years is the medical community is worthless. I look back on a lifetime of botched encounters, horrid reactions to medicines, broken promises, (I'll be there to help you deliver your son naturally)and he wasn't! He then charged us $600. To be brief. Up to age 18 I was sick ALL the time, flus, backaches, spastic colon, measles, mumps, dizzy spells, etc. Seems anything given me made matters worse. My life changed at age 19. My sister married a chiropractor. It was the Summer after my freshman year in college. I came down with a wracking cough, and high fever. I was told by Dr. I was close to walking Pneumonia and would be hospitalized in another day ot two if condition didn't improve. Sister and husband flying up to NY from Florida to stay in his home with Mother for a visit. I hadn't been to the wedding being in New York. I wanted to meet him. Against my parent's wishes I dragged myself out of bed to his mother's home ten miles away.
While visiting feeling half dead a wracking cough occurred. Those coughs where you turn Red and just know you're going to die.Dr. May said, "Joyce, you need an adjustment." "I needed a WHAT?" Had no idea what a chiropractor was or what they did! Sister said to go ahead. "it's Ok". Dr. May would give me one. We went upstairs and he unfolded a portable table. He proceded to adjust me and it was an experience I'll never forget! Chest 'bounced!' Back 'cracked! Feet pressured on certain points, and more. I lay there in a stuper afterwards as relaxation flooded me. I almost couldn't move. After five nights of wracking coughs and sleepless night, that night I slept like a baby and within another 12 hours all coughing ceased, my fever broke. I felt wonderful. I learned from Howard about nutrition. I began practining sounder eating habits. When I married and had kids I began to study Alternative healing methods from Homeopathy, to Herbs, to massage, Reiki, Foot Reflexology, Acupuncture. I prepared my oown baby food for the children.For 38 years I never saw a Dr. again and enjoyed excellent health. Took vitamins only in the Winter and all natural ones. Had regular adjustments. When sons were each 3 months began them on regular treatments. I cannot speak for the fellas, but women's bodies and needs so different. Years later through a severe depression, life traumas, etc. I plodded through it all with the help of massage, deep breathing,good nutrition,acupuncture treatments, exercise, etc.
When facing health challenges remember, we are all DIFFERENT! Have courage to keep going! Be patient with healing. If something doesn't work for God's sake try something/someone else! Your key to your health is within you. You keep trying different modalities, the healer is simply who you choose deep inside to be a catalyst to unlock your problem. Know that we are all here to grow and change and growth is painful. Keep trying! Grab a little joy each day. Believe in the Power in you and that you will overcome! Don't rely only on the healer...you must make effort! We're climbing mountains in ourselves all the time. Deep breathing, stretch classes, walking, you must persevere and in time change occurs.healing comes in many different ways. Each different.
Think of a bathtub of dirty water. You can keep pouring in good water, tons of it and the water will always be dirty. Got to let the plug out, got to want change, got to alter thoughts, got to pray and reach out to others. Everything on this planet from a radish root to an oak knows pain to grow and engages in great effort as roots dig deep into earth for water, sustenence.. I've said enough. As Eleanor Roosevelt stated, "No matter what, never give up on life!' She has been a great role model for me. Find yours. We need vision and someone to aspire after.