In February of 2012, I fell on the job and bruised the soft tissue of my left knee. My life has never been the same. My struggle with doctors for four years before a written diagnosis ever manifested is something I’d never wish upon my worse enemy. I firmly believe had I not agreed to the spinal cord stimulator, aka SCS, I would still be fighting for more than lip service.
My experiences with the SCS, as well as the spinal cortical injections, were less than desirable, in fact, I’d go so far as to say they were counter productive for me. My doctor was not listening to me nor was he attempting to answer my questions. In no way do I believe my doctor I ended up with was trying to heal me. There was one doctor early in my diagnosis and treatment who commented to me once that “carbs caused inflammation”. Not that they were THE cause but that they contribute to the underlying cause.
After having come to a place in my treatment where there were no more viable alternatives, I reminded myself it was my responsibility, not the experts and specialists, to be in control of my treatment based on the recommendations of the experts. From there, I began by changing my diet and chemical exposure within my personal environment. All because I had to start somewhere and if carbs can cause inflammation I questioned what others foods could be causing symptoms to flare.
I soon found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole. One with one question leading to another and another and… you get the idea. What I had accomplished by myself without the direction or recommendation from any doctor was working better with more consistent results than anything else I had tried. As time has passed not only have there been studies and a few “EUREKA” moments from the medical community to support my theory but my own state of being does as well.
Join me as I continue to venture forward, as I learn and discover and as I make mistakes. I look forward to having the energy to document this progression as I look back and wish I’d have been able to document my progress up until now for comparison I remind myself I can not go back only forward.
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