Sometimes You Need To Try Something New
In March 2008, I started experiencing abdominal pain. I went to my gynecologist because I believed it was related to my birth control. I had an ultrasound, exam, etc and everything came back normal. I was still in pain, but the doctor could offer me no explanation as to why.
For the next six years I continued to deal with this pain. It was there as a dull achy pain all the time. Occasionally it would flare up and I would be in extreme stabbing pain in that area. A couple times it caused me to hit the ground while I was walking, or have to pull over when I was driving because it was so sharp. I went to the ER more than once because I was afraid of what was going on in my body.
I went to several specialists. By now I had moved and changed gynecologists and talked to my new doctor about it as well as two primary care physicians. (The first passed away so I had a new one of those too)
I was referred to and saw a GI doctor, a neurologist, a gynecological surgeon, and an orthopedist.
Between all of the specialists and my primary doctors I have had five ultrasounds, two CT Scans (One with dye and one without. Although the dye was still present a year and a half later. No one could tell me why!), blood work, a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, several exams, been poked, prodded and finally had exploratory laproscopic surgery. Everything always came back “Normal”
I finally started referring to this as my “Normal Pain” and tried to convince myself that I just needed to be grateful that I am so disgustingly healthy and come to terms with the fact that I would never know what was causing my pain. I was just going to have to deal with it.
My best friend suggested acupuncture. Part of me wanted to poo poo the idea and most of me had reached the point where I would go see a Veterinarian if they could make the pain go away. I found a doctor and made an appointment for a consultation.
I really had no idea what to expect. The doctor was very nice and asked a lot of questions. He did an exam and his first conclusion was that I have tendinitis in my hip flexor. He did the acupuncture and I’m not going to lie, a couple of the spots hurt when he touched them before he even put a needle in. But once the needles were in I relaxed.
I came back the next week and had another treatment. In the days that followed my pain had lessened. By the third week there was an incredible improvement. After a month, my pain was probably 20% of what it had been when I started.
In addition to the needles he gave me stretching exercises to do and also did stretches with me in the office. Little by little the pain got less and less.
Now I go every 6 weeks for maintenance. The only time I have the pain is when I’m being lazy at home and not doing my stretches.
I am so grateful to my friend for suggesting acupuncture! After six years of constant pain, it’s hard to describe how amazing it is not to be dealing with it anymore. I just wish I could go back more frequently because I love how relaxed I feel after a treatment.
If you are dealing with pain and Western medicine doesn’t seem to be helping, don’t be afraid to try different things. I still go to my regular doctors, but I am so glad that I gave Eastern medicine a try too.