Monday, August 6, 2018

Healing, the Holistic Way

When I first mentioned that I would be going to a holistic doctor, many of you said you wanted to hear about the experience!
I'm going to be honest, I had heard many different accounts of what the "holistic experience" would be. I tend to lean on the side of hippie most days, so I was ready and excited to try this new experience. But what I found wasn't hippie at all, but rather, a doctor who actually cared about my total wellbeing. 

I commonly teeter between anti-doctor and "ok I need to go straight to the hospital". 
The Background. 
I know I've been illusive with my situation, so here it is.
I have a rare auto immune condition called Myasthenia Gravis.
Like many auto immune conditions, MG happens when your body has a miscommunication and starts attacking itself. It affects your muscles, i.e. they become fatigued and can just stop functioning properly. This started for me about 2 1/2 years ago (Jan 2016) when I discovered I couldn't open my eyes completely, and had zero control over it. I couldn't drive, I couldn't work, I couldn't really even watch tv. You know what's annoying? When you are "sick" and you can't do anything except lay there with your eyes closed for days...and days.
I had an excellent neurologist who discovered the same day what the problem was, and for that I'm eternally grateful. But the hard part came when they started with my meds. I had a very bad reaction...meaning I threw up every day, for an entire month. No one could figure out why. After a month of missing food...because I LOVE FOOD, I took matters into my own hands. 
After research I found, the medication I was taking did not interact well with dairy, sugar, or fried foods. I found this out completely by myself.
 The day I cut those out, is the day I stopped throwing up.
Why did I have to figure this out on my own? 
Well, MG IS rare, and there's not a ton of info on it. 

The moral of this story is- sometimes you have to take your health into your own hands. 
I went into remission after 10 months, something that is unheard of, and I've been in remission ever since because of my auto immune diet that I started taking seriously.
The doctors asked me how I did it.

Fast forward to today. 

I keep getting sick. I've been very ill twice this year, and the last time I went to the hospital. 
I was also in the hospital once last year. 
No one could figure it out and I was left with no answers.
(Because of my MG, the muscles that can also be affected (if triggered) are my breathing muscles, which as you can guess, would be very bad. So whenever I'm sick like this, I just head to the hospital, because if I do stop breathing, I want to be there.)
So, that didn't happen (thankfully), but I didn't get a resolution either.

Well, I determined this wasn't good enough. 
Again, taking my health into my own hands. 

Enter Charm City Natural Health.

What is holistic medicine?
It's a practice that doesn't focus just on what to take to get better (big pharma), but instead your person as a whole, and considers making changes to lifestyle and diet instead of heading straight for the medicine cabinet. They look at much more natural and healthy types of remedies.
For more info, visit here.

I had started going to them after my first sick experience this year, before I went into the hospital most recently.  I had a mysterious illness of swollen neck and horrible sore throat, but no positive strep or anything you would guess. So I needed better answers.
I've never had a doctor experience like this before. I go to Dr. Paddock. He asked me so many questions about everything in my life pertaining to my health. He made connections that had never been made before to different issues that I've had in the past. He's prescribed meds (holistic) that have helped me more than any big pharma med has done and hey, without crazy side affects.

But most importantly, he figured out why I went into the hospital two weeks ago.
I won't go into detail because I do like to keep some things private, but I will say, the reason that I have to take 2 hour naps each day, is because I have a type of chronic fatigue syndrome (similar to constant mono- fun right?).
After looking it up, it causes (shocker) fevers, and neck swelling, all of which I had most recently, AND explained why I was sleeping all day and night. 

Side note: I had been big time shaming myself for having to take naps every day. Social media can make it look like you don't do anything during the day depending on how you post. I never post that I'm taking naps when I am during the week, but I have alluded to the fact that I get up at 6AM so that I can nap later on in the day (if you caught that). It's a constant struggle, and many times you will see me working late at night just to catch up.


He found this by doing his own blood tests that look for specific markers that are more in depth. 

Holistic doctors look comprehensively at the entire person, and this is what makes them unique (by today's standards). The first appointment is 1 1/2 hours, and the second and follow ups are 45 min-1 hour. They ask about your life in general. He's emailed me late to tell me what's going on so I'm not worried. He answers all of my questions, and is NEVER judgmental. It's the bed side manner of the old days, but today.

Yes, I pay out of pocket because our health industry doesn't recognize them as eligible for insurance. But the way I see it, if he can figure out how to treat me and keep me from getting ill/heading to the hospital frequently, then I save a heck of a lot of money in the long run. 
And he's already figured out so much.

**My series this week is on taking health into your own hands.
I'm going to be visiting my friend who is an excellent nutritionist (Courtney) and will be giving you that info as well. We are going to talk about immune support and energy. 

I'm also going to switch gears a little bit, because I want this to be comprehensive, to talk about mental health as well.
Since my dad passed 5 years ago, I've been seeing a therapist, and it has also changed my life and well-being. So we will chat about that too!

I hope this was helpful in some way.
Have an awesome week!

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