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The Homeopath and the Healer

It was the late 1980s, I was 28 years old, and I already had an eight year history with chronic pelvic pain.  My symptoms included persistent pain in my lower right abdomen, chronic vaginal soreness, and urinary urgency.  I was seeing an MD who was a specialist in Candidiasis.  She had been treating me for over a year with the drugs Nystatin, Tylenol and Codeine, and a diet.  I wasn’t getting any better.  I had been treated for endometriosis several years prior and I thought the pain was coming from my right ovary.  The pain got worse when I was on my period or ovulating.

One day I asked my doctor if I could have my right ovary removed in order to stop the pain.  Her response was to refer me to a homeopathic physician and to a healer.   The homeopath gave me some weird treatments like drinking vinegar.  The healer waved his hands over me and told me my pain had to do with my gallbladder.  Neither treatment made me feel any better.  But later I learned that some of my indigestion symptoms were from low stomach acid, and that’s cured now, so there was some truth to what the healer said.

What I know now is that my pain was caused by unconscious habits of resisting feeling emotions which put my body into the fight or flight response and tensed my muscles.  This chronically overloaded my adrenals causing fatigue and cascading into an imbalance of sex hormones causing vaginal irritation.  Chronic muscle tension results in myofasical pain in the pelvic area, disrupted digestion, pain in the bladder area and soreness in the vaginal area.  The pain I thought was in my ovary was actually from a tight spots in the psoas muscle in my hip.

I am so thankful that my MD did not agree to remove my ovary.  I’m relieved that I finally found the explanation and effective treatment for all my symptoms.  Applying mind-body healing has done much to relieve the underlying cause of tension in my muscles.   When I do experience myofascial pain, I know how to massage my own trigger points in my muscles to help them release.  Daily yoga keeps my muscles limber.  Self-coaching, including calming my mind, feeling my emotions, and tapping into my inner wisdom all contribute to my healing and well-being.

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  • Gail, I too am thankful that I did not have any surgeries or procedures for chronic pain and that I have come across the mind body healing. I am reading “A Headache in the Pelvis” and doing some trigger point work for my chronic muscle tension. I’d like to find a way to incorporate this into my program, but what tends to happen is that I do a little and then don’t for awhile. Today I tried to take it easier with the pressure so that my response wasn’t more tension! What I notice is that my hip seemed more sore after the trigger point work but I think some areas (buttocks) felt better.

    Would you care to share your treatment for high stomach acid? I have been using aloe and apple cider vinegar and have found this very helpful. A naturopath told me I actually had low stomach acid and that that was causing poor digestion.

    Thank you,

  • Hi Alice: “A Headache in the Pelvic” is an informative book. Another one that is complimentary and goes into much more detail about trigger points is “The Trigger Point Workbook” by Clare Davies. I highly recommend it.

    It’s normal to feel more discomfort for a day or two after massaging trigger points. It does get better than it was before after a few days. The pain from trigger points after massage has a different quality to it. Before I work my trigger points I feel tension and after it feels more sore. I definitely get a sense of relief when I have successfully worked a trigger point. Also, trigger points tend to gang up, so there usually are more than one and they play off each other. It’s important to massage all of them to disengage the tension pattern. There is trial an error with this too. I work on my trigger points as needed. It just takes practice to learn where all of yours are. The Clare Davies book has been such a valuable resource for me.

    The naturopath I saw gave me HCL pills to take. The instructions where to keep upping the dosage until I started getting a reaction that it was enough and then taper off. It took about a month. Previous to that I was taking a supplement with each meal which had Betaine in it and that helped. However, the HCL thing was a cure. I met with him over the phone. His name is Michael Biamonte and here is his website: Email me if you want to know more about my experience with him.

    • Thanks Gail. I also have the Clare Davies book and it does give much more in depth instructions. The Headache book seems to be a companion to their actual program.

      My digestive symptoms are a lot of burping (I can always burp, there always seems to be trapped air or whatever causes that), some burning and discomfort. Were these your symptoms before the HCL?

      • Hi Alice: Yes, my digestive symptoms were indigestion, with burping, starting with gas pains, also farting (:-)). It was worse in the night. I would have to sit up and make myself burp. I learned to avoid fatty foods. Now when I have gassiness, at both ends, it is because my abdominal muscles have gotten tight, usually because I am nervous about something,
        and I massage the trigger points there and it gets better. So there can still be a tight muscle connection. However, I don’t get the night time indigestion any more.

  • Interesting! I’ve been wondering lately if some of the chronic pain in my neck and shoulders is the result of something more in the mind than the body. I should probably continue to pursue that line of inquiry with myself.

  • The shift from a western medical mindset, to a blend of western and eastern mindset has made a world of difference in my life too. Thank you for your generous personal sharing and sharing more about tapping into your own personal wisdom.

  • Learning to tap into our own instincts is key for so much of life, but especially with an illness like endometriosis when so often the first instinct is hysterectomy.

  • Wow, this is so fascinating. Definitely reminds me to get my body moving more instead of sitting almost the whole day and get those muscles stretched and relaxed. (And my mind too at the same time 🙂 ).

  • Such a great reminder to listen to our bodies! I have gone through a lot of illness, but the more self aware I became, the better I was able to manage it. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  • Oh my yes, learning to tune in and listen to what our bodies are telling us is so important to lead a healthier life. Western medicine is so reactive. Thanks for sharing your story with us!


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