Another interesting observation - a positive message of Hope!
After having fought the system to gain access to a good physiotherapist and having had the luck to have a ‘follow-up’ prescription to see her for a second round of treatment…. It did not work.
However, one must observe that 6 sessions per ‘prescription’ that includes a single acupuncture session for 20 minutes, some Myofascial release massage and other similar forms of massage, will like a ‘swallow, not a summer make’!!
Despite having been given a number of exercises- many of them too rigorous for me to do with any ease as they caused me pain- nonetheless I persisted…
One in particular was similar to the ‘Cat position’ in Yoga for the pain I have developed in my lower back, as it has become inordinately concave. She also commented that I had ‘irreversible’ doweger’s hump, from not sitting up straight and holding my spine correctly – explaining that it was painful for me to attempt to do so and that my body seemed to want to automatically ‘slump’ in order to stretch the tension in my neck and muscles never made any impact.
Despite being a very good physiotherapist and very intuitive on the whole, I believe that due to the pressures imposed by the system to ‘fix you’ in the allocated sessions, it was all too easy to resign me to the scrap heap. I was told that there was nothing further that could be done for me and that IF I was lucky as funding is so tight, my GP could request for me to go on a Pain Management Course that would educate me how to pace myself and live with my pain as there was nothing further that could be done for me.
All very depressing really….
Its not the kind of defeatist approach you want to hear.
Being an optimist by nature and having this deep rooted belief that I am not ‘broken’; I know I can be fixed. I see myself as ‘out of kilter’… Out-of-alignment somehow?
Almost as though I am not calibrated! All the pieces could function if only given half the chance. Like a good orchestra needing a good conductor!
You’ve guessed it! I have endocrine issues which is probably the best way of describing it. I am Hashimotos; I have adrenal fatigue and am currently even being looked at from a Pituitary angle… So my own, instinctive visual description of feeling like an orchestra that is out of tune, in need of a good conductor is a spot on, intuitive diagnosis! If only the medical profession would actually listen to their patients!
About 5 weeks ago, the brilliant contributor ‘Clutter’ if I may be so bold as to describe her as such, helped me immensely with her astute observations.
She suggested I could be wheat/gluten intolerant?!
15 years ago I was told by my then GP that I had IBS.
Rather like PoOH bear I though “IBS…more like HUMS, Hhhmmms???? I just continued to be the stoic that I am by nature, and put up with it. All medications were useless and in my opinion made it worse…
Well, armed with hope from Clutter, I excluded all gluten and wheat, assiduously reading all food labels and have stuck to it like glue- no pun intended.
The results have been near miraculous.
Within days, not even a week the difference has been an eye-opener.
What my physiotherapist pronounced as written in stone has turned out to be piffle !
The pain in the base of my back has gone.
I can alter the angle of my pelvis and stand straight…there is no pain
I can straighten my spine; I feel taller and can stand up straight, rather like an unfolding butterfly!
Though no longer feeling like a ‘beached whale with a belly-ache’, I am far from achieving the svelte profile of a minnow – as yet, but life has improved dramatically and that has to be a major bonus.
I have done what I was told was NOT possible.
I wanted to share this miracle with everybody on this site.
I have waited a while to make sure it was not in my over-active imagination, not to have false hope…But its true.
All I can suggest to everybody that has endocrine issues of some kind or other, regardless of testing for gluten/wheat intolerance – do your own test.
Keep an enquiring mind. Cut out the bread, the cakes, the crisps, the crackers, the beer – anything, even certain types of chocolate…ANYTHIING that has wheat or gluten in it and keep a diary.
See how you feel? How is your back ache? How is your body posture? Can you sit at the table more easily? Do you feel stronger and more stable in your core body? Are you less wobbly? Are you less gloomy? Have your thoughts lifted? Do you feel, Yes, I can get over this, yes I can get better… Feel empowered; Try it.
My own empirical results have been enough for me.
I have discussed it with my GP who is happy to be guided by my findings and he has agreed that for now, rather than make myself feel worse again just to be tested, I should just take it as read and keep going- stay off the gluten and wheat.