It's been a long time since I have posted updates. Between trying to sale my house; working full-time; running the North Texas Lyme Group; juggling medication, protocols and doctors; managing my pain; making sure I am getting adequate rest and relaxation; and taking classes toward photography certification to supplement our income to help pay for medical bills, I haven't had a great deal of time to write. I am a tough cookie! Although, I do whine and complain often about my aches and pains. But, I keep pushing forward and do what needs to be done. It isn't easy, but I really don't have a choice.
To give you an update on my progress: I am continuing to see my doctor in Virgina to treat the Hemobartonella, my doctor in Flower Mound for the Cowden Protocol for Lyme and co-infections, my doctor in Mckinney for homeopathy for maintenance , and now a pain specialist in Dallas. For the last couple of months, I have been contemplating the fact that my pelvic pain and malfunction(s) may be due to a pelvic floor contraction (similar to a Charlie Horse in the pelvis.) My muscles are ALWAYS tight. Imagine waking up everyday with a charlie horse in your leg and not being able to do anything about it.
My pain management specialist in Dallas is one who "thinks outside the box," which is what I require all my doctors to be able to do.--to think beyond what the medical field has taught them, to be able to problem solve and think for themselves rather than running to a medical book to see what pill would possible fix the problem. My specialist believes that pain often comes from muscles that won't relax; therefore malfunctioning. It becomes a cycle of contraction, pain and malfunction. He uses needles to address the trigger points in the muscles. These trigger points are knots in the muscles. By using the needles and stimulating the trigger points, he believes they will eventually relax. It is similiar to a massage therapist releasing trigger points in the back and shoulder. But when dealing with the pelvic floor, the trigger points can be so many in number and so deep that a message therapist or even a chiropractor is unable to reach them.
My stomach has been doing so well for years, not great, but much better. I continued to see improvements, until last Thursday after I ate a salad (a normal staple in my diet). My chronic burping symptoms returned. I wonder if it was due to the trigger point release in my back. I will talk to my doctor about it Friday, but in the meantime, I will be bombarding my system with probiotics, and also hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes before each meal--something I should have been doing this entire time. See what I get for slacking.
I want to thank Abby for caring enough to introduce me to Dr. Rod who is compassionate and caring. I am glad you are seeing improvements with your pain and function. Hopefully, I am not too far behind you.