Definition of Insanity
(doing the same thing over & over and expecting different results)
Like many others, I relied on health insurance and conventional medicine. I went to over 25 different doctors and health professionals looking for answers in my attempt to get my previously active and healthy life back. Over time, I was given 25+ steroid injections into painful joints and several trigger point injections into aching muscles. These limited “pain management” tools did nothing to help.
Ultimately, here’s what the doctors told me in one way or another: “There’s nothing more I can do…if you were my sister I’d say, you need surgery!” or “Have you been given the pain talk yet?” or “You won’t be doing any of the activities on your goal list a year from now!” or my personal favorite, “I can prescribe medical Cannabis but other than that, you need to learn to live with the pain!” In addition to doling out large doses of negativity, they prescribed lots of drugs, including painkillers, NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, gabapentinoids, anti-anxiety meds and antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs), which didn’t even mask the pain, and in fact made matters worse.
The surgeons wanted to cut or fuse my spine, and the pain management docs wanted to continue steroid injections or implant a nerve stimulator. They were treating “body parts” or giving prescription “band-aids” and I knew in my gut that my nonstop pain had to have “systemic” roots. Finally, I said “No way!” to it all & my personal mission to find root causes that impeded my healing began.