By: Julianna Sauber, ND
My life has been filled with pain. The physical pain that can stop you in your tracks. My first migraine was age 12 – I remember I wanted to beat my head against the headboard of my bed because I figured it would feel better, and I bet it would have. Migraines are TERRIBLE!
Fast forward to my 20’s when the migraines continued and were added to by abdominal pain and lots of muscle stiffness.
Fast forward to my 30’s where it got really bad. I added occiput nerve headaches that would mean I couldn’t turn my head and I was in constant agony. In my early 30’s I added shoulder pain and stiffness on the side where I hit during my moped accident. Then right hip and knee pain. Add to that general muscle pain and achiness.
By age 36-37, all of that was crashing down on me at once. I was miserable, and as all well trained American’s do, I made a doctors appointment – about number 75 to talk about pain. The doctors loved to tell me to lose weight, or that my cholesterol was high, and that my blood sugar was borderline. Take some OTC pain med and go home and lose some weight was their only solution. I just wanted to feel good. I just wanted to run with my kids on the soccer field, or hike with them, or just keep up with them biking. I just wanted to be out of pain. I didn’t care about cholesterol or sugar or any of that.
I finally fired them all and started researching. I didn’t get far, there are too many things you can read that give you ideas on how to get well. They all say different things; whatever the writer’s thing that time was about, and I suppose at some level this will be the same. I just want you to know a few things. 1. You can take care of the pain. I don’t mean 100% of the time, but 90% of the time. 2. You can do it yourself with the right tools. 3. To really succeed you must take many steps and have a no compromise attitude on some things. 4. You will have to work against the sage advise and doubting dissentions of your parents, your doctors, maybe even your spouse. They will all have opinions – but it is your journey, so take it your way. Period.
So I’m going to tell you about my journey – and I’m going to tell you some highlights of people I’ve worked with. I hope that from this writing you can glean some next steps to take.
Oh, and I want to emphasize this – some of you will have to take all of these steps and more. I also want to emphasize that if you decide to supplement or buy herbs or oils – you cannot compromise on quality, or you will not succeed as you could have. Cost means little when it comes to being healthy. I will list my resources below, and you may contact me with questions. Your life, literally and figuratively may depend on it. So here goes….
Headaches and migraines –
The causes of headaches are varied; here are some things to consider because they helped me, I know they did.
KNEE POPPING AND DISCOMFORT
HIP AND LOW BACK PAIN –
This for me has been varied – I will address the things that helped me and mention a few that have been beneficial for others.
ALL OVER BODY PAIN –
1. Gluten free and low sugar lifestyle
2. Anti-inflammatory foods and supplements
3. regular chiropractic and massage
I will not beat around the bush – you must have high quality food, you must eliminate the Standard American diet (SAD) foods as much as possible and you can’t cheat and get good supplements and expect good results. Don’t cheat yourself and waste your money.
My preferred sources:
My website is: www.wholebodyrenewalcenter.com or you can find me on Facebook. I’d love to meet you – send me a note to say hi.