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    my chronic illness story + finding a school

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    hi my name is dan, i'd like to tell my story really quick and also gather some feedback about schools if anyone would be so kind.

    i was diagnosed with gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying) 2 and a half years ago and have been struggling to live a normal life ever since. i feel like i may finally be on the path to health and can attribute my success to almost nothing from allopathic medicine. i have been to almost a dozen gastroenterologists from quality establishments like georgetown and johns hopkins and tried handfuls of prescriptions to no avail. i've had doctors tell me i'm not as bad as i think i am and i've had doctors void my bill stating there was nothing they could do for my disease. my symptoms have been nausea, stomach heaving, terrible IBS, no appetite, etc. - all the things you would expect from a stomach that cannot move food through its system. i initially weighed 160 pounds and have been as low as 120 since.

    my first successes with this illness were with acupuncture/herbal treatments. i was extremely skeptical of the practice (i'm very critical by nature) and nearly cancelled my second appointment after the first did nothing for me. but the second time i got needles stuck in me, i felt my stomach growl and became hungry for the first time in months.

    my second success was probably with an alternative leaning nutritionist who ordered food sensitivity tests and found i was extremely sensitive to gluten and dairy among other things. my GI docs always told me to eat whatever i wanted in small portions since they tested me for food allergies and celiac disease and found nothing. also, i had suspected some sort of intestinal wall problem because of my IBS, and almost had to force my GI doc to write me a script for stool tests after he reassured me nothing was wrong with my bowels because nothing showed up on my colonoscopy. before i even did those tests, my nutritionist suggested and referred me to an infectious disease specialist who found that i had an infectious parasite called amebiasis, primarily found in the tropics and places with poor sanitary conditions. even the infectious disease doctor told me that probably nothing would show up on the parasite tests after hearing my symptoms, but wrote me a script for the test at my insistence.

    my third success was with a chiropractor, and i feel like here is where i've really started getting to where i need to be. gastroparesis is said to be caused by damage to the vagus nerve which controls digestion among other bodily functions. when i visited a chiropractor, i learned that compacted or misaligned vertebrae can cause compression of the vagus nerve. this sort of made sense to me, as i've had scoliosis and posture problems in my neck since i was a child. after several visits, i felt MUCH better and i have since learned from another chiropractor that food sensitivities can also cause such severe inflammation that it throws your spine out of whack again. i'm watching what i eat now very carefully and i find that helps even more.

    my fourth success was with a homeopath. i actually thought this was ridiculous when i first read about it, but was willing to try anything. i have noticed almost immediate relief of symptoms with hypericum, used for treating nerve damage (this after a neurologist told me that you can't heal nerve damage and that i would probably have this condition the rest of my life). i don't believe this is a placebo effect either, since i have tried several remedies, some of which did absolutely nothing for me.

    in any case, to make a long story short, i am fascinated and grateful for alternative medicine and have no problem accepting the "energy healing" stigma that is attached to it, after experiencing healing effects first hand. i don't hate my experience with conventional medicine, but suffice it to say i think there are major problems with the philosophy of treating illness with pharmaceuticals to temporarily alleviate symptoms when there are other options available that may in fact heal a person completely if given the opportunity.

    assuming i am well enough, i'd like to pursue a career in chiropractic and possibly even homeopathic medicine in the fall. i'm an IT consultant right now currently on disability because of my illness. does anyone have advice about schools? there seems to be a lot of hostility towards schools like life and palmer but those are ones that seem very interesting to me, as i enjoy the philosophical stuff about the body's innate ability to heal itself. i'm also concerned about making it a lucrative career, and will probably post in the naturopathic section also about how to succeed as a homeopath, but my main thing right now is i want to help people the way that i've been helped.

    thanks so much, any input is appreciated!
    dan

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    I know what is wrong

    I think it might be your elbow. Have them check your elbow. Ask for Dr Cumab.

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    which elbow?

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