I don’t typically use my blog to discuss my bladder (AKA, I kinda can’t believe I’m talking about this on the interwebz) but bear with me…I have a point. When I was 20, I got a UTI. If you haven’t ever had one, lucky you. If you have had one, you know they’re the worst. The thing about mine is that the symptoms didn’t go away…FOR FOUR YEARS.
Sure I took my round of antibiotics and the UTI symptoms improved. But they didn’t go away. When my Dr. tested me for an infection, nothing really showed up so she said it was an “under the radar” infection requiring more antibiotics.
The symptoms would come in waves and the antibiotics didn’t seem to be helping. In fact, when I was on the antibiotics I felt WORSE. I was MORE uncomfortable.
When I explained that the antibiotics that SHOULD be helping were making me feel worse I was told, “That’s not possible. It’s all in your head.” To which I wanted to say, “YOU get woken up 6 times a night to pee and tell me it’s all in your head.”
I went to see a specialist even though it was EXPENSIVE for poor young married college students with bad insurance. She prescribed a low dose of antibiotics to be taken daily indefinitely. It didn’t help.
Most of the time, I couldn’t drink coffee, tea, or alcohol because it was too painful. I could drink water and some herbal teas only. And my symptoms got even MORE fun when I got pregnant with Benjamin and now needed to pee 500,000 times a day.
After he was born I decided to try to get to the bottom of the issue again. So I asked to be referred to a specialist (again). She did an expensive procedure to investigate the “infection” but didn’t find anything and again said, “it’s an under the radar infection.” I asked about diet. “Just drink plenty of water. What you eat won’t make a difference,” she said.
By that time it had been four years of feeling awful and I was done. I started doing my own research and ordered tons of books on cystisis and bladder infections. I quit taking the antibiotics and went on the low-acidity diets my research recommended and I began to feel a little better.
About that time we moved back to our hometown and my brother recommended his chiropractor to me. I went to see him and explained my issues, how the antibiotics made me feel worse, what changes in my diet made me feel better, etc. He didn’t tell me it was all in my head. He helped me figure out that the reason that I wasn’t testing positive for a UTI was because I DIDN’T HAVE A UTI. I was battling yeast in the bladder that was irritating it and causing my symptoms. That’s why the antibiotics didn’t help. They made it worse because they were killing the good bacteria that should keep the yeast in check.
So, he gave me anti-fungal supplements and told me not to eat sugar, ANY SUGAR, for a few weeks. After two weeks, I felt better. And after a month, I felt 100% better. My sleep wasn’t interrupted all night by my pain and I could drink coffee again (bliss!).
And that’s when I started to believe in the benefits of alternative medicine. Not because the Western medicine model is all bad. It’s not. It can do amazing things and I’m grateful. And not because I believe that all doctors don’t listen to their patients because that’s not true. In fact, my current MD is totally awesome and I sing his praises. (Rabbit trail: my doctor’s holy hour is right after my husband’s holy hour and occasionally he comes in late wearing scrubs and says, “Sorry about that! I had to do emergency surgery.” Oh, it’s cool. I’m ok sitting here with Jesus a few extra minutes while you SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE, says Daniel.)
Where was I? Oh, that I like doctors and that I’m grateful for Western medicine. BUT, there is a lot we can do to take charge of our own health. Just by changing my diet I was able to do more than thousands of dollars, three doctors and a specialist could do to help me. I’m not saying we should neglect to seek professional medical care when it’s needed. But I think by ignoring the fact that there might be more than one way to treat a health problem, we aren’t doing ourselves any favors.
Then when my symptoms came back in 2015, alternative medicine has been bringing me back toward full health yet again. I’m still not 100% in remission (from what I now know is Interstitial Cystitis or IC) but I’m getting close! I can almost taste that celebratory cup of coffee I can enjoy when I’m all better. (And if you’re interested, here’s a few of the things I’ve done this year to heal my body.)
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