Monday, August 6, 2012

Sickness and Homeopathy

Have you been wondering where I've been? I doubt it, but stranger things have happened. Seems my gastrointestinal issues have flared up a bit...or a lot. For anybody who hasn't read my site About section I'll give you a quick rundown. First I was fine...which is good. Then I became lactose intolerant, so I cut out all dairy. The lactose intolerance has gotten way more severe in the last 15 years. Then I became gluten intolerant, so I cut out all the gluten. The gluten intolerance has also gotten more severe over the years. Even though I've cut those things completely out of my diet, difficulties still happen, and has become more frequent as of late, causing me to be miserable, miss work, not want to leave the house, and other such things.

Go see a doctor you say? Ya, I tried that. I didn't have a family doctor for almost six years. I was on several waiting lists to get signed up with one. That's just ridiculous. I visited several different clinics. The clinic doctors only want to look at one issue at a time, not several that may or may not be related. Most of them didn't believe me when I told them my symptoms, saying either "it's in your head", "that doesn't sound right, I don't think that's possible",  and finally, "It's probably something you're eating, you'll never be able to figure it out" and then change the subject. So here's a great big thank you to all those hacks that somehow got a license to practice medicine in Southern Ontario. Thanks for nothing! That's like taking your car to the mechanic when your car isn't stopping correctly and the mechanic saying, "It's probably something to do with your brakes, but you'll never figure out what it is." Seriously, you're allegedly a doctor, I'm complaining of several VERY REAL symptoms, look into it!

After six years I finally got in with a family doctor...yay! I've brought the condition to his attention, he doesn't know what it is but he's willing to try to figure it out, and has me referred to a GI specialist. And now we play, the waiting game....for months...with no response from the specialist as to even a hint of an appointment time. The waiting game sucks...enter...homeopathy.

Definition: Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.

My wife was tired of me being sick (I know I certainly am), and started doing some digging into things. She kept suggesting I look into a naturopath, but I kept putting it off, saying it was a possibility. I was still hopeful in getting into the GI specialist soon...which never happened. While digging for a naturopath in the area, she happened onto a clinic with both a naturopath, and a homeopath. After a quick information gathering phone call, she booked a meet and greet appointment with the homeopath. The initial meet and greet with the homeopath went well, so I setup the first appointment for two days later.

The initial appointment was about 2 and a half hours long. We went through everything, medical history, all signs and symptoms, mental states during symptoms, dreams, work and home life, everything. When that was finished she told me I should start taking a probiotic to help rebuild my gut flora that had been killed off with the amount of antibiotics I've had to take over the years, start with half a dose. She warned me that it was going to take a few days for my body to get used to the probiotic, so I planned to start over the weekend. Then we booked an appointment for the following week to pick up the homeopathic remedy that she would have ready for me.