ManifestMember Since 04 Jan 2010
Offline Last Active Aug 11 2010 03:51 PM
My story is not that unusual. Although, it is very difficult for me to determine when or why my gluten intolerance began, as I am (unfortunately) self diagnosed.
I remember having trouble growing my nails & having to run to the bathroom whenever I ate out starting as early as 12 yrs. old. At 13 I decided to become a vegetarian, and thus began my solo venture in search of the right diet for me. I tried it all, vegan, raw, McDougal macro-biotic...nothing seemed to make me feel better.
In my early 20's I was a passenger while my dad was driving, and our car was rear-ended by a reckless uninsured motorist. The whiplash I experienced haunted me for many years.
I was working on my dance certificate at SRJC & recall having my neck and/or back freeze up on me during dance class many many times. The pain was so severe and paralyzing that I would literally be immobile for weeks at a time.
Then in my late 20's I developed severe asthma. Having never had asthma in my life, I assumed it was environmental (as my doctor said) & it would go away eventually-like my doctor said. But it didn't go away, it got worse. Within a year, I was on 3 different inhalers and taking steroids just to breathe. I began getting sick for weeks at a time. I would vomit the water I tried to drink, I was so ill. Then began the anxiety attacks. I would wake up every night with heart palpitations so intense, I thought I was having a heart attack. Meanwhile, my neck go worse. The doctor I was seeing at the time, sent me to a "specialist" for my neck, and he told me I had degenerative bone loss in my neck and I would need surgery-there was no other option he said. I was also sent to a psychologist for my anxiety since-as my doctors all agreed-anxiety is a psychosomatic problem & I clearly needed therapy.
Between my neck, my stomach, and my anxiety-I was a mess. My parents became worried about me & sent me to a hypnotherapist. The hope was to use hypnosis to work through my anxiety. My hypnotherapist said I was very receptive to the sessions, yet I was not progressing & my anxiety continued to get worse.
I recall one session where my hypnotherapist had me visualize the source of my anxiety. What I saw was a black blob in my stomach area. She asked me to visualize getting rid of the blob. Try as I might, I could not visualize its demise-we had to quit trying out of sheer frustration, for both of us....To Be Cont'd....
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