by A Grateful Holistic Medical Clinic Patient
I first began to experience Fibromyalgia symptoms when I was in graduate school. It was a very stressful program and time in my life.
During this time, I began to have more and more symptoms of constant pain in all my muscles and joints, and I started to have arthritis in my joints and fingers at age 35. In short, I ended up not being able to complete my graduate program because of the incapacitating fibromyalgia pain and related health problems. After I left graduate school, I searched for various jobs that were less stressful in nature. However, I continued to struggle with the fibromyalgia symptoms just like my mother had.
She told me she never experienced any symptoms until her mid-50s or so. I saw the same doctor as my mother and he said there was no question that it was the same issue. So, I went on thinking I would have to deal with it the rest of my life, with the only method to be free of pain being that I would have to take fibromyalgia medication for the rest of my life. That, in itself was a setback, causing more fatigue for me. I didn’t know there was anything else I could do for fibromyalgia pain relief without drugs.
About a year later I moved to Santa Fe to be with my new partner. Shortly thereafter I began researching doctors in the area that had fibromyalgia treatment options. I found Dr. Hart’s information on a website forum for fibromyalgia and called right away. The first time I called, I spoke with her partner, Dr. “SunHawk” Heart, a Doctor of Traditional Medicine, who told me that they have several different fibromyalgia treatment options to deal with fibromyalgia pain relief without drugs.
This sounded hopeful; so I made an appointment to see them both. Dr. Hart was great, and I felt like she was the first doctor that actually listened to me and wanted to hear everything that I experienced from the start of my fibromyalgia symptoms. She spent well over an hour just listening to me in the first appointment I had with her. She recommended various supplements to address the adrenal issues that accompany my fibromyalgia, and to help me reduce my fibromyalgia medications. Then she said the next step for me was to meet with SunHawk as soon as possible. Not knowing what to expect, I went to the appointment. SunHawk also took the time to listen to my story and then explained that the treatment would be similar to a Guided Imagery session. His primary Theory is that fibromyalgia pain is not in your head and is in most cases caused by the loss of control in one’s life. As a result of trying to regain control, the body manifests a shift that leads to the fibromyalgia pain.
This certainly did seem to be the case in my situation. In my first treatment with SunHawk, I was not sure what to expect, and to be honest I was a bit skeptical. SunHawk had me very lightly touch the fibromyalgia trigger points as a reminder of where they were. He used various techniques including visualizations and NLP. I got off the table and felt the change immediately. I was pain-free for the first time in years. The day after my session with SunHawk and for the subsequent 3 months, I was completely symptom-free/pain-free. I had a relapse of the symptoms after an extremely stressful event at work where I felt like I had lost control of my situation. I returned to the Holistic Clinic in Albuquerque where SunHawk reminded me of the process he taught me to keep myself pain free. And just like the first session, I left the office completely pain free, remembering, I found a Powerhouse team of Doctors and I am in Control.