Long Ago in a Land Far Away
Actually, I wrote this two years ago about 24 miles from where I currently live. But this story starts at least 25 years ago and about over 1400 miles away…
I have had headaches for a long time. I know I have had them since high school. I cannot remember if I had them before that. When I was a sophomore in high school, my doctor decided to order a CT scan. He was searching for a tumor (there wasn’t one).
Much Pain, No Gain
Since that time, no one has been able to find a reason for my headaches or find a way to fix them. I have tried all kinds of medications, with varying results. Some medications turned me into a zombie, but didn’t take away the pain. One medication gave me chest pain and tightness, making me feel like I was having a heart attack. Other medications took away the headache – but only for a while. Eventually all of the medications that “worked” stopped working.
I have also tried a lot of other ways to deal with my headaches. I have done chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. None of these made a noticeable difference in my headaches. I have also used essential oils (which I love, by the way, but they don’t always help my headache) and herbal supplements.
I do not have the answers. I have not found a way to cure my headaches. I wish I had. I have decided to thrive despite the pain. I am actively looking for (healthy) ways to reduce the pain. But I am also going to work toward ways to improve my health within my current capabilities.
Fast Forward To 2017
Earlier this year I was meeting with a colleague about something completely different. She also has a functional nutrition practice in Phoenix. I asked her about the doctors that she works with, because I was very interested in finding a doctor who would do more than just prescribe me drugs. I wanted an answer. She gave me the names of two doctors, and then recommended that I look into the LEAP food sensitivity testing before seeing one of them. She had done some research herself, but had not had time yet to do their training.
After looking into the program and talking to one of the mentors, I enrolled in the training program and ordered my own food sensitivity test. After getting my results, I started eliminating the foods that my body reacted to. As a result, my headaches have greatly improved – and so have some other symptoms that I was having. I am so excited to share this program with others and help others adjust their eating to reduce or eliminate their pain!
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