The Case Study- "The Weird One"
You know what is really fun about being a natural family? Being really weird to conventional society. Thanks to my time in the military I developed a bad neck and back that has provided 8 years of pain, discomfort and headaches. As part of being in the military I am directed to Army doctors who take an allopathic approach (i.e. opiates and invasive techniques) to deal with pain. So today I would like to encourage you to be weird but healthy.
However, Raven and I have had the natural approach to medicine for awhile now and has grown as our knowledge has. So from the start I have constantly denied the range of muscle relaxers, opiate drugs, their failed attempts as physical therapy, and a stint with an Army directed Osteopath. To say the least it has been a frustrating journey having to use the Army's idea of treatment. Thankfully in Wisconsin we were on Tricare Remote because we were on such a small base there weren't any regular Army clinics around so we say off post doctors and more liberty to pursue our own treatment options.
So while in Wisconsin we began seeing a local Chiropractor who was able to see me weekly for a while and stretched it out a little at times to work on some issues. I was able to see a bit of help from this (what didn't help was I constantly was on the road and sitting in cars for a long time is not good for you no matter if you have a condition or not). This continued for the time we were there and then the move to Belgium was coming. Just before the move I developed a nasty little nerve issue between my spine and my left shoulder blade. It got so bad one night I actually went into the ER (this is something else if you knew me) and received crap treatment because I was labeled as seeking pain drugs, which was the last thing on my list. I merely wanted them to help identify the issue so we could tackle it naturally which they didn't do.
So anyway, flash forward the past year and a half until now. For the past year I was seeing a Belgian Osteopath who tried some adjustments but does not have the same approach as American Chiropractors. Very little came from this other than a mini massage each session which at least got some blood flowing to the muscles. So on a recent required annual exam I had a Flight Surgeon recommend a follow up and discuss pain management. So I schedule my appointment with my new regular doc (this took a month to get an appointment). I sat down with him and discussed my philosophy on health and life and confused and intrigued him. He self admitted he is a strictly allopathic medical doctor and through out some suggestions which I quickly explained how they were not natural. He tried a very weak attempt to talk about how White Willow is used in OTC medicine... Yeah that quickly got discussed away (Raven recently provided all the science to me so I can explain deeper if needed, interesting stuff).
Then the doctor said that I would be the perfect case study for this initiative that was on going in Army medicine to try and get soldiers off opiate pain meds. Imagine that they continually dish them out and realize they have a major problem. In this panel doctors from many fields come together to discuss how to help get a particular patient off opiates towards another treatment option. Usually it is ease off and try X or Y. However, my doctor said this would be a great one as I have this "unique" philosophy. I agreed and just received feedback that I was quite the interesting case and will be seeing a traditional Indian doctor to try a week long acupuncture intensive to see if we can start figuring things out.
I will be curious to see what comes of it but not holding my breath with the Army's medical system. Looking forward to getting back to Raven to continue herbal treatments and get away from the computer and car life that is the military for me. Something tells me that will be the trick. So what I want to say in conclusion is stick to your natural health goals and ideals. You can be the "crazy" one too. No but really reach out to Raven or other natural health practitioners and don't be afraid to seek natural possibilities to get back to your true healthy self.