By Dr. Gene Clerkin
Sometimes my knees would swell to the size of a football. Sometimes it was a wrist and other times a foot or ankle. I was never sure where or when the swelling and intense pain would strike next. I was, however, certain of one thing; with each passing year, and lately with each passing month, it was getting worse.
With increasing frequency came increasing concern. How long would I be able to continue to work? What was the long term damage to my joints?… Would I eventually land up in a wheel chair?… I suppose I could sit in my wheelchair and play my guitar. That wouldn’t be so bad.
However, as if the possibility of a non-ambulatory twilight wasn’t enough, even my fingers began to swell. I could add writing and playing music to the growing list of things I could no longer do. It seemed that despite every mental adaptation and concession to my quality of life, I couldn’t get away. It was as if I was being backed into a corner.
I wanted to get this handled, but I didn’t know what to do. Having been in the wellness business for sixteen years, I’ve been exposed to a plethora of holistic modalities. They all had one thing in common: a lack of certainty. The normal scenario went something like this. Let’s try it and see what happens. What happened was nothing. My symptoms seemed impervious to any intervention.
I wasn’t too proud to explore traditional medicine either. That was the biggest joke of all. One symptom-suppressing pill a day for the rest of my life without actually fixing what was wrong. Thanks but no thanks. I’ve personally seen the deteriorating effects of that strategy on enough people to know better. Finally, after over a decade of worsening health, I found the answer. It was a bittersweet experience for me, having needlessly suffered for so long when the solution was just out of reach of my awareness. But now, looking back, the peace of mind and certainty of knowing that I’m getting better and better every single day far outweighs the decade plus of disappointment and suffering. Not to mention the fact that I can now do things that I haven’t been able to do in twenty years.
That’s a pretty great feeling. That’s the feeling that I would like to help others experience. Maybe it’s you? Or maybe someone you know is going through the same experience, feeling disappointed and hopeless. Well, I’m here to tell you that there is help. I’ve been down that road and now I know the way out. No matter what symptoms you may have, no matter how bad thing may have gotten, the solution may be more simple than you think.