Recovery Stories

Lupus, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Migraines, Insomnia, Anxiety, Recurrent Infections, Cognitive Impairment

Virginia was a lady I met whilst still working within the NHS. When I first met her she was anxious, tearful, had extremely low self esteem and was struggling to cope with daily life. Even making a cup of tea could be too much for her most days. Her life had been taken over by the fatigue and pain she experienced constantly, but was further impacted by recurrent infections, insomnia, reduced mobility and increasingly poor concentration and memory. As a woman who was intelligent and had been extremely independent, these symptoms were devastating. I worked with Virginia almost daily for two weeks (as she was staying on the rehab unit). On leaving, Virginia had regained some of her confidence, was sleeping better and had much reduced anxiety. She had an energy of optimism about her and left the unit with hope for a brighter future and the belief that she could recover.
I continued to work with Virginia at home over the next few months and watched her grow - returning to activity, daily dog walks and independent outings in the local community.

Lupus, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, recovery, therapy, treatment, SIRPA, Chiron

"I began my therapeutic journey in October 2015.

I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in 2009. I had been experiencing a range of the symptoms associated with this condition for some time. My mobility, cognition, and general health and well being were seriously compromised by these symptoms. An indescribable fatigue and recurrent crippling migraines were a constant problem. The migraines occurred up to 5 or 6 times a week and rendered me unable to function.

I had received 6 cycles of Rituximab chemotherapy taking place annually beginning in 2009...
I would say when telling professionals and concerned acquaintances that 'lupus had exiled me from my life, robbing me of a career that I loved and controlling my interactions with family and friends'. Lindsey and the therapy helped me gradually gain back control and start to enjoy life again...

My symptoms are much improved. I do still have some migraines and joint and muscle pain. However not to the point of taking over my life. The fatigue which blighted every part of my day is under control. I know how to pace myself and build in rest periods.

My rheumatologist is really positive about my improvement. My chemo has been suspended and I am on a much milder daily medication.

The strategies Lindsey has taught me I believe that I will always use. A year on, I can only thank Lindsey for guiding my journey to recovery."

Virginia, Leeds, October 2016

Update: Virginia was in touch in 2017 to report that her Rheumatologist reports her Lupus is now in remission!

Meniere's Disease, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia

When I first met Rebecca in March 2017 she had been confined to her bed or the sofa for the last few months due to severe nausea and dizziness whenever she moved. She had been diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, an inner ear disorder of unknown cause and unknown treatment and was told it may or may not get better.
This was on top of the chronic fatigue and pain that she had suffered for 17 years since being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in her spine and fibromyalgia. She was, understandably, very tearful, and afraid of what her future held. As a consequence, she was experiencing regular panic attacks and living her life in a state of high anxiety.
We began work slowly, pacing it in accordance to her tolerance levels. Rebecca was able to finally face, and deal with, a number of the stressors she had been keeping locked inside for many years. She began to see an improvement, first in her anxiety levels, quality of sleep and fatigue, then in her nausea and dizziness. When she reached the point where she was able to experience pain-free periods for the first time in 17 years, Rebecca decided she was now strong enough to continue her recovery alone.
I bumped into Rebecca in October 2017 and was delighted to hear that she had continued to recover. She was now fully mobile, had returned to driving and was able to work again. She was relaxed, smiling and positive about the future - a wonderful result for all her hard work.

recovery, chronic pain, fatigue, menieres, panic attacks, anxiety

"After 17 years of pain from a spine disease and suffering the associated problems such as side effects from the medication and immobility I became very depressed, every morning I woke up feeling sick because all I had to look forward to was another day of pain. I became isolated and my relationship with my husband and twin Boys was often fraught with upset because I was in such a bad place. I felt guilty all the time because my husband had to do so much around the house as well as running a business as well as looking after me and our boys.

 

I saw a post on a local swap site which I at first felt sceptical about. Lindsey had advertised, offering a service which seemed to tick all the boxes for me. I made an appointment and I do believe I even told Lindsey that I was rather sceptical about Chiron but I was at the end of my tether and thought it worth a try. I am so glad I did. Lindsey came to see me regularly and she was able to change my life considerably. I no longer feel sick every morning, I am able to deal with my pain better and I no longer feel guilty. My relationship with my husband has blossomed and my sons have really noticed the difference in Mum.

Through mindfulness, tapping and journaling I now have the tools to control my guilt and can look forward to life. I can now plan things for the future as I have a much more positive outlook on life. Thank you Lindsey for doing what you do, you are a true angel!"

Rebecca Evans, Llanarth, December 2017

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Chronic Knee Pain

Ollie was barely able to walk a few meters using crutches when I first met him due to the unrelenting pain he experienced in his back and knee following injury 8 years ago whilst on tour with the Army. He had already undergone several months of rehab and treatments before being forced to retire from service.
His pain continued, despite surgery to reduce the pain experienced in his knee.  He had difficulty finding a comfortable position to sit and the pain medication he was prescribed tended to knock him out anyway so he spent most of his time in bed. As a young, adventure-loving man with all his life ahead of him, the future was looking bleak.
Ollie had two sessions of OldPain2Go with me. After the first session, both back and knee pain were significantly reduced - so much so that Ollie felt able to attempt a 2 mile walk! This proved to be pushing things a bit too far, too fast! Our second session worked to remove the pain from Ollie's back and knee completely, on the condition that he built up to 2 mile walks slowly!

recovery, chronic pain, ankylosing spondylitits, knee pain, Chiron. SIRPA, OldPain2Go

"I served in Afghanistan and Iraq where I was injured. Following recent surgery I underwent this pain treatment and there is definitely some thing to this way of thinking and treatment.

It has helped me manage my pain and get my mind and body working in conjunction. I was struggling to walk and using a stick, following this treatment I am able to walk a little further as my pain levels have been significantly reduced.

I would recommend to anyone that is looking for an alternative to treating and managing pain!"

Ollie, Llandysul, August 2018

 

ME, Abdominal pain, anxiety, insomnia, head aches, depression

"I met Lindsey back in July 2017. I was in need of some help, counselling, guidance, call it what you will, all I knew was that I needed help.

I'm not a fanatic of pharmaceuticals and instead believe in the more spiritual, organic approach and Lindsey fits those requirements beautifully. Lindsey uses methods to suit the ailment, and is so willing to help she will come up with different methods to adapt to the situation.

I have had ME for 29 years which to a large extent have learnt to live with, however, stress managed to creep its way into my life which resulted in other symptoms flaring up which I find harder to deal with such as a severe pressure bladder/stomach discomfort.

I've had the latter symptoms for 11 years now and I have found great relief following Lindsey's visits. In fact, it is true to say I am walking on cloud nine by the time Lindsey leaves.

Lindsey gets you to look at things in a different way, gets you to look at yourself in a different way both of which personally helped me to cope with additional symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Lindsey gives you many methods to try out and I recommend you try them and do what suits you. It's not a one-way street you have to put in the effort but it's worth it.

Lindsey goes that extra mile and really comes across as a caring individual. In finishing, yes, Lindsey does make a positive difference. To that end I cannot recommend Lindsey high enough."

Rosemary, July 2018

 

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