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Ankylosing Spondylitis Alleviated After 20 Years

Author: Tara H.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 07-26-2014
Views: 23,718
Word Count: 1,423
Questions Received: 50
Testimonial ID: 9961-OR
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Scientific Studies: 8

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I have spent about half my life, almost 20 years, dealing with chronic pain. I started having hip pain my senior year in high school. I went to see a sports medicine doctor who could not find anything wrong with me. He told me to exercise and then sent me on my way.

Over the next few years my pain would come and go for unknown reasons, but each year the pain got worse. I started seeing massage therapists, and, while the massage was nice, sometimes my pain would actually get worse following the massage. That was frustrating!

After college I was working in the hospital, and my coworkers would tell me that I waddled when I would walk down the hall. That was because I was limping due to the pain in my back and hips. The pain would go down my leg and into my feet.

I saw chiropractors, pain management doctors, naturopathic physicians, and homeopathic doctors. And I even worked with an Alexander Technique teacher. On occasion I would have relief from my pain for a short time, but the pain would always return for unknown reasons.

The doctors always wanted another x-ray and then an MRI; and every time they would tell me that they could not see anything wrong with my back. The findings were always normal. So the doctors would look at me like I was crazy and suggest that I take pain medications and anti-inflammatories.

I was not comfortable with taking medications all the time. But what choice did I have? I was in pain and could hardly walk sometimes.

After my second daughter was born, I needed to use a walker just to get to the bathroom. How was I going to take care of myself and my children? How was I going to work and live my life with all this pain causing me to not be able to function normally? I was afraid that my children would be stuck taking care of me.

I was also depressed. I would stand in the shower and cry because I was in pain. I would, very carefully, roll myself out of my bed in the morning, sit on the edge of the bed, and cry because it hurt so bad that I could not move. I would crawl to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Life sucked, and I did not want to live anymore. I was not suicidal, but I would just wish that I could die so that I did not have to hurt anymore.

About 4 or 5 years ago, I started having eye pain. I went to see an ophthalmologist. He said that I had developed uveitis, which is basically arthritis of the eye. He questioned me about my history with pain and why I was taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. He thought that I must have ankylosing spondylitis, which means that my spine would eventually fuse together, making it impossible to walk or move or bend or twist or turn.

So the ophthalmologist sent me to a rheumatologist. Once again I went through the x-rays and MRI, and once again the doctor could not find anything wrong. He offered to put me on more medication, which I declined. I was not going to take something that caused worse side effects than the current symptoms I already had.

I started exercising a lot and worked hard on my diet. I tried to avoid the things that would cause inflammation in my body, things like sugar and bread. I did okay, but I still had flareups at times and could never figure out the cause. Was it my diet, the weather, lack of sleep, or my hormones? Nothing ever made sense.

A few years ago I discovered that the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that I was taking was causing people to have cardiac issues. So I decided that I was not going to take it anymore because I did not need to have cardiac trouble along with my back and hip pain. Besides that, I was constantly concerned with how the medications were going to destroy my liver and kidneys.

About a year ago my friend told me about how the Young Living essential oils had "changed her life." I was not sure that I believed her. But I decided that I would give it a try and see if it might do anything for my back and hip pain. I was desperate.

I admit that I was not thrilled that Young Living was a multilevel marketing company, and I had no intention of trying to make a business out of marketing essential oils. But I was willing to give it a try and see what the essential oils might do for me.

On May 16, 2013, I ordered my Everyday Oils starter kit from Young Living. I was so excited about the little things that they did for me and my family. We used Thieves to stop headaches in a matter of seconds. We used Peppermint to clear blocked noses. We used Lemon to cleanse the toxins from our bodies.

Valor smelled so wonderful and did ease some of the discomfort in my back. I even used Peace & Calming on our dogs to help them get through thunderstorms and fireworks. I started using essential oils in place of any over-the-counter medications that we had previously used.

I shared my essential oils with my mom. She and I both started to realize that the pains we had been suffering with for years and years were starting to melt away. I started to notice that I did not feel depressed and hopeless anymore. I no longer saw a future where I would be dependent on my family to take care of me.

The best part was when my mom told me, "Tara, your getting into essential oils has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me." It is one thing to find a solution for yourself, but to help someone you love is priceless. We have been having one amazing experience after another every time we have used these oils, and we have suffered zero negative side effects like so commonly experienced with pharmaceutical medications.

I have been feeling great. On occasion I will have some trouble with pain; but I can just put some essential oils on, and the pain will just disappear. Most of the pain that I have now is self inflicted from doing killer workouts at my CrossFit gym.

I did, however, have a really bad flareup again just this week. Again, I didn't know what caused it, but I was just suddenly in a lot of pain. I used about 10 different essential oils that had been working for me over the last few months. They would reduce the pain, but for some reason the pain was not going completely away.

I have been seeing a chiropractor for a few months. She had done some muscle testing on me and had found that I had issues coming from my pituitary gland. I read (from information obtained from writings by Dan C. Purser, MD) that issues with the pituitary gland can cause fibromyalgia pain.

Two of the essential oils reported to be beneficial for supporting the pituitary gland are Frankincense and Cedarwood. I started using both of these oils by placing a drop of oil in my hand, getting the oil on my thumb, and putting the oil on the roof of my mouth.

Within 30 minutes, the pain in my back and hips had disappeared! A few hours later when I started to feel the pain returning, I just got one more drop of oil and reapplied on the roof of my mouth. Again the pain stopped.

I had also been having trouble sleeping this week, so I put a drop of Cedarwood on my forehead when I was getting into bed. About 30 minutes later I could hardly keep my eyes open. I fell asleep, slept great the whole night, and did not feel groggy in the morning.

I love all of these essential oils and cannot imagine my life without them now. I truly believe that everyone needs to have the Young Living essential oils in their life; they just don't know it yet!

I have decided that I will share the Young Living essential oils with everyone I know. It is okay if they are not interested; it is their choice what they put in and on their body. I am choosing to avoid toxins where I can and will use essential oils to help my body get rid of the other toxins that are unavoidable.

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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: spondyloarthritis, sacroiliac, fusion, fused, sacroiliitis, sacroilitis, arthritic, lumbago.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.Associated topics: spine — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
3.Associated topics: ankylosing-spondylitis — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
4.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
5.Associated topics: autoimmune-diseases — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
6.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
7.Associated topics: autoimmune-diseases — "Immunomodulatory activity of frankincense oil: Biologically, the oil exhibited a strong immunostimulant activity (90% lymphocyte transformation) when assessed by a lymphocyte proliferation assay."Link
8.Associated topics: joints,inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link

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