10th December 2014

I had been told I had Addison\’s disease since I was 12. Before that I had been sick throughout my childhood with various illnesses and in and out of hospitals. It wasn\’t until just over a year ago, at the end of my 34th year, that I was finally diagnosed with AMN, after seeing many different doctors for various troubles I was having such as bladder problems, restless legs, and back pain. Currently, I use a cane when going on long walks, I have some pain in my legs sporadically, have urinary and bowel trouble, and minor back pain. I am an American but teach in international settings, and it doesn’t seem to matter what country I’m in, I have been consistently disappointed by Western-trained doctors. None have gone very far to try and do much research about my symptoms or do much of anything besides prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. Therefore, it is now my goal to try and go as natural as possible in terms of treatment. I saw a Chinese naturopath last year and hope to see a homeopathic chiropractor this summer. I have been speaking to another AMN patient who is off all drugs, and at the age of 50 is using a cane less than he was at the age of 35 when he took several medications. The hardest part will be to get off of steroids for the adrenal insufficiency, but I believe I can do that with natural adrenal boosters. I take dexamethazone and florinef as the only drugs. I also am trying to boost my system with flax seed oil, fish oil, and I hope to get started on mustard oil this summer. I am very optimistic that AMN sufferers do not have to be doing as poorly as they are. We just need to get into alternative treatments. Let’s keep pursuing better health.


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