I decided to seek chiropractic care because Western Medicine had failed me. Growing up I had a few allergies and very minor exercise induced asthma; nothing that ever caused me too much grief.
All of that changed in October of 2014, when I came down with a respiratory cold that left me feeling like I couldn’t breathe. I was suffering from chest tightness, constant post nasal drip and a thick or fuzzy feeling in my upper chest and trachea area. About a week after the initial cold, the shortness of breath became so severe that I could not complete a sentence without pausing for a breath. I started feeling so bad that I ended up going to Urgent Care (as a Registered Nurse, this was the LAST thing I wanted to do!). The MD prescribed a round of steroids and an antibiotic, and a rescue inhaler (Ventolin). I also received 2 breathing treatments in the office that day. While the breathing treatments helped mildly, I still felt very tight in my chest. Suffice it to say that I saw several MDs, including Allergists and Immunologists over the next 6 months. Each time I would go to the doctor, I would be prescribed another drug and told that it would clear me up. Before I knew it, I was taking Dulera, Ventolin, Singulair, Astelin, Zyrtec and Flonase, along with several anti-allergy and anti-asthma supplements, and I also completed a full year of allergy injections and I was STILL NOT NORMAL! Nothing was working.
I finally broke down and spent the money on a Naturopath who suggested that I had mold in my home. I could hardly believe that this could be true since my house was very dry and clean. We didn’t even have a damp/musty smell in the basement. After a qualified building biologist inspected my home, we discovered mold in 3 HVACs. Having my home remediated was the first thing that brought my health to the next level. However, I was still suffering with allergies and asthma-like symptoms, though much less severe.
It was at this point that I decided to give chiropractic a try. I have been routinely checked by either Dr. Laurie or Dr. Lou Briegel at Wellness Chiropractic Center for about 5 months now. After the first few weeks, I was able to wean off all of my medications, and now only occasionally use a natural supplement to bring relief to what I would consider to be a minor irritation. Not only are my asthma and allergy symptoms mostly resolved, but I also no longer suffer from heartburn and my immune system is much stronger. I had been getting sick almost every 2 weeks for the last year, and now I rarely catch a cold. I have seen the benefits of chiropractic first hand and know that everyone should be routinely checked by a chiropractor to maximize their health.