For as long as I can remember I have suffered from hip pain. I remember being a teenager and walking around town with my friends and my hip would lock up on me. My right leg would seize up down to my knees and I would try to keep up with them, trying to not make a big deal about it.
I don’t think I ever told my parents about the amount of pain I was in. I didn’t want anyone to make a fuss over me. I think a lot of it stemmed from fear and the unknown.
I am certain the life long issues I have had from this were caused from a hip infection I had at 7 years old.
I remember waking up in the middle of the night in executing pain. My hips and back kept jolting while I lay in bed and my legs stopped working. I yelled for my mum and eventually in the middle of the night we drove to St. John’s hospital in Worcester. We were met in the parking lot and I was lifted onto a stretcher. Even though I was terrified and in an intense amount of paid, the speed of them running with me started a fit of the giggles.
My next memory is laying on a table with doctor’s surrounding my legs and body with cushions in a dark room with these robotic arms coming down on me. I had my beloved teddy bear Pandy by my side wide eyed listening to the mechanics of the xray machine.
I was put in the children’s ward bandaged from my waist to my toes with massive weights attached to my feet. Those things were awful! Any sudden movement and they would clang to the ground echoing the ward.
It wasn’t all traumatic during my couple of weeks there. I met a great friend who I would race around the ward with in our wheelchairs and share my chocolate with. I never saw her again after this but years later my mum told me the tragic story of how she had been in a car accident which put her in hospital and how her parents had perished in that crash. I wish I could remember her name. I often wonder how she is.
So from all of that and many flare ups in between and fast forward to my first pregnancy, the pain came back with a vengeance. Again being a busy new mum and not wanting to make a fuss (or go back to hospital) I suffered.
I did start going to the chiropractor and this did provide some relief in conjunction with naproxen and tylenol. Then came the tummy pains and realizations that I might need to take this to the next level of care. I got myself all prepped to go to the Dr. and request an xray, then Corona happened and I chickened out.
I made the decision about a month ago to try and deal with the inflammation with something natural until the world goes back to a somewhat normal.
I am a Young Living member and they have a range of some amazing supplements. I came across one called Sulfurzyme. It’s main ingredient is MSM and wolfberry which has amazing health benefits. It claims to support symptoms of osteoarthritis so I figured it couldn’t hurt me to try and thankfully I had a bottle on hand already!
Week one I noticed the stiffness subsiding and the pain started to shift from my lower back and knees to being more localized in my right hip.
Week two same as above but with a bit more mobility. I could put socks and shoes on without twisting my body to protect myself from pain.
Week 3 all of the above and I could walk up and down stairs without daggers being shot into my kneecap and hips! No swearing like a sailor for me!! And that pillow that I’ve slept with between my knees for 5 years is now in the closet.
Week 4 AMAZING! I went for a walk on the beach and my legs did not lock up on me! I came home and there was not pain or stiffness. I was ready for it and totally prepared for parking myself on the couch but it never happened! This is huge for me! I even scrubbed the bathroom.
So friends I know that I’m not the best at seeking medical help, and let me be clear I love our doctors and nurses and have so much faith in their expertise, had I not been such a scaredy cat my whole life I probably would not have suffered as much. However this is an amazing alternative for me until I work up the courage for that xray!!!
Chronic pain is no joke and it can be debilitating, depressing, life changing you name it.
I am happy that I feel like I am getting my life back and I can enjoy the dance parties with my daughter again!
What is one thing you would do again if you were able to manage your pain? I’m looking forward to racing my daughter at the track this summer!!