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Testimonial from Michelle C.

   I hope that if anyone is struggling as much as I did or needs to try a different avenue in which Western Medicine is not working for them, I hope that they would consider checking out Healing Traditions.  Gina has a strong desire and determination to help you with your health issues.  I Thank You Gina from the bottom of my heart and so does my husband and beautiful baby girl Laci Michelle. 


Here is my story...

My name is Michelle and I had always dealt with painful menstrual periods since they began back when I was eleven years old.  I was told by my Grandmother and Mother that it was normal and to just adjust.  I did and throughout the years, I continued to adjust.  I entered my thirties and found I was struggling once a month for approxiamately 11 days out of 21 days I was in horrible pain. 


    My cycles came every 20-21 days and 11 of them started with horrible rolling, squeezing, occassionally popping pain to my right pelvis.  I would lay in a fetal position in bed on a heating pad and avoid sitting at all possible as it made the pain worse.  If I was at home, I would be on my toes screaming in pain and in tears waiting for the cramps to subside.  As a nurse, I could not show my pain to co-workers, patients and or physicians so I would silently hold myself stiff, sweat, attempt to breath and act as if nothing were happening, when really I wanted to just pass out.  It got so bad as I was getting older, that I found myself calling into work when those eleven days of  the month came around.  Of course, I could not take all eleven days off, so I would take a couple of days with one at the OBGYN 's office for pain medication and one day to do heat, rest, hot baths and gear up for the next set of my twelve hour shifts for work.  In addition to medication, my doctor recommended me to have laparoscopys to remove over growth of tissue to help give me relief of some of the pain.  Sometimes it helped and other times it did not.  I was told by the last specialist unless he was able to do an old procedure with involving cutting a nerve that feeds into the Uterus and such is responsible for some of the pain, and then change the position of my Uterus and Ovaries, I will always endure severe pain and never be able to have children.  My prayer every month was that I wanted to have one healthy baby.  A baby could help this horrid disease is what doctors and so many other women who have had this terrible disease were telling me. 


   My husband and I tried and tried for about eight years.  My last Laparoscopy was performed by a very well known specialist.  I had the surgery and he and his partner planned a 1 &1/2 hour surgery which turned into a four hour surgery.  Sixteen different procedures were done with the inclusion of the cutting of nerves to block pain, and as I had mentioned above he was the surgeon who manipulated and sutured my organs in different places.  I was then officially diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis (bleeding and ulcers in the bladder).  I came back home after two weeks of recovery in horrid pain.  Diagnosed with Vulvodynia Vestibulitis which is burning sensation to the perineal area as well Pudendal Nerve Entrapment.  That is where the nerves that supply (one) each side of inner pelvis feeds the sensation to your whole perinal area.  I was in severe, excruciating pain.


   Western medicine had me going back and forth seeing a Urogynecologist Nurse Practioner to inject the bladder with a steroid, lidocaine 5%, bicarbanate and heparin solution every 2-3 days a week for approxiamately 4 months.  To avoid narcotics as I had wanted to for certain reasons, I was given a topical 2% Lidocaine gel to use for external pain.  I had Pudendal Nerve Blocks which would last about 4 days or not at all if they missed injecting the area of the Pudendal Nerve.  By the end of 4 months of Lidocaine usage, I felt myself becoming toxic.  I was sick, trembling like and alcoholic drying out and I felt severly confused.  The Nurse Practitioner said, " Impossible. You can not get toxic from lidocaine in this method of usage. "  I refused treatment that day and it was rough going from then on.  I asked my husband crying in disbelief, exhaustion with Western Medicine, "now what and where do I go from here."  I was tired, felt powerless and helpless.


   My husband referred me to Gina Mortellaro-Gomez, Chinese Medicine Doctor in her own practice Healing Traditions.  I had never given much credit for Eastern Medicine.  But why?  I had never tried it.  So, how can you judge something that you have not ever tried.  I decided to give it a chance.  She got me in right away.  I was amazed by her expertise for being so young.  She sat me down and thoroughly retrieved my health history entirely and what Western Medicine currently had me doing.  She cleared their slate grabbed my hand and with a light tear in her eye but composing herself said, " I am going to do my best to help you with your pain and also hopefully help your body conceive. "  I had felt a peaceful relief and really believed in her and in Chinese Medicine.


   We got busy that day.  She did accupuncture.  Very gentle, with little to no pain.  She also put together a Tea mixture for me to cook up myself at home.  She must have studied hard pharmaceutically.  She knew what to combine what with what in her pharmacy.  I followed her orders with a basal body temperature charting.  It felt strange at first but I adjusted just like anything.  I believe I saw Gina for 3-6 months for treatments, to report to her my menstrual cycles and basal body temperatures/ovulation charts and to get my Chinese Medicinal tea.  I was teaching warm water aerobics at the time as I was limited to what I could do with my pain.  I was starting to  experience pain relief.  So that is what kept my faith in going back.  Sometime in September of 2010, I was confirmed pregnant.  NO KIDDING!!!!  I could not believe it.  After eight long years with many of them in horrid pain, surgeries and the aweful non-stop of narcotics prescribed for the pain.


   My husband got his visit first at work for the " YES, we are PREGNANT! "  Then the one person that popped into my head was the beautiful angel faced, Gina.  She was notified second.  She deserved that call.  She had such compassion and empathy with working with me.  It was if she had no other patients waiting for her in the office, when I knew she was so busy.  She had gentle hands and a brain that I could look into her eyes and see the cells going to work developing my treatment plan.


   I honestly have to say, I have never in my life placed much credit into Chinese Medicine, Eastern Medicine.  I am a Nurse, so I always believed in Western Medicine was the way to go.  However, I said to myself, " I have got to try this. I have nothing left to try. " I now have a whole new belief in Eastern Medicine and recommend it to those who are not getting much helpl


   I hope that if anyone is struggling as much as I did or needs to try a different avenue in which Western Medicine is not working for them, I hope that they would consider checking out Healing Traditions.  Gina has a strong desire and determination to help you with your health issues.  Thank You Gina from the bottom of my heart and so does my husband and beautiful baby girl Laci Michelle.


   I am so glad that I tried it.  I would not be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritially complete as I feel today.  - Michelle C


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