Here's the question for the day--should I seriously pursue some sort of alternative medicine avenue for a couple of problems I have? Have any of you got experience with alternative medicine you'd like to share? What treatments have you had?
I'm not in love with allopathic medicine, and I do believe in the interrelation of issues. For instance, I know that because of bilateral symmetry, the pain in my left hip is related to that in my right shoulder. And I also know that when I finally treated my depression with meds, and got some sleep, the pain in my arm got lots better. And as a matter of fact that bit of chronic body pain is linked to my mental state pretty closely--if I start to have a lot of pain and the sun is out and it hasn't rained, it's safe to say I am stressed about something.
So going back to my health conditions, I had a spell in 2009 in which I got my period for six months straight, and the gynecologist I'm seeing has treated that with birth control pills. This doesn't make me happy because a) the last thing I need are meds that make me photosensitive in the freaking desert and b) she's not real interested in the underlying problem, which could stem from a number of things, but which if I were a betting girl I would put $5 on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I also have a familial history of Hashimoto's Disease (the thyroid disease you can barely diagnose even when you're looking for thyroid disease!), heart disease that is linked to depression, and some problems with pollution and breathing. And I like diagnosis, but in absence of that I'll take effective treatment for these niggling things. And I just think I'll get more thorough attention for them stepping out from the medical mainstream.
I bought a Groupon type thing for an acupuncturist near me, and there was another today for a naturopath in Tempe. Any opinions?