Posted by Elisabeth (Europe) on 08/29/2014
Laura, I have not been diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome, but all the info (and tests) I read on the internet confirm it. I wish I knew it before, I have seen 5 physiotherapists and a manual therapist and three orthopeds in the past 3 years. They all made my problem worse, because they did not realize what I had either.
My very first MRI was quite normal looking, even if I had pain and could not sit, I got cortisone shots and was sent to physio to "strengthen" my back and it got worse. Then got cortisone shots again and was sent to another physio, and so on. Got even a sitting MRI, there was not much to see either, my lower discs were a little bit bulging and they said while sitting it probably pushed the nerve. At the end I got even a discoplasty, after that I got a fullblown hernia and they said I needed to be operated on, but probably after two years I needed plates because my discs got so thin.
That was the moment I started with no dairy, digestion enzymes and the chinese herbs; after 4 weeks I cancelled the operation 3 days before it was due. First I could not bend over to touch my thigh and in four weeks I could bend so far to touch my shin (now I can reach the ground, but not with my whole palms as in the past).
Before that I tried lots of other things, like glucosanine chondrotin, sms, hyaluronic acid, fluid silica, devils claw, shussler salts, bach remedies, ginger, special herbs body builders use to regenerate, etc etc you name it, they did not help. I am not sure my discs are better now (did not have an MRI again), but I do not have pain anymore and I am way less stiff. The chinese herbs I take are for sensifarm, but I read on internet that traditional chinese doctors make similar mixes and other herbal companies as well. I googled chinese herbs for hernia/discs/back and found a few and started to look for local companies that included those in their pills.
I would try to figure out what your body might not tolerate by leaving food items out of your diet for a while and see if you get better. I do eat soaked nuts, eggs, and some nightshades, but other people are allergic to that too. By the way, my knee problems also started when I started hormonal develeopment. I was about 11 yrs old and my problems are also worse than my mother's (she also has bad knees and back and in general problems with her joints).Hope this helps.