by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Health Alert
By Contributing Author: Kyle Dillon a.k.a. (*Nado P.)
Wow! What a Difference
To my surprise I began to feel different, less pain. Something was working. His adjustments immediately brought me temporary relief. For you who knock chiropractors, I say, try it before you pass judgment.
My Dilemma . . . Insurance or the Lack thereof
At the time I was attending school, unemployed and about to turn 22 years old. At 22 I’d no longer be covered by my parent’s health insurance; a remedy was needed.
My chiropractor suggested an MRI, because prior X-rays hadn’t shown any obvious causes. The MRI showed exactly what he expected, a disc herniation in my L5/S1 disc. In my opinion . . .
Until I was removed from my parent’s insurance, the chiropractic adjustments worked wonders. I was able to move around pain-free, but nothing lasts forever. I still needed a plan in case I, like too many Americans, ended up without insurance. And no, even though I have my feelings about it, I won’t get into the politics of national health care.
Fast Forward to Now
Several years have passed and I’m still living with the disc herniation challenge, and basic health-care, which does not cover pre-existing conditions. Over that time I’ve had several employers, none of whom provided full coverage insurance for pre- existing injuries.
Self Care #1: Relieve Stress
I had to make changes. Some negative stresses have come and gone and I’m sure they have contributed to the ups and downs I’ve experienced with this injury.
Today I am happy to say that intensely stressful days are a part of my past. No longer do I worry myself silly about little stressful situations. And I try to mentally make them all “little.”
In an attempt to control stress I took things into my own hands. Number one, I moved to the North Carolina foothills, to meet and be around family. That was a great move. Being around family works!
Self Care #2: Do Something You Love
I’ve started my own independent record label, and yes it is stressful being in my own business, but the stress is different. I welcome it. I no longer work for someone else just to struggle to make ends meet. If I am going to struggle, I’ll do it for myself.
A much less stressful life is what I live now, filled with health and wellness. I strive daily to keep negative stress to a minimum.
It is like the domino effect. I did one thing and others soon followed.
Self Care #3: Check the Nutrition
I take a daily liquid multivitamin provided by GBG, a company I market. It is amazing how much better I felt, almost immediately after my first sip. Next I cut way back on the unhealthy foods I was eating. I called them “survival foods.” I read labels now.
Self Care #4: Exercise for the Health of it
And finally, I have gotten back to regularly exercising. What a difference a year makes!
The Moral of My Story
At one time I felt surgery was going to be my only option, however, once I changed my lifestyle and bad habits, I rarely experience any pain or negative tension.
I’m not saying it is easy to change and it may not work for everyone. It is surely not a quick “fix,” but I can attest to the fact that due to the way I’m currently living, it’s working for me.
My suggestion? Consult with your doctors first. If they agree that you can go without immediate surgery, try improving your quality of living before opting for the last straw.
My research suggested that having a single back surgery won’t always solve the problem. Often a second and/or third surgery is needed. So I made a decision to . . .
“Try Nature’s Way First, ‘Cause You Never Know!”
K. M. Dillon (Nado P.)
This Article was Submitted by Contributing Author Kyle Dillon. Thanks Kyle.