Never ever in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would have needed a hip replacement. It started out as a headache in my leg and soon, I couldn’t walk. After swearing off surgery, I spent two painful years in denial going to physical therapy, trying acupuncture, taking medications, even talking to psychics – and just plain praying for a miracle. Having never had surgery, I was fearful of the unknown.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you or anyone you know?
You feel dizzy, a tingling in your body, you feel like you’re being electrocuted with nerve pain. You cannot get out of bed or you wake up with migraines, pains in your mouth and teeth, joint pain, and it hurts to be touched…you just don’t feel like “you”. You want to isolate and sleep. So, you go to your doctor and he tells you it’s all in your head. No one seems to understand and you feel crazy. Some of us feel more deeply, some of us are very sensitive to our environment or are allergic to what we’re putting in our bodies. I used to consider myself the Princess and the Pea – where I would feel everything while others felt nothing.
And, regular blood work doesn’t tell an entire story of your condition or any imbalances or sensitivities you may be having. And you are basically being told what’s you are feeling isn’t really happening to you.
If no one is recognizing what you’re going through and you aren’t able to get to the source, you cannot begin to investigate a cure. To top it off, your friends tell you”you don’t LOOK sick”.
Chronic pain is debilitating, and having an ‘invisible illness’ is scary until you find a tour guide – a health coach to lead you into new terrain and a holistic view of your health, your diet, and your life choices. It is relieving to be able to take away the guess work with a DNA test and customized health approach. You no longer need to feel like a guinea pig, and there’s relief from the frustration in the hit and miss healthcare from the past. And as an advocate for your own health, you don’t have to accept prescriptions that are against your belief system (like harmful pain pills).
A health scare and dark night of the soul experience can lead you into an exquisite journey into the world of balanced health – of being an active part of your own healing. And most exciting, you become your own advocate, and surround yourself with a team of holistic health care professionals.
It’s empowering to find another route towards whole body health and begin to peel off the accumulated layers of not feeling well.
Because of DNA testing, stool testing, alternate therapies like acupuncture and massage, you can get to the root and begin to feel good again.
With your own personal health team of a physician, health coach and personalized testing…you begin to feel empowered and can take back your life.
Whether you’re suffering from environmental, hormonal imbalance, joint degeneration, parasites, allergies, an autoimmune disease (like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis), or dental infections – with innovative testing and professional guidance you will be on the path to feeling more like yourself.
Jodi Seidler is a journalist, a patient advocate and the Founder of HipsterClub.com. In her double HIPster status, Jodi educates, supports and inspires people of all ages through the joint replacement process because it was life-altering for her. Understanding that everyone is a patient, and becoming increasingly aware of healthcare advancements, the changing medical landscape, and ever-advancing medical technology – Jodi encourages collaboration, continuing education and having the voice of the patient be loudly heard.
Putting the HIP back in Hip Replacements.
Contact me with any questions you have about the hip replacement process. I’ve become sort of an expert. With my Journalism background and my inquisitive mind, I should belong to a 12 step group for obsessing about having a hip replacement. I researched so like crazy, and kept a daily journal until one day I started an online Hip Club for people like me. One stop shopping to learn about hip replacements. No need to obsess and stay up all night like I did (unless you want to).
I have had two different hips replaced in two different ways, with two different materials and components. I’m learning it’s not the years, it’s the miles – so I budget my hips. I don’t ski, I don’t jog – but that’s just me. I love to walk and I love to swim. My left (metal) hip lets me know when I’ve done too much. It has affected sex a bit, but barely noticeable if it’s done right. I notice people as they walk by me, that maybe need or have had a hip replacement. It’s some kind of alien connection to other bionics. Finally, instead of saying “why me”, let’s get in the habit of saying “why not me”…and see what magic we can create for ourselves and for others in our orbit.