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"Before coming to see Dr. Carling, I had been suffering for 16 years.  I had severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, irritable bladder, poor sleep, thyroid issues and was experiencing irritability and depression.  I couldn't stand to be touched, even to breastfeed.  My joints ached.  I couldn't stand up for more than 5 minutes (couldn't even wash the dishes without pain).  I was experiencing incredible excessive fatigue, "fibro-fog", short term memory loss, and I had gained weight as a result of the depression medications I was taking.


The burden on my family was enormous.  My health challenges didn't allow me to have as many children as I would have liked.  I had to raise my children to deal with how things were on the bad days.  We were in chaos.  There was no predictability.  We couldn't plan on going anywhere or doing anything because my health challenges might make it impossible.  I was worried my children didn't understand.  I felt very alone.  I felt such guilt.  I felt like there was such a wall between me and others.  I felt such pressure to pretend that I was not sick.  I felt like those around me were subconsciously screaming at me to "do better"!


I had tried a variety of treatments, including anti-depressants, Guaifenesin treatment, tranquilizers, sleep medications, and exercise.  When I exercised, it knocked me off my feet for the rest of the day.  I simply couldn't function after exercising.  Nothing was helping, and some of the medications were making my problems worse.


It was my IBS that intensified everything and drove me into Dr. Carling's office.  I was absolutely scared to death to do acupuncture - but I was desperate.  I was surprised how quickly I responded with the acupuncture - for me it was painless.  After my first acupuncture treatment the constant diarrhea was gone.  The morning after taking Min-Tran for the first time, I woke up feeling refreshed.  I learned that the acupuncture and nutrition were more powerful in combination.


Now, I am able to exercise when I want without sacrificing the rest of my day.  I look forward to sound sleep, and no longer wake up feeling like I was run over by a truck.  I feel alert when I wake in the morning and am able to plan my mornings.  Things are no longer piling up in my life.  I am able to keep up with my household, my work, and then exercise at the end of the day.  I am able to do threefold what I was able to do before.


Dr. Carling has been a tremendous resource.  She is able to understand the implications of being as sick as I was.  It's not just compassion.  There is a difference between empathy and sympathy.  She has empathy.  There was no high pressure.  She was so encouraging and supportive.  She knew how I was feeling and understood why I was feeling that way - it took away some of the guilt.  When she says something - she knows it - it's no guesswork.  She is very accurate because of her dedication to constant learning.  I don't know any other practitioner who has the well rounded education in both conventional and alternative medicine that Dr. Carling has.  With Dr. Carling's help I was able to take this big pool of symptoms, identify the source of each and resolve them.  It was like peeling away the layers on an onion.


My advice to other patients is to keep moving forward to resolve your health challenges, a layer at a time.  When you are feeling discouraged, remember how long it's taken for your health to get where it is, and remember that it takes time to get well.  Re-read the literature and testimonials Dr. Carling provided you with.  They will re-set you and keep you encouraged.  Remember that you are worth it!" - Melissa

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  • What health challenges were you facing before you came in to see us?

  • How long had you experienced these problems?

  • How severe was it?

  • What other treatments did you try in order to resolve these problems?

  • How were your health challenges affecting your family, work, hobbies, etc.?

  • How is it now?

  • What have you appreciated most about your experience with Dr. Carling?

  • Was there anything that surprised you?