CommonHealth reports on one Wellesley teen's battle with what turned out to be endometriosis; one specialist, who like others misdiagnosed the problem, told her she'd just have to bear the pain.
I was 15 and had tremendous pain, which several doctors told me was just in my head. If it weren't for my parents persistence, I would have never gotten properly diagnosed, and even then it took over two years of almost constant pain to find a doctor who knew what was going on. I'm so sorry that in all this time, more progress hasn't been made in identifying this in teenage girls.
if it was a guy's dick hurting, medical science would be all over it, for as Steven Tyler once said; "if men bled, tampons would be free".
It sounds like the kind of disease that is usually diagnosed through a process of exclusion because you can't just do a blood test for it. I have an autoimmune disease and it took years to figure out what was going on.
She's "doing" Reiki? Ugh.
It's a complete scam. You pay heaps of money to get certified in how to wave your hands over someone and magically make them feel better.
Yes, Reiki is nothing more than faith healing, and there's no evidence that waving hands around causes physiological changes by itself. I too have issues with people paying tons of money to not actually learn anything.
However, there is ample evidence that pain and general health can be improved by having someone spend time with you and care about you. Pain is experienced in the brain and is influenced by stress hormones, which can be altered through meditation, relaxation, a real and focused belief that things will get better, etc. "Placebo effect" doesn't mean that something isn't causing changes. It means that the changes are caused essentially through the mind calming down and believing that there's hope.
Talk therapy is largely a placebo effect, but it's widely used and paid for in the western medicine system. With many of my clients, I'm doing actual teaching around different ways to think about things, but with a lot of others, I'm just listening, validating, caring that they're going through something that really sucks. This has been shown to hugely improve stress and pain, but I'm not actually DOING anything.
...that shows off the worthlessness of the "contributions" of the typical anonymous Internet poster.
I'd rather read an informed post by an "anonymous" poster (even though eeka is far from anonymous, she has her own blog) than one by someone who just wants to bitch and contribute nothing to the discussion.
That's what the Herald comment section is for!
... and I wasn't referring to her post. ;~}
(in any event, eeka is totally not anonymous to me -- as I have met her in person).