Adult Spina Bifida
My Personal benefits
I am an adult
female born with spina bifida and therefore my nerves to my bowel
have never functioned properly. To say that I have a sluggish bowl
is an understatement. As a child my doctors told me that I had to
train my bowel to work by using laxatives, stool softeners, and enemas.
This caused much discomfort and didn't solve the problem. I would
go 2-3 weeks without any movement. I would strain and this caused
bleeding. Doctors also told me to take a lot of products like metamucil
This was dangerous because it just sits there and adds
to the blockage I already had. There were times when I had to be hospitalized
from a total impaction. Staying just one step ahead was all I could
hope for before I started colonic irrigation.
The very first time I went in for a colonic the therapist was able
to clue me in on my chronic problems. The first one is my bowel doesn't
absorb water and so I form clumps and balls of cement that are hard
The 2nd problem is that I do not have the natural peristaltic
action to move waste through. After a few sessions I felt better and
my body was able to go 1-2 times a week. After I stopped colonics
I had the same problem again.
I came to the realization that this
would be a lifelong challenge for me. Another problem with persons
who have spina bifida is that you lack control. You don't know when
you will evacuate and that is embarrassing. I guess that's why I stopped
A couple of more years went by and my father died of colon cancer
at an early age. This really scared me. After doing research I knew
this could be my fate and I searched for a colon therapist that was
experienced and that I felt comfortable with.
I found Gayle at Internal
Awareness, and I have been coming 1 to 2 times per week for approximately
one year now. There were trials but we got through them together.
Here are some
of the benefits I've seen
- Ability to
"go on my own" between weekly visits!
- Increased energy
(I had thought I had chronic fatigue syndrome)
- No bleeding
- My belly wasn't
hard and extended
- My eyes weren't
as puffy and I had more color in my face
- My immune system
- Skin rashes
were gone (pimples around chin less frequent)
- Ability to
feel sensations in my colon began
- My mood improved
- My sense of
smell and taste improved
- I was able
to retain and grow some intestinal flora
- My eyes became
brighter and clearer
- My back pain
was greatly improved
- Stiffness was
reduced, I now move better
- My digestion
is better -- less bloating
- I can take
deep breaths now
- I can hear
movement and am able to pass gas now (who thought that would be
- I just feel
better all the way around and I like myself more
One note: My doctor
suggested that I have surgery so that I could irrigate my bowel. This
was not the answer and there were serious complications. I have also
learned that a combination of other therapies helped my success.
include acupuncture, saunas, juicing, and nutrition.
My wish in writing this letter is to help others like me with chronic
problems. I want to remain anonymous except to those who really need
I'm happy to say that my initials used to be "BM," now I can
smile and say that I have them!!
Note: This client only had one kidney, and used the sauna each week saying it took the pressure and helped her with the remaining kidney. She moved to Arazona, but before she did, she was having BMs on her own. She also bought her own sauna.