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Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?
The numbers involved in America’s problem with chronic pain are staggering and probably larger than most realize.
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, costing nearly $600 billion annually in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to the Institute of Medicine, which adds that the total surpasses that of all people affected by heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
“Despite the immense scope of the problem, very little is spent on research to find better ways to manage pain. Chronic pain has become a disease in its own right for many patients,” says Komanchuk, a retired schoolteacher who now works as an educational writer and public relations assistant with Joy of Healing, an alternative healing modality.
Komanchuk, a fibromyalgia sufferer, was dealing with so much pain in her life that, at age 52, she was faced with the prospect of spending the rest of her life in a nursing home. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a complex, chronic condition of widespread muscular pain and fatigue, that often includes sleep disturbances, impaired memory and concentration, depression and other debilitating symptoms.
“When medical leave, morphine patches, codeine and myriad pharmaceuticals brought no relief, I took an early retirement and tried a different approach in combination with medical treatment,” says Komanchuk, who has since enjoyed more than 13 years of pain-free and prescription-free living after finding an alternative healing therapy that works for her.
Komanchuk, who elaborates on her path to mind-body-spirit wellness at http://JKomanchuk.com, says chronic pain sufferers who cannot find lasting relief should ask themselves the following three questions:
• Have I really tried everything? Komanchuk had been to orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists, psychologists, underwent MRIs and took all manner of medications for her unbearable pain. In a narrow sense, it would seem as though she exhausted her options – until she looked beyond traditional Western medicine. Alternative treatment guided her to recognize the layers of stress throughout her life that she believes were a primary driver of her chronic pain.
• Am I overlooking dietary triggers? The medical community continues to learn more about the benefits of healthy eating and specific diets for people with certain conditions, such as a gluten-free diet for those with sensitivities to gluten. Likewise, it can take years for someone to realize that they are lactose-intolerant, or have other food allergies. If you can’t pinpoint the source of chronic pain, and no treatment is working, find out what is healthy for your body. “Eliminating wheat, sugar and many processed foods helped me,” Komanchuk says.
• Are your mind, body and spirit in balance? Komanchuk thought she was living the life she was supposed to live, accumulating wealth and possessions, and she had a narrowly defined expectation of others. In reality, however, the priorities guiding her well-being, which are based in the mind, body and spirit, were skewed. Underneath someone’s physical experience, pain, she says, is often a caldron of unresolved emotional issues.
“At the height of my suffering I often said, ‘If every part of my body that hurt was bleeding, then you could begin to understand what I was feeling,’ ” says Komanchuk. “I just want to urge the millions who are struggling with chronic pain to never give up – and, to keep an open mind for treatment!”
New Website, jkomanchuk.com, Offers Message of Hope to Pain Sufferers Via Noninvasive Healing
Fibromyalgia Patient Janet Komanchuk Says Alternative Wellness Therapy Gave Her New Life
TAMPA, Fla. – Fibromyalgia sufferer Janet Komanchuk’s new website, jkomanchuk.com, is a passion project designed to promote alternative wellness therapy for people suffering chronic pain and fatigue who haven’t found relief with traditional treatment.
A mind-body-spirit focus provided by alternative wellness therapy saved her life, she says, which is why increasing awareness for alternative treatment has become one of her major life goals.
“I am filled with gratitude for the fact that I am more than 13 years free of the torment from fibromyalgia that had plagued me throughout my life,” says Komanchuk, a retired schoolteacher who now works as an educational writer and public relations assistant with Joy of Healing, Inc., in Valrico, Fla.
With constant and increasing pain destroying her life, Komanchuk, at age 52, was desperate with the prospect of a life spent in a nursing home. She had been to orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists, psychologists, underwent MRIs and took all manner of medications for the unbearable pain. Countless tests and numerous referrals eventually yielded a diagnosis – fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) is a complex, chronic condition of widespread muscular pain and fatigue, often with sleep disturbances, impaired memory and concentration, depression and more, according to the National Fibromyalgia Research Association (NFRA). Roughly six million Americans suffer from FM, yet millions more are estimated to be undiagnosed. While FM seems to disproportionately affect women, men and children are also known to have FM, according to NFRA.
Like Komanchuk, FM sufferers are often hindered from performing basic daily tasks, including those that are necessary for a chosen profession.
“When medical leave, morphine patches, codeine and a myriad of pharmaceuticals brought no relief, I took an early retirement and tried a different approach in combination with medical treatment,” she says.
Still, nothing worked – not until she experienced the alternative wellness therapy provided by medium and healer Andrew Overlee, and his wife Tamara, a dedicated spiritual counselor and author.
“Because of their unique mind-body-spirit approach, I have been pain-free and prescription-free; because of them I have my life back!” Komanchuk says. “Don’t be afraid to think beyond traditional medicine when it comes to your health. Many are turning to complementary and alternative practices that treat not just the disease, but the whole person. Do the research and find a healing modality that works for you. In your search, trust your intuition to guide you.”
About Janet Komanchuk
Janet Komanchuk, is a retired schoolteacher who has experienced the miraculous remission of chronic, debilitating fibromyalgia, which was the result of many overlapping stressors and unresolved issues throughout her life. While weathering extreme fatigue and pain, she’d tried everything from traditional Western medicine to alcohol consumption and various holistic treatments. It wasn’t until she experienced the healing work of medium and healer Andrew Overlee, and his wife, Tamara, a dedicated spiritual counselor and author, that she was able to regain her life. She is now pain-free without any use of prescription medication. She is a technical writer with Joy of Healing, Inc., in Valrico, Fla. For more information go to http://www.joyofhealing.com.