Hello, my name is Corrina. My goal in life is to help others live a more healthy lifestyle through real food recipes, physical therapy, natural remedies, beauty advice, DIY ideas and natural cleaning solutions.
Why choose Healthy Choices for Life?
It began for me about 12 years ago. I was pretty healthy at the time and was searching for some new Doctors. I honestly don't remember what the reason for that was, but it was probably because my other Doctors had moved away or just didn't accept my medical insurance anymore. Anyway, I had gone to see a new Psychiatrist. It was one of the most horrible sessions I ever had, in my entire life!
She only saw me for about 10-15 minutes and completely misdiagnosed me as having bipolar disorder. I have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). My previous Psychiatrists had diagnosed me as having PTSD, as to why she made that diagnosis, I will never know. She didn't even bother to get my other medical records. So she prescribed me some medication, for her misdiagnosis. I don't recall the name of the medication she gave me, but it gave me the WORST side effects. So I had to immediately stop taking it, and I never went back to see her.
So fast forward 6 months...
Whatever that medication was, it had completely stopped my menstrual and I had to go to my Primary Care Physician, which was a new Doctor of mine as well. She put me on a strong dose of hormones and it made me even sicker. I started getting neurological problems due to both of those medications. I began to black our and have seizures. I had migraines on a daily basis. It was so bad, that at some point, I was bound to a wheelchair. I would black out or go into a seizure out of the blue. I could be standing in line at the store or walking to the car.
I finally was able to find a good Primary Care Doctor and she referred me to a Neurologist. I had test after test done. And the conclusion was that my migraines were considered complicated migraines and I was having stress related seizures. He first tried using Topamax for the seizures and migraines. What I am about to share with you is told by third party perspective. The reason for this is because the three months I was on this medication, I don't remember anything. My memory of this time is completely blank, still to this day.
The Topamax gave me extremely bad side effects. I was having hallucinations, bad ones. I would tell my family that I could see a dark figure of a man in the mirror and that he was going to kill me. I would tell them that I was seeing blood drip down on the walls. I even would try to run out in the middle of traffic. I would even grab knives and try to attack other people around me. Now, I do NOT have any psychotic tendencies. But this medication caused this to occur. I was eventually taken off of the Topamax. When I finally came out of that state of mind, I was sick for 3 weeks with what felt like a terrible flu/virus. This is the ONLY part of what happened that I remember, is after the medication had left my system and I was no longer having these hallucinations.
Once I was in the right frame of mind, my Neurologist prescribed Depakote for the seizures and Verapamil for the complicated migraines. The Verapamil worked like a charm and I started getting less and less migraines. As for the Depakote, all it did to me was cause me to gain over 150 pounds. It did absolutely nothing for the seizures. Eventually I was taken off of that medication and my Neurologist told me to try to limit my stress levels as much as possible. Now during these 4 and a 1/2 years, I was bound to a wheelchair. I couldn't walk much due to the fact that I would black out of go into a seizure at any given moments. Sometimes 4-5 times a day. I started eating healthy and trying natural remedies to try and control these occurrences. Slowly over the years, my seizures started to decrease. It took a lot of physical therapy and hard work to get me to where I am today.
Now we come to the present...
I was diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia in 2012. I started a daily vitamin regimen and added nutritious foods into my diet.
I have lost 75 pounds since changing my lifestyle. I am unable to do regular exercise, so I try to be as physically active as I can be. I do this by walking, aquatics, swimming, pilates and riding a bicycle. Since then, I can happily say that my lupus is now in remission. And my fibromyalgia flares are very minimal.
Why do you want to share your knowledge?
I understand what it's like to live with a disability and illness on a daily basis. I know how hard it is to just get out of bed, let alone try and do anything else. Your mind says go, go, go! But your body says no, no, no! This is why my goal in life is to help as many people as I possibly can. If I can even help just one person with their struggles, then I will have accomplished everything that I want to in life.
What can readers expect from you?
I am here 24/7. This is my passion in life! I will ALWAYS make myself available to you, no matter what. I will do whatever it takes to help you, even if it's just listening to what you have to say, answering any questions you have, posting requests, whatever it may be. I don't want you to feel alone, I want you to know that you have someone who cares about YOU.
How can readers contact you?
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