Elise Van Allen:
A year ago today a very itchy/stingy patch appeared on my upper arm near my armpit. Over a two week period the ‘rash’ crept to my other arm and to my chest and my back, and was absolutely unbearable by mid-December.
I went to my GP – desperate for a diagnosis and treatment. I noted to the doctor that I thought it was food related but the doc said that it doesn’t appear at all like a food rash – it looked like a drug rash. I said that I’m on no drugs and no supplements, but I do eat food….. To my dismay, I was placed on prednisone. It did absolutely nothing. I was at a loss over what was really wrong with me.
By February, family and friends insisted that I see a dermatologist – which I begrudgingly did (doubtful that I’d get a proper diagnosis). The dermatologist couldn’t see me until mid-April. By that time, my face had started to exhibit hive-like patches that oozed, and were quite painful.
The dermatologist – within mere seconds of walking in the exam room – diagnosed my condition as rosacea. Really, rosacea?? I told him that I thought it was related to food and I was promptly told ‘No, rosacea.’ The dermatologist prescribed Zyrtec and a smaller tube of cream that cost $142….. It did nothing. No relief at all – absolutely nothing provided me with relief.
By the end of April/beginning of May I was getting worse and worse – I had been struggling with an extremely painful skin issue on my chest, back and face for five/six months and was losing hope. I was in such bad shape that I actually told my husband that ‘it’ had to be identified and a course of action determined within a month, or “I am not going to remain here (on this earth).” I wasn’t being dramatic – I was being honest about how much more of the discomfort I was willing to put up with…. Imagine feeling like you are being stung by a swarm of bees, 24/7 for months on end. THAT is what I felt like.
By May 18 I was at my wits end – I was getting worse by the day, and lost seven pounds within four days.
A real estate agent (colleague) from another firm had told me about Dr. Herbold, and she got me in to see him right away.
Dr. Herbold took my medical history and that of my family – and within an hour he had me diagnosed and a plan of action established. I was diagnosed as gluten, dairy and soy intolerant – which caused leaky gut – and told that I can never eat gluten, dairy or soy again. I agreed without hesitation – I was feeling so awful, I was willing to do whatever he said (he is so knowledgeable – you comprehend that within no time of meeting him).
He started me on a three month strict diet (to start the process of healing the leaky gut), a nutritional consultation/assessment program and spinal manipulation regimen.
I have been 100% compliant with what he has asked me to do and I noticed remarkable changes within a short period of time. But, one must listen to what he prescribes – your success/healing is dependent upon YOU abiding by what he prescribes!
I cannot say enough about Dr. Herbold – neither could I ever fully express the depth of my gratitude. You will not be disappointed by him, ever. He is so smart, so passionate and knowledgeable about his profession. He represents what medical care should be in the US – he considers the whole body and our interconnected systems (in stark contrast to the typical medical professional or ‘specialist’ who focuses on a particular ‘part’ of our bodies…yet the ‘specialists’ never THINK about nutrition or food allergies, and they don’t connect the dots!).
If you wish to heal and desire a pain-free high quality of life, see Dr. Herbold.