I have had this nagging sinus problem for as long as I can remember. Every couple of months, I get in order: a sore throat, a drippy nose, wet cough, nasty infected nose cold, low energy, nose clears up, throat stays congested for a while and then sore throat again. The cycle takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months and the bad infected phase lasts for 5 to 9 days approximately. A real pain in the rear. Now, my mom, hi mom if you are reading this, insists that this is the lingering allergy to milk and chocolate that I had as a toddler and for which I was mercilessly tortured during my youth by deprivation of chocolate pop tarts, oreo cookies, milk shakes and the like. Obviously, when I was no longer under her wing, I threw caution and this allergy to the winds and indulged in chocolate ice cream – the pinnacle of evil for this supposed allergy. Now for years I wasn’t getting sick or anything other than the occasional cold. Now, for about the last 7 or 8 years, I have had this recurrent sinus thing and can’t figure where it is coming from. I have seen: generalists, allergy specialists, ORLs, osteopaths, radiologist/surgeons all to no avail. No one can explain or relieve me of this wonderful runny nose. So tonight, I went to one of the two roads I have not traveled down: I went to see a chiropractor. [The other one is acupuncture and as I saw a book about that at this chiro’s office, perhaps she’ll try that too] Back when I lived in the US, I remember that in the 80’s, chiropractors enjoyed a massive fad when it seemed everyone was going to get their back cracked. Well, either that was urban legend or there are two strains of this practice out there: the crack your back kind for which I never went or the soft kind that I had tonight. I was asked to breathe, hold out my arm and got a strange cranial massage. She basically found that: I have an inflamed liver, I have 5 cranial bones that should move when I breathe but due to my stress level, they aren’t moving enough, generally massive stress in the cranium and shoulders. OK, so perhaps. I have a whole Brinks truck worth of homeopathic medicine to try and 5 more sessions to see what impact this will have.
Thus my subject on this post: is this a valid medical practice (they do study for 6 years and get a doctorate apparently) – the word ‘toubib’ is French slang for doctor – or is this a fake discipline that is expensive and not reimbursed by the Sécu (social security) or my Mutuelle (complementary, employer-supplied health insurance)? I guess I’ll go ahead with the 5 sessions and report back. I suppose the only thing that will really suffer will be my wallet. Who knows, maybe this’ll be the miracle cure. Or not.