The first meeting I had with Carol-Ann was her assessment to determine what actually was wrong with me. She informed my doctors of the blood tests I would need to have in order to eliminate any other causes for my symptoms. When all of these came back clear, it was very evident it was ME/CFS.
The treatment had started and I didn't start to feel any effects for a while. During this time, she advised my work that I would need an occupational health review. This resulted in a cut down of hours and working from home. After a couple of months of treatment and the reduced stress and energy, I started to notice a difference. This wasn't a quick process, this took time and a lot of investment from Carol-Ann and myself. I had to continue my own treatment at home as well as attend appointments.
She has not only taught me how the body works and the processes it has, but she has taught me many life lessons. During our treatment sessions, she really invests time into finding out about you and your life. With this condition, people who have not suffered from it or studied it, do not truly know what is going on. Even you, at the time do not know what is going on. She helps you to understand what's happening to your body and helps you realise that others probably aren't going to know what you are going through as it's an 'invisible' illness, but that it's OK. She provides absolutely sound advice that helps me with day to day life which will continue to help me.
I would like to thank Carol-Ann for the amazing work she does in turning people's lives around and for helping to get me back to living my life.
I visited you and you listened to my story and asked questions both the Doctor and Cardiologist had failed to and thought that I may have damaged some tissue in my breast when operating some equipment. After 2 minutes or working on me, you freed some tethered tissue and my chest pains were instantly gone. Since that day, I have seen you for many ailments, in fact I place you at the top of my getting well list, with far higher esteem than I give the medical profession, i.e. my Doctor. I have suffered with my back giving way at least a couple of times a year for many years but since I have started to see you once a month for maintenance on my back, shoulders etc, I no longer have these back issues.
I was initially very sceptical and cautious of what PT claimed to do, however logical it sounded to me. Nevertheless, I have been converted. I would recommend Carol-Ann to anyone, with total confidence in her ability and holistic capabilities. Carol-Ann has great empathy with her clients and sees them as individuals and hence will treat them accordingly and does not simply react to a script. The Perrin Technique has assisted me greatly in many ways both physically and mentally. I am now able to walk up stairs (rather than crawl), and brain fog, nausea and vertigo have been banished. I am able to read books again and no longer require sleep in the daytime. The Perrin Technique empowers you to take on the responsibility to heal yourself with assistance of the therapist. In short, Carol-Ann, the Perrin Technique and myself are getting me back to being who I was, but strangely stronger for the journey.
I spent years going to the doctors with problems including chronic constipation, repeated thrush type symptoms, indigestion, migraines, heavy and aching limbs, repetitive strain injury symptoms and a pounding heart and palpitations. I remember thinking this was not normal, but at that stage was dealing with problems in isolation rather than thinking they were part of a syndrome. I found treatment of my symptoms ineffective. Finally a locum GP sent me to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and prescribed Amitryptaline. It was a relief to finally know what was wrong, but depressing to think I had to live with this illness for which there was no real help or cure. I then spent a few years trying different treatments, and through pacing myself and altering my diet, my symptoms improved slightly. When I became pregnant with my first child, I struggled in early pregnancy and after she was born. I found it difficult to feed her and settle her due to aching and pains through my hands, arms and shoulders.
I discovered the Perrin Technique through my sister who had got her health back again through this treatment. I started the Perrin Technique when my second child was about 6 months old and Carol-Ann was able to adapt the treatment to allow me to continue breastfeeding. After a few sessions, I noticed the chronic constipation I had suffered with since childhood improving and this continued to improve with treatment such that I haven't needed to take any laxatives since. I have experienced a gradually improvement of all my physical and mental symptoms. It enabled me to better care for and enjoy caring for my second baby. Carol-Ann has a wide knowledge of health issues and alternative health treatments, and I have felt very confident in her care right from the beginning and that I would get better. She is able to tailor-make the treatment to you as an individual. As well as the Perrin Technique, she used herbal medicines and other supplements and treatments. In addition, she is very understanding and has offered me lots of useful advice on how to manage my life better and cope with stress. I need to continue with the Perrin Technique exercises, organise my life carefully so I don't overload myself and keep to a healthy diet.
I would now describe myself as symptom-free. I feel I am leading a full life and enjoying looking after my two girls and looking forward to my future. I no longer think about my health, nor does it stop me from doing what I want to do. The treatment is a drug-free, natural and healthy treatment of fibromyalgia which I can ultimately manage myself.
Eventually, someone told me about Manual Lymphatic Drainage and the organization MLD UK put me in touch with Carol-Ann Barrett. Carol-Ann is an extremely knowledgeable and utterly professional practitioner. She has treated me for almost seven years and has not only kept the lymphoedema under control using MLD techniques but her ability to apply tape to the arm in such a way as to facilitate the continuing draining of the excess fluid means that, apart from heavy lifting, I can lead a normal life.
I am also constantly amazed and extremely grateful for Carol-Ann's knowledge and logic about the natural way to heal the mind and body, not to mention her words of wisdom, totally unbiased, unphased and tactful. My only difficulty is what complementary therapy to choose at each appointment nearly two years on.