Autoimmune disease draws heavily on Willina Bakker’s (35) health
"It’s amazing that I feel so much better after just five consultations"
Willina Bakker (35) from Urk, has struggled with severe intestinal complaints since she was 20. Those complaints worsened after the birth of her second son. “While giving birth, the scar from my previous caesarean section tore open, and my abdominal wall became contaminated as a consequence." Doctors diagnosed ulcerative colitus and advised Willina to take it easy for a while. Ulcerative colitus is a chronic inflammatory disease of the large intestine (autoimmune disease) that causes ulcers. “In my case, this manifests itself in various ways, such as in abdominal complaints, skin problems and inflammation in my mouth."
Furthermore, Willina doesn’t know any better than when using her right arm, her left arm has the tendency to move in perfect sync. “I already did that as child while writing and colouring, but it also happens when I comb my hair, for instance." However, over time Willina has learned to suppress this impulse. "But it is certainly not over." Willina had a difficult time after the birth of her second child. The doctor's advice to take it easy from then on was hard for her. "I am a teacher and have a family, while my husband, who is a commercial fisherman, is often away from home. That’s not conducive to taking things easy." Furthermore, the ulcerative colitus drained her energy. "I was completely exhausted during that time." Consequently, Willina missed out on all sorts of things, like fun outings.
From pillar to post
In desperation, Willina consulted a good many doctors and specialists. "I took Prednisone for eight months and according to the psychologist and the occupational health doctor I suffered burnout, partly due to the passing of three close relatives in quick succession. They said that I had undermined my body and my health by not taking enough rest. During that time I couldn’t remember things and I had trouble concentrating." In the end, Willina was forced to stay at home for six months. “I was much better after that and so went back to work. But I was still convinced that my burnout was caused by my physical condition."
It took Willina 4 years to get the ulcerative colitis under control with medication and a structure for dosing her energy. Nevertheless, she got more and more vague complaints. "I kept bumping and knocking myself, so I constantly had bruises. I also kept using the wrong words, such as that I was going to get a book from the refrigerator." Willina made an appointment at the Functional Neurology Institute in Lisse. “They were able to help our first child seven years earlier, when it cried continuously during the first weeks after birth."
“Their approach surprised me. For example, I was given a very extensive examination that clearly showed that my body was not functioning properly. Specialists in hospitals are blinkered; they don’t look beyond their own field. Not so here. Here they look at how your entire body, your brain and your nerves function. They also consider your diet and the genetic factor." In Willina’s case, it turned out she had a hereditary defect. Other people in her family, like her younger sister, suffer from an autoimmune disease too.
The institute in Lisse confirmed the diagnosis of ulcerative colitus. "Only the professional specialist said that it was not the direct cause of most of my complaints. A chronic inflammation can eventually get into your blood, which is pumped to and through your brain. And that is how this kind of inflammation can indirectly affect all kinds of other things, such as sight and speech. That explains, among other things, why I often say something other than what I mean and why I bump myself so often."
An analysis of Willina's diet showed that she is allergic to yeast. "I always ate a lot of bread, but now I don’t anymore. It also turned out that my small intestinal wall did not function properly, so I couldn’t digest a lot of healthy food, like carrots. Thanks to a balanced treatment programme, comprising a nutritional supplement, an adjusted diet and specific neurological exercises, Willina is making good progress. "I have noticed that the calming Gabax tablets that I am now taking help me sleep much better. My adjusted diet is also bearing fruit." The neurological exercises are yielding positive results too. "I can now concentrate much better and my motor control is much improved. I no longer bump myself as often and my skin looks much better. My biggest complaint, exhaustion, is much reduced."
“It’s amazing that I feel so much better after only five consultations. It’s wonderful how they are able to diagnose properly, explain everything well and really do something about your complaints. This is a step in the right direction toward an energetic life."
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