Amanda Buse

Our Current Healthcare System: How It Failed Me

It started out with a trip to the ER...

I had been having chest pain off and on throughout the day.  The sharp pain after lunch literally brought me to my knees. And so I figured it was necessary to go to the hospital to get checked out.  

I drank some nasty contrast, had a CAT scan, and they found nothing wrong with me.  

Heartburn, not heart attack.  

But they told me to go see my primary care physician to have me referred to a specialist.  And so I did...

I wound up with a gastroenterologist, getting an upper endoscopy, and trying a variety of meds. PPI's. Tried everything that ends with "zole."  Took a year to actually find ones that curbed my symptoms. 

But after all that, when I asked how do people get off the medication

This is my favorite part...

Wait for it...

My very specialized gastroenterologist said...

He didn't know how people got off the medication that he put them on.  

Some people eventually stopped taking it he said, but he didn't know how.  And others stayed on it for years.  But I was not to worry.  If the medication that he prescribed stopped working to curb my symptoms, then I could come back and he would find a different one to put me on.


So by the time I was 30, I had a laundry list of meds.  Felt like I was 90.  I knew my health was getting worse and not better.

And I couldn't believe that no one could help me get to the root cause of my symptoms.

I wanted to know what was causing my poor health.  Why did I start having the chest pain all those years prior? What was my body trying to tell me?  

In desperation, I turned to holistic methods of healthcare. Paying completely out of pocket, I started working with a massage therapist and a chiropractor.

And you know what?

I got better.

I finally had someone listen to my entire story, put together all of the pieces of the puzzle, and care enough to help me get my life back.  They helped guide me to the root causes of my health concerns.  

And I came off all of the meds.  

At 35, I feel the best that I have in a long time.  I feel the healthiest that I have maybe in my entire life.

And it saddens me that I had to go through all the craziness of being on more and more medication, getting sicker, and feeling frustrated because no one seemed to be able to help me.  

I wasted so much time being sick when I didn't have to be.  

My journey motivated me to want to help others in a similar situation.    

And I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Now I help people find wellness through aromatherapy & functional nutrition.    

You don't have to feel 90 at 30 years old.  Or even at 60 years old.  Who's to say that 90 has to feel bad anyway?  And someone will care and help you get to the root cause of your symptoms. So don't give up thinking that you can regain your health.  

It CAN happen.