Hello, world! Lara here, and in case you haven't heard yet, I have endometriosis...among other things. My problems started over a decade ago and as I've gotten older, my daily pain has increased.
And this is Kelsey. She has Trigeminal Neuralgia along with Anesthesia Dolorosa and has been living with daily, constant facial pain for the last three years.
Over the last several years, we've both tried a lot of different treatments ranging from surgeries, to botox in vaginas, physical therapy, acupuncture...and even crystal healing. And while some of the stuff may have alleviated moments of pain — none of this cured us or gave us long-lasting relief from our pain.
So when an email popped into our inbox talking about Laser Therapy, we were hesitant — yet intrigued. The email talked about ComRa laser therapy, which is an infrared laser combined with magnetism, ultrasound, and “four radiant energies” in colors in red, green, indigo violet, and yellow. The laser can be applied to any body part that/s causing chronic pain, according to the clinic. All of this was mostly over our heads. But it also said, "Cure for Trigeminal Neuralgia."
But we couldn't ignore the little nagging in our brains encouraging us to dig for more info. So we did. And that's when we found a video from someone named Lee who had Trigeminal Neuralgia and now...seemingly didn't.
So we made our way to Boca. And for the next two weeks, we got laser treatments twice a day, every day. Along with laser therapy, we also received laser detox to rid our body of any toxins that could be contributing to our pain, and some 1:1 counseling to try and heal the emotional damage done by living every day in pain.
At the end of two weeks, neither of us were going home pain-free. But we were going home hopeful — which is arguably as important.
It's now been three months since the treatment, and while neither of us can call ourselves pain-free...some things have changed.
The biggest thing I've noticed so far is the change in my period pain. I've now had three periods in a row with noticeably less pain. We're talking getting out of bed on the second day of my period stuff.
And while Kelsey was able to feel relief from some of the detox, such as more energy, her nerve damage was too extensive to treat in a three-month period. However, she continues to use the laser daily and hopes that with continued use, something might change.
You can watch the first episode of our journey now:
And if you wanna see the whole thing unfold, you can watch the entire journey on As/Is now.
And to all of our chronic illness warriors — we see you, we hear you, and we're rooting for you.
Disclaimer: This is obviously our personal experience with a treatment at a single clinic and we can’t vouch for the treatment’s safety, or whether it actually works for everyone. Everyone's bodies are different and respond differently to treatments. It never hurts to check with your doctor if you are thinking about trying a new or "unconventional" treatment.
BuzzFeed was given laser therapy at no cost. The average cost for laser therapy treatments as well as a detox over a two-week period would be around $2700.