May 13th 2005

    I suffered from a horrible pain in my lower abdomen for many, many months. The pain was so severe it sent me to the emergency room twice thinking some part of my body was about to explode. My family Dr. gave up after trying to cure what he thought was a very bad bladder infection. I spent 6 months straight on different antibiotics, to no avail. I was sent to see a specialist. CT scans, x-rays, and a cystoscopy found nothing. Off to the kidney specialist, more blood tests, ultrasounds, Lithotripsy, (a procedure where sound waves pulverize kidney stones in your body.) It did not help. The pain was still there and worsened with every month. It often caused me to double over and vomit. I was sent to another specialist, who finally, after several more tests and a surgery gave me a diagnosis. Endometriosis. It is a debilitating, painful disease which continues to progress. With this disease the tissue that lines the uterus and sheds and bleeds each month develops in different parts of your body. These implants or growths cause pain, infertility and other problems. I could not stand the pain. I was on heavy-duty painkillers, which I took daily in large amounts. These prescription drugs left me feeling exhausted and foggy. Sometimes they didn’t work. When it came time for my menstrual cycle, I was sick to my stomach, vomiting, and bedridden. I could not be the wife I wanted to be for my husband, or the mother I wanted to be to my two boys. My house was in constant disarray. Even before I was diagnosed with endometriosis, my family Dr. had me on anti-anxiety medication. I have to admit I was a hard case to treat. It seemed I always had a sinus or gastrointestinal problem. My Dr. thought if I weren’t so stressed all the time I wouldn’t keep having these illnesses. I started on a muscle relaxer, tried some antidepressants, usually with undesirable side effects. Nothing worked! Finally I tried Ativan, which seemed to work at first, only I had to keep increasing the dosage to have a calming effect. I knew this drug was highly addictive. Every time I tried to stop taking it for a few days, I experienced withdrawal symptoms, which included severe headaches, uncoordination and insomnia. I was a mess!! An anxious person, diagnosed with a painful chronic disease, my options were limited. It seemed a hysterectomy; along with hormonal replacement (yuck – more pills) was my only chance for a pain free life. I’m 31 years old and was not looking forward to a forced menopause.

The next part of this story can only be described as a miracle. Sad, tired and in pain and feeling like a walking pharmacy, I called a girlfriend to tell her I would be unable to attend an event she had planned for months. In our conversation my illness came up. She told me of a person she knew who also had endometriosis for fifteen years, with symptoms similar to mine, who had been cured (pain free for five years). She had seen an acupuncturist named Dr. Lau. Another friend she knew was also seeing him for a different problem. She swore by him. I trusted my friend, who was not one to tell false tales. She was also kind enough to get me information and Dr. Lau’s address and phone number. At this point I was willing to try anything. My first treatment, I was at my worst point. I was about to start my menstrual cycle. I was treated with acupuncture for endometriosis and also for stress. It was the first time in many months I didn’t vomit and lay withering on my bed. After only my second treatment, I was able to cut my prescription painkillers to ½ the usual dose, and anxiety pills by ½. I felt energetic and was able to do house and yard work! My third treatment, I NO LONGER used the painkillers at all, except for Tylenol, which is a lot better than having to take Hydrocodone or Butalbital, controlled substances that leave you feeling like a zombie! I was then able to cut down my anxiety pills from 4 a day, to just one at night. I have faith that after a few more sessions I will no longer need them. People who have seen me sick and who see me now, have commented on the difference. After each session I feel better and better. My stress is diminishing and my energy increasing. My pain is slight and bearable and I have yet to finish the course of acupuncture sessions. Dr. Lau has given me my life back. I would recommend him to anyone with endometriosis or someone suffering from stress or an anxiety disorder. Actually, I would recommend him to anyone suffering a disease that modern day medicine has failed to help. Acupuncture works. I am not exactly sure how it works, but it does! Also, while in the waiting room one day I read an article from a newspaper, stating that Dr. Lau is one of the top leading men in this field. Don’t you deserve to go to the best? Dr. Lau has my devotion that he is the best.

Thank you, Dr. Lau
Keri Werbowski
Varysburg, NY