April 25, 2017, was the day I received my new Stem Cells. I had adipose taken from my lateral thighs near the hip. It was a very quick and painless procedure. The needle holes have started to heal; I have minimal bruising and was only sore in that area for a few days.
During week 1 of having my new Stem Cells, I didn’t think it was going to feel much of a change. This is not an overnight fix and I am prepared for the ups and downs that I will be facing on my journey to optimal health. The first week has been an adjustment phase. I have begun to feel loads of energy that I haven’t felt in years. The amount of energy that I don’t know what to do with myself because I want to constantly keep moving. My normal days used to consist of me waking up tired, not wanting to deal with the day, having to take a nap during my lunch break, and getting ready for bed around 9 PM.
Now, I don’t need that afternoon nap, 9 PM rolls around and I still have energy to stay up later. I’ve had the energy that it’s hard for me to shut down at night. Some nights I have been asleep by 11 PM others I’m lying there until 2 AM. It is part of the process my body is going through and eventually I will adjust to a better sleep schedule. I have only needed an afternoon nap once since my Stem Cell Treatment.
Some of the other things I have noticed is that my skin is brighter, my acne is disappearing, the dark circles under my eyes are gone. My mood is up, I am not irritable, I want to engage in conversation, there are some days that I just can’t stop smiling and I have no idea why I’m smiling. I am just genuinely happy, and have not felt this happy or like myself in over 2 years. Other changes I’ve noticed is my metabolism has kicked up! I have an excess thirst, that I just can’t get enough water. I carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go and am constantly refilling it. Another is that I am always hungry. No, I am not eating whatever is in sight because I am hungry. I’ve always been one to eat healthy not each processed foods, and make all my meals at home. So, I have created some healthy snacks that include vegetables, fruits, protein, to keep me fueled throughout the day. I just had new stem Cells put in me to help heal my body and boost my immune system so I need to help this process by eating healthy and taking care of myself so I get the full benefit.
I’ve had the energy to workout more. I used to be a Division 1 athlete and I lost the sport that I loved. It’s been a roller coaster of training for almost 3 years now. Whenever I would start to get a few weeks of solid training my body would shut down. So, right now I am working out but I am being cautious with that I am doing so I’m not overloading my body. Like I said before, Stem Cells don’t heal your body overnight, it is a process and I do not expect to be able to go into full training of running and lifting right away. I do plan on gradually increasing my training but listening to my body of when I need to take time off.
During my first week, I have felt some great changes to my body. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me over the next few months!
The first week of having my new Stem Cells, gave me so much energy that I didn’t know what to do with it all. Now, here is the real test, going back to school. I am just starting my third trimester of Chiropractic School. This program is very demanding with taking 24.5 credits and being in class and labs every day from 8 am to 6 pm. So, the real test of the Stem Cell treatment, to see if it will help me with the amount of stress I have mentally and physically. To see if it can help suppress my symptoms and make this program a little easier than it has been for me. In the past two trimesters, I’ve had a very tough time managing my symptoms. I crash all the time; I push my body past it’s limits because I see my colleagues can do it so, why can’t I? But, with Lyme Disease you need to be smart because Lyme waits for when you become stressed and your immune system is suppressed to come out. I usually have a “relapse” during midterms and during finals when the workload is in high demand. The “relapse” symptoms are that I am over tired sleeping around 16 hours a day, I am brain fogged, irritable and my legs swell and ache to the bone that makes it hard to stand. The only way to ease these symptoms is to rest and build my immune system back up to regain life. This also happens just randomly throughout the month even when I’m not in exams, it’s very hard to tell when it is going to come on. When this comes on I cannot participate in the activities that I need to be doing, like studying. My body is on overload, my brain does not want to read notes or a textbook, listen to one of the processors talk or even be turned on. It wants nothing to do with the real world. But, I push it past it’s limits by continuing to do these things because if I don’t I will not make it through the program. Becoming a Chiropractor is what I want to be and I am not going to let Lyme Disease stop me from achieving this goal.
I began classes on Wednesday, May 3rd and felt amazing all day long. Thursday I began to feel tired, then once the weekend hit I didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t have the energy I had during the first week. I was very lazy and just wanted to lay around all day. So, that’s what I did, I gave myself the rest that my body needed. My body beginning to fatigue is not a bad sign at all, it is a sign of healing. It is a sign that those million new Stem Cells that I received are doing its job to heal my body. You need to listen to your body when those bouts come on. If you push through the fatigue you are just seeing yourself back. It’s good to take the days of rest at the first sign of fatigue rather than waiting it out and crashing later on.
A positive during this week, is that even though I am tired and want to lay around it is not the tiredness I usually feel. I woke up early in the morning with energy and wanted to go workout. I did go to the gym and did a light workout to get my body moving but nothing too demanding. But my midday I became fatigued and not all around tired just my body. My brain (which normally fatigues the fastest) is still alert. I can pay attention in class, answer questions and carry normal conversation. I am not getting my typical brain fog that lasts all day that make me irritable. I’m just getting a general tiredness.
The one thing I know about this treatment is that you must stay positive and confident that it is going to work. There are going to be lots of ups and downs along the way but you can’t lose hope during those times. Just listen to your body, (which can be very hard to do) and take care of it. All things will come together with time and self-care.
It has been three weeks since I received my new Stem Cells. I’ve noticed many changes, a few small and some big. With adapting to being back at Chiropractic school I have experienced fatigue but that has seemed to reside. I do have days where I am tired but who doesn’t? I just listen to my body to make sure that I am not overdoing it and am getting the proper rest I need.
A change that I have noticed is that my biological clock is now waking me up around 5:30 AM. I am fully awake at this time of the day and ready to take on the day. It has been an adjustment because I don’t remember the last time I woke up at that hour to do anything. But I’ve made the most of it and I go to the gym before class at 8 AM. I feel great, I am more alert during class, and my energy lasts for most of the day. I have been getting ready for bed around 9:30 PM or so. This is compared to waking up at 7:30 AM, rushing to class, tired through a majority of my classes, taking a nap during the day, and still going to bed around 9:30 pm. So, I would say this change has made my days more productive.
Another change, is that I have been able to consistently workout for the past 3 weeks. I have not had any setbacks by getting too fatigued and run down. The biggest part of this is that I have been able to workout my legs! I have not been able to lift with my legs in over 2 years due to tightness, weakness, and excessive swelling. Every time I would try to exercise them it would leave me in pain for almost a week. I am beyond excited about this. It has only been a few weeks and I have been extremely careful by not overloading myself but I do feel myself becoming stronger.
A big change is that this week I received my period. For me typical symptoms of my period involve becoming very fatigued the day before and then for the next two days, having very achy legs, during the first day it is usually very hard for me to stand because my legs hurt so bad, they become very restless, and hurt to the touch, this will subside but I usually have some sort of leg pain through the 5 days of menstruation. When I received my period this week I was shocked. I was tired the day before but nothing crazy and my legs did not hurt! I continued with my day and went to the gym in the morning with no aches or pains. I could actively participate in my daily activities like usual instead of being bed ridden due to the leg pain and fatigue.
So far the only issue I’ve had is that near the treatment site where I had the liposuction done is still numb. This is not effecting my daily activity or creating any issues with my legs, I just have some numbness on my lateral and anterior thigh.
Its been one month since I received the gift of new Stem Cells. One month since my life changed for the better. One month since I began to live again.
Over the past four weeks, I have made some pretty big strides in my health. I’ve had changes to my lifestyle that I never thought were possible. Having Lyme Disease and trying differing types of treatments, making lifestyle changes, and not seeing any improvement had me losing hope that I would not be able to regain the life back that I once had. But since the Stem Cell treatment I have seen those changes and have been able to believe again. Let’s go down the list of changes that I’ve been through over the past 30 days.
The first week, my energy was going through the roof. I couldn’t contain myself, I was on a natural high and never felt better. I was able to hold conversation with people and not become brain fogged or get a headache. I didn’t need my afternoon nap anymore, I could stay up later, and I felt like a functioning human again. A human that didn’t have to rethink choices being made because I wasn’t sure how it was going to affect my body. I could participate in life.
I have begun to work out again. During the years of having Lyme Disease, my body doesn’t allow me to workout the way I used to. I was restricted to upper body only workouts and was limited to only 2-3 days per week or else my body would shut down on me causing a “relapse.” Now, I have been able to workout for 5-6 days a week, no setbacks and I can lift with my legs!!! I never thought that I would be able to put the bar on my back again and within two weeks of the treatment I was able to. In the past, whenever it came to lifting with my legs they would begin to over tighten to the point where I could not walk, lose sensation, and they would feel dead. It would take about a week to relieve the pain and be able to walk normal.
During the first month I had my menstrual cycle. This is something I dread every month because it causes me to “relapse.” The symptoms I get make me a non-functioning human being. It would cause severe leg pain that I can barely stand, too weak to get out of bed, put me “in my own world” meaning I have no clue what is doing on at all. My legs retain fluid (usually between 3-5 pounds) that I can barely fit into my pants. The first 2 days my bleeding would be extremely heavy then calm down. I’ve never had any of these symptoms before I was bit by a tick. This time it was completely different. I had zero of these symptoms! I did get tired the day before but that is a typical symptom for anyone. Over the four days of menstruating I didn’t feel a difference in my daily activity, I remained a functioning person.
Other signs of good health I have noticed is that my skin is brighter. I like to call it the “Stem Cell Glow.” For years I’ve had what the dermatologist diagnosed as “Hormonal Acne.” I get bumps under my chin. They have given me all sorts of creams to get rid of it and nothing has changed. Within a week of my treatment my acne was gone. I did not change my face wash regimen it cleared up on its own. Another positive is my alertness. I am very alert in class all day long, I can take notes, hold conversation and even after class I can continue to study or hang out with friends. I don’t need to rush home to go lay down because my head is pounding for the 8 hours of class I just sat in.
The success that I have experienced in the first month definitely outweighs my bad days. I did hit a 3-4 day period in the second week where all I wanted to do was lay in bed. I lost my energy high and was exhausted from the change of going back to Chiropractic School. But that energy loss was only a few days compared to the weeks of this I used to experience. I am not going to come out and be completely healed right away, it takes time. It. Takes. Time. Repeating this to myself on the days I am tired is a reminder that nothing ever heals overnight and I am human. Even if I was completely healed I am going to have days where I am sluggish, days when I just want to lay with my dog. It happens to everyone. When the days come where I am “out of it” I just remind myself of how far I have come within the past 30 days. I believe in myself. I believe in the process. It’s only been 1 month, 4 weeks, 30 days, 720 hours and look how far I’ve come. I have made improvement I did not think was possible for the first time in years I feel like myself again. I can’t wait to see what the following months have to offer for my Stem Cells and I.
Anonymous from New York
Age: 23 years old
Diagnosis: Lyme Disease
Receiving the IV Stem cell treatment has changed my life! For the past fifteen years, I have struggled to maintain a normal life while dealing with Crohn’s Disease. This autoimmune disease affected my entire body, not just my digestive tract. The medications I had to take to “treat” the disease were almost just as bad, leaving me with a compromised immune system, nausea, anxiety, and more. Within twelve hours of receiving my infusion at Dr. Bligh’s office my symptoms started to decrease. My chronic diarrhea, nausea, acid reflux, abdominal and joint pain all improved and have almost disappeared. I have been able to maintain remission of Crohn’s Disease without any steroids, biologics, or proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux. At my yearly eye exam this month, it was found that my vision had improved enough that my optometrist had to change my contact prescription. I would encourage anyone struggling with Crohn’s Disease or any other autoimmune condition to consider this treatment. The actual treatment was very easy and done within a few hours, and the recovery for me was very minimal. I could not be happier with my results. Thank you Dr. Bligh!
Anonymous from St. Louis
Age: 35 Years old
Diagnosis: Crohn’s Disease
One Week Post Procedure
Wanted to let you know that I had a good weekend. Better energy level and noticeable improvement in my ability to swallow. Able to eat a little faster and more quantity. Small but important improvements!
13 Days Post Procedure
Quick update for you. Continue to enjoy improved swallowing and easier breating. Notice and slight reduction with the clonus in my legs.
No improvement in mobility yet but its still very early for that and I remain very optimistic.
After Second Procedure
I am walking a little better than before. So that is exciting. My swallowing and breathing continues to be good.
Anonymous from Arkansas
Age: 63 Years old
Upon receiving my stem cell therapy I feel a bit like myself again. My energy level feels sustainable. I feel more even and don’t seem to have as many “bad days” as I have termed them. Oddly enough I feel like my brain fog is better as well. Since being diagnosed with MS, I of course fear what the future may hold. However, it is my belief that with this therapy along with a consistent clean diet and exercise, my prognosis is good. I also think my spouts of depression have decreased. The true sign of healing will be determined with my next MRI. But if no new lesions are seen then it is my belief the combination of therapies and lifestyle are the key to avoiding a relapse!
Anonymous from St. Louis, MO
Age: 42 Years old
Diagnosis: Multiple Sclerosis
• Better Sleep
– Woke up feeling “rested” more than I have in 3-5 years.
– Increased flexibility in joints
– Could make fist with little pain after waking up
• Little or no pain in knee and feet
• Able to write within 30 minutes after waking up
• Vision seems cleaner-noticing details not seen before without putting glasses on
• Still sore in area where cells were harvest. Mostly when bending over
• Still experiencing but minimal drainage and constipatiom
• Mood seems better and less anxious
• Packing and driving on a trip to Nashville. Was up all night packing which is normal. I rarely sleep the day before departure.
• After 1-2 hours of sleep, felt rested enough to get up, get ready, load the car and leave. Drove half the trip to Nashville.
• Mood-Very good. Optimistic, no joint, back or shoulder pain. Where before always experienced pain after driving. New Car? Stem Cells?
• (Sale of 1-10, 10 being the worst pain) 6 and only in Lipo area. Still having constipation.
• Fell asleep easily in the hotel
• Slept great! Uninterrupted 8.5 hours! In Hotel!
• Less soreness in belly region.
• Some stiffness in hands (mostly) but it went away very quickly
• More confident about how I feel now and how I’ll feel later
• Fatigued, little to no appetite in AM. Feel weak. (First night will try to sleep without PM Meds)
• Difficulty focusing today. Pain level is at a 1-2 at 1:35 pm. (Took an anti-inflammatory)
• Constipated: Feeling the urge to go but unable to. (Eventually small bowel movement after coffee)
• Coordination/grip feels off but not worse than before
• Feeling bloated. Increased Bruising at the injection site.
• Bending over is much easier!
Anonymous from St. Louis
Age: 43 Years old
Diagnosis: Stiffness, Lack of Memory, Unable to Focus, Hearing Loss in Right Hear, Headaches, Dizziness, Depression, Low Energy, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue, Dehydration, Joint Issues and Pain, Kidney Stones, Extremity Weakness, HTN, High Cholesterol, Swelling
Cosmetic Issues: Thinning Hair, Brittle Nails, Loss of Muscle, Cellulite, Swelling in Extremities, and Uneven Skin Tone
I cannot believe how much better I feel already. To be honest with you, my back has not felt like this in over two years. The exercises have helped, but I still had a lot of pain, and early tonight I noticed that my back was not hurting. It almost scared me as I guess I had gotten so accustomed to hurting.
Thank you for introducing me to this ray of hope. You were the only one I would let do this because of the trust I have in you.
Anonymous from St. Louis
Age: 72 Years old
After about 8 to 10 weeks, the stem cells in my back seem to be helping tremendously. The first 3 to 8 weeks I was almost mad at myself for spending the monday and thinking they would never kick in after all the surgeries I had. I almost have no pain in my back unless I do something stupid. I can even bowl, pick the ball up off the rack and not have any pain. In the last 3 weeks my average has jumped up about 20 points since no pain and no anticipated pain. All good news.
Thanks for your help on that.