Holistic & Modern Pain Management for an Aerialist Who Won’t Give Up

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May 15, 2017

Movement Heals. That was one of the first things I learned while getting my Pilates certification. I was aware of this fact, subconsciously. I’ve always been active, mostly with dance, but as my body grew older and changed, it’s needs changed. The first change was not only from aging, but I completely stopped moving. That change was quick; putting on weight was quick and it felt unstoppable for a long time. Taking the weight off was a whole other challenge. I had a whole new set of bad habits to break to relearn my old ways, my original ways. but improved,without the eating disorder, I had gotten so far away from my true self, I thought I’d never recognize ME again.

I’m sure someone can relate. You can’t do the things you’ve always done with as much ease. Injuries happen without much effort. You get tired much quicker and try to get home earlier and earlier. This is simply aging, we slow down and that is our bodies’ gently helping us find a new balance. I had no idea why I was so tired, I mean extreme exhaustion. So to the doctor I went, for test after test of my hormones, but the symptoms felt very different from my lifelong battle from puberty.

I like many, suffer from a chronic illness, an invsible illness, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. This has had an adverse affect on my daily life, since puberty.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems that may affect their overall health and appearance. PCOS is also a common and treatable cause of infertility.

Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle. Women with PCOS may miss periods or have fewer periods (fewer than eight in a year). Or, their periods may come every 21 days or more often. Some women with PCOS stop having menstrual periods.
  • Too much hair on the face, chin, or parts of the body where men usually have hair. This is called “hirsutism.” Hirsutism affects up to 70% of women with PCOS.3
  • Acne on the face, chest, and upper back
  • Thinning hair or hair loss on the scalp; male-pattern baldness
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Darkening of skin, particularly along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
  • Skin tags, which are small excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area

Everything I felt, was completely different from the symptoms I was used to with PCOS. Then came the joint pain. This was terrible. I couldn’t work out, standing was difficult, and it began to affect daily routines, eating and sleep habits. I couldn’t get enough rest. I tried all of these Holistic Treatments, and they do help, but I needed a diagnosis.

It took months of testing, retesting and just guess work as to how to treat myself. I used these Holistic Treatments below:

Arnica Gel



Aerial Hammock Stretch

Hot Bath

Hot Shower



*disclaimer – holistic treatments are meant to assist with alleviating chronic pain, but are not a substitute for medical treatments.

Here’s what we tested for:


Rheumatoid Arthritis


Multiple Sclerosis


February 2018

I don’t have a diagnosis yet, for my pain. I’m waiting and guessing ,always. I don’t like to take over the counter or prescription pain medications, for me, It masks the pain too much, and as someone with a very physical job, I will push too hard and hurt myself more.

I can’t sleep due to weird unexplained pains and I’m exhausted in the day. I feel like I’m accomplishing nothing.

September 10, 2018

I have a diagnosis. Fibromyalgia. I received the diagnosis in March of ’18. Just last week at my doctors appointment, I found out something new. The medicine, (I didn’t want to take) that I take, can cause dry mouth which means I drink more water, plus I sweat all day teaching yoga & aerial. I lost so much sodium, that my BP was 90/50. That day I was especially exhausted, but knew I needed to get up and go to this appointment. I’m glad I did. I have an answer as to what happens when I get that extreme fatigue, my blood pressure drops dramatically.

I suffer from anxiety, more so now because I have no idea how I’m going to feel moment to moment, and I feel my blood pressure raise. I go back to my studies of Yoga, and I maintain my blood pressure with Pranayama, (breath) used in my daily Sadhana, (practice). I use breath, and aromatherapy vapes to breath through pain, as well as panic because sometimes it’s tough to talk myself into leaving the house.

Having a place to go really helps. Having a plan in mind on days off, and seeing it through can change your mindset, which may help change the reactions the body has to pain.  I feel this does help me. The mental preparation just day to day activities require can become demanding, but breathing and movement help release some of the fibromyalgia pain.

Pain and Suffering in the physical body is a longer process than you realize, because all sickness begins in the ethereal body, according to Ayurveda, The Science of Life. Our Samskaras or ethereal pains that reside in our bodies caused by trauma, have a severe impact on our physical bodies. Treating the body as a whole, physically, mentally and spiritually has worked wonders for me. My mind feels stronger. I wake up earlier, I’m more productive, and I am taking care of my needs first. This thought process, this ritual of self care, has changed my life for the better.

I am taking meds to cut nerve pain and help me sleep, (low MG), and only at night.

Next week, I’ll talk more about it. For daily insanity, follow me on Instagram



Published by Roseanne Carlo

Founder at Gypsy Tribe Westchester 69 Westchester Ave Pound Ridge, NY 10576

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