I first sought out Dr. Hilary Rutledge’s assistance with chronic pain and swelling of my ankle and foot from an old injury. The symptoms interfered with my daily life, including the ability to walk or stand. I could not flex the ankle joint properly. This made the area very unstable. I would leave work at the end of my shift close to tears due to the pervasive pain. Sitting down, or even elevating the area did not totally ease the pain. Hence, the injury impacted my sleep as well.
Upon my first consultation, Dr. Hilary found that the ankle joint was dislocated. She re-aligned the area, helping to relieve the pain. It took weekly visits for two months to completely help the area strengthen enough to stay in alignment and reduce the swelling. After those two months, Dr. Hilary felt my condition progressed enough that I could be fitted for orthotic insoles. The insoles are like magic. They help keep proper alignment and have strengthened my feet and ankles. I have my mobility and life back! I can walk, work, sleep and play. Did I mention the injury happened 4 years ago? In a matter of a few weeks, Dr. Hilary was able to take me from being less than mobile to walking a 1-mile fun walk to support my daughter’s 5k. Best of all this was achieved without the use of pain medications that would simply cover up the symptoms.
During one of my appointments, I noticed a paper mentioning the month’s special, a discounted rate for a metabolic evaluation. I inquired as to what this entailed, and it sounded like just what I needed. You see, my life has revolved around my reactive system, manifesting in asthma and allergies. In fact, I have no memories of ever being free of either one. This has led me to the desire to be tested for food allergies. I had, by process of elimination, tried to identify that I reacted to in my diet, but was unsuccessful. I just could not pinpoint what I was reacting to. After speaking with Dr. Hilary we did the evaluation, blood work and ran the allergy test. This evaluation included a detailed question and answer session over what symptoms I have been experiencing and any issues I have been having. The results of the blood work and food allergy tests were staggering. It is no wonder I could never eliminate the culprits from my diet. There were so many triggers, some I had never even though or heard of. Dr. Hilary calmly took me, step-by-step, through the blood work and allergy results. This included mapping out a change in eating habits and adding supplements to support areas that needed it.
Life changing is the only way to describe the end results. I can sleep at night, have more energy, and do not become ill as often. In fact, I stayed healthy for a whole 6 months. For me, that is unheard of. I have never stayed cold and flu free for that long. I often joke that I’m the “canary in the mine shaft”, the first one to catch anything. Well not anymore!
I am very grateful that Dr. Hilary took the time to truly listen to me. That made all the difference in finding the root causes of my health issues. Of course, it is still a work in progress. The supplements and diet will be fine-tuned as I am healing. Still, after a lifetime of being a slave to my overactive immune system, I can be patient in my healing. Dr. Hilary and Laura have been super supportive during the whole process. For all of this, I am truly thankful.