I went to see Dr. Ghei as a last resort at a time when I was both incredibly sick (but didn’t know the extent of it!) and disheartened by traditional medicine. It is safe to say that I was lacking hope in every sense of the word.
I had been to multiple conventional doctors, naturopaths, and had tried virtually every diet you could think of. I had researched and no one really seemed to be able to figure out what was going on with me. My symptoms were varied and bizarre.
By some Universal guidance, I found Dr. Ghei’s website and called the office as a last-ditch effort. I was shocked when Edith picked up the phone immediately (what doctors office has that kind of service?!) and made me an appointment within a week. At my first appointment, my symptom questionnaire totaled over 100. My first appointment lasted over 2.5 hours and I could not believe that she spent so much time getting to know me and trying to really figure out what was going on. I have NEVER had a doctor care so much or take that much time to understand me. She was not in a rush and she asked about everything—my diet, my work, my home environment, my relationships, my pets, my hobbies. At the time I couldn’t figure out why she was asking all these things and I thought it was all irrelevant.
Now I know that the whole picture of your life literally dictates your health on a cellular level.
The first round of tests showed SIBO, Chronic Candida, Hashimoto’s, elevated Celiac antibodies, insufficient hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes, various nutrient deficiencies, and more. Dr. Ghei immediately ordered the antibiotics and medications I needed, in addition to helping me dial in my diet and supplements.
A few months later, my symptoms were improving a little, but definitely not as much as they should have been, and some things were getting worse. Dr. Ghei LISTENED and ran more tests to discover that I was suffering from Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), and suddenly my bizarre symptoms made sense.
In the middle of suffering, it feels like it is taking forever to figure out what is going on, but when I started to read about CIRS and learned that many people suffer for up to 5-10 years before receiving an accurate diagnosis, I was in awe of Dr. Ghei.
It has been quite an experience and often a very dark and scary time. Since then, I have made some drastic life changes, including moving to a drier climate and leaving my job which was in a very moldy environment.
Dr. Ghei and Edith have supported me in every way through this journey. They have willingly put up with and answered more emails and calls from me and my mother than you can imagine. Honestly, can you name any other doctor who responds by email?? I’ll wait.
They checked in on me when they knew it was not going well. They prayed for me and mostly, they believed in me.
There is a lot I could say about Dr. Ghei, but here are some of the highlights:
- Dr. Ghei listens. I had not had much luck with doctors listening prior to Dr. Ghei. She truly believes that you are the expert of your body and if you work with her and closely follow her recommendations, she respects your feedback and will adjust as you see fit. She is not going to tell you to see a psychiatrist, which is unfortunately what happens WAY too often when people are suffering from chronic illness.
- Dr. Ghei’s non-invasive, holistic approach is the perfect balance of treatment. Her goal is not to put you on a bunch of drugs; she knows that isn’t sustainable. She offers many alternative therapies and promotes the least invasive treatments, but she will give you what your body needs if you do in fact need pharmaceuticals.
- Dr. Ghei really cares. I have never experienced such compassion and understanding from a doctor before.
Dr. Ghei and Edith saved my life.
They didn’t just save me because they are professionals that are good at their job (which they are!); they saved me because they believed in me, they believed in my body’s ability to heal itself, they believed that I would have a life again.
What I know for sure is that there is a huge lack of doctors like this out in the world.
What I have learned about the healing process is that your mind and your thoughts create your reality. If you don’t have a compassionate, positive team of healers around you, your odds are much lower. Of course, you still have to make the absolutely necessary lifestyle and dietary changes, but you definitely need the right support. Dr. Ghei is very special to me because she offered me (and continues to offer me) compassionate care during a very rough time. She has always had a positive outlook, even when I was very down. She has held my hand, lifted me up, and reminded me time and time again that my body is capable of healing.
I don’t know where I would be without Dr. Ghei. I will forever be grateful to her. I tell everyone I meet with chronic, “unexplainable” issues to see a functional medicine doctor. But if you happen to live in Texas or in a neighboring state, you absolutely need to work with Dr. Ghei.
I believe that everything is figureoutable, especially your health. You just need the right support and team. You can find that at Praana Integrative Medicine.