Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) – A Classic Case of CORE Syndrome
My name is Trena. I am an intuitive abstract artist, a health and creative mindset coach and a marketing coordinator for a large hospital system in metro Atlanta. My job revolves around interacting and communicating with people.
It all started one spring afternoon in 2002, while riding a theme park rollercoaster ride my life changed as I knew it. I had received whiplash which spiraled my health into a downward motion without any feeling of control. There were days when my legs would give out on me and didn’t know if I could even get out of bed. A common diagnosis of fibromyalgia was what every physician I had encountered had given me for over a decade, but I hadn’t given up hope that there was more going on with my health that just had not been found yet.
Having a yearly sinus infection was what I thought normal was for everyone as well as the yearly strep (Sometimes 6-10x in a year) and the aches and pains that was diagnosed as fibromyalgia for years, well, that was normal too.
I began my healing journey working with Dr. Pugliese after hearing about him from a facebook group. In 2017, I felt like I hit a brick wall and my symptoms had intensified. I had been working for a year in my position for the hospital and had finally had some answers! I had a gut feeling that there was more and I was right. This journey of being my own advocate and not giving up on finding the answers pushed me further towards helping others. There were stories that I had heard time and time again from others going through a similar situation but just settled for the answers that they were given instead of searching for more. However, it was all in the bloodwork that was never ran before to lead me to my diagnosis of hypogammagloblinanemia, an immune deficiency, so essentially my body wasn’t producing enough immune goblin’s to fight the common cold, flu, molds, bacteria, etc. This diagnosis gave me a sigh of relief to know that it was not all in my head! The obstacles that I had gone through can put a strain on someone’s mental health; the questioning if it were all in my head, was the pain real?
After beginning subq intravenous therapy and although seeing improvements in my health Dr P had mentioned about mold, asking questions about the house I lived and where I worked. My office had been previously a shopping center turned into a clinic, there had been recorded flooding that had been fixed, however, every time I would go into work my sinuses would start to run and I would have a cough. I had requested the floors to be shampooed and still the same results. I would leave the office and the symptoms would subside. Per Dr P’s request, I took the mold vision exam and failed it, confirming to me that he was right about the mold in my office. The infections in my sinus were unreal, from numerous molds to MRSA, taking months to heal. The last infection put me in a position to leave that office and transfer to another location within the hospital.
A month into my new work home and have been exposed to numerous infections and virus, I am happy to say that I am seeing positive results by removing myself from the toxic office. I am no longer having sinus drainage, or the annoying cough every day and the sinus infections have stayed away.