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Stephanie Lyons will never forget May 16th 2006.
“I woke up feeling slightly light-headed but decided to go to work regardless. Then during the day I fainted twice before I noticed that my balance was off”, she tells SWM.
“Then when my hearing went in my left ear and my vision started to become blurry so I decided to go to the doctor”.
“He told me that I was to go home I had a bad case of vertigo and that I was to go home and rest”.
Thinking that she was over the worst, Stephanie followed that medic’s instructions and headed off for home – how wrong she was.
She says: “I woke up the next day and I couldn’t see out of my left eye and I was vomiting continuously. So I headed to hospital before being transferred to Galway to see a specialist. They thought I had a virus but they weren’t exactly sure what it was so they sent me home again. But the next day when I woke up I found myself even dizzier, still vomiting, my hearing was now completely gone in my ear and my eyesight was going in my left eye”.
“This time around they sent me for a CAT scan and two MRI scans. They kept me in hospital for over a month as they tried to figure out what was wrong with me”.
“While the vertigo medication was helping to some extent, it wasn’t doing anything for my hearing or my eyesight”.
Like anyone who is flung into a complete state of vulnerability, Stephanie started to think the worst as thoughts of MS and cancer ran through her mind.
“It was such a lonely time. I had my parents and my brothers and sister around me for but I was still lonely. Without the support of my family and friends, particularly my aunt and the staff in the hospitals, I don’t know how I would have got through this tough time.”
“I had to wear a patch over my left eye so that I could see straight and I was vomiting for nearly five weeks. I lost a huge amount of weight.”
“Then one day the doctors and nurses told me to call my mum in as they had some news. They told me that I had MS and that I had to go back to Galway because they didn’t have the specialised facilities to look after me.”
Despite the terrifying diagnosis, Stephanie finally had what she thought was closure on the emotional and physical rollercoaster that she had experienced over the previous four weeks. Again, she was wrong.
“As soon as I got to Galway and saw a neurologist I was told that I didn’t have MS. While I had lesion on my brain he told me that I had to have at least 10 of them before I could be diagnosed with MS. So they kept me in for another while before my vomiting came to an end and then discharged me.”
“It was only then that I got a chance to visit the Amber Cente in Mullingar. While there I did a test that checked any allergies I might have had. It tested me for 950 potential allergies in total. It was completely pain-free and it only took 15 minutes. Four weeks later I had my full vision back and with another week or so I could hear perfectly out of both ears.”
While Stephanie is still taking medication and has appointments in hospital as well as with the Amber Centre over the coming months, she is most certainly on the mend.
“When I mentioned it to the neurologist in Galway, he told me that if it works, don’t ignore it and I think that’s the best advice.” “I think the two can work together. I certainly believe that no one should ignore the treatment. It’s painless, it’s quick, and look what it did for me".
“Now I’m as good as back to normal and by the New Year I hope to be working full time five days a week.”
The Amber Centre’s allergy test is the biggest and most comprehensive that we know of. The testing process falls under a branch of alternative medicine known as Kinesiology and is one of the fastest growing treatments in Ireland.
Alma Greene, a Kinesiologist, runs the Amber Centre in Mullingar and is responsible for introducing the allergy test to Ireland. “We are constantly getting bookings as word of mouth spreads. Stephanie was one of the most extreme cases we have come across in Ireland. We’re just so happy that it worked out for her. Anything from dust to washing powder allergies can be detected.”