After years of chronic pain, Deb Clark is healing from within

Deb Clark

Deb Clark, 60, is finally getting back to her active, adventurous self.

"I've always been one to embrace life," said Clark. She had a rewarding career as an administrator with Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education, found time to earn a doctorate in her 40s, and is passionate about travel, music and enjoying the outdoors.

But by the time she was 50, health complications and chronic pain related to osteoarthritis combined with a connective tissue condition had begun to catch up with her. She had problems with her eyes, hips and hands. She also was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and struggled with allergies and acid reflux disease.

She sensed that these problems were not occurring in isolation, but were somehow connected. Yet, each doctor she saw could help with only one part of her health puzzle.

And the pain kept getting worse.  

"No one seemed to be trained for the medical complexities of my body," she said. "I really wanted to get to the bottom of this. I thought it was important to look at the whole body and how everything interacts."

That's what led her to try acupuncture at the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing. Little by little, with the help of her acupuncturist and other integrative providers at the Penny George Institute, she is finding the answers she needs.

Regular acupuncture appointments help keep her pain in check. A nutritionist has helped her identify food sensitivities that contribute to inflammation throughout her body, and an integrative clinical nurse specialist prescribed a medication that has greatly reduced her chronic pain.

The changes have been dramatic. "I can play guitar again for the first time in years, and I know I am moving much better," said Clark. "The integrative medicine approach, along with continuing to see my regular doctors, has made the difference. I feel like I’m healing from within."