Danny Deering - Back spasms

I went from watching the Lions win the 1st test to intensive care in hours.

In June 2013 I was suffering with back spasms having fallen down the stairs the day before and slept on the floor which was not uncommon. I had suffered back problems since 1991 on and off, having had lower back surgery L4/5 S1/L5 Laminectomy and Discectomy in 1992 and a cage in my neck and fusion at C5/6 C6/7 in 2012.

Over the past 5 years I got worse been admitted to Hospital frequently, had nerve root blocks, revolutionary procedures like Rhizolysis to singe the nerves that Consultant Iona Collins was a pioneer of in this country.

I was on a lot of medication for the pain Morphine, Amytriptyline, Pregablin, Mirtazapine, Promazine, Diazepam for the spasms and water tablets as my feet were swelling and other tablets to counter the effects of taking the pain killers. My weight had ballooned to 24 stone and my Cholesterol was very high and I was pre diabetic.

That morning watching the rugby took my mind off the pain as it was close match, but once it ended, I started shivering and sweating and I could feel my heart racing. Unknowingly I probably over medicated on morphine and caused my body to go into toxic shock causing me to develop aspiration pneumonia.

My wife called an ambulance and en route to hospital I heard them asking to lay on the crash team and 'resus team', I was thinking are they talking about me? I was admitted to Intensive care and nearly died it was touch and go and released 10 days later.

I had physiotherapy and attended the Police Rehab Centre Flint House where I could go for a week's intensive treatment as I was a retired Police Officer. All of these worked for a bit but then the pain and the spasms came back.

I struggled on for several months until early November on the Piers Morgan show I saw Michael Flatley say how he was really ill with a debilitating virus type illness had paid thousands and saw 20 consultants to no avail. His cleaner told him to try a man called Michael O Doherty a Bio Energy Healer based in Ennis Ireland; he saw him and was better after taking the dietary and lifestyle advice.

I thought if it could work for him why not for me. I Googled his name rang and put my name on the list for a cancellation as he was booked for many months; luckily he had a cancelation for a clinic in London. I saw some light at the end of the tunnel.

End of November I went to London with my wife; I couldn't even wheel a suitcase and went by train as I was unable to drive. I saw Michael O Doherty for 45 minutes a day over 4 consecutive days and booked into the hotel where he was doing the treatments.

On meeting Michael he said "the body has the ability to heal itself given the correct food, nutrition exercise and sleep and I will give you the information, tools and confidence to help yourself. Do you want me to help you?" I readily agreed
He examined me all over and noticed that my feet were swollen and the ankles pronating inwards and indicated that this might be the initial cause of all my back and neck problems as posture starts from the feet.

He advised me to with my doctors help come off some if not all my medication and told me what to eat and what not to eat, as some foods cause inflammation, basically cut out sugar and other wheat based products and to cut down on tea coffee and caffeine. Michael gave me a simple exercise program and breathing and visualisation exercises to help me sleep and relax. He gave me a list of supplements to take to help my bodies' digestion system recover and other supplements for my body. He advised me to get regular massage to release muscle tension.

He then did energy correction and putting his hands near my body. I could feel heat being generated in my lower back feet and neck even though he wasn't touching me, after the session he told me to go for a lie down and try the visualisation techniques and just relax for a while. Everyday after the treatments I slept like a log for up to 3 hours. Sleep had become a luxury I hadn't experienced for a while with all the shooting pains in my arms and legs I found it difficult to get off to sleep even for an hour.

On returning home I went to my Doctors and with his help started a program to slowly wean me off my medication. I started the exercises and stretches and took the supplements and did visualisation and breathing control together with the dietary advice and sports massage.

In February 2014 I went to Ireland on a cheap weekend flight and met up with Michael who was impressed with the progress I had already made. His associate Liam Fretwell assessed and measured me for orthotics specific to me that I currently wear; I am having these updated shortly.

After 4 months in March 2014 I finally came off all my medication.

In June 2014 I attended at the Hospital for an assessment clinic a 2 hour appointment prior to me having my spinal stabilisation surgery as last resort to stop the spasms and pain. I tried to cancel the appointment as I knew I was a lot better but they still wanted to see me.

A nurse of 30 years service who had seen me when I was admitted was so shocked by my progress and asked what had brought about the dramatic change. She couldn't believe it and started to cry, she said "I don't get to see good stories like this; it's not made my day but made my year"
On seeing Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon Miss Iona Collins she was delighted and couldn't believe the progress I had made in less than 7 months and wanted to know how I had achieved it. So I told her my story, she was amazed and wants to speak to Michael O Doherty, she said my story will inspire others.

I have lost nearly 5 stone in weight
My cholesterol is now better than average
I am no longer pre diabetic
I have the blood pressure of a 35 year old (I am nearly 53)
No medication needed I can visualise the pain away
No longer need a £50,000 spinal stabilisation operation
I no longer smoke
I have more energy
I can sleep
I can remember things and I can think clearly
I have got my life back and my family have got me back from the brink
I would like to show others don't lose hope and look for alternatives out there; exercise done correctly can help pain. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins and these interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine but without the side effects.
I am still in pain but can manage it with what I have been taught. Some of the pain is caused by my posture realigning itself due to the orthotics in my shoes and it will take time as my body was misaligned for over 20 years so it is not going to go back overnight.

I would like to say thanks to Michael Flatley for having the courage to speak on TV about seeking alternative remedies to cure an illness. Michael O Doherty for giving me the tools and confidence make me want to change my life. Liam Fretwell, Flint House, Chris Blake and my consultant, local doctors for helping me. My wife and family who have supported me when I was so down and without hope, they can now see what belief in something can do. I feel so good and people that see me are genuinely happy for me and making me feel even better, it takes me ages just to go around the village as so many people just can't get over the fantastic difference in me and want to know how I have done it.
It is because Michael has such energy and enthusiasm and he encourages you to stop giving illness our energy and focus on steps towards feeling good about yourself. Latest studies show that our bodies have the remarkable ability to heal ourselves but only if we make changes to our lifestyle, diet and exercise and taking time to relax. When you begin to feel a bit better then you start to believe you can get better and it becomes self fulfilling. If this story can make one person want to take charge of their lives by what they eat and do, I will be delighted.
He has helped me change my life and you can change yours too. Just imagine a life without illness.
Just try something different, what have you got to lose.
Danny Deering
3rd July 2014

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.
Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

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