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A sought medical advice from over 40 health professionals over her symptoms of insomnia, vertigo, panic attacks, hearing loss, mental vagueness and digestive problems. Many told her it was psychological problem. A dermatologist finally told her to see an ear-nose-throat specialist who was able to diagnose a brain tumor from an MRI. The ensuing surgery to remove the tumor carried a high risk of stroke, speech loss and requirement for a permanent gastrointestinal tube. The surgery left her paralysis to half of her face, throat and digestive tract. She was unable to speak or eat. She found that Transcendental Meditation combined with rehabilitation showed great benefits. After several years she tried yoga and found the benefits extraordinary. Other forms of exercise in fairly high doses tended to strain her immune system and she would become sick whereas yoga was gentle enough to be sustainable. She believes that yoga and meditation were crucial to her recovery.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Joga Journal
About: 40 health professionals fail to diagnose brain tumor
Date: 6 January 2005
Source: Joga Journal
Author: Susan Cohen
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