LAKE PLACID — In 2000, the previously energetic Dr. Karen Kan became unexpectedly riddled with pain and chronically fatigued.
“I couldn’t even lift my arms to fold the laundry without bursting into tears,” the Lake Placid resident said.
Kan, who at the time was practicing family medicine in Willsboro, would grin and bear her discomfort each day at work before returning home and collapsing from exhaustion.
She would sleep for 14 hours straight and wake up feeling unrested.
“My husband had to do everything,” Kan said.
When finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome, she was not pleased.
Fibromyalgia, Kan noted, can cause people to feel like they have a constant flu and often leads to depression.
Though symptoms can be treated with medications, fibromyalgia is considered incurable.
Realizing that conventional drugs were not going to heal her, the doctor began exploring alternative treatments.
With the help of things like energy healing and nutritional therapy, Kan not only rid herself of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, but has actually gone on to compete in adult figure skating.
Since her diagnosis, Kan has won several gold medals in the sport on both the national and international levels.
“I do have some pain issues that flare from time to time, but I use my tools to deepen my healing,” she said.
The doctor now offers holistic medicine and acupuncture at her Lake Placid practice, Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture, P.C., where she mainly sees patients suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and fatigue, hormonal imbalances, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression and sleep imbalances.
Many of her clients either wish not to use conventional medications or have found them unsuccessful.
“I use holistic methods to help encourage their bodies to heal,” Kan said.