«We would like to thank all of our patients for their positive feedback»
Goethe already provided the answer to the well-known problem of why it is so hard for new things to break through: «The sciences regard that as knowledge which has been passed on and learned at the academies. If someone now comes and brings something new which contradicts our credo that we have imitated for years and taught to others and threatens to topple it, one raises every passion against him and attempts to suppress him in every way. One fights it in any way possible: One behaves as though one did not hear; one speaks of it with disdain as though it were not worth looking at and examining, and therefore a new truth can wait a long time before breaking its ground.» (Goethe, Gespräche mit Ackermann [Conversations with Ackermann])read more
We have received numerous letters of thanks and positive feedback over the past 20 years. We are allowed to publish some of them here as well – people who talk openly about their illness, their suffering and finally, about the cure with the method of Dr. Bauer. Thank you for this – we hope that it will help other patients to decide to have a consultation with us. Here, you can also find links to worldwide self help organisations for fibromyalgia who will gladly put you in touch with our patients.
Brigitte Grooten tells a story which is familiar to many fibro patients: The pain started when she was only 14 years of age. This was followed by decades of wrong diagnoses, useless medications and the suspicion that she was fabricating it all. Until Brigitte Grooten finally obtained the correct diagnosis and found Dr. Bauer, who was able to help her with his innovative surgical method. She likes to talk about this.
Alexander Wixinger Höllwarth speaks openly about it: After 13 years of pain and subsequent depression, he tried to end his life. And he suffered from all possible consequences, drank alcohol excessively, became addicted to tablets, opiate dependent, and, and and… Then he found Dr. Bauer and finally obtained the correct diagnosis of fibromyalgia. And with the surgeries, he became free of pain.
What is special about the story of Angela Escribano Perez’s illness is that she showed its entire progression in sketches.
For Brigitte Grooten (51) of Bilshausen (Lower Saxony), any everyday situation is torture. «Sometimes I cannot even butter my bread or hold my cup of coffee», she says. «It started when I began my apprenticeship as a retail saleswoman», Brigitte Grooten tells. Balance disorders, feelings of dizziness, pain in her back and problems with sleeping. An odyssey of physicians and examinations began. This led to unsuccessful medicamentous treatments, injections and many useless surgeries. «But the pain remained and continuously worsened over the years», says Brigitte Grooten.
Physicians often accused her of fabricating the pain because they were simply unable to find its cause. Brigitte Grooten lastly had to stop working as well. As an early pensioner, she is more and more isolated. Friends and relatives also gradually withdraw. «Who wants to deal with someone that is chronically ill? There was pain nearly every day.» Only her own family sticks with her, looks after the household and takes her to her numerous physician’s appointments. «I was so desperate that I sometimes wished I were dead», states Brigitte Grooten.
«You have fibromyalgia» – a physician finally made the correct diagnosis. Brigitte Grooten initially had little idea of what this meant. «Fibromyalgia is a disorder which was first diagnosed in the early 90s and is still nearly unresearched», her family physician, Dr. Matthias Diedrich, told her. He prescribed plant based supplementary injections to Brigitte Grooten for her mental status and gave her analgesics, but also took the time for long conversations. However, the pain not only remained, but worsened. «At least I finally knew now what I had and also realised that I was not the only one suffering from this illness», Brigitte Grooten says.
«Other affected persons told me about a new surgical method for fibromyalgia in Munich.» In his surgical practice of many years, Prof. Dr. Johann Bauer (56) has developed a certain diagnosis and a surgical method with which he frees fibromyalgia patients of their pain. It is based on knowledge from Chinese acupuncture medicine. The body is criss-crossed by energy tracts – the meridians – on which acupuncture points are located. «These points are simply small holes from which vascular and nerve bundles exit to supply the skin and subdermis», states Prof. Bauer. «If these holes are adhered, they cause the pain in fibromyalgia patients.»
«Prof. Bauer first had a long conversation with me», says Ms. Grooten. «Most patients have suffered for more or less long periods», states Prof. Bauer. And also: «They often toss around medical terms which they often don’t understand themselves.» «It is from this», says Prof. Bauer, «that I find out the stories of the lives and suffering of my patients. In these conversations it is important to get to know the medical history, which already started with fibromyalgia symptoms sometimes even in childhood or early adolescence», the professor states.
The stories of suffering are usually the same as in the case of Brigitte Grooten. These people have suffered for decades, were seen by dozens of physicians, know every analgesic no matter how strong it is, have often had useless surgeries, and are desperate because nothing helps them.
After the conversation, Brigitte Grooten is examined. In the process Dr. Bauer divides the body into two upper and two lower parts, so called quadrants, using imaginary lines. Dr. Bauer searches along the meridians for pain points by applying gentle pressure. The pain points are precisely noted. After obtaining the pain pattern in this way, Prof. Bauer can see which quadrant is affected.
«All four were affected in me», says Brigitte Grooten. She had surgery on the first upper quadrant in the spring. The (outpatient) surgery takes about 90 minutes. Through a small skin incision on the elbow, the adhered acupuncture holes are located, cleaned, and – if necessary – enlarged. «I already felt relief after the first surgery», states Ms. Grooten. «My back pain is gone. I no longer need the support corset which I had to wear for years», she says happily. The second surgery in the fall was also successful: «I’d had painful, stiff legs whenever I had sat or lain down for longer periods.» That was gone now. Finally, she was able to sleep through the night again and walk better. «In the next year, I will have surgery on the lower two quadrants as well», Brigitte Grooten says, even though she has to pay the costs (2000 Euro per surgery) herself. Unfortunately the health insurance fund does not recognise this treatment method yet.
«But it’s worth it to me», Brigitte Grooten says. «Finally, I have less pain, and I’m being helped. My family physician Dr. Diedrich is also satisfied with the results so far. Of course the pain is not entirely gone yet, but I’m feeling better. I believe: Those who cure are right, and that is the case with me.»
From: Alexander Wixinger Höllwarth
Sent: Friday, December 06, 2013 6:21 PM
Subject: Herzlichen Dank.
Dear Professor Bauer, Dear Team.
I cannot believe it, but it is the truth. I had pain and very severe depression for 13 years. It was so bad that I’ve even attempted to commit suicide. Yes. I jumped 17 m onto asphalt from a bridge. I was no longer able to bear this pain. Austrian physicians gave up on me. Here in Austria, they say that therapy options are exhausted.
My list of diagnoses is endlessly long: They tried to explain it like this:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Generalised fear disorder
Somatoform pain disorder
Analgesic dependency (opiates)
Then, after 14 years, the diagnosis after Professor Bauer’s examination: Fibromyalgia. Yes, the dependencies were all true. I would call it a self-healing attempt. Now, one year after the third surgery, I have joy in life again, the will to live and nearly no pain. I have a good grip on my depressions. And left all addictions behind. No alcohol, no opiate or other analgesics, no psychopharmaceuticals, no more benzodiazepines.
After the third surgery, I went into rehab, and am clean and dry again.
Thank you very much, Professor!
Tell me how I can help you and the many people who still suffer from fibromyalgia. I would like to support you in the fight against this illness.
Alexander Wixinger Höllwarth
Angela Escribano Perez had a serious automobile accident 20 years ago. What is special about the story of Angela Escribano Perez’s illness is that she showed its entire progression in sketches. The sketches precisely reflect the quadrants which are also treated in the method of Dr. Bauer. At the first examination, the patient brought three sheets, each with three sketches. The disease started in the upper right quadrant. However she complained of pain in the lower right quadrant. Accordingly, the tender points in the lower right quadrant were most painful on pressure. Treatment generally starts on the quadrant which first became diseased. Due to the pain patterns, this standard procedure was modified in this case. In November 2010, the quadrant which caused most pain before the surgery was then operated according to the method of Dr. Bauer. As the very careful and honest documentation of the progression clearly shows, it is important not to stop after the first surgery when the pain recurs. The progression which Angela Escribano Perez had described logically indicated that the second operation had to be performed on the upper right quadrant. The patient tolerated the second surgery in May 2011 well. She continued to document the healing process in images as precisely as before. It remains to be seen whether she will need all 4 quadrant surgeries.