Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 7/19/2008 2:11:08 AM (GMT-6)
You are definitely not losing your mind, and I can appreciate your moments of insanity. I am sorry you are feeling so miserable. As I was reading your story, I was trying to see a pattern with your manifestation of symptoms. It appears you had a relapse after your bladder infection diagnosis. I'm assuming you were on antibiotics then? You indicate your condition got worse after that. I'm thinking you may have a yeast/fungal problem that may be contributing to your symptoms. Antibiotics will destroy the good bacteria in your body (gut) which allows yeast to proliferate, if left unchecked. Fungus can certainly be a cause of gut problems, among other health issues. I'm not talking about a typical yeast infection here. My suggestion, (and I'm not a doctor!) is to try an antifungal diet approach/experiment to see if you get relief. You should know within a short while if you are onto something. Incidentally for me, I get belly problems if I eat any foods with yeast (there are many!), or eat foods with sugar listed as the first 2-3 ingredients on the label.
If you have taken antibiotics in the past (even as a child), and not any probiotics to replace the good bacteria, I'm thinking fungus could be one of your problems. Maybe try taking some natural antifungals like caprylic acid, olive leaf extract or apple cider vinegar, as well as getting on some good probiotics. You would have to go on a specific lo-carb diet to begin, as well, to starve the fungus. I'm not saying at all that this will cure you, but I'm thinking you would see some improvement within a few weeks, "IF" you have a fungal condition. I guess you have to decide if it is worth a try. Good luck!
Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 8/30/2008 11:48:23 AM (GMT-6)
I second the anti-fungal diet – I had colitis and went on a major anti-fungal, food sensitivity diet and basically cured myself of colitis. I’m still dealing with some side-effects of that whole long ordeal, and have to watch how I handle my stress, but mostly feel pretty good, as far as gut pain goes. Get a good anti-fungal, teeter totter that with a good probiotic (doesn’t take at the same time), and I suspect you’ll see some good results.
Basics: no white flour, no white sugar (or any sugar for a while), no pop, no artificial sweeteners either, no potatoes for a while, no dairy – there’s a long list – I suspect the links given above will discuss it at length, if not, let me know – I got loads of them.
If I had a sweet attack – I ate a sweet potato. Beans (pinto, kidney, etc) are your friend! I seriously ate navy or pinto beans with some onion/garlic/carrot and broth 5 times a day for a while. The soluble fiber helps extract the bile from our system that gets recycled (but shouldn’t) through our system. I know of a book if you want to read it, email me and I’ll tell you about this practitioner here. I used to have a lower right pain almost constant, upper right pain intermittent, and a bad lower left in bad painful blows. Beans have helped. You don’t get the proverbial gas from the beans once you clean yourself out. If you have gas, its most likely fungal (yeast), if yeast is your issue.
My advice is to find a good homeopath practitioner who can deal with diet. Someone who can set it up for you personally.