Just got blood test & bone density test results back!!

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Traveler
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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay,
I am truly shocked!!! I have been struggling with the knowledge from a bone scan done in 2005 that I had already started into osteoporosis at the ripe old age of 42. I have never found a calcium supplement that I could take that wouldn't cause major constipation issues for me & I have serious enough issues with Diverticulosis - so that's a place I couldn't go.

On the bone density test it said that I was back into normal ranges!!!! shocked WOW!! I didn't think it could be done without supplements!! Also Osteoporosis & bone loss runs in my mothers' side of the family - she has had to have both knees replaced & her mother had significant issues as well.

I am also now off of the statin I was taking for cholesterol!! Since mine was Lyme induced, I was not very hopeful that it would resolve before the tick-born infections were resolved.

There were a number of other improvements in my blood work as well, and the only thing I could find that was 'wrong' is that my liver is obviously under stress - because of the adrenal fatigue.

All of these things that have improved have only been addressed & seen improvement since my new treatment choice, as any Western Medicine docs that I have seen have always told me that nothing was bad enough to be treated. If that were the case, it's funny how with treatment, I feel better.

Anyway, for those of you who don't already have this site bookmarked, here is a good explanation of the result of different blood tests;
www.labtestsonline.org/

BTW, I'm not discounting the things that Western Medicine has done for me, it's only that I found that it was not an effective way for me to approach my healing from tick-born infections.
Even the mightiest oak tree was once a little nut who held it's ground!!!
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

Post Edited (Traveler) : 8/4/2010 3:29:15 PM (GMT-6)


Korissa
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   Posted 8/1/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
So happy for you that things have improved as reflected in your tests and how you feel!
 
I'm wondering if you had osteopenia or osteoporosis, or did you really mean osteoarthritis?
 
My bone scans have shown I have osteopenia and I've heard it's possible for that to reverse, but have been skeptical so glad to hear it's worked for you.
 
How do you account for the improvement in the bone scan without supplements?

LupnerRN
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   Posted 8/1/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on the good news Traveler!!!

Anything is possible with the human body. Maybe your body started to use minerals more effectively?

And it's really great to hear your off the statin... yeaaa

Thanks for the labtest website. I used that all the time when in nursing school, but forgot all about it.
11/07 symptoms start
7/4/08 IGenX LD positive,gluten sensitivity,low magn, low WBC's,+yeast/bacteria/tapeworm/roundworm, EBV,HHV,CMV,Parvo,

7/25/08 started on Biaxin

9/08 IGenX co-infections neg, but probable Bart, Bab, Erhl

11/08 Biaxin,Plaquenil,Cipro, Artemisinin,3 probiotics,Transfer Immune, Bcomplex,MultiVit,omega3,magnesium,

1/29/09 Added: Rifampin 600mg- Ehrl, Lomatium 15dropsBID-parvo, andrographis 15dropsBID (super yuck!)-LD, Alinia-cryptosporidium.
12/2009 stopped pharma abx. Using mostly Nutramedix herbs. Having Neurobiofeedback for chronic brain inflammation.

Traveler
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   Posted 8/1/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Oops!!! My boo-boo!! I should have said osteoporosis!! Thanks for correcting me Korrisa!!
As for the actual reversal of bone loss?? I haven't got a clue as to what I did right!!!! I mean I try to eat healthy, & I do love things like yogurt, cheese & other milk products, I prefer spinach over any lettuce, but I hadn't set out to correct the bone loss!
Thank you for your concern!!

LupnerRN-
Thank you for your congrats!!! You do have a point, as that would be something I wouldn't have really noticed. Makes me wonder though, why would my body suddenly start using the minerals better??? I sure haven't gotten any help from the medical community in correcting my issues with my gut!

But, no matter how it happened, I'm really excited about it!!!
Even the mightiest oak tree was once a little nut who held it's ground!!!
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

LupnerRN
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   Posted 8/1/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Find a good Naturalpath or nutritionalist or acupunturist !! If you have leaky gut, everything you're taking is being flushed down the drain....literally.

You should have a GI work up at least ever 6 months...for parasites, bacteria, etc. And did your ever have a stool gliadin test before? And a full round of food allergy testing.
11/07 symptoms start
7/4/08 IGenX LD positive,gluten sensitivity,low magn, low WBC's,+yeast/bacteria/tapeworm/roundworm, EBV,HHV,CMV,Parvo,

7/25/08 started on Biaxin

9/08 IGenX co-infections neg, but probable Bart, Bab, Erhl

11/08 Biaxin,Plaquenil,Cipro, Artemisinin,3 probiotics,Transfer Immune, Bcomplex,MultiVit,omega3,magnesium,

1/29/09 Added: Rifampin 600mg- Ehrl, Lomatium 15dropsBID-parvo, andrographis 15dropsBID (super yuck!)-LD, Alinia-cryptosporidium.
12/2009 stopped pharma abx. Using mostly Nutramedix herbs. Having Neurobiofeedback for chronic brain inflammation.

Dowa
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   Posted 8/1/2010 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Traveler: Can you explain more how adrenal fatigue can affect the liver? My bilirubin was elevated last lab work and did not know why. Thanks~ Good news on the improvement!

Willowrose
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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Traveler, that's great news! I also have an upcoming bone scan as a followup to one a few years ago that read borderline osteoporosis, and I'm very nervous. I wish you knew how things turned around for you. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Rose
I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.

Traveler
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   Posted 8/2/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Dowa said...
Traveler: Can you explain more how adrenal fatigue can affect the liver? My bilirubin was elevated last lab work and did not know why. Thanks~ Good news on the improvement!


I will need to go back & re-read some things to be sure I don't mis-quote any info, but I'll be happy to do so. Hubby & I had to go to the "big" city today (a 3 & 1/2 hr. drive each way) & am really wiped out tonight & tomorrow I go to my acu doc (only 1 & 1/2 hr drive each way), but I promise I will get that info posted!


Hi Willowrose!
about the only thing I did was to eat lots of dairy products - cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese & such - but I also really like spinach & will happily use fresh spinach instead of lettuce. Wish I could be of more help!!

I wish you the best of luck on your bone scan!!!
Even the mightiest oak tree was once a little nut who held it's ground!!!
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

Traveler
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   Posted 8/4/2010 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure how this happened already, but I'm already thinking clearly enough to explain why I said this. Also please note - I'm not infallible!!! smilewinkgrin

"There were a number of other improvements in my blood work as well, and the only thing I could find that was 'wrong' is that my liver is obviously under stress - because of the adrenal fatigue. "

Note; I added asterisks & arrows for emphasis.

On the CBCw/Auto Diff:

White Blood Cell Count (WBC) has been slowly declining over the last 7 months - from 6.7 to 3.3
"normal ranges for females" (I'll shorten that to NR) - 4.6 - 10.8

Quote from labtestsonline.org "An elevated number of white blood cells is called leukocytosis. This can result from bacterial infections, inflammation, leukemia, trauma, intense exercise, or stress.

A decreased WBC count is called leukopenia. It can result from many different situations, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or diseases of the immune system.

Counts that continue to rise or fall to abnormal levels indicate that the condition is getting worse. Counts that return to normal indicate improvement."

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Red Blood Cell Count (RBC) Has also been steadily falling over that same period of time - from 4.39 to 3.86
"N.R." 4.04 - 5.48
Quote from Labtestsonline.org "A decreased number of RBCs results from either acute or chronic blood loss. Acute blood loss is a rapid depletion of blood volume. Chronic blood loss stems from various conditions that often results in some form of an anemia. Chronic anemias are due to loss of small amounts of blood over a long period of time (bleeding), mechanical destruction of the RBCs, or some physiologic problem such as decreased RBC production. Increased number of RBCs can result from a number of conditions that include dehydration, congenital heart disease, pulmonary diseases, and situations involving tissue hypoxia.

The list below includes some of these conditions.

Decreased RBC
# Trauma
# Burns
# Pregnancy
# Hemolytic anemia
# Hemorrhagic infections
# Gastrointestinal (GI) or other vascular bleed
# Iron deficiency anemia
# Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency <-----***
# bone marrow damage
# Metabolic disorders <----***
# Chronic inflammation <----*** "
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Under Comprehensive Met. Panel:
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NA (sodium) - 7 months ago I was at 136 it has been rising slowly to 143 now.
"NR" 136 - 145
Quote from labtestsonline.org;
"A low level of blood sodium means you have hyponatremia, which is usually due to too much sodium loss, too much water intake or retention, or to fluid accumulation in the body (edema). If sodium falls quickly, you may feel weak and fatigued; in severe cases, you may experience confusion or even fall into a coma. When sodium falls slowly, however, there may be no symptoms. That is why sodium levels are often checked even if you don’t have any symptoms.

Hyponatremia is rarely due to decreased sodium intake (deficient dietary intake or deficient sodium in IV fluids). Most commonly, it is due to sodium loss (*****Addison's disease*****, diarrhea, excessive sweating, diuretic administration, or kidney disease). "

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I'm terribly sorry for the length of this post, but I was trying to walk through how I came to the conclusions I did.
Even the mightiest oak tree was once a little nut who held it's ground!!!
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

Traveler
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   Posted 8/8/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just doing some reading on a study of green tea. It stated that it will increase bone density & lower cholesterol. I don't drink the tea itself, as it upsets my tummy, so I just take the supplement.
In the study, "normal" amounts to drink are 2 cups or less a day. Taking in more than this may increase some undesirable affects, so please don't take more than the recommended amount!!!

Here's the link to the study, for those of you who would like to read it yourself;
www.jacn.org/cgi/content/full/25/2/79

You will need to scroll about 1/3rd of the way down the page to the part entitled "Green Tea and Human Health"
Even the mightiest oak tree was once a little nut who held it's ground!!!
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav

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   Posted 8/8/2010 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Traveler, it is such good news to see you on the upswing! Very encouraging! And a great job on YOUR part!
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Traveler
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   Posted 8/8/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Awwww, Heck, +Lyme!!! Thank you!!! :)
I am about as amazed as I can get with how well things are starting to function for me!! I really thought I was going to have to live with things the way they were & have been the last 5 years or so!!
I only wish I could better understand what things I did that helped, so that I could share them with everyone here!!
Even the mightiest oak tree was once a little nut who held it's ground!!!
May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP
Trav
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