Want to introduce myself, Joy here. Found out a bit ago the reason for most of my health problems...
When I was pre-schooler, around the late '50s early 60s, I got sick. Mom took me to the the doctor and while there, a weird rash broke out. The doctor got excited and told Mom that the way the bullseye rash was manifesting I did not have Rocky Mountain Tick Fever but Colorado Spotted Tick Fever. Don't know if thats BS or not, just relaying what Mom told me. Long story short, had a fever high and long enough to deform the enamel on my adult teeth that were developing. Got over it and life was good.
Had Baby Son in 1983 and fatigue and muscle aches came and went. In the late '80s was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. In the early '90s the pain got so bad I went to a psychiatrist. Lucky for me he was into pain control through self hypnosis. It still works to this day.
In '04 we went camping and got chiggers. Hubby got over them in a couple weeks, I was sick for two months. A very miserable critter to take up residence on you. Went downhill from there. Couple years later after seeing many doctors, I found out I have Hashimoto's. Had a TPO over a thousand! Won't describe all the symptoms, but had a whispery, gravely voice and felt like I was being choked.
No happily ever after with a new pill for me! Life is never that easy. LOL For some reason, whatever thyroid pill I took, it just made me feel worse. That's when I hit the 'puter for research and found the best place for reliable info was on forums with people who have been there and lived through it.
Did some saliva tests via a computer website and found out my Adrenals were toast. The Endo de jour did a ACTH stim and pronounced my adrenals were working awesome! Even I knew something was amiss... The stim is done early in the morning when your cortisol is highest, should be around 24 - 27. Mine was the lowest number on the scale. Therein lies the quandry... it was pituitary, not antibody...
To make a really long story short, it took me five years of doing the medical merry-go-round to find someone who believed me. Have to fly up once a year to see my D.O., but he's so worth the money to have my life back again.
Oh no! It doesn't end there. Life is never that easy. In March of '14 we were on a motorcycle road trip and in a small town I got a ruptured appendix. Got some new scars and settled in at the hospital. Turns out the medicine doc gave me too much antibiotic and I got C-diff. A three day stay turned into a week because we were seven hours from home and they wanted to make sure I could get home without an 'incident.' Being in quarantine at a hospital is not fun!
The C-diff turned into S.I.B.O., DO helped with some meds and I started on a diabetic friendly (yup, diabetic type 2 here) food regime to help my gut heal. After two years I saw the light at the end of the tunnel! Gut was starting to do it's normal thing, when I ate something bad. Death knell...
Health started going downhill fast. Flew up to see my DO and he started peppering me with questions. Most I said no to, some I said yes. Then he asked me if I'd been bitten by a tick. I was floored and told him what my Mom told me about
the tick bite.
I'm almost over with doses of Neomycin and Nystatin, both 500 mg three times daily. Also on S. Boulardii and Tumeric once a day. Madre Nature Cats Claw is 500 mg three pills twice a day. Gut is getting better, but found out gluten is still off the menu. Something about
leaky gut way before C-diff, no eggs for me either!
Still have a long way to go on the Valtrex. Four days on, three days off. Kicks my butt! DO wants my gut healthy and the Epstein Barr virus in the rear view mirror before moving forward.
I understand about
detoxing, but it has always been hard for me. Have been taking Milk Thistle for years, may up the dose. Starting to take hotter showers which give me nausea. Is this a good thing, or bad?
Sorry for the long post...
I want to thank all the people on this board for all the good you do in the world!