Posted 1/17/2013 11:28 PM (GMT -7)
So about a year and a half ago I bought some weird mustard oil from an international shop that I wanted to try for my rice. Now I don't know if the oil is to blame or if it was the straw the broke the camels back, but it was the first memory of my first gut pain.
I'm a very healthy guy (well I was anyway). Bound to a desk for a living, I drank loads of coffee (and redbull). Man I love redbull and coffee. And tequila and cigarettes , tomato sauce and lemon juice ! I would pile Sriracha sauce on my stir fry and eat bags of "super flaming hot nuclear" doritos and sprite once a week. Those days are LONG OVER.
To say I brought this on myself is an understatement. In July I had to call in sick because of a sudden gut pain. I was hunched over most of the day groaning unaware of the road ahead. I went to the local health food store where I was recommended some BIO K and to drink apple cider vinegar. Like the fool I am, I would just throw careless amounts of the apple cider vinegar into water and drink it which probably didn't help.
So one night I was sitting on my bed pigging out on doritos and sprite and I started to feel very dizzy. I would wake up thinking "wait .... did I just lay down for a nap or did I faint ?". My body started shaking really bad. I ran out side on porch and start vomiting over the side. What was going on ? I was too embarrassed to call 9/11 but I eventually did. The ambulance drivers didn't really take me seriously but I got in anyway. My heart rate was at about 160. I live in Canada, and was in medicare card limbo (my card expired from the last province I lived in and I never renewed it) so I wasn't able to get full treatment (without paying). So instead of going to a real hospital I had to go to a 24/7 clinic. This was terrible and embarrassing. I saw the doctor, who really didn't take me seriously and told me it was an ulcer and I should take nexium. I handed him some money and left.
The next day was a nightmare. I had puked so much the night before, that I was dehydrated. This is something you do not want to mess with. It took me about 3 days to get back to normal (thanks to gastrolyte and sleep). For about another month or so I couldn't sleep. I would wake up in the middle of the night vomiting bile or gasping for breath from my new friend sleep apnea. I would just sit on the toilet for comfort while leaning over to puke in the sink. This was some rotten times. "Hey come out for a drink !" "Come over to my house for supper !" "Why are you acting so weird ?!" "What, you're still sick ??" It's just such a bummer knowing you are being a bummer. This had to stop, I didn't want to be one of those people who are their sickness. I had a life before this.
So I straightened up my situation with the health care people in my province, and got a new health card. I went to the emergency room the next day. 9 hours later I get an appointment to see the gastroenterologist. I show up to those appointments and the Doctor is a complete tool. I tell them I have a sharp pain in the lower left abdominal, and they want to check for a brain tumor and the stomach. Ok whatever, fine.
I get the MRI of my head done, and afterwards I get the most side splitting head ache. Weird. The Doctor doesn't find anything which is great. She schedules me to get an endoscope (camera down the throat). I spend the days leading up to the event scaring myself reading the reviews online. I didn't want to go under (the idea freaks me out). I went in for the endoscope (on like 2 hours of sleep). After that was done, I didn't hear from anyone. Like an idiot I waited for them to call, but I guess if they don't find anything they don't call. Since I went through the ER, there was no one following up on me, so I had to go in and make another appointment (next month). Then one day, sitting at work, I realized that I can't read out of my left eye anymore. WHAT-IN-THE-HECK.
So I go to the Optometrist, and like most of my experiences up till now I'm talked down too, am paranoid, and am evil for trying to diagnose myself using google. He does all the lenses switching stuff they do when you get glasses, kind of cocky about my story I filled him in on. The entire tone of the exam changes when he takes a look at my eye. He shines the light into my right eye for about 10 seconds, but then spends about 2 minutes on the left. "Umm ... uhh what exactly happened to you ?" "Whats wrong ?" "umm ... there is weird growth NO NEED TO PANIC THOUGH ... Umm I'm going to write you a reference to get checked out by the Ophthalmologist ... you should get it check right away" Grreeeaaaat.
So as of now, no one really knows whats going on, we will wait and see what the doctors say. But in all honesty the best advice and tips I've been getting is from communities like this. I've turned my diet around, I've learned tricks like raising the bed to keep acid from going up into my throat, and maybe the most important DONT EAT BEFORE SLEEP (my cut off time is 8pm, but I try to eat before that). I still can't find anything on why the left side of my body goes numb but hopefully someone here might have a clue. I tried TUMS but I think I over did it (I was eating them like candy for a while). My new Flare up killer is ALMOND MILK. I've been drinking this like crazy. Also monitoring my ph balance (for a while I was around 5-6). I'm now drinking GREEN MAGMA to help me with my ph levels (it's not as tasty as redbull but it's good for me). And also MISO and UDON (precooked/soft). I've been eating miso&udon everyday for the last 2 weeks and it drastically has changed my condition. I feel more normal lately (except I binged hard today with a chocolate bar, peanut butter toast, and a banana). Also, I bought an endoscope of ebay for $15 lol, yeah I'd leave all that stuff to the doctors :P
So that's it that's my story. In conclusions,
-I dont drink anymore, and after going to a few bars and being completely sober, it's an eye opener. It's like taking the red pill in the matrix. Bars are really stupid if you aren't drunk. And drunk people are goofs. I don't want to be that anymore.
-Nutrition 101. How does society eat so much bad food and get away with it ? I can't believe this didn't happen sooner after looking back at the food I ate.
-Stress is not worth it. Any stress is immediately ignored. The priority is my stomach. I don't care if my ex told my worst enemy my worst secret while kicking my puppy. ITS NOT IMPORTANT. If I start going down that road of getting myself stressed out I just stop. "STOP. STOP BEING STRESSED."
-SLEEP. I've been getting 8-10 hours of sleep the last couple of weeks. A miracle. I used to stay up until 3am-5am !
-MORTALITY. I won't be on this earth forever, and what I'm going through is small time compared to some other people. I gotta make the most of what I got and live everyday like it's my last. No one is going to take care of me but myself and I gotta remember that. Be self reliant and work hard to make your life better.
I miss real food
I miss not having to explain my condition to people all the time
I miss sleeping on my stomach
Pain, vomiting, insomnia
Grumpy some days
scary visits to hospitals