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Another Doctor, More Tests

Saturday, December 21, 2013

So, I saw an internist today. He was a very nice doctor. He thinks that nothing serious is wrong with me, and that I have a simple case of IBS. However, he is sending me for a blood test to look for celiac or inflammation, as well as an occult blood test (blood in the stool that can't be seen to the naked eye). He said that if the tests come back clear, then I should experiment with my diet to see if any particular foods are bothering me. If my symptoms get worse, then I should come back to see him in 3 months. So, we'll see. I'm glad that he is sending me for the tests. If occult blood, ovarian cysts/cancer, and celiac are ruled out, then I feel safe to spend months playing with my diet.

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DOUGLYE 3/25/2014 12:47AM

    I searched 'Gluten' and came across your discussion. I was curious to see how your tests went. My wife wasn't tested for celiac, but through an elimination diet we have confirmed a gluten intolerance and a milk sensitivity (not lactose). It is also interesting that she has hypothyroidism, constant unexplained low-iron, blood in her stool, fatigue, brain-fog . . . well . . . a lot of the stuff you mentioned.
The more we try to educate ourselves on these things, the more we see a connection with all of these things being an auto-immune disorder.

We went on an elimination diet. We found the diet was a little bit subjective, but the diet combined with additional 'diet tests' confirmed a sensitivity (not celiac and not allergy) to gluten and milk. After being gluten free for a couple of months, if my wife eats gluten now, she gets bloated half an hour after eating and extreme fatigue the 2nd through 4th day. Dairy (ice cream, cup of milk or something similar) produces cramp like pain with bloating almost right away.

You seem to have a great attitude about your tumour. My son had a benign tumour removed from his right motor cortex. It was emergency surgery (the day after they discovered it) and it has left him with severe neuropathic pain on his left side with muscular weakness. His recovery prospects look dim as he still suffers from pain 5 years after surgery and he is unable to work.

I see you haven't been on Sparks for a few months. I hope you still get this letter.

God bless you as you continue in your work and identifying the cause of your symptoms.


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Running :D

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

So, I've stopped running for a few months because of my knee issues; but I've literally been CRAVING a run. So I ran a slow mile on the treadmill yesterday. It was AMAZING! And no knee pain!!! :D However, the inner hip pain I've been having that I've been having seemingly in connection to my pelvic/ovary pain got REALLY bad, and my leg above my knee was achy, and the hip pain lasted all day, in addition to the onset of the worst pelvic pain yet. So, I'm kind of scared to run again. The pelvic pain is back to "normal", and the hip pain is greatly diminished, so that's good. But I'm just going to be careful until I go to the doc tomorrow and find out what's going on. I've read that strenuous exercise can possible burst an ovarian cyst, which is quite painful. So if I do indeed have a cyst I want to avoid that. I have a bad headache today and I think I'm PMSing so, I'm going to take a break from exercising. I did Jillian Michaels on Saturday and Sunday and ran yesterday, so that\s a good thing! My eating yesterday was also MUCH better than it's been for a long time.


(More) Health Problems...*TMI warning*

Friday, December 13, 2013

So, as I may have mentioned in a previous post, I've been feeling pretty crappy lately. I've been very tired, needing 10-11 hours of sleep a night to feel rested. My headaches are slightly worse than they were this past summer. I'm bloated pretty much all the time, especially after eating. I look 5 months pregnant the majority of the time; this is difficult for me because even at 200 pounds, my stomach has always been relatively small and flat. I've been having "almost" diarrhea every day, along with urgency to go, and cramps when I do. I've had a general crampy feeling in my abdomen that feel a lot like period cramps for about three weeks straight now. I also have a sharper, more localized aching, crampy pain on my left side that radiated to my hip and back at time. I also have a super random issue of my big toes being numb, and SUPER, painful sensitivity to cold in my hands, feet, face, and ears. On top of all this, my eating and exercising have slipped, which is probably making my symptoms somewhat worse.

SO, I finally went to the doctor about all of this, after doing a lot of internet research. My theory is that I either have ovarian cysts, or a digestion issue, such as celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Or possibly a combination of both. It's possible that I have a UTI, but I don't have a fever, or a lot of the other symptoms, just the pain. I've been eating more gluten purposely lately, so that I'm ready if the doc wants to do a celiac test; and I do feel worse, but who knows whether gluten is really the cause.

Anyway, the doc, who I like a lot, sent me for a whole bunch of blood tests. He also sent me for a urine sample, which the lab forgot to do :( And, finally he sent me for a pelvic ultrasound. I was really nervous about the ultrasound because it's both transabdominal and transvaginal, which didn't sound very fun at all lol In all honesty it wasn't that bad, although the transvaginal part was somewhat painful. I booked an appoint for this coming week to go see my doctor and get the results of all the tests. So, I have to wait and see what happens. I hate the waiting part. I know I have some sort of issue, but it could be something VERY benign, like IBS; or it could be something super serious like ovarian cancer. I just need to focus on God, and live one day at a time. He holds my future, and He knows the test results.

SIDE NOTE: I used to be super uptight about doctors looking "down there", maybe due to a bad experience I had when I was young. When I was in the hospital for my brain surgery, I had a catheter, and I also got my period the day after surgery (!!!!!!), and couldn't do anything for myself at that point, so I had to let go of my modesty then; I chalked it up to being high on painkillers; But the ultrasound yesterday made me realize I've gotten over that for the most part. So, I'm also going to book a PAP test now, which I know I need and have been putting off.

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RENLLY 12/13/2013 3:59PM

    I hope you get the test results soon and that it is nothing too serious. To me it sounds like IBS or Hypothyroidism - but I am not a doctor (just the daughter of one).

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JB5MOM 12/13/2013 1:09PM

    Good Luck, hopefully it is nothing serious...

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A New Week and Soy Eggnog

Monday, December 02, 2013

So, soy eggnog is basically the best thing ever made. I've been able to find Silk Noel Nog at one grocery store, and it's amazingggggg! I don't understand why it only come in 1 L bottles LOL It's also waaaaay lower in fat and calories than traditional eggnog. Not as rich and creamy, of course, but still with the same delicious flavor. NOMMMMM!

I weighed today and am still the same weight as last week (maybe something to do with soy eggnog? lol). Frustrating, but better than going up. I didn't exercise at all this week. I want to exercise more regularly. It's such a mental battle to actually do it, but once I'm doing it, it's not a big deal. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical today.

I made vegan lasagna yesterday, and it's super good! :D I used brown rice noodles, vegan ground round, Daiya cheese, and a homemade cashew ricotta spread. It's not the most healthy of dishes but certainly a lot better to bring that to work rather than eating a sandwich from work, or vietnamese food from the restaurant across the street. I'll probably bring some steamed greens or broccoli, fruit, and flax crackers along with it.

I'm starting university in just over a month, and I'm getting really excited! I know it's going to be stressful and hard, but it's going to be good. It will be a new chapter in my life. I'm definitely ready to move on from the one I'm in now LOL.

I've applied to go to Haiti again in 2014, hopefully in June. I'm just waiting to hear back on the status of my application. I'm praying that it works out and I'll be able to go.


Drink Calories O.O

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So, over the past couple months at Starbucks, I've gotten into the habit of drinking a lot of sugary drinks, as well as the leftovers of frappuccinos. I wasn't tracking the calories, but I'm sure it was a lot. Today, I drank what I felt like was a lot less than I have been. I added up all the calories. While the numbers on my tracker were OK, my calories just from drinks were over 700!! Whaaaaaat?! Time to chill out on the drinks lol. My calorie total today is still going to be around 1900 or 2000, which is fine and I don't feel hungry or deprived, but if I hadn't drank all those calories, I'd be able to EAT 700 more. Or just eat 200 more, save the 500, and be on my way to losing a pound this week. Or be able to eat 1 1/2 nanaimo bars lol. Oh well, live and learn. IT was definitely a good reminder.

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IMREITE 11/29/2013 12:50AM

    i don't like coffee, but it is amazing how many drinks out there are loaded with sugar or chemicals that inhibit weight loss. i have noticees that days i dont fring soda i tend to be under my calorie totals.

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TLB1630 11/27/2013 6:40PM

    Yep you got to watch those gulps...or BLT's too (Bites, Licks & Tastes). Those little emoticon can add up to a grand sum. Then we wonder why the scale either doesn't move or slowly goes up... This is how the emoticon plays with us!

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