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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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CANADA-DISCO19 5/21/2014 1:38PM

    Hey! Thanks for the message, sorry it took me so long to see it, I just logged on!!
It's very interesting what your wife is going through, and I'm sure very frustrating as well. Celiac and cysts were all ruled out for me, and my doctor told me to experiment with my diet and see if I could figure something out, if not, then the next step would be invasive camera tests. I've found that I feel better when I don't eat a lot of gluten. I can eat a slice of bread or a couple crackers here and there, but that's about it. Gluten-free definitely keeps down the bad bloating for me, but I still experience cramps, pains, and other symptoms. Fatigue is better since school is out and I can sleep more. I would say that overall my digestion issues are worsening, and I've had a hard time pinpointing anything other than gluten. An elimination diet would certainly be worth a try this summer. Interestingly, I went on a 7-day juice fast recently and all my digestive symptoms went away, I felt great! So, definitely something is irritating my system. Hopefully we can both get to the bottom of everything!!

I definitely feel for your son and I do hope that he is able to find treatment!

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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.


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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