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Final countdown in 5....

Friday, May 16, 2014

The final countdown!
I am so excited to be finished with school so I can focus on me!

My goals for the summer:

loose 50 pnds

start a gluten free diet

omit splenda from my life

walk at least 3 miles a day by August!

I will be searching for info on Gluten fee lifestyle... I will post more soon! :)

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GEORGE815 5/16/2014 4:56PM

    Sounds like a plan!

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Foot diagnosis

Monday, April 21, 2014

Well my diagnosis is both good and not so much. I was very nervous as it has been a painful couple of weeks. I do currently have gout in both feet as well as damage to the plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon on both feet. My feet are not aligning correctly when I walk and it is placing undo stress on these tendons. I also have bone spurs that the dr does not seemed to concerned about at this time.

He basically says the difficulties that I am having are tied to the tummy troubles i have been experiencing the last 3 years. Until i can get the IBS and Gastroparisis under control..I will continue to have foot pain. He recommends that I do non weight bearing exercise (aka stationary bike) which is the one form of exercise I despise.

I was very saddened that he recommends that I do not continue with my walks. I love the walking despite the pain! I am still trying to absorb all of this junk my body is battling and how i am going to manage. I have a few weeks of school left and then I will have 3 months to figure something out.

I did Google these topics and did not find too much to support the specialist claims. I do know however the chiropractor said the same thing. I guess at this point i need to listen to my body and move forward.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 5/8/2014 10:29AM

    OUCH!! You must be very uncomfortable.
What about doing chair exercises? They may help without using your feet but you will use your legs. It may be something to consider.


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SUSANBEAMON 4/22/2014 1:10AM

  if you don't want to give up on walking completely, try water walking. the water helps support your body while making the walking a little harder.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/21/2014 9:39PM


I think about the only thing I can say is exactly what you've already figured out . . . listen to your body!

So sorry!

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Went in for foot pain... dr report :(... seriously I have what!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men.

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Most of the time, having too much uric acid isn't harmful. Many people with high levels in their blood never get gout. But when uric acid levels in your blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system – which protects your health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks your joints. The abnormal immune response causes inflammation that can damage joints and organs, such as the heart. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is the key to preventing joint destruction and organ damage.

A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a "spur," but a bone spur is just extra bone. It’s usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or nerves in the body. Common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet.

Extra protein is often released from the site of inflammation these proteins can be readily detected in the bloodstream and are therefore referred to as inflammatory markers. Perhaps the most commonly used marker of inflammation is C-reactive protein (CRP).

High white blood cell count is an increase in disease-fighting cells (leukocytes) circulating in your blood. High white blood cell count is also called leukocytosis.

Depressing report.... more to follow!

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SUGARSMOM2 4/8/2014 5:49PM

  doctor told me last year that i have gout also . pain is unbelievable . have it in more spots then toe . Ankle's and fingers back

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1CRAZYDOG 4/8/2014 3:50PM

    So, if I'm reading this right you have:

gouty arthritis
bone spur
CRP + (which I can understand with the above processes)
leukocytosis (which I can also understand with the above processes)

emoticon I am so sorry this is happening! About all I can offer is a (((HUG))) and to let you know I have a listening ear and supportive shoulder. **SIGH**

Being a nurse, I know when I was diagnosed w/type 2 diabetes I just freaked out initially. Then I did the "snap out of it already!" self-slap and did my research to learn how to heal my body. That's how I handled it and got things under control (BTW, also have osteoarthritis, Hashimoto's). So, I can understand your feeling overwhelmed, very understandable!

I will also say it is easier to be the practitioner than the patient!!! We know what we'd say to a patient, but Lord love a duck, it's hard to say it to ourselves!

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Black mold and gastroparisis

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


1. The first time (in 1999) I saw gastroparesis in a mold patient I was surprised. This condition of delayed emptying of the stomach basically occurs in older diabetics with a history of poor control of their metabolic abnormalities. To find this problem in any non-diabetics was bizarre. But finding one made me look for another. After finding another ten the question came, “How many others have I missed?”

My initial finding is what we call an N=1 study. No more than an anecdote, it is something interesting but who knows what significance the finding might bring. If other docs around the country were collaborating to collect and share data, maybe my N=1 gastroparesis finding wouldn’t be unusual at all. If so, let’s write a paper, right?

Actually, that ideal collaboration is starting to show benefits. Docs who take the time (and they aren’t paid to do so) to collect and collate data are making a difference in mold illness.

Back then there was no group of people linked by published peer reviewed data and there was no So I just kept recording the “oddities” I was seeing against the time in the future that those observations would reach statistical significance. Now in 2012 that I have a data base on gastroparesis showing that about 10% of non-diabetic mold patients suffer from this condition, compared to less than 0.1% of non-moldy, non-diabetics, I can ask are there others for whom this diagnosis is missed?

I suspect a lot of people are walking around with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome because of their bloating, abdominal pain and feeling of fullness. Maybe they are taking reflux meds and not doing well because the problem is not gastric acid related but instead caused by the stomach being a big, floppy bag that doesn’t contract very well.

Maybe the problem is bile acid reflux instead, another incredibly common problem in my patients. I won’t be discussing this problem today so much as to say it is real, easily fixed and almost universally misdiagnosed

Well friends we recently discovered black mold in our bathroom. In researching I have found lot of correlation in gastroparisis and black mold along with all my other symptoms (and husbands). So alas...we are working on removing this problem!

Off and on here due to illness and spring break! More info to come!

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PATSYB7 4/1/2014 9:18PM

    I went on a mold hunt after reading your blog--we have black mold, too! Ahhh! Thanks for sharing the info.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/1/2014 3:27PM

    You are an awesome detective! It really is all about looking @ the circumstances, not just the symptoms . . . . correlating them.

Wising you good luck with the mold removal. **SIGH** Such a big job!

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gastroparisis recipes

Friday, March 21, 2014

Above is a link to some awesome recipes for gastroparisis. I have really found pintrest to be an awesome tool in all areas of my life! If you have not had a chance to browse the site I would recommend it! Although you might find yourself immersed. lol

I have been browsing for new food ideas that will calm my tummy troubles. The tummy attacks have returned as well as the nausea and overall tiredness. I am looking forward to Spring break as I am hoping to get out and walk.

I hope this blog helps someone.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/21/2014 8:05PM

    Oh my! I hope this is the answer for you. HUGS

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