- May 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm #103971
NoGelatoForMeMemberTopics: 1Replies: 0
Hello all. I’m new here and was hoping for a little guidance. I’m 28 year old female with a long history of health problems. I was diagnosed with anaemia at 11 and autoimmune thyroiditis at 16. For the past twelve years I’ve suffered terrible muscle tension in my head, neck and shoulders – I was diagnosed with a bulging disc in my neck (C7) at 19. Also, chronic fatigue.
On top of all that, I suffer from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
As for dietary problems, I suffer from allergies/intolerances – wheat, gluten and dairy, among fruits and some veg – that have worsened over the years. I also can’t eat sugary foods as it exacerbates my arrhythmia and triggers yeast infections. I’m very thin, I struggle to put on weight. I’m 4’11 and currently weigh 82lbs. A couple of years ago a scan showed I have Osteopenia, and an accompanying blood test showed Vitamin D deficiency.
Last year I saw a nutritionist who arranged a blood panel for me. The results were not good; I’m malnourished due to malabsorption and the restricted nature of my diet. She told me I have leaky gut. I have been addressing this for the past year, but only in the last couple of months have I suspected candida overgrowth, due to an aggressive and recurrent bout of yeast infections. Horrible! I have cut out the only non-candida diet foods I was eating (carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes) and have been slowly introducing things to re-balance my gut – celery juice, chicken broth. Three weeks in and I’m suffering something awful!!
I’ve been exhausted, brain fogged, irritable and anxious. Worst of all, in the last couple of days my muscle stiffness has become unbearable. The band of muscle around my head is constantly tight and my medication is having little effect.
What I don’t understand is, I am tackling the problem slowly as suggested. I take supplements – magnesium, vitamin C and selenium; I should be taking vitamin D and E also but am intolerant to the coatings. I drink about two litres of water a day. Aside from exercise (which I am too tired and in too much discomfort to do), I am doing everything I can to avoid die off symptoms. I don’t think the increased tension is a reaction to the new foods as it’s not my “usual” allergic reaction, which is coughing, hives and sinus congestion.
I feel worse on this diet than off of it. I was wondering if anyone had similar experiences with existing physical problems being dramatically exacerbated by this diet? Does anyone have any advice on how to cope? I’d be climbing the walls if I had the energy to do so!!May 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm #103995
CheeseyMemberTopics: 37Replies: 245
Wow you’re really going through it!
Certainly the feeling worse is indicative of the fact that you’re on the right track as you can now be fairly certain that candida is a problem for you. If you went on the diet for a while and nothing happened you could probably count it out, so be happy in that you can be certain of at least something.
When you are in these early stages your body will be taking an absolute battering. I’m at 4 months now, and though my energy is slowly coming back I still can’t do too much otherwise I will be laid up in bed. I’m still off work sick, for instance. As your body takes a battering, all the energy you had that was holding you together before is now being diverted elsewhere. Moreover, this creates a lot of physical and psychological stress. I don’t know what this muscular band is, however I do know that the entire nervous system is acutely affected by stress, and any increase in tension will certainly multiply any muscular tension that existed already.
Are you getting proper support going through this from your relevant healthcare practitioners? Do you have a suitably experienced naturopath? Is your doctor looking after you? I think in your situation it is really important that an experienced eye watches over you.
Can you get access to acupuncture? I have found acupuncture to be really good at helping the body detox. Moreover it is a really good stress reliever!
Have you tried taking epsom salt baths? I found these to be good. However you have to be careful as often I would find that if the water were too hot I would feel much worse.
Keep looking after yourself!
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