Here is a super-quick summary of what has gone on with me the past 2.5 years. For more details please see My Story – The Longer Version.
First of all I should tell you that I 'never get sick'. Yes the occasional cold or flu but nothing serious (just some ear infections when I was a toddler). My parents and my maternal grandparents don't really get sick either. Also, I love sports and have played them my whole life and continue to exercise when I'm not playing on a team. I eat healthy compared to lots of people I know; including I started eating a big salad once a day (back in college) because I felt that would be better for me/my health. However, until this disaster I had no real idea about any alternative medicines (since I don't get sick I didn't really know about western medicine either!). On with the story . . .
VERTIGO hits me two weeks after giving birth to my 3rd child; November 9, 2007. 2 different MD's have me cover it up with Meclizine (found in BonineTM and other products); doesn't really work and I develop lots of other symptoms so:
Round 1 of Anti-biotics works on lots of the symptoms for about 10 weeks. Then my crazy symptoms all come back; every time something moves in my intestines I get dizzy, I can't bend
over without getting dizzy, my blood pressure is off when I swoop down
low and then get up and lots of other crazy symptoms (see Candida tab for more info. on that).
Round 2 of Anti-biotics works on most symptoms but the dizzy-ness keeps creeping in on me so:
I start Sudafed 24-7; stops the dizzy feeling but I start to get IBS symptoms (ie. constipation then diarrhea
alternating), an anal fissure, and having a BM gets quite pain full. BUT I can't be off
the Sudafed for more than 3 days without getting dizzy again.
Round 3 of Crazy Symptoms returning but I don't want anti-biotics. I've had it with my MD not addressing my crazy symptoms and everyone else blaming it on recovery from having a baby! I start researching what's wrong with me; it looks to me like I have either candida or gluten intolerance. And I know I need more blood cells to fight infections, since your count is lower after having a baby.
April 2008 – I start Acupuncture and I am still going to this day. This is the start of getting better.
May 2008 -I visit a Nutritionist to try to get at my digestive troubles. He has a Bio-resonance machine – I research it and am flabbergasted by what it does. I'm 90% certain I have candida. I start the strictest form of the Candida Diet and other diet restrictions (see Candida – What DO you eat?). And then I try to start killing the Yeast with Grapefruit seed extract.
July 2008 – I find an NMD (Naturopathic Medical Doctor) – I have a rash on my chest and uppper back so bad it's scary (die-off effect from killing the yeast). Especially scary while breast feeding my new born baby! I do the Standard Process Cleanse and use Coconut Oil topically. It works for the rash!
August 2008 – I visit 2 Chiropractors as it feels like something on the left side of my neck is blocking my Chi/blood flow at Acupuncture. My top 2 vertebra are out of alignment. It helps with Acupuncture.
March 2009 – I visit an Iridologist. Worth it for the perspective it brings and the insight into my condition.
April 2009 – I find a new ND with a Bio-resonance Machine. I start the REAL road to recovery.
January 2010 – I start this Blog. I'm still seeing the ND with the Bio-resonance and I'm almost rid of the Candida. You are all up to date. Please read on in My Story for lots of important details.