- CASE FILE
Sick and tired of being sick and tired. And now my daughter is having the same problem and no one will help her either.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
When I was 18 I got in a really bad car accident, broke my hand and messed up my neck and back pretty bad. In my early 20's I started having dizzy spells and blacking out. The Dr said it was "food induced hypoglycemia". Although there has never been a blood test that confirmed this and it has never gone away, I have lived with it and learned how to see it coming and I either have to lay facedown on the floor or eat something when I feel it coming. I also was diagnosed with Endometriosis a few years later, that was just a birth control change and that is better, but shortly after that I started spiraling.
Constant headaches, body aches, fatigue, dizziness. My muscles are getting weaker and weaker and all the doctors will say is I need to exercise. I CANT! Everything hurts and I am so tired all the time. I take a ton of vitamins, over the counter pain killers, eat very little, and 85% healthy, but every time I eat it makes me sick, so I never want to eat. I wait until I have to eat, then I end up spending the rest of the night feeling like I have food poisoning. I can't eat bread or pasta anymore, I cramp up so bad I want to cry. I have never been able to eat a whole lot of sugar, because it always made me sick.
Occasionally, (once or twice a month) I will have a good day and spend the day working in the yard or cleaning the house really good, go for a walk with the dogs or something. Just trying to get anything I possibly can done while I have the energy. Then I spend the next 2-3 days so exhausted and sore I just sleep. It has been this way since I was in my late 20's. I'm only 39 now and I feel like I am 80 years old. Now, after multiple Drs telling me; "your too young to be feeling like this" "It's all in your head" "What are you so afraid of" "quit being lazy and you will be fine" "you're just out of shape, if you tried you would feel better" And I can see these Drs mentally checking out as I am listing my symptoms. I actually had one roll her eyes at me.
Now after almost 20 years of living like this I have learned to live with it. Not comfortably, but I am getting by. I don't go to the Dr anymore because... Why? Why waste the money, the time and the effort just to be told I am fat and lazy and there is nothing wrong with me.
Where I REALLY got upset was when my daughter started having the same problems a few years ago. She is 21 now had has DOCUMENTED PROOF of tachycardia, and they keep telling her the same thing. "You're fat and lazy" (more-or-less). Which is ironic since when her symptoms started she was a size one. We have someone in the family that works for a Dr and she started trying to help because she felt the tachycardia was insane for someone in her 20's. (We also have a lot of massive heart issues in our family and the drs never seem concerned with that.)
SO, fed up with the Drs all blowing us off, we said "fine, we will lose some weight and prove to them that this is not weight related." (Which we already know.) So we started with a 3 day cleanse and forced each other to exercise every night. Video chatted dinners and walks. We lasted 2 weeks and we were so burnt out I couldn't even stand in the shower anymore. My stomach/acid reflux got worse. My probiotics don't even touch it now. All the vitamins I take are getting less and less effective. And I now have a constant dull ache all over 24/7. So I can't sleep. I have spent nights sitting at the top of the stairs in the dark crying, because I am so tired but I can't sleep because I hurt too much. I live on Ibuprofen and tums, which is making my stomach worse.
My husband, who feels so bad for me, has researched all he can to try and help me. I am 99.99% sure I have a hiatal hernia and/or an ulcer. My neck and back from the car accident have been slowly getting worse and stiffer and the ibuprofen is barely touching it now. But the worst one right now is the leg cramp-things. I assume it is some form of restless leg syndrome but I have not been able to find much of an explanation on what it is and what causes it, and what can fix it. Over the last 2-3 years the outside of my left arm keeps going numb.
Liv-gull - Started taking in 2014. One per day. Helps a little with digestion and energy. Not working as well the last 6-8 months. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00028P816/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Ashwaganda - Started taking 2018. One per day. No real noticeable change yet, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G7XZT5K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
True Focus - Started taking 2013. 2 per day. Helps ADD. Can't live without. Wish I had had it when I was still in school.
Probiotic - Started taking 2018. One per day. Not working as well since juice cleanse in April 2019.
Airborne - One per day
Arnica Montana - Used off and on since I was a kid. 4 at bedtime. Sometimes I think it is working and sometimes not.
L-Lysine - Canker sores - Started 2017. Helps a lot
Ibuprofen - 4-5 pills, once-three times per day.
Aspirin - 1 - 81mg per day. I'm getting old, my family has heart problems, I don’t have bleeding problems so why not.
I quit smoking cigarettes in 2009
I can't drink much (messes up my stomach) but if I do it is a glass or two of red wine per month.
I can't eat fried foods, sweets, bread or pasta.
I can't eat after 8pm or I get sick.
I can't eat before 10am or I get sick.
If I eat more than a cup or two at a time I get sick.
I am thirsty all the time and drink tons of water all day.
I have one 16oz cup of coffee (black) weekdays only.
I do light stretches every night.
My BP runs low.
My HR normal.
My Oxygen is always 99-100%
Temp usually 1-2 degrees below normal. I am cold 24/7 even in summer.
Blood tests always come back fine. (cholesterol is a little high, but that is because I cant exercise regularly)
I see a chiropractor and herbalist regularly.
Final message: I am not naive. I know I am overweight. I know I could be living a much healthier life. But no one understands. I look fine. All my tests come back fine. But I know my body, and there is something wrong. I FEEL my body slowly giving up part by part. It is hard to eat right when all you want to do is vomit every time you do. It's hard to exercise when you are already in pain. It's hard to to do ANYTHING when you are so tired. And when you look at yourself and so badly WANT to change, but your body wont let you, its hard to do anything but cry. And now I cry because I know what my daughter has in store for her future, and she is not as strong as I am. She is already on depression meds because of it and she is not even as bad as I am yet. Even as i write this I want to cry, because I know it doesn't sound that bad and there are people much worse of than we are, but there is something wrong and no one will listen. I don't expect a magic pill, I don't want surgery or life long medical procedures. I just want to know what is wrong.