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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Update: 6.11.13

So sorry for not keeping my blog updated. I'll try and keep my story short. I'm still having the same symptoms & always in waves. I'll have 2 days feeling great! Then here it comes again. Then a week of feeling great, then here it comes again for 3 days to a week.

Picking up from the liver problem, my enzymes began going down little by little. They did a scan & everything was fine except for mild fatty liver. So they sent me to a liver specialist. He tested me for insulin resistants. My numbers on that test came back a couple numbers off. He didn't seemed concerned & told me if I lose a few pounds I'm fine. He didn't feel he need to see me again & put me on Vitamin E 400 twice a day.. and it totally brought my enzymes back to normal.  Okaaaay.. now what? Still feeling randomly crappy I've been through 6 months of crazy.

I ended up going on a cocktail because my doctor told me having a high viral load cane make you feel like Hell... So I was put on Complera. And of course now I'm undetectable & my numbers are great. BUT 3 months now & I still have the symptoms.

Let me go over my symptoms again: Achey & flu like, hive itchy, fatigue (loved my afternoon naps), random bad spells of diarrhea (there was a month or so I needed to take Imodium), once a week nights of insomnia along with frequent urination (I've lost 15lbs from peeing & diarrhea, but am holding at 227lbs was 243lbs), mild muscle cramps ache, nausea, and to small stuff like my left eye will water & my left nostril will drip ~ lol. ~ My symptoms are not as intense for some reason like they were 3 months back.

I was in Amsterdam in May. I felt great that whole week, but had one night I woke feeling majorly internally cold. I was shivering & couldn't get my hands or feet warm. I woke & felt better thank goodness. It happened once more the following week when I had returned home. After that I had them look at my Thyroid number. Sure enough, it was at 4.5 (the last number in the normal range before labeled having "Hypothyroidism"). My doctor put me on the lowest dose of Levothyroxine. I will say I don't feel sensitive to the cold like I was. 

Blah Blah Blah ~ I thought to myself 2 weeks ago that this is almost like an allergy (with the hives and all). So I researched Gluten intolerance. It fit like a puzzle more than anything has yet. It said men with Gluten intolerance seem to have liver problems more than woman (like non-alcoholic fatty liver), it can mess with your thyroid, and all my symptoms were listed. I was SO happy to finally hear something that could possibly be it. It's so scary when your blood work shows all normal but you KNOW something is VERY wrong. 

So I have an appointment with an Endocrinologist on Thursday, I'm going to make an appointment with the Cleveland Clinic allergist, and I'm having my doctor run a full panel to rule out any cancers. ~ So there you have it.. Any helpful thoughts or feed back appreciated on this.. Keep your fingers crossed it's as simple as going Gluten free. Which I might do anyway after reading up on how horrible it is for your body. Scary article on Gluten:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Update! 1.28.13

About 5 months back I felt like a got a fast Flu.. Night sweats, achy, & itchy.. I had thought maybe I was having a Herpes outbreak because I was itchy.. But I didn't remember EVER being that itchy. So I began taking L-Lysine. It did take the itchy away.. But to make a long story short, they found my liver enzymes to be raised. A lot!.. It went down after I stopped the L-Lysine, but still elevated.. (I'm not sure if it was elevated before the L-Lysine.)

So for the last 4-5 months I've dealt with Hepatitis like symptoms. Last week my blood work said I didn't have Hepatitis B or C, and I had Hep A many years back. As for Hep B, I was vaccinated 12 years back... Funny thing, after she told me I didn't have Hepatitis (which I was sold I did) my symptoms went away.. lol

Anyway, my last blood work showed great for about everything. Testosterone, Vitamin D, Sugars, and no extra diseases.. and my Viral went from 200,000 (my viral had gone up when I was feeling all Hep'ish) down to 123,000.. As for my T-cells, they messed up & didn't draw it so I don't know.. last test I was at 500 T-cells.. Which is the lowest I've ever been...

I am ready to begin a cocktail if it proceeds to get any lower than 500. I'm comfortable and mentally good with it.. I would take it for whatever amount of time it takes for me to see better numbers.. and at some point (after a year or so) go back to natural. 

I go back in 10 weeks to see the results of my T-cells & Liver enzymes.

And OH YEAH! I've reduced down on my Olive Leaf from 3 grams a day to 500mg in the a.m. & 500mg in the p.m.. And added Milk Thistle twice a day... I have stopped everything else.. hoping to bring my Liver enzymes down. ~ also began juicing vegetables as well to help cleanse...