FINALLY, nice doctors! I had an appointment today and told them the whole story. They're firmly convinced something is seriously wrong with my body and to check to make sure it's hypoglycemia, they're FINALLY putting me through a battery of tests. Eventually I'll even get to spend the night with electrodes on my head! If you haven't done so yet, make an appointment, you don't need a referral, but you DO need to have GTT results with you, otherwise they'll order them and you'll have to take the pain.
Good for you! I'll be interested to know what tests you have and the results!
I am now convinced that my hypo symptoms were from the Candida & high cortisol. I am getting better each day - which seem foreign to me as I felt crappy for so long. I actually was able to join my family for a big dinner out at a fancy steak restaurant on Saturday night. Even two weeks ago that would have been impossible for me with the anxiety & weakness that I was feeling.
I can really stretch my meals times out now without feeling so hungry or weak. This morning I had a break though, I did not have to eat my hard boiled egg at 7 A.M in bed., I could wait until 9 A.M. to eat my cooked eggs. All this may sound like small things but for me they are HUGE.
I still have many symptoms though - frequent urination ( but I do drink a lot of water), headaches, getting tired often, feeling spacey/dizzy/floaty sometimes ( the extreme dizziness that I had before has gone away). I am still not able to do a lot of exercise but for me just getting out of the house more is exercise.
Make sure you take a picture of yourself with the electrodes on.
Hahahaha, sure. Isn't it amazing how much our body affects our mind? People in the West don't seem to get this, and it stems mainly from ancient beliefs on the mind/body connection that stretch back to the Greeks. That's, in fact, where the Christian idea of 'soul' comes from. Problem is, when you separate the mind and body, over time the belief becomes that they function independently. No doctor would really admit this, but that's exactly the problem and why it's so difficult to find a doctor who believes in this, though ironically they're more than willing to belt out 'it's all in your head', which indicates the reverse, that the mind affects the body? What a crock. Glad you're finally seeing how much something like this can whack you out, it's really pretty incredible and a real eye opener when you start to see it happen and I know exactly what you mean. I remember when finally trying garlic salt was the biggest event in my life.
My therapist keeps reminding me about the mind/body connection. But she kept telling me the reason I was anxious was because I was thinking negative thoughts or anticipating the worst. I am sure that is somewhat true but not totally in my case. My illness is causing my depression.
I would say - I am thinking positive thoughts but this is not working for me. No matter how many good thoughts I was thinking it did not seem to matter, I was depressed/anxious and could not understand why. I could not control it by thinking it away, meditating or re- training my thoughts etc. I tried too - very hard. I did work without the aid of my therapist on some past issues - which I think has been helpful but this is not the reason I'm feeling better.
I think I notice things too now that I'm coming out of it. When you are in it - you cannot seem to crawl your way out no matter what. Did not matter if I could rationalize it. I know I really have nothing to be depressed about - I am so much better off than 70% of the population even with this illness. But when you are in the pit - no matter how you got there - it's hard to get out.
I kept thinking to myself that it seemed like all of a sudden this happened. The depression and anxiety for me was like one day I was fine and the next day I had it. Freaked me out cuz I had never had depression before. I am sure that my stress over all the hypo diet and symptoms led to my high cortisol levels which made my depression/anxiety worse. But I think the Candida started the whole thing rolling for me. My husband does not believe in Candida. He thinks it was all caused by a slow buildup of stress.
When you start to feel better - you appreciate the little things more - things that you once took for granted. Like you said - we become better people.
Exactly! I mean, I think when you're suck and you worry, which is just what people do anyway, it makes it worse, but cause it, no way. I learned that quickly whenever I saw the symptoms go away and especially now when I feel great, eat a little something bad and feel just a little bit off, a small piece of what I used to experience. The connection is too strong and consistent to be placebo, even moreso when you consider that often I ate something I couldn't without first knowing I couldn't. How can you deny that? Sure, the mind can affect the body, but not to the extent that doctors seem to think anymore. Actually, I shouldn't say anymore, this has been a big gimmick for awhile, I found this old book from the 20s not too long ago called, damn, I think just 'Case of the Nerves' and it details this ridiculous program for overcoming all disease because it's all just stress in most cases. Yeah, right. Some of the 'case studies' are totally ridiculous, the author claiming this one guy had a milk allergy and in three minutes she got him to realize it was all in his head and he could drink it immediately. Why would you waste your time with such a lame mental disorder? I'm thinking I have a milk allergy? Please, I'd rather waste my time thinking I was God or something.
So I get back from the endocrinologist on Monday. Ever see that show Diagnosis X about rare diseases? The doctors on there always say 'first you search for a horse and then a zebra'. So my doctor comes in and says that. Ha, the reason why is that, after doing the fasting and post-eating test, it revealed my blood sugar and insulin levels to be normal. BUT, they did this other test in addition that test somehow your glucose function over three months by looking at glucose molecules attached to red blood cells or something. These results showed that I'm diabetic, but I'm not! So basically, I may have something quite rare. They gave me some more tests to check for something, but now I get to carry around a glucometer to see what's happening, to make absolutely certain I don't have some rare blood sugar condition or something like that. If that shows nothing, they have to hit the books! This gets more interesting by the day.