Hey there my fruity brethren,
This is my first post on 30BAD and while I want to introduce myself and get chatty with all of the wonderful people I know I'm going to meet here, but my health comes first in this situation. I know it's a long read but please bare with me.
I've been vegetarian since I was 13, vegan for two years, HCRV since early this year, and recently 80/10/10 but for the past couple of months, I've had a strange feeling in my head. At first, I didn't pay any mind to it because the symptoms were common to me and it didn't seem all that threatening but now it is a full-blown nightmare that I just want gone immediately. The biggest issue I have had is a sucking feeling/feeling like there's a lack of oxygen in my brain. Everyone I've talked to calls it a 'headache' but it isn't one, not to me at least. There is very little pain, it just feels like my brain is swelling or in serious trouble, I know it is because it is so severe now and it affects everything. The next biggest issue is the fact that I've had many heart palpitations within the last five or so months. This was diagnosed firstly as stress/anxiety/panic attacks, since I've been prone to them in the past, but it's gotten increasingly worse over time and completely uncontrollable, I never know when my heart is going to self-destruct next. I'm just going to cut to the chase with the other symptoms I've been experiencing on & off during each day and list them here as there are too many:
If I left any out, then so be it, but you can get the general idea as to why I'm freaking out here. Last night I felt like I was going to faint, like literally faint because this brain issue got so bad, it's getting worse and worse every night. Something interesting here is that when I eat large fruit/green meals, the symptoms seem to be weakened for a few hours but then return immediately afterward and they are worst at night, before bed. It's worthy to note that I do have a vitamin D deficiency but I have been supplementing for almost a month now with 10,000 IU vegan D3 daily and getting sun whenever possible (it's cloudy as hell here for some reason this year). I recently had extensive blood work done to check on my current health. I have improved leaps and bounds going HCRV and the results proved it with everything reading perfect EXCEPT for my vit. D, however upon leaving the doctor I also noticed that my b12 was quite low at a score of 205 and even though I know the proper test to figure out my real b12 levels was not performed, I feel as if low b12 might be playing a role in all of this.
Late last week/early this week, I've had some scares with all of this. First, I woke up to heart palpitations (not out of a nightmare, just a strangely peaceful dream), which has never happened before and I immediately began breathing exercises to try and quell them. They did not improve, only worsened doing this and I got up to walk around and calm myself down. At this time, my left arm went numb and began to spasm. I thought I was having a heart attack but convinced myself it was just a severe palpitation and that everything was going to be alright but then my body went into chills and I started having tremors. So I drank some water and laid down flat, with everything off and the window open. Within around two hours, it was completely gone. The next incident was just that night as I was sitting in bed talking to my mother about what had happened that morning. Without any warning, I felt a lightning bolt (this is what it felt like to me) pierce my brain, then my heart and fizzled out down my lower abdomen. It was there and gone in an instant, but the pain I felt in that instant was unlike anything I had ever felt, it was so severe and scary. The last incident was two days ago when I went with my grandmother to an Asian buffet (they have raw fruit there) and right when we were about to pull in, my brain felt as if it were going to explode. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I don't blow things out of proportion or exaggerate in regards to my health. I am honest in saying that my brain felt as if it were swelling and my head was going to explode. I never, ever want to feel these things again and just thinking & typing about them is making my heart beat faster.
I have this eerie feeling that this has been going on for years but is just now coming to a head, due to the fact that I've been experiencing toned-down versions of symptoms like these on and off for many years, though they've always been passed off by doctors as panic attacks, anxiety, vertigo, paranoia, etc. I can tell you that the doctors where I live probably should not be practicing or considered professionals. I live in the south (U.S.) and here doctors are very quick to pass off symptoms as meaningless or they will generalize them. It's a "get 'em in, diagnose 'em, give 'em the latest drug, then get 'em out" type of medical environment here and I've had to go to Nashville (capital of my state) to get anything done in past years. My doctor didn't even pay attention to me when I visited him last week regarding this issue and was expressing my concerns and symptoms. His assistant even went as far as to argue with me about how I was wrong and had generalized anxiety disorder (don't get me wrong, I know it may look like that from a distance but it isn't if you bother stepping close and examining me). He insisted I see a cardiologist, even though in his words "There's nothing wrong with your heart." and I had to insist many times on seeing a neurologist until he caved. It's no surprise that I had to make the neurologist appointment myself and that he is taking his time on the referral for that particular appointment only. I never get angry but these 'doctors' are pissing me off. You can mess with me all you want, but messing with my health, especially when I'm in such a vulnerable position right now. I can even tell typing now that something is wrong with me. I used to be so articulate and now my words just seem jumbled together and dumbed down.
Anyway, I won't go any further and will leave it at that. If you read through all of this, major kudos to you and I love you for it. I will try and respond to comments but all I feel like doing right now is lying in my bed. Thank you for your help.
Thanks for the enlightenment, DR.
Hey mate I had to fast for 30 days to stop all of my symptoms as well. I had most of the issues that you describe and a few others. As soon as I went to cooked vegan most of issues, aside from the digestive disorders, went away. Only after the fast was I able to consume fruit. I went through so many doctors and not one was able to tell me what the underlining cause of the problems were and most-all of them blaimed veganism. If you have any questions don't hestitate to message me.
Thanks for sharing. I doubt I could fast at this point, I'm already weak as heck, just able to do basic things for myself right now and little else and that would probably do me in. Thank you for your support, though and I will message you if I have something to ask.
Id get on the b12 shots mate if you got clear symptoms of b12 deficiency like tinnitus, fatigue, depression. Why havent you done shots yet if your concerned about b12 status?
You're right and I was expecting your reply, I should've been on the shots a long time ago. There are so many reasons why I haven't been on them yet. The main two are that I only started doing deep research into b12 about a month or two ago, I had no real clue that any of my symptoms were related up until then and I've had everyone in my ear telling me it's something else, so I guess I've been questioning it myself. Since I can barely take care of myself right now, I can't work/make any money for shots but I'm going to get them one way or another and soon. The docs don't feel I need them, even with all of the symptoms so I haven't had any help from them. I mainly posted this for support/opinions on if peeps here think my symptoms could be indicative of anything else as well. Thank you.
Sounds like you're not serious bro. Sounds like you're just looking for attention or trolling.
If you're serious, get on shots, get on SSDI or quit complaining.
'I have low b12, I have no money, I can't work but I dont want b12 shots and don't want SSDI' lol!
Thats like me say'n 'Im really unfit but want to be fit but don't want to sweat or get off the couch..'
Keith FYI DR did have a chronic illness (Chron's? if I remember correctly)....
DR, I understand where you're coming from but I literally can't get up from a sitting position without feeling like passing out. I understand that I took too long to help myself but I just wasn't educated until recently like many others. I know you don't know me but if you did, you'd know I was a very honest and sincere person. If you don't believe me, then you can wait for my other posts when I am healthy again and look for further activity from me in this community b/c I am serious and I am committed. If I have no way to make money and can't do much physical activity without feeling like I'm going to have to go to the E.R. then there isn't much I can do right now except save up and hope/pray until it's enough. I've actually been taking a break from the computer to help myself feel better and it's working a little bit. Anything to tide me over until I can help myself because no ones going to do it for me.
have you ruled out mercury toxicity - it will cause all of those symptoms and more
you will generally find it difficulty to get a doctor to diagnose this however as they make money out of sick people not out of well people.
If you have amalgam (silver fillings in your mouth) chances are you a mercury poisoned). I am on a rather strict regime at the moment to chelate the stuff (removed all my fillings at the start of the year). I have experienced the symptoms you mentioned. It messes with your emotional state as well as your physical state. Many vaccines also contain mercury in the form of a preservative called thimerisol (spelling?)
Anyhow if your doctor is not taking you seriously find another one or take responsibility into your own hands
I have, Patryc but I appreciate the concern. I don't have any amalgams myself and I haven't had a vaccine since I was in middle school, I despise them. I'm glad you're on your way to getting those nasty things out and I definitely will be taking this into my own hands.
You are just a ray of sunshine, KB, thank you! To know I have people praying for me makes me feel so good and hopeful of a quick recovery from this. Everyone here is so supportive. :)
oh, I just read this..
just in case, you could always rule out hm toxicity (heavy metal) by getting hair tested or other online tests. Also there's a MELISA test, that's supposed to tell, more accurately what toxins are present.
sounds like some kind of detox. I would really rest a lot, get whatever testing and blood tests you can get done, done. But I wouldn't get sucked into the vortex of conventional medication, for obvious reasons.
You also, if you are eating gluten, might be celiac or intolerant to dairy or one of the other major allergens.
Watch any vitamins you're taking, as from my own experince, at least, I'm unable to take any except one or two brands, because the rest make me very sick. they usually are cross-contaminated w/ gluten or casein (dairy.)
If you happen to be (of course, I don't know this) hm toxic, you'd most likely have sensitivities to all of these things: gluten, casein, soy, chocolate/cacao, any and all preservatives, artificial flavorings and colorings, corn and other grains possibly, and possible other allergies to anything from fruits to veg to nuts and also seeds, believe it or not.
If you're getting your symptoms after you go off the diet or eat any of the above foods, then I'm thinking it's likely you have HM's your body is trying to get rid of. HM's trigger autoimmune, neurological system (brain, lungs, spine, thyroid) reactions to certain foods.
But regardless, sounds like it's detoxing. I suspect it might (might - I'm no doc or whatever) get better over time.
Is this constant pain or is it triggered occasionally or by foods you eat?
btw - I feel like that, too, sometimes - feeling as if I'm dying slowly.
But I have very good days too especiall after a round of chelation and, of course, eating lots of produce and staying away from 'the bad foods.'