GrahamCracker wrote:Hi all.
Im 23 years old with a lifetime of troubling health issues, no insurance and no answers. My grandmom had MS, but no one ever talked to me about her symptoms, so I know nothing about the disease. All I know is she spent half her life in a wheelchair, and in her last few years, she slowly lost her ability to write and draw.
A little background on my health as a child and teen:
When I was young (started around maybe 4yo), I had migraines every day. They were so bad I would hallucinate and constantly had to miss school.
I also had a terrible immune system, and anything that went around school, I got.
My whole life Ive had terrible bouts of depression and mood swings. I constantly thought about killing myself.
When I hit the teens, my migraines subsided, and the occassional migraines werent nearly as severe. However, I ended up developing PCOS (undiagnosed by a dr).
When I hit 18, I started having terrible chest pains that got so bad I would drop things or fall to the ground in pain, which got me looking into Lupus online (I fully believe the pain was from stress at the time, but the other symptoms did make some sense).
Nowadays, my immune system seems to be better, but I continue to develop other symptoms.
Everyday I suffer some type of pain. Sometimes its in my calves (like a charlie horse that sometimes lasts for days and interferes with my ability to drive), sometimes I get just awful pains in my shoulders, elbows, or even my arms, and recently I seem to get a good bit of pain in my ribs. Any of these pains will last anywhere from a few minutes to days.
What actually finally brought me here tonight is my nuerological symptoms. I used to speak so eloquently, but now I can barely form a thought. Words are hard to find, and I feel stupid when I talk. The past few months Ive noticed that Ibecome confused when it gets dark out. Im a delivery driver, and as soon as the sun sets, I have trouble seeing to drive, feel like I cant drive straight, and cant read. I constantly show up at the wrong house. Ill look at the address number and immediately pull into the wrong driveway thinking Im right. I even end up on the wrong road looking for addresses that dont exist.
The way things are going, Im terrified Im not going to be able to work eventually and wont be able to afford anything. Ill lose everything Ive ever workedfor. Ive already lost 10 hours off my work schedule because the stress of working a 40 hr week takes such a toll on me that my mood swings become unbearable.
Not to mention my fatigue.Last year it got so bad I literally couldnt leave my house. I self diagnosed as hypothyroid (blood tests said I was 110% healthy in every way). After just a week on thyroid pills, I felt reborn again. However, this time around, my fatigue doesnt resopnd to thyroid pills (I stopped taking them so as not to evoke hyper). Sleep doesnt help. Im too tired at home to do anything but watch tv.
Sorry I seem all over the place; my brains a mess, and I dont actually have a computer and am having trouble typing on a tablet.
I dont have the typical pins and needles feeling of MS, not sure if that means I dont have it. Looking for some input from people who know the disease (or maybe anyone who knows someone with my symptoms who knows what it might be).
Almost forgot about my workout exhaustion. I love working out, but exherting myself at the gym makes me dizzy and lightheadex, and I overheat as soon as I start. I cant remember the last time I finished a workout. Squats are literally impossible for me. Im not sure why, but even without weights, if I try the squat motion, my vision blacks out and I cant see for a few seconds. Kinda scary.
My work, personal and love life are all falling apart in front of me, and I feel so helpless. My whole life Ive done nothing but suck up the pain, so when Im actually feeling so bad that I complain or cant do something, people dont believe the pain is real and act like Im just lazy or overdramatizing. They make me feel bad about myself when Im alreadyfeeling my worst. I get the feeling this is why my parents never took me to the doctors when I was younger.
Because of my fatigue and neurological problems, I feel like a completely different person these days. My friends no longer seem interested in me. Not good for my depression. I dont even like the dull lazy person Ive become, but I no longer function well enough to do anything about it.
Help, please. Any input is greatly appreciated.
Excess insulin (scientifically called hyperinsulinemia) causes muscles to thicken and stiffen – this might explain your calf/muscle pain.Factor #1: Your Insulin Level
Insulin and leptin are absolutely essential to staying alive, but the sad fact is that most of you reading this have too much, and it is pushing you towards chronic degenerative illness and increasing the rate at which you age.
Most adults have about one gallon of blood in their bodies and are quite surprised to learn that in that gallon, there is only one teaspoon of sugar! You only need one teaspoon of sugar at all times -- if that. If your blood sugar level were to rise to one tablespoon of sugar you would quickly go into a hyperglycemic coma and die.
Your body works very hard to prevent this by producing insulin to keep your blood sugar at the appropriate level. Any meal or snack high in grain and sugar carbohydrates typically generates a rapid rise in blood glucose. To compensate for this your pancreas secretes insulin into your bloodstream, which lowers your blood sugar to keep you from dying.
However, if you consume a diet consistently high in sugar and grains, over time your body becomes "sensitized" to insulin and requires more and more of it to get the job done. Eventually, you become insulin and leptin resistant, and then diabetic.
If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or are overweight, it is highly likely that you are eating too many grains -- yes, even unrefined whole grains -- as this is the most common culprit causing your insulin level to become abnormal.
Compounding the problem, when your insulin and leptin levels rise due to an excess of carbohydrates, they send your body a hormonal message telling it to store fat while holding on to the fat that is already there. So not only will excess carbohydrates make you overweight, they will effectively hamper your weight loss efforts too.
Your Fasting Blood Insulin Test
To find out your insulin and leptin levels, you need to get tested by your doctor. The test you need to ask for is a fasting blood insulin and leptin test, The tests are done by just about every commercial laboratory and the insulin test is relatively inexpensive.
Facts about Your Fasting Insulin Test:
o This test is profoundly useful. It's one of the least expensive tests in traditional medicine, yet it is one of the most powerful. A normal fasting blood insulin level is below 5, but ideally you'll want to be below 3.
o You can safely ignore the reference ranges from the lab as they are based on "normals" of a population that has highly-disturbed insulin levels.
o This is a great test to do BEFORE you start your program as you can use it to assess how well you are progressing in the program.
o If your level is above 5 you will want to consider significantly reducing most sugars and grains, even whole wheat grains, until you lower your level. Once you've normalized your insulin level you can reintroduce grains into your diet at a lower level to optimize your health.
o Exercise is of enormous benefit in improving the sensitivity of your insulin and leptin receptors, and to help normalize your insulin level far more quickly.
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