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Old 02-03-15, 03:32 PM   #1
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I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 in 2010. and high cholesterol, high blood pressure. because obesity, which happened while taking a lot of psych meds. I am not knocking psych meds. they kept me from harm. but at first I was just taking lithium, clonazepam and celexa, treatment for bipolar. then I moved, got a new doctor and he switched everything to the newer drugs. I was on cymbalta, clonazepam, abilify( later changed to invega) lamictal...anyways I had never been overweight in my life( except after having babies but it quickly passed). now I was obese and had all these diseases.
long story short, I quit going to that psychiatrist, did my research, found meds I could tolerate and that helped me stay out of the hospital( honestly..all those meds and I still got put in the psych ward). anyways..I lost most of the weight, I started exercising, I haven't been to a psychiatrist in 4 years now, and no hospitalizations. but...
I have a vitamin deficiency. I had two but the B12, i got shots for and my levels are normal. Vitamin D..still severely deficient even after 5 months of taking supplements ( prescription strength) and now degenerative disk disease..and IBS...and carpal tunnel syndrome so bad I had to have surgery on both wrists. My diabetes is gone, my cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure are all good.
the thing about the obesity that scared me was the diabetes diagnosis. my parents and grandparents died from it. I had to take insulin for a year. Metformin for two years. Statins as well. I was terrified because I saw people losing toes, feet..etc. so I changed my diet and lifestyle. at first, I cut out red meat and junk food. then I cut out all meat, dairy and eggs..and bread, rice, potatoes. just a year later, boom deficiencies, despite taking a daily multivitamin.
to this day i still won't eat animal products. I tried and it was kind of horrifying, I felt almost cannibalistic. or zombie-ish. eating dead meat. that's all I could think. it didn't even taste good. so i wonder, you see vegans all the time and they look healthy, running smiling...not in pain as far as i can see. do you think my entire metabolism got screwed up after 12 years of hard core psychiatric medications? i eat lots of colorful veggies and whole grains. my nutritionist said eat beans and tofu as well..even though i hated both I ate them. it's kind of disheartening. I just wanted to be healthy and now my mind is well enough( it will never be cured but it can be managed) and my body is in pain all the time. And I can't take NSAIDS anymore because of a reaction i get that put me in the ER, where they gave me morphine for the painful reaction...and then found out i was allergic to morphine. these reactions and allergies came with the deficiencies. I have to make sure nothing with propylene glycol touches me( ecig, i tried those "healthy alternative to smoking' and .allergic to propylene glycol..now i can't even have it in shampoo or anything cause it makes me itch like crazy!) quit smoking too :)
it's like my body just had enough and now it's pissed at me or something.
anyone else try to follow a "healthy lifestyle" and have their body fall apart? extremely frustrated because I love to move..I love yoga and hiking and I can't even bend over anymore..and walking more than 30 minutes, I start limping. this really stinks. my new doctor is the one who tested me for deficiencies because of all these sudden nerve pain things, and he's treating me for them, and he's a vegetarian so he didn't just tell me to go eat a hamburger, but dang..when will it end?
sorry..I ramble, I am just so disheartened and frustrated. and irritable because i miss my exercise.
on the plus side, my hair is looking better than ever and I'm not pale anymore. or tired..just in pain..all day. mornings are a nightmare trying to get upright i feel like a board...
anyways..any similar experiences and how you coped..would be appreciated. not appreciating your pain, just to know it's not just me. ( MRI said screwed up disks..not imagining it thank goodness)
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I am sorry about your medical problems. I hope they will get better, one way or another. Being vegetarian is good and its great that you quit smoking and changed your lifestyle for good. Keep visiting specialist. Sometimes opinions on treatments and nutrition differ.

I hope you will be fine.

Stay strong tess!
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Old 02-24-15, 07:45 PM   #3
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it was frustrating, but my doc let me know a lot of people have degenrative disks, it's just part of aging for some people. with that new outlook in mind, and thinking about exactly where the pain is and what is happening physiologically, i stopped panicking about it( which i tend to do with pain because usually it gets worse. but when I panic then it gets worse for sure) and focused more on the things i can do. my pain level has decreased tremendously. i take my vitamins every day, lost some of my holiday weight. now I don't need muscle relaxants every day. i can get by on a tylenol. which to me is like a miracle :)
today i could run without pain. not far, just about a block, but it didn't hurt.
i feel better :)
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ok, just found out stress makes my back spasm badly. the term " pain in the neck" is quite literal. My entire spine hurts. because I have been stressing. today I had to take a flexiril after not taking any for a long time. that was 4 hours ago and I am still in pain. I wish I could soak in hot water but I can't bend over, and afraid I might not be able to get back up if I get in the tub.
so I can find a position I can get out of, and stick my heating pad on my back.
I need a vacation.
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Hi tessamess. Isn't it scary how much stress can affect our overall health? It can aggravate so darn many health conditions.

I am so glad that you made a number of self-empowered changes outside the mainstream medical system. Sometimes we can be our own best healer.

I wish you continued recovery and regaining your strength.
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