I haven’t talked about it much on the blog, but this year my health crumbled and it has been rough. I have an autoimmune disease called Interstitial Cystitis and after four years in remission, it came back with a vengeance this spring.
At first I had some weird symptoms that I thought were just stress related, but not like I usually react to stress. I had panic attacks, dizzy/faintness, and nausea and then the cystitis came back.
Basically, the body attacks and thins the lining that protects the inside of the bladder, causing pain and discomfort. Kind of like a UTI that never goes away (which is what I was misdiagnosed with a few years ago.)
It’s hard to fall asleep because of the pain and it’s basically a huge inconvenience to life. And the frustrating thing is….there’s no easy fix for autoimmune diseases.
A few years back when I was trying to figure out what was going on, we had spent thousands of dollars seeing urologists (who only made it worse by prescribing me round after round of antibiotics which exacerbated my symptoms). But then I found an awesome chiropracter who helped me go into remission before and has been helping me make progress back to health this time around.
But it’s not easy because we’re not just treating the symptoms, we’re trying to fix my body.
As my chiropractor told me, imagine there’s flies buzzing around a trash can. You can get rid of them two ways: You could spray bug spray and to kill the flies, or you could clean out the trash can so they won’t come around anymore.
The last time I struggled with this, once I got on the right supplements I was able to recover very quickly, this time….it’s taking much longer. But I’m trying to remember that this is just going to take awhile and that I DID get better before, so surely with the right resources, I can do it again.
I am dreaming of the day I can drink coffee again because right now eating or drinking anything remotely acidic is painful for days afterwards. And that’s killing me because I NEED MY COFFEE but it’s not worth the excruciating pain.
It’s not a quick fix. We’re tackling heavy metal toxicity, candida yeast overgrowth, and other super fun issues. I know I’m making progress because the panic attacks, faintness, and nausea are gone and the pain is all that’s left. But to be honest, sometimes I feel really overwhelmed and discouraged and just break down in tears.
I think the most overwhelming part has been getting started. What CAN I eat? Where do I find resources for that? What supplements can help? What essential oils can I use to ease the discomfort? It feels like too much and I just wish it was easier and I had more guidance that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Here’s some of my goals for getting healthy this year:
Goal #1. Reduce Inflammation.
I just started taking a supplement full of turmeric and other anti-inflammatory ingredients that I ordered. Avoiding inflammatory foods was pretty much impossible on the road trip, but now that I’m settled I’m gearing up to do a few weeks of eating only anti-inflammatory foods to heal my gut and reduce the inflammation in my bladder. Autoimmune diseases seem very tied to issues in the gut and I definitely have some issues that need healing. I’m going to follow the diet in the ebook Heal Your Gut starting mid-September for 4 weeks. The author was hospitalized with autoimmune diseases and was able to recover her health through healing her gut.
Goal #2: Fix the candida yeast overgrowth in my gut.
This seemed to be the root issue exacerbating my autoimmune issues the last time they flared up. This will involve staying away from grains and sugars for awhile and then limiting them in future so I’m really glad I’ll have some cookbooks up my sleeve from the bundle with ideas for grain-free meals. I’m also taking some anti-fungal supplements.
Goal #3: Reduce acidity in my body.
I discovered recently that I was SUPER acidic and not in the normal range of ph levels. A body that’s too acidic is an environment in which yeast overgrowth can thrive and the acidity can wreak all sorts of havoc. I bought these alkaline drops for my drinking water, have been focusing on alkaline-forming foods (like veggies), and test my ph levels so often with these strips. After just a couple of weeks of trying to become more alkaline, I noticed a big difference in my ph levels.
Goal #4: Detox from heavy metals.
I didn’t know about the dangers of mercury amalgam fillings and got three in the last year right before I started feeling sick again.) After reading up on heavy metal toxicity and it’s effect on candida yeast overgrowth, my symptoms of faintness, panic attacks, and nausea make way more sense. I’ve been taking a heavy metal detox spray from my chiropractor and noticed a mark difference as soon as I began with it.
Goal #5: Reduce stress.
I’m pretty sure this year can’t be MORE stressful than quitting jobs, selling a house, and moving across the country, but you never know. I’m going to be leaving plenty of margins in our days to take care of myself and do some relaxing exercise. Also, diffusing my Stress Away Essential Oils from Young Living.