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    Abandoned thread: reignited!

    I'm currently really agitated with my celiac--just found out Zero chocolate bars have gluten in them. Out of all my favorite candy, all is left is Reese's cups... :s

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    Aw that sucks! My mum's slightly celiac, she has to go to so much trouble with everything so I feel your pain.
    I don't even like Reese's so I don't know what I'd do in your situation xD

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    Not eat your favorite candies anymore? :P
    I've still got gummies and certain chocolates and hard candies, but there's nothing like a good Kit-Kat, Zero and so on. o_o''

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    Yeah there's something unique about a good bit of decadent chocolate :3 ah well, at least you get other sweet things!

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    I don't really have very many actual illnesses to complain about, but whatever. I'll complain about what I got because I can.


    I have an anxiety disorder, which doesn't just mean negativity stresses me easily. I'm also not allowed to have energy drinks, caffine, or large amounts of sugar, because it can trigger a panic attack. Course, despite doctors orders I'm naughty and drink coffee anyway. Sort of pushing my luck with that, though. xD

    I also have asthma. It was really BAD in high school when I took ceramics, because my lungs would close every class session if I didn't wear a mask to keep out the dust, so I ended up going to an urgent care center a few times for breathing treatment. I don't have asthma attacks that bad nearly that often anymore, but smoke of any kind needs to be kept away from me and I'm rather uncomfortable when it's really cold or during spring when the allergens are out and about. I try to exercise as best I can, but just doing simple things like harvesting my herb garden or pulling a few weeds, or even just doing something fast paced for a few minutes, puts me completely out of breath. I still have an emergency inhaler I keep in my purse with me and another I keep by my bed. I'm hoping my trips to the gym help strengthen my lungs. My asthma SEEMS to also contribute to me getting sick more often, as I have been getting bronchitis and pneumonia a LOT since I got diagnosed with asthma. Though, that could just be a coincidence. Being asthmatic and living with chain smokers isn't very fun.

    My back and shoulders also tend to hurt a lot. I have tendonitis in my shoulders, and my lower back mostly hurts because of my tailbone, and the pain from there seems to kinda shoot up my lower back a little bit. When I was a child, I busted my tailbone. We didn't know it was broken so we didn't go to the doctor, but a few years later after constant lower back pain and was checked out, it proved to have been broken and was bent inwards just enough to be constantly pinching a nerve. Nothing can be done about it, because it had already healed in that position. So I'm on muscle relaxers for my shoulders and mild painkillers for everything else.

    My hip has been hurting lately. I was in AGONY with my hip (the joint area where the leg connects to the hip) a few weeks ago and though I'm no longer in screaming pain it still hurts but is tolerable. After a few days of agony I finally decided to try heating the area and using an electric massager. When I stood up I heard the joint "crack", and its been a dull pain ever since. I can't lay down on that side because the pressure it puts on that area hurts. I thought about seeing a doctor about it but now that it's no longer in agony I don't feel it's that big of a deal.

    I also have knee problems. No idea why, but my knees seem to constantly decide to just completely stop working thus resulting in me falling to the ground. This usually happens when I'm on stairs, or on ground that is noticeably not level. This is why I will refuse to use stairs that don't have a rail, and I will cling to the rail for dear life while using stairs though I try to avoid using them completely if I can. Especially if I am holding something.

    It also certainly doesn't help that I have really bad peripheral vision. I have tunnel vision, not horribly, but it's there. This means I actually have to turn my head in order to see what's right next to me. This results in me running my arms into walls, poles, corners, shelves, clothing wracks, and people who follow too close, not to mention it's really easy for me to trip over something so I have to look down when I walk sometimes. I probably wouldn't be nearly as clumsy as I am now if my vision wasn't like that. It's a little embarrassing, walking around a mall and constantly having to go "ow" because I ran my shoulder into come coat hangers xD

    And this really isn't a health problem, but it is irritating. Ever since I started a strict diet in my attempt to be physically healthy, things with sugar in it are tasting disgusting. Like my favorite candy and soda for example. Can't eat them, they're gross. I can't even eat white bread anymore because it tastes gross now. It's depressing.

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    I have problems with my skin alot. This makes it often embarrassing showing myself as a mermaid in public pools. My chest area and between my breasts get red and spotted easily and it also going in a straight line down to my belly button, it also shows up on my shoulders and neck. It gets worse when I sweat alot from the humid weather we have here in summer. So I rarely wear anything with a low cut front and back. It also means, no nice relaxing hot baths for me

    Only when I went to Curacao my skin was completely smooth again and did I dare to take underwater pictures of myself as mermaid.
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    Vent about your health

    Okay, bringing this up again because my yearly/bi-yearly cough has started. It's not a huge issue and I feel bad complaining about it, but...that's what the thread is for, right? :-S

    When was 15, almost 10 years ago, I caught a cold that didn't go away. I had a hacking cough for 9 straight months while my doctor tried to figure out what was going on. Finally, he tried Advair on it and it worked. He said, "That tells me it might be asthma or allergy related, but it worked, so just take it whenever you cough for a long time."

    Since then, I get a terrible cough around October that lasts till December, and from March to about May. I've tried every sort of cough suppressant and cough drop there is, they don't do a thing. When I get a coughing fit, it feels like my throat closes up and I'm trying to breathe past a tiny pinprick of a hole. Drinking water while the fit is on doesn't relieve the problem, just delays it till I need to stop drinking to breathe. My coughing fits happen randomly throughout the day and all night, interfering with sleep. During the month and a half that I'm coughing, I can't sing (my favorite thing) or talk much. It interferes with my job (my students now know that if I start coughing and can't stop, I signal my class president to take over, they silent read and I go stand out in the hall and hack my head off). People look at me like I'm disgusting because the cough is so loud and nasty sounding, but I'm not in any way contagious.

    So far, things with doctors haven't progressed beyond the "it might be asthma or allergies" stage. Until 2011, they just gave me Advair which took a couple of weeks to work but seemed to work okay. In 2011 the Advair stopped working, so they switched to Dulera, which I was told is like Advair but more powerful. It still takes a couple of days to work and doesn't do anything against a coughing fit.

    The last 2 weeks, I've been coughing again. Went in to the doctor, she gave me Dulera and Nasonex. She said it could be asthma or allergy related. As I have the past few times, I asked if I could get tested for allergies or asthma (asked for a referral). As she said last time (as doctors have said before her): "Nah, it's not that bad, and you want to be sure you need to be tested before you spend that money."

    Now, it's not life threatening nor really all that inconveniencing (compared to everyone else), but I am sick of coughing! :-(

    Thanks for letting me rant.

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    For that just maintain your diet and physical activities as much as you can,Because this is how i feel that is all you actually need.Eat healthy and clean and when you are on full time job obviously you need to deal with it.I suggest you to be a little active make sometime for your walk and do that.
    Last edited by Bernardo; 06-22-2013 at 11:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerEmma View Post
    Abandoned thread: reignited!

    I'm currently really agitated with my celiac--just found out Zero chocolate bars have gluten in them. Out of all my favorite candy, all is left is Reese's cups... :s
    I hear ya, MerEmma... I'm always finding something that I can't eat anymore. Luckily, I did find a recipe for making my own flour, so I can still bake some of my favorite foods. If you don't have it yet, go find 'cooking for Isaiah', you'll be able to have cookies, pancakes, and pie again! Now for my own rant... I have lived most of my life with various food allergies--the first was cow's milk, which is the main reason my mom first got into dairy goats, because I can drink it. Strangely, it slowly declined to the point that I can eat it sparingly now. Around the time the milk allergy began to decline however, a wheat allergy slowly surfaced. At first it wasn't that bad, only giving me dry skin on my hands that itched and peeled... But it quickly got scary--closed up chest and throat with panic attacks. It's actually so bad I can't even SMELL bread without a reaction. Supposedly, there is a way to make your body friendly again with the 'energy' of foods. I got the energy work done... I could eat what I wanted for a while, but then it came back, along with extreme migraines when I get stressed. Come to find out, celiac runs in the family. It wasn't an allergy the whole time! I was celiac! Now both my parents, and one of my aunts are also off of gluten. It sometime makes me so mad when I think of all the 'treatments' I got put through to get rid of my 'allergies'... which only made matters worse. As soon as I walk into a grocery store, I immediately figure out where the bakery is, and stay the heck away from the entire region of the store. I've actually had to turn around and walk out of a store with an over-active bakery. And one more thing...Stay the heck away from Betty Crocker Gluten-Free line, it isn't really gluten-free, despite saying so on the label. grrr... Sometimes dealing with people who don't understand my food trouble is the worst--I've coined the term 'Marie Antoinette syndrome', for people who say something like, "oh, you can't eat stuff that has wheat in it? So you can't eat bread, right? Oh, then have this cookie, it isn't bread!" WTF
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    Quote Originally Posted by AniaR View Post
    The things I need to do to stay average healthy is like a freaking full time job. If anyone else worked as hard as I do and was a normal healthy person they'd have a freaking amazing body. But no, I work this hard to simply have some pain free hours, or some experiences that normal people get to have and I dont because of pain. Just feeling cranky because my body crashed today and I just cant do what I had set out for myself.
    I have 2 incurable illnesses that cause chronic pain and weakness, as well as insomnia. I've been doing physio therapy- stuff that would be easy for most, and it's hard and depressing and makes my body ache. Hard to stay positive when you gotta face all these mountains! I know I'll come around, just feeling down today
    This post is over a year old.
    May I ask whether you've gotten better?
    I suspect I might have a similar (or the same) illness, and I'm really at a loss sometimes.

    I used to be 100% healthy and working out on a daily basis (prof dancer) when I was bitten by a tick about 10 years ago.
    It infected me with 2 horrible diseases, which were misdiagnosed and not treated for almost a year.
    I found out what it had to be myself, and even then, doctors refused to test and treat me.
    I had to wait a long time to see a totally overworked specialist, who tested me positive, and then began the treatment.

    Sadly, all the usual meds didn't have much effect on me save one; it doesn't kill the beasts, it only delays them a bit.
    The meds themselves are also quite bad, so I'm between Scylla and Charybdis.
    I've been bedridden for several long years straight.
    If there is one day in the week when I'm not in excruciating pain, I mark it red in my calendar and am super happy.
    (It happens seldom.)
    Apart from pain, I suffer from vertigo, nausea, and all kinds of neuralgic disorders because the disease is in my brain.
    (At least I got them out of my heart somewhere along the line!)
    There was a time when by brain was so foggy I couldn't remember my own name.

    With all this, I'm practically alone, because officially, the disease "doesn't exist", or "it's cured after 2 weeks max.
    If you still have symptoms after, you're lying/dumb/mental".
    I wonder what will become of me once the specialist who is still prescribing me the delaying med will retire

    I brought this up here because just -maybe- someone among you has had a similar experience, and has a bright idea what else I could do.
    (Ignoring the pain and vertigo doesn't work, btw.
    I'm great with meditation and self-hypnosis and all, but with a sort of ongoing infection + fever, it's all useless sadly.)

    ^^All this is also the reason why I cannot stand cold water.
    I was ok in cold water before, but the infection actually likes cold, and if I swim for a while, I'll have a heavy bout of fever, severe aches, vertigo, etc, for several days afterward.

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    Oh shit. You have Lyme??? I am SO sorry. It's really become this super political disease. It's almost a dirty word because NO insurance wants to treat it due to how incredibly goddamned expensive it gets, because it really never is cured for a number of people. It can only be kept at bay. Doctors can lose their license if anyone knows they treat it.

    A vent not for me, but for a friend: she was just diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. She is quite obese. If she doesn't change her diet, she will need a transplant. I'm all for loving ones body no matter your shape, but dammit, obesity can fucking kill a person
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    Caltuna, if you haven't, you need to check out this documentary and perhaps contact its creators: http://www.underourskin.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakarotte View Post
    Oh shit. You have Lyme??? I am SO sorry. It's really become this super political disease. It's almost a dirty word because NO insurance wants to treat it due to how incredibly goddamned expensive it gets, because it really never is cured for a number of people. It can only be kept at bay. Doctors can lose their license if anyone knows they treat it.
    Yea, you got that right.
    The specialist who is treating me (and he for sure saved my life at that point) has been slandered, sued, and threatened to get his license withdrawn countless times over the years.
    People from ALL over Europe (and even Asia & US) come to him.
    It's crazy.
    He's cured and helped so many people over the years, it boggles the mind.
    Sadly, I'm one of his worst cases.

    I know of the underourskin guys.
    The first time I've watched their movie's trailer, I cried.
    My mother (who also has Lyme, just not quite as bad as me yet) is active in several support groups, so if any new treatment comes up, we'll know.
    The bad news is, that there is not really being done much research regarding antibiotics at all, because-
    you guessed it- it's not lucrative.
    You can make so much more cash to just let the people be sick.

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    Edit: Okay, this got LONG. I'm not even going into the other health issues I deal with, but as long as this is the VENT thread about health, here's mine.

    TL;DR: I have asthma. It is bad. It is made worse by the habits of others. It really sucks.

    Asthma since childhood. Most of the time it's under control. It's pretty bad, but having dealt with it since childhood, I've done pretty dang well. I use nutrition as my first line of defense, herbs as my second (I studied herbs extensively, learned what reduces inflammation, thins mucus, fights infections), and medications last because I have pretty bad reactions to most of them- rescue inhalers at least only cause me mild problems. I use them if I have to breathe, of course. I've approached it from every angle, done so much research, and my doctors have been really helpful. Unfortunately, steroids, often given for asthma because it reduces inflammation in the airways, cause serious problems with my depression- steroids have been seen to cause mood disorders, and in fact my docs believe it's why my depression is what it is and untreatable- but you have a choice... breathe or not? And I can't take steroids unless I have no choice, because of the physical problems they cause me- pain, a lot of pain, like sunburn under my skin, sore joints, and a stomach like clay... it's like having a really bad flu. So I have to do what I can and be ever vigilant about keeping away from things that make my asthma react. Cats, chemicals, mold/mildew, perfume, and tobacco smoke.

    And people wonder why I won't take public transportation.

    Growing up, I was in and out of hospitals often, and I could not partake in most physical activities, or walk up a flight of stairs without stopping to catch my breath. Now, I can walk a mile (not easily, but I can), and I can work out for 40 minutes if I take my inhaler first. Swimming is also a wonderful activity, of course, but I've no pool and the water downstairs at the beach is very crowded, and mostly surfing-only.

    Unfortunately, my asthma is extremely tobbaco-smoke reactive, and smokers are everywhere. Everywhere. And since it's legal and an addiction, it's really difficult to approach what might be an otherwise considerate person and ask them, for instance, not to smoke outside my window. Most are just so defensive- just like with any addiction, and just like anyone who does something a lot of people probably give them shit for. I love when I run into a considerate smoker. But usually it's not that way. I walk everywhere because I don't have a car, and it does keep my lungs stronger- physical exercise is a must, even though I have breathing problems through it- it's worse without it. So I walk, someone lights up in front of me, and I can't help that it gives me a coughing fit, and it can land me in the ER. But I've yet to see a smoker see this happen and say, "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't see someone there." Generally, they give me shit for it, assuming I'm faking, and are assholes about it. I don't fancy having a coughing fit while I'm walking my child around, but it happens. My daughter is only 3 and she knows so well, that she alerts me- "Mama, smokers!" and "Mama, smoke's coming in the window!"

    I avoid it as much as possible. If I see someone smoking, we stop and wait til the wind blows, or change direction, or whatever I can, but I can't avoid it all the time. You just can't. It doesn't even have to be THE smoke. Residue does it- if it's on someone's cloeths. The air in someone's lungs who just smoked does it. Someone smokes and then talks to me, I have run the other way. If someone just smoked, and comes into a store, and walks down my aisle, again, I either can't breathe or have a coughing fit. And sometimes, my lungs simply seize up, and stop working. No coughing, just no breathing.

    GAH!! I'm so sick of it!! Stupid lungs. And stupid toxic smoke.

    But this isn't an anti-smoking post, it's just what I have to deal with. But I'm so damn sick of someone else's habits making me sick. I think anyone would be. No matter how it was happening.

    I have a respiratory infection right now because someone downstairs keeps smoking and I run and close my windows, but it's gotten in already, and my lungs can't take it. And what can I do? They're outside their own apartment, or in it, and have every right. I would like the right to breathing cleaner air, but I can't do a damn thing about it. Thank gods for the ocean breeze, I can't imagine how much worse it would be.

    The salt air helps, too.

    Basically, I need to live where there are no people around. People mean cigarette smoke at some point. And it's summer- windows need to be open, I have a child in here, dammit.

    So depressing. I know if I had a car (which I can't possibly afford), I'd never walk anywhere, I'd drive around with windows up and A/C on. When I am in a car, and someone lights up or is smoking in their car near me, I do have to do that, anyway. And on the freeway and in parking garages because of car exhaust.

    I cannot imagine what it must be like to have lungs that are unaffected by cigarette smoke. Must be amazing to walk around wherever you want and your friends can smoke, and you don't have to run for clean air. (ETA- in case this comes across wrong, I don't WANT to be around smoke, but I'm tired of it making me run the other way, since it is almost everywhere people are.)

    Must be fecking amazing to wake up breathing all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepblue View Post
    I cannot imagine what it must be like to have lungs that are unaffected by cigarette smoke. Must be amazing to walk around wherever you want and your friends can smoke, and you don't have to run for clean air.
    ...I wouldn't recommend that for anyone.
    Cigarette and cigar smoke is highly poisonous, and cancer inducing.
    It's nothing you should expose yourself to, no matter what.
    It's a sad fact that smoking would be prohibited (along with alcohol) if it didn't make the industry and government so much money.

    Like always; money's more worth than people's lives.
    Sad but true.

    My first job was working in an office.
    I was there in a room together with no less than six chain-smokers.
    I made it 2 days, then I had a smoke poisoning.
    The physician actually thought I must have been in a burning building and barely escaped until I told him
    "Nossir, 'twas just a few chain smokers."

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    Oh I agree. I'd hate it anyway- on the grounds that it stinks, is toxic, and an addictive substance- but I don't want to make this about smoking, we definitely have smokers here, because that's the likelihood and I don't want them feeling put on the defensive, because it starts a whole thing and this isn't the place for it.

    But since you can't escape it most of the time, so I'd rather be one of those people who feel unaffected by it. Of course. Thank goodness our restaraunts and clubs and bars are smokeless. I'd never be able to go anywhere.
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    My colds went to 12 months a year. I was told to stop all sugar intake and start honey (who heard of a beekeeper with a cold). I have one teaspoon with my coffee every morning and have only sniffed the last weeks (it hasn't stopped raining here in about 2 weeks).
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    I wish I didn't have epilepsy. I hate Keppra, and all it's effects on my thoughts, and I hate my doctors, since they don't listen to a word I say. I'm sick of my mom siding with doctors who sound like broken records, and I'm sick of not being involved in my own treatment. I know for a fact that Keppra is making everything worse in reality, but the doctors only look at the tests on paper. What they fail to understand is that when they see "more seizure activity", it doesn't mean I'm doing worse. The seizure activity they saw before I was medicated didn't affect my awareness. I only had one severe seizure in my entire life before starting on Keppra. These increased absence and grand mal seizures are stripping me of any privacy I thought I had (if I'm too quiet for too long, or drop something, someone comes to my "rescue". I can't swim unless my mom or dad- not just a buddy, one of them- is there, absolutely no climbing). They can't tell me it's coincidence that I started having one big seizure (absence or grand mal) a month after starting Keppra. And now they want me to take more medications?? If these people can't even look at a calender and see these connections, I don't want them to treat me- but wait. I'm just a dumb minor here, I don't have a choice in the matter, it's my mom's decision, and she agrees with them. The only thing I can do is refuse to put the stuff in my body, and hope my dad can find a way to help me before these people drive me insane.

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    Thank you for starting this thread Raina. Sometimes it just gives relief to vent out things like this. And reading through all these posts makes me realize I'm not alone with my health problems no matter how big or small they are.

    Some of my health problems I've been dealing with for a while now and some have come on quite recently. I have lots of lower back problems. I've had them since I was 18, some of my discs are very worn down, giving me quite a bit of pain and a vast majority of my muscles in my back seize up when ever too much pressure gets put on my back from either sitting too long or standing or when I don't exercise enough. I finally started going to a chiropractor in 2010 and for a while my chiropractor and I thought I would never be able to do mermaiding because of the pressure I would be putting on my back when making the dolphin kick movement. I felt very disheartened about that because it was that year when I discovered mermaiding. I also have pre-arthritis in my knees and an old foot injury that acts up from time to time. I also suffer with anxiety which at times can make me very fearful and used to lead to a lot of panic attacks when I was younger. I am grateful to be getting that under control now.

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