Thursday, October 21, 2010
If you have read my recent previous posts you’d know that I have been having some real gut problems over the last couple of months. This all came to a head a week ago. I had my regular appointment with my Dr and while I was there I had some kind of attack or something. I suddenly felt like I was going to faint, pins and needles, sweating etc … it was yucky. My blood pressure was fine and so was my blood sugar, so don’t really know what exactly happened. My Dr did order some more gut related tests for me though. When I got home I felt totally drained and nauseous and went to bed. That was a week ago and I have been virtually bed ridden since, I didn’t even manage a shower until today.
The tests I had were for Helicobacter, pancreatic function and parasites. When the test results came back I was positive for all of them. The inflamed pancreas was no surprise because this has been a chronic issue for me for the last 3 years. I have seen several gastroenterologists and had scans, xrays, colonoscopy, endoscopy and although the results always show an inflamed pancreas all the Dr’s are at a loss to explain why and they all have said go away for 6 months and see if it settles down. Clearly it hasn’t.
The parasite is Blastocystis. I had it once about 2 years ago before I had CFS and it made me feel like death even then so it must be having a big influence on my current level of functionality.
Helicobacter is something that I really knew nothing about other than that it was what causes stomach ulcers. Apparently it is known for causing extreme fatigue and muscle weakness in some people. It has also been linked to migraines, food intolerance and of lots of other chronic illnesses. So, I am extremely pleased that we discovered I had this. While I am not getting my hopes up it is possible that once I get rid of this I may improve significantly and maybe not have to spend 24hrs a day in my apartment. How exciting would that be!!!!
I have today started treatment for the Helicobacter, it’s a combination of antibiotics and acid lowering medication that you take for 7 days. Once this s sorted then I can treat the Blastocystis parasite. The pancreas issue I think I will just have to live with. I have noticed that it usually only gives me trouble when I have other gut stuff going on, I guess it gets irritated or something. So maybe it will just settle anyway once I clear up these other problems.
I still feel really really unwell, totally crashed, in fact I am sleeping around 20 hours a day!!! I know, unbelievable. Hopefully in a few weeks my gut will be happier and the rest of my body will perk up. Just the thought of that is really making me grin :P
If anyone else has had any experience with any of these things please leave me a comment and let me know your experience.