Here We Go Again

So much going on, so little time.  I’m sorry I’ve been unable to update.

 

My right hip is fantastic.  I have very little problem with it.  Sometimes my right adductor gets a little tight, but nothing like it was.  I’m not sure if it’s due to my therapies or what, but I’m not going to complain.

 

My left hip, on the other hand, sucks.  I was worried this would happen.  I’ve been doing MAT for over a month now and I’ve done a couple of Feldenkrais sessions.  Both, I feel, are very beneficial and helpful to me right now, but I no longer think my left hip is compensating.

 

My left hip almost always hurts.  Last week, a couple of nights while laying down for bed, it hurt so bad that I had to take some leftover surgery pain pills and ibuprofen.  This is a huge thing for me because I hated taking the pain pills even after surgery.  I hate taking ibuprofen, period.  I finally just emailed my surgeon’s PA and asked her what she thought.  I have my 6 month follow up in April (by then technically it will be about 8 months).  She wants me to do X-Rays and a MRA (Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram, they inject dye into the joint and do a MRI) before my appointment so at least I’ll get some answers the day of instead of waiting a week.

The house hunting is on hold for now because of this.  Originally I was going to put off surgery if I needed it until next year, but I seriously cannot take much more of this pain.  I’m SO done with this hip stuff.  My friend Jessica said, “Hey, at least you only have 2 hips.”  That’s the bright side of it, I guess.   I’m praying for it just being compensation, but I really don’t think that’s the case.

 

Pre-op photo taken from my blog about my right hip.  The left bone structure looks virtually the same.

 

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I’ve made some nutrition changes.  I’ve started doing paleo, although it’s hard since I’m back and forth from house to house.  I’m doing it to help rid my body of inflammation.  I was talking to my MAT guy about it, and turns out he does paleo too.  He said he feels great doing it. (He has had 2 hip labral tear surgeries and he’s a personal trainer, and very fit.)  I trust he knows what he’s talking about too.

First “real” Paleo Meal.  Hamburger w/onions, Sweet potato wedges and Roasted Brussel Sprouts in Coconut Oil. Yum!
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I have also started supplementing with Magnesium.  I take “Natural Calm” and so far it seems to help with some muscle tightness.  I was listening to a podcast that even if you eat a healthy diet, that most people (80% or so) are magnesium deficient.  Our soil is so devoid of nutrients that even if you did eat healthy foods, then you still probably aren’t getting what you need.  My sister in law has started taking it too and it has helped her rest better, her muscles are less tight, and I think it’s helped her restless leg at night.

 

I’ll continue to update as soon as I know more.  Seems like a never ending story.

Paleo/Primal Lifestyle

I’ve been researching the past few months about the Paleo lifestyle.  Mainly for the health benefits, one being decreased inflammation in the body.  I have not been able to start it yet, as you have to cook almost everything from home (at least to start out.)  As you know, I do not have a home yet, I have been jumping around from family to friend’s houses while looking for a house to buy.  This snowy weather has not helped the buying process since most people aren’t so keen on putting their house up for sale when it’s 19 degrees out and 4 inches of snow.

Back to Paleo, though…

I have my own digestive problems, along with joint issues.  My Crohn’s disease is pretty much under control with the standard american diet (SAD), although I shop mostly at Sprouts and Whole Foods when I can.  That doesn’t mean that the SAD is the best choice.

There are many books that I’ve read recently that I would recommend you to read if you’re interested in trying the Paleo lifestyle.
Here are the links to them:
Wheat Belly
Practical Paleo <— My favorite
Against All Grain
Well Fed
It Starts With Food

Obviously switching to this way of eating will not be easy.  I am going to give myself a couple of months to see how it effects me.  I’m sure I have food intolerances that I’m not aware that are causing me these muscle aches.  I recently found out that I’m allergic/intolerant to bananas.  I have been for awhile, but it never connected until the other day that the banana was what was causing my burning stomach issues.
I was under the impression that bananas were healing for the stomach, so that’s what I ate when I started getting the acid reflux last year.  Little did I know that I was just making things worse.

Apparently bananas give me horrible stomach cramps, burning, and diarrhea.  Go figure.  No telling what else I’m eating that I’m intolerant to and it’s coming out in the form of muscle aches and pains.

If I could just get rid of the pains, or at least minimize them significantly, I would probably be on the road to running again.  It’s my goal this year.  To run.  That’s all.  It’s my light at the end of the tunnel and I WON’T GIVE UP.

I’m still doing my Muscle Activation Technique and I will be doing some private sessions for the Feldenkrais Method.  Once I start them, I will give a little bit more details about it.

I refuse to accept defeat with this muscle/hip stuff.  It’s burdened me for too long and I am ready to rid myself of it.

For now on this wintery/snowy day; I will cuddle with Dexter, sip my coffee and watch old I Love Lucy reruns.
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Natural Remedies for Gastritis & Digestive Issues

I tried my gluten free diet and I’m done with it.  I didn’t notice any difference in it, if anything it made me feel worse.  Almost every single day I would have these debilitating migraines with nausea.  I don’t know if it was withdrawals, but I could barely function at work so I stopped after a week and a half.  I put gluten back into my diet and it didn’t really affect me negatively, but the headaches stopped.

As I said before, I decided not to take any pharmaceuticals and try the natural approach.  My stomach is slowly but surely getting better.  The thing with natural treatments, is that the healing is slower so you have to be patient.  It’s not an instantaneous thing.

*Disclaimer*  I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Please consult your physician or naturopath before starting any of these medications to make sure there will be no interactions between these medications and the ones you are taking now.   I am not responsible for what you decide to take, this is just some information on what is helping me.

Natural remedies I’m using now and seem to be working:

1. L-Glutamine: A lot of people use this supplement for weight lifting as it is an amino acid that helps with muscle building. It also helps with digestive issues, healing the stomach lining.  I take 1000mg daily on an empty stomach.  I use the capsules, but I break open the capsules and take them with water.  They do not have a taste.

2. Mastic Gum:  It has been used for a long time to treat gastritis that was caused by H.Pylori.  I do not have H.Pylori but I take it anyway because it helps heal the gut as well.  I take 2 capsules a day on an empty stomach.  I take it for 30 days, and I’m almost done with it.

3. Zinc: I take 50 mg of Zinc a day with meals, if not it can irritate your stomach.  I’ve heard that Zinc plus Carnosine is even better than just Zinc itself.  Once I finish this bottle, I’ll be checking that out.

4. Probiotics: I drink Kefir daily which has many different good bacteria.  I also take 2 probiotics daily with meals.  I believe my gut was severely deficient in the good bacteria.

5. Manuka Honey 16+:  This is really expensive because it’s not like regular honey and it definitely doesn’t taste like it.  You get used to the taste.  I usually take 1 teaspoon twice a day with a banana (which is also good for the stomach lining).

6. Vitamin B Complex: I take 1 sublingual twice a day.  It tastes like utter horror, but who knows?

Things I’ve tried that I don’t think helped that much:
1. DGL Licorice tablets:  Chewable tablets, tasted gross and I almost gagged.  Maybe if I give them another chance.  It was just really really gross.

2. Aloe Vera Juice (the inner filet):  Also very very gross.

3. Digestive Enzymes:  Probably should’ve waited until my stomach healed before trying these.  They were a little rough on my stomach and made the acid reflux a million times worse.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar:   Same as above.

Eventually I hope to be rid of this.  My kidney/bladder thing is done, I’m feeling more energetic definitely.  I also hope to hear back so I know a little bit more when I can have my hip surgery.  That’s kind of been on the back burner since all of this stomach stuff started.

IN OTHER NEWS>>>

ALLIE is back!  She is sooooo funny and awesome and HONEST.
Probably my favorite blog in the world.
Hyperbole and a Half

 

Gluten Free Shopping is Hard.

Since I am doing a trial period to see if no gluten will help all of my issues, I had to get some new foods.  I went to Sprouts and Whole Foods, which is where I grocery shop anyway, and found some good finds…  I have yet to try the gluten free bread, I bought two different kinds so I’ll put my reviews of both on here later.

The thing about eating lately, is that I don’t really enjoy it anymore, at least most of the time.

I used to get excited about food. Sadly?  I even obsessed about it, which is probably why I’m not in the best shape of my life at the moment, coupled with my lack of exercise due to my hip.

I sometimes find myself putting off eating until I hit the point of absolute hunger.  I know that’s not ideal and not good for my body, but the usual pain and discomfort that comes with eating just sucks.  I think I’ve lost about 5 pounds and I’m not even trying.  Luckily, I need to lose weight so it’s not that big of a deal.  If I was already underweight then it would be a problem.

If anyone has some suggestions on good gluten free blogs, recipes, or products that I should try, let me know!  I’m open to anything!

IN OTHER NEWS…

My dog is ridiculous and cute.

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AND I got my hair colored finally and cut!

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Colonoscopy Time!

WARNING: If you get grossed out about stuff, you should probably skip this post.
I didn’t include my pictures, so be thankful for that.

I had my 6th colonoscopy yesterday along with an EGD.  I decided to add on the colonoscopy (I know, what was I smoking?) in order to rule out ALL bowel and stomach possibilities.

The Prep actually was the best prep I’ve had in years, and I always say that the prep is the worst part of a colonoscopy.  Not eating, drinking clear liquids, drinking salty awfulness, and sitting on a toilet all the time is not my idea of a good day.  As with most things, it’s temporary and it got me closer to an answer on what my dealio is.  The Prep this time was a whole thing of Miralax, which is TASTELESS!!  I was also supposed to drink 10 oz of Magnesium Citrate, but I didn’t.  I’m probably the worst patient ever.  I really am.  Before you start judging me, I didn’t drink the Mag Citrate because my stool was already the color it needed to be (clear yellow.)  IF it wasn’t that color, then I would’ve drank it.  I didn’t figure there would be any harm… and there wasn’t, everything was visualized just fine.

Nicholas went with me since I was to be sedated and needed a driver afterward.  I have sucky veins so after 2 attempts my nurse got my IV in the wrist, which wasn’t pleasant.

Once I got into the procedure room, I was a chatty Cathy, probably because I was a little nervous.  I don’t think the CRNA who was giving me the drugs was in a talky mood so he gave me some Versed real quick.

Next thing I know I’m waking up with my doctor and Nicholas at my bedside and I’m farting passing wind (that’s more lady like) like crazy.  They pump you full of air and it’s imperative you expel that air or you will be in a lot of pain.

Good News:
-No ulcers
-My bowel looked normal, no sign of active Crohn’s anywhere!
-Esophagus looked normal
-Small Intestine looked normal
Bad News:
-Gastritis in the body and antrum of my stomach
He took a biopsy of this, suspecting H.Pylori
– GERD
– Acid Reflux

While all this stuff sucks and it’s painful, I am so blessed that nothing worse showed up.  I’m a hypochondriac so I always think the worst of things.  I was suspecting ulcers, diverticulitis, and maybe even a fistula.  Thank God none of those things were there.

I have a suspicion that my diet is affecting my stomach and I’m beginning to wonder if I have a gluten intolerance.  I know a lot of people are doing it as a fad/diet nowadays, and I know a couple of people who have Celiac disease and they absolutely CANNOT eat gluten.

I’ve decided to do a two week stent of no gluten foods.  I don’t think it’s going to be easy, but I’ll be looking online for recipes and blogs that have gluten free ideas.  If this helps me feel better, then it will be worth it to stick to it.  A small price to pay to not feel sick and be in pain.

In other health news:
++ My hip still feels better after the cortisone shot, it’s weird not having that pain there.  Surgery is still inevitable, but this is nice while it’s lasting.

++ I think my kidney infection might be cleared up or getting close to it.

++ I also have bronchitis now, I can’t resist…. ain’t nobody got time for that.  Well apparently I do now.

THANK you to everyone who has been praying for me and sending good thoughts out.
It means so much that all you people care about me!  I have the best family and friends a girl could ask for!