Weird protocol side effects: the search for answers
So, by approximately December 2007 and in less than a year, I had gone from feeling healthy, in love, and with a future that seemed full of possibilities (I was finishing my degree and was eager to get a job related to my studies and stop the student jobs), to sick, doubting that my relationship would be able to handle the nutty circumstances (we had already spent more time together with me being sick than healthy), living a close to hell situation at home (because of my parents thinking I was delusional and not handling the situation AT ALL) and doubting my professional future too.
I was not in a good place, physically or emotionally.
Below, the symptoms that I was experiencing, my ND’s opinion at that point, and the temporal or definitive solution that was found to the problem. By this time, I still had the on and off nausea, bloating, stomach pains; although not as persistent as in the beginning of infection. Pinworm feeling in rectum also remained. But, symptoms that scared me most were:
Symptom: My bowel movements were totally bright green, greasy, and had whole food in them (which meant that I was not assimilating/digesting some or a lot of the food that I was eating). In fact, in about 3 months I went from my normal weight of 51-53 kg (I’m about 1,58cm tall, so I’m small) to 45 kg. I didn’t look good! I think this was due to both the strict candida diet that I was following and everything else that was going on with me.
Practitioner’s opinion: My practitioner was totally lost on the reaction I had had to his protocol. I had more stool tests carried on, and it turned out that the parasite that did appear in samples (B.Hominis) had gone from “some cysts” in 1 of 3 samples, to “abundant cysts” in 3 of 3 samples. I had another stool panel carried on which confirmed intestinal candida and intestinal dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria). So, after all these tests & my symptoms, his theory was that the Wormwood and Black Walnut Formula had destroyed all the good bacteria in my gut and the parasites (he only acknowledged B.Hominis which was diagnosed through samples) had become resistant and overgrown because of good bacteria being destroyed. He thought that was why my bowel movements where bright green (just like in babies that have no gut bacteria at all). He told me that he had no idea why this had happened and that I probably had a serious intestinal problem.
I visited other doctors those months, that thought everything was stress related. Anxiety was making my food transit faster and that was why I wasn’t digesting… (Yeps, when doctors don’t know what’s going on with you, it is just stress.)
Something else I recall is that for some months I experienced no gas at all (I’ve read lately that this can also be related to absence of good bacteria in the gut).
Solution: months later I found an integrative doctor that diagnosed me with a very inflamed gut, apart from the parasitosis, dysbiosis and candida. A special diet, that combined a candida diet with no raw food for about 2 months, plus digestive enzymes and some other supplements, improved this situation a lot. In fact, even now I’m aware that my gut does not deal with with too much raw veggies. I’ll give more info on this in future posts.
Symptom: Irreality sensation/ brain fog
I was VERY concerned and scared about this, and I think this mental state made me more depressed.
Practitioner’s opinion: My practitioner, who had first said that these symptoms were due to “die off”, due to the result of tests mentioned above, put aside this theory and had no idea what the reason for this was. I’ve had several theories for this throughout the years:
- Back then, information I researched made me think that this symptom could be related to a bad reaction to wormwood, because I read that it could have an adverse neurological effect for some people, even an irreversible neurological damage. This totally freaked me out while I was dealing with this symptom.
- Recently, though, someone I trust told me that I was probably very toxic at that moment and my body couldn’t handle the detox reaction caused by the treatment (because of toxins reentering the body)
- Recently, I’ve also thought that the formula I took might have been adulterated in some way or not of good quality. Who knows, really.
Solution: My brain “cleared” about 5 months after ending the protocol, without doing anything about it.
Mmm hard to put this in words so that someone that has not gone through this might be able to imagine. About 10 days after finishing the parasite protocol, I remember I was watching tv at night and I started to feel a wiggling sensation in my back and the back of my neck. Like something crawling under my skin. I did not pay a lot of attention to it, but in a few days/weeks, things got a lot worse. Wiggling multiplied and expanded to many other places. Back then “movements” were worse in head, abdomen and torax (also in extremities, but these were more occasional). In head (under scalp to put it more concretely) I would feel like a crawling sensation, like small things slithering and prickling all over specially at night. I would also feel like my head was “heating up” and actually had a temperature most nights…
In my next post I’ll describe scattering sensations more thoroughly. I think they are important enough to make a whole post about them.
Practitioner’s opinion: what I described was not possible according to him, so he thought I was delusional.
Solution: no solution to this day. Symptoms have improved and worsened on and off since 2008. In fact, I’ve been able to live a normal life with this reality. The fact that my body has kept the infection in shape for so long (only clearly worsening since January 2013), makes me think that, although there are things clearly wrong with my health and I think co-factors may have been building up at least for the last 10 years (more on this in future posts), my body is probably still strong in some way. And, I guess I have youth on my side too. Not sure things would be the same if I wasn’t still in my late-twenties.
Overall, I was more fatigued than usual too.
Symptoms that had actually improved with the ND’s treatment:
In fact, only one thing had improved – in only one month, my vagina was a lot better from following the strict candida diet. Itchiness had decreased a lot and the cuts were healing.
So, happy that something was at least better, but considering that I was in a much worse state in general, this did not comfort me much. But it was something.
I did start feeling better in a few months with the help of another doctor. I’ll be telling about this soon.
" I would feel like a crawling sensation, like small things slithering and prickling all over specially at night. I would also feel like my head was “heating up” and actually had a temperature most nights..."
I can understand your doctor being skeptical; however, crawling/slithering sensations in ADDITION to 'heating up' and temperatures is an indication of an infection of some kind. What kind is the real question that should be looked into deeper. Without doubts, get as many physicians to look at you who will do proper testing in this area.
I am not a physician but I'd like to take a stab at this. If sufficient testing has been done to rule out actual worms and their cysts, you could have a different type of parasite infection going on causing the body to react. Could it be that the crawling/slithering feeling is an infection of a different kind that has reached that area? I haven't read enough to know if those sensations can be possibly related to bacterium or fungi with nerve endings reacting to the invasion. Is it possible for the brain to react to the intrusion but the interpretation has come across to you as crawling? I hope I'm making some sense with conveying my thoughts. Again, I don't have enough information about the matter or your situation.
If you're still having problems in the head with an increase of activity whether it be pain or heating up, and temperatures it might be wise for you to take aggressive action rather than a passive position with more testing.
Yes, I agree with you on the "aggressive action rather than a passive position with more testing". I'm looking into it. As you know, it isn't easy to deal with physicians when addressing symptoms like these. But it is just part of the fight.
Something that has always gotten me thinking is "where" exactly these "sensations" come from. I'm not a doctor either, but I do know that in theory (and practice?), there is no sensitivity IN the brain (this makes it possible for surgeons to do brain surgery with patients wide awake, doesn't it?). I don't know about the sensitivity ON the brain. I did read months ago that all the outer layers of the brain (layers that cover the brain and are placed between the brain and the skull) DO have sensitivity. So maybe this could be the real place where "the infection" (whatever type) is taking place. But again, I don't have enough knowledge to make weighthy theories on any of this, these are just assumptions from a person dealing with these symptoms and trying to find answers.
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