This is a follow up post to my previous blog post on 1/9/14 (http://www.sparkpeople.com/my
So, more exciting news (not!) from yesterday's doctor's visit. She tested for a few more things and re-ran some of the other tests as well to re-check some levels.
Good news: some of the red blood cell levels came back up into the normal range, but she thinks I'm still slightly anemic due to low iron saturation. It probably looked worse before because of the miscarriage.
Bad news: the WBC was still really high and she thinks there are both viral and bacterial infections (b/c of the type of WBC that were so high - lymphocytes and neutrophils) and she tested further into the inflammation issue (specifically rheumatoid arthritis) and even though the level was high, she doesn't think I have that specific autoimmune disease, but my Antinuclear Antibodies level was quite high, so she mentioned Lupus, but we are testing further to verify. I don't typically have joint pain, even with working out at the gym, and I don't have a lot of the symptoms listed for either RA or Lupus. Either way, autoimmune disease is bad because it means my own immune system is attacking healthy tissue and is not strong enough to fight the viruses/infections I have, it's weak and compromised!
To get my immune system back to normal, she wants me to do a regimen of IV infusion sessions (high doses of vitamins), Ondamed® energy therapy treatments and transfer factor therapy (pills) over the next 8-12 weeks. She says I have an amazing constitution to be able to handle having all of this and still have the energy to go to the gym and not have joint pain, but I'm also 36, she said if I was 45, it may be very different.
Along with the treatments, she wants me to start on an autoimmune diet ASAP. She said that's how she eats -- only veggies, fruit and beans. You should have seen my face --- what???
I *JUST* had this amazing breakthrough, realization, light bulb moment last week and decided to change my diet to a clean eating plan and now we're going to restrict it EVEN MORE????? Because I was in quite a shocked state, I blurted out that I just bought a ton of chicken and I didn't know if I could do it, blah blah blah...
She told me to get a book and at least try it for 30 days and see if I feel better. I've searched online for autoimmune diet books/cookbooks and they all seem to be tied to the paleo diet which is obviously not vegan and does NOT allow you to eat beans. So, now I'm confused. But since I told her that would be too drastic of a change right away, maybe I should start in that direction with one of these books:
They're #1, 2 and 3 highest rated books on amazon using the keywords autoimmune diet. I'll keep reading the reviews and see which one looks like the best to buy. I checked my library's database and they have the 1st book, but it's checked out and on-hold as soon as it returns!
Wow... overwhelming! I went from super happy, gonna-be-clean-eating-girl back into an almost depressed-slump of a girl.
But if anyone has advice on this style of eating or has an autoimmune disease/disorder or been through something similar, please do share... does it get easier??
I feel like I've given it my 100% all ... where can I find the strength to give more?
Trying to stay positive... until next time...