Insurance & Gut Issues.


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Solie said:
There was the whole spiel about going against medical advice, but alas, they send me home with some antibiotics.

My BF, who had been extremely supportive throughout all of this contacted an MD, to get a second opinion. Basically we were told that the antibiotic protocol was absolutely one of our better options. Although we were on the right track, I still had other issues that remained unexplained, like the blood in the stool that still requires attention, (even though I haven't noticed any blood as of recent) she recommended that when I finally get my insurance to go see a couple of specialist.

Every day after that, the pain was still very intense. I didn't really eat much. Although I got hungry; my stomach would growl; I felt full. And while I understand that sounds strange, that's the best way I could explain it. I was very bloated and my stomach protruded out noticeably.

And this brings me to today. The pains have been subsiding slowly day by day. I'm finally able to stand, and walk up straight, which I wasn't able to do prior. I'm finally getting my appetite back, and while I still feel weak from the whole experience, I feel myself regaining my strength.

I already have plans to go to an OBG (since I never did see one at the hospital), as well as a Gastroenterology. So as of now I will continue the antibiotics, try and keep my diet as clean as possible, and once I get my insurance, I will follow up with a couple of specialist.

I'm glad the pain is slowly subsiding, Solie. Doing an antibiotic protocol seems to help, which is a good sign, and I think means that there may be a pretty strong bacterial infection. One thing that helped me with gut healing, and perhaps you can give it a try once everything has subsided, and you're completely okay again, is l-glutamine. I had the powder form and I would put that in a glass of water, about a teaspoon. Maybe you can have a bit of anti-parasitic wormwood as well (I got the non-alcoholic tincture), I don't know if that helped me, but I took some drops in a glass of water for a couple of weeks, just in case (that was after I had some sharp pains a bit similar to the pains you described, but not as severe). Here's some interesting info on blood in stool that I just found in connection with parasites.

But yeah, maybe it is worth a try once you're better, your appetite is fully back, and you have more energy. Though, if there are ulcers involved, I wouldn't take wormwood at all, as some sources say it's not good to take it in that case. So, just a thought! I hope you can get to the source of it with a specialist and get a good treatment protocol, and feel better soon. Hang in there!


The Living Force
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Wow Solie! That was an ordeal indeed!

I think that the best thing to do now is to find a good medical doctor, maybe a specialist (gastroenterologist) or if you happen to learn about a good holistic MD that can guide you, it will be great. I know it's hard to find someone, but maybe you can do a little research when you get better.

I had a very similar issue to the one you describe last year, with the severe pain on the bottom-right side of the abdomen (which is were the colon is) and they also found out that I had a few small cysts on my ovary that time (yet, they didn't think that was the issue). The difference is that I was high on fever and I had noticeable signs of infection in the blood tests. From what I can gather, you didn't have fever and your blood work didn't show an infection, right?

One thing I would recommend that seems to have helped me a lot in healing my gut is chicken soup and bone broth. It seems that chicken has some special proteins that help repair the gut, as well as bone broth. And it's also very easy to digest so it doesn't stress your digestive system while it's healing.

Bone broth is excellent for "healing and sealing" your gut, to use Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride term. Dr. Campbell's GAPS Nutritional Protocol, described in her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), centers around the concept of "healing and sealing" your gut through your diet.

Broth or "stock" plays an important role as it's easily digestible, helps heal the lining of your gut, and contains valuable nutrients. Abnormalities in your immune system are a common outcome of GAPS, and such immune abnormalities can then allow for the development of virtually any degenerative disease...

And another one:

Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul: There’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather. All bone broths — beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more — are staples in the traditional diets of every culture and the basis of all fine cuisine. That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and they boost healing.

Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly can be boiled and then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.

Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation explain that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. (1)

A study of chicken soup (broth) conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center wondered what it was in the soup that made it so beneficial for colds and flu. Researchers found that the amino acids that were produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and improved digestion. Also, research is proving it can also boost the immune system and heal disorders like allergies, asthma and arthritis. (2)


2. Good for the Gut

Studies show that gelatin is beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract. A report published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that gelatin effectively supports intestinal health and integrity. (4)

Bone broth is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system, unlike many other foods, which can be difficult to fully break down. After all, a food is really only useful if we have the means of absorbing its nutrients.

Studies have found that in individuals with digestive imbalances, serum concentrations of collagen are decreased. (5) Because the amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and entire GI tract, supplementing with collagen can support healthy digestive function.

I know it's a bit difficult but I followed an adapted version of the GAPS protocol for a 2 to 3 months, eating only chicken and bone broth with veggies that are safe for me and I really felt noticeable changes in my digestive system. I started to have a better digestion and got relieved from constipation issues.

Also, you can try incorporating fermented foods to your diet in order to balance your gut flora. With that, it's better to start slowly and when you are feeling better, because even probiotics in high doses can trigger a response in the ones who are very sensitive. There's also the probiotic enemas, but I wouldn't recommend that until you are feeling well enough.

I hope you continue to get better! And keep us posted :hug:
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