Feelin’ My Soles…

Today I went to walk barefoot to the mailbox and it kind of hurt!  That sounds bad, but it’s actually awesome. 

The sensation is really returning to the soles of my feet.  Combo of Paleo diet, exercise and major vitamin supplements, especially lots of B12 is working!  Maybe 85% sensation is back now.  I could feel all the little sharp stones under my foot as I walked – it was amazing.  I think the nerves are still healing, as it hurt more than it maybe should – like it was extra sensitive, but it was exciting to walk on asphalt & not feel like I already had shoes on!  It’s progress!  

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Great doctor visit with endocrinologist – yay Paleo!

Had a great checkup with the endocrinologist today.  She was super dubious about my diet last year, but now she says “Keep doing it!”  My A1c is 6.1 and she’s convinced it will be even lower next time.  My cholesterol labs were “amazing.”

She was a bit concerned about my ongoing fatigue so she ordered a sleep study and a CBC & B12 test to check for B12 deficiency/anemia that might have resulted from gluten issues & antacids.

She seems to be on board with the whole gluten-free diet now after my labs improved even more than last year.  My thyroid is back to normal (for me) now that I’m doing about 150 carbs/day rather than 20-50.

Looking forward to two other checkups soon – I used to dread doctor visits but now they are great!  I used to be in a state of increasing health deterioration and now it’s going the other direction – healthier with each visit!

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Looking Forward To Colonoscopy!

My health has improved so dramatically in the past year that I’m actually looking forward to my upcoming endoscopy/colonoscopy on May 8th!  

This will be about my 10th colonoscopy & 4th endoscopy.  I had two carcinoid growths removed previously and lots of benign polyps.

Usually I DREAD these procedures, but I’m kind of excited!  I’m not going to mention my new diet to the doctor in advance.  He’s been treating me for 14 years (I’m his youngest colon cancer patient ever) so it will be so cool if he notices a big improvement!!!

I’ll always be considered high risk, but if I can lengthen the time between follow-up procedures that would be wonderful.  It’s usually 2 years, but sometimes only a month or six months in between if they find something.  Big hopes for this now that my acid reflux is resolved by going gluten free.  Fingers crossed!

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Magnesium + B12 = Magic!

Wow.  Just…..wow!  I figured out, finally, via Dr. Google Search, that most of my remaining health issues could be attributed to Magnesium and B12 defiency. 

What gave this additional support is that I took the max dosage – or more – of Extra-strength antacids daily for 14 years due to severe gluten intolerance issues.  Apparently antacid abuse is a common cause of these defiencies. Also, the top of my feet turned very yellow and I developed a bad twitch recently in my left eye.  These also came up as possible signs of deficiency.

I had tried B12 before, but I this time I purchased a high potency liquid form that you hold in your mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing.  Two days later, my energy and mood is already improving!! Significantly!! 

I ordered a high-absorption magnesium lysine in the mail, but in the meantime I got some calcium citrate & magnesium at the store and and trying to eat more magnesium-rich foods & bathing with Epsom salts.  Really hopeful this will help with my peripheral numbness, cognitive issues, energy and fat loss.  It’s supposed to impact insulin & mitochondria.   This might be the final missing link in my N=1 self-improvement process!

This is making me think that I need to get formally  tested so I can determine any further extreme  nutritional deficiencies.  I’m taking a liquid multivitamin also but I just ordered some more of the Primal Blueprint master defense formula as that works the best for me.   Still also taking L-Glutamine, a probiotic, digestive enzymes and fish oil.  I dropped the diuretic.

Fingers crossed!!  I’ll report back on the results!

UPDATE:  my energy peaks when I take the B12 but then it fades but lasts longer each time.  I was taking 5.000 mcg twice a day (Now Foods Ultra B12 liquid) but I’ll back it off to just 5,000 mcg once per day now.  My feeling is returning much faster to my bad leg & feet now!!  Also, I lost 3 lbs in 3 days!!

Watched a scary You Tube video on B12 deficiency  and it was like my autobiography.  Glad I figured this out!!!

I have a brain training app (Fit Brains) on my iPad – recently, my score went down significantly.  After starting on the B12 regimen my score is already going back up again!  Originally it was “excellent,” then dropped to “average.” Now it’s back to “very good.” Whew!

UPDATE #2: Wow – my feet are actually a normal color!  Just the slightest bit of blue in the 2nd toe joint.  After a week!!!!!   They have been buzzing and tingling for a couple days now, and 75% of the sensation has returned to my legs & feet!  Just the tiniest bit of edema.  My cognitive scores keep going higher on the brain app also!!  B12 is amazing.  I am also still supplementing with magnesium & CoQ10 as well.  I went back to 8,000 mcg/daily of B12, which is crazy, but seems to be what I currently need.  I’ll cut back ASAP when I can, once I can absorb it better or store some up.  1,000 mcg is the clinical dose and what I’d recommend for most people supplementing with extra B12.

UPDATE #3: OK finally I seem to have built up sufficient B12.  Back to a normal 5,000 mcg daily and will reduce to 1,000 soon as I can.  I found a chewable magnesium wafer with calcium & D that seems to absorb better also. Also added additional vitamin C to support my adrenals.  I’m having a upper/lower GI scope in a few weeks so I’ll reduce the dosage in all these vitamins soon and resume after surgery.  Finally have some energy and I’m getting some items crossed off my long-neglected to-do list!

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Numb Feet: ┬áMy N=1 Solution

My health has greatly improved over the past year with a switch to a more whole-food approach to eating.  

Some great improvements include:

  1. My teeth are no longer transparent and breaking off
  2. No illness in 13 months
  3. Better sleep/no sleep apnea
  4. Digestive issues resolved
  5. Weight loss
  6. Improved cognitive function
  7. Improved allergies

Some areas I continue to struggle with are low energy and light sensitivity, I think due to recovery from adrenal fatigue.  I also have had a real challenge with leg circulation.  Recently, I started getting pockets of edema (fluid) in my hands, feet & legs and increased numbness in my feet & legs – and I knew I really needed to take action ASAP.

In the past I have discussed this with doctors and was just told to exercise.  I decided I would see a vascular specialist if I didn’t see some improvement soon – but I really don’t want drugs or surgery unless absolutely necessary.

After a lot of Internet searches and trial & error, I think I’ve hit on the perfect formula for my road to recovery:

  1. 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day ( usually 1)
  2. 1-3 baby aspirin per day (usually 1 unless I have pain)
  3. 30 minutes light walking daily (sometimes just at a stroll)
  4. Do 10 yoga sun salutations daily (not holding pose very long)
  5. Massage legs/feet daily
  6. Elevation of legs (best is straight up against a wall)
  7. Drink plenty of water
  8. Take 1 natural diuretic capsule daily
  9. Very low sugar intake
  10. Eliminate grains
  11. Moderate salt intake.

For me, this seems to be the magic formula.  I didn’t realize how numb my left leg was until the feeling started to come back.  Hopefully the diuretic is just temporary but it’s helping a lot.  I usually don’t drink daily but a little bit seems to be beneficial but then a few drinks makes my feet puff up, so it’s a balance.  I was kind of salt deficient until recently, but now salt affects me so I guess my adrenals are improving.  I should mention that I was previously prediabetic, so my circulation issues are partly related to that condition.

Previously, my toes had a kind of Reynaud’s-type color look with the top joint white and below that greenIsh  or blue (if cold).  That has mostly gone away now – I’m glad because it was freaking me out!!

I’ve seen significant improvement now in just 4 days after starting the diuretic, but then I ate some gluten-free cookies and my feet puffed up again.  Sugar is much more inflammatory than I think a lot of people realize!

UPDATE: It’s working!!!! Unfortunately it’s slow progress and sometimes I have mild pain or discomfort.  But major improvement.  I also found that taking cool baths help and I don’t get the ruptured capillaries I experienced with very cold baths.

I also realized I am severely deficient in magnesium & B12 due to taking the maximum dose of extra-strength antacid daily for 14 years (before going gluten-free).  I may go back to the Primal Blueprint Master Defense formula vitamins again, as it’s easier than taking all these individual supplements.  I’ve been reading that B12 and magnesium apparently have a big impact on weight loss, energy, dental health and peripheral extremity numbness, so I’m looking forward to even more improvement soon in these areas, hopefully!

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Great Dentist Visit – Thumbs Up for Paleo Diet

Just returned from a trip to the dentist.  This checkup further validated to me that Paleo/lower carb/gluten free is the best diet option for my health.

The dentist said my teeth look GREAT after 13 months gluten free (and mostly low-ish carb/Paleo).  I feel that I’m still eating too much sugar, but he said the pH balance of my mouth has changed now.  

I was supposed to possibly get a crown today on a tooth that’s been decalcifying for years.  Today the dentist suggested we wait and check it again in 6 months because my tooth enamel looks so much better overall now – he thinks it might resolve on its own!  So exciting.

I already have several crowns and numerous fillings, so just to know the dental erosion has stopped is wonderful!  I haven’t needed any fillings or crowns in over a year now.  

This just confirms that I’m on the right path, and I plan to stick more strictly to my Paleo diet going forward!  

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Gluten-Free Dining Awesomeness at Bruno’s in Brea, CA

My friend and I had dinner tonite at Bruno’s Italian Kitchen in downtown Brea, CA tonight.  What a great experience!

I’d kind of given up on being a foodie these days what with the gluten free and Paleo diet lately. But I’ve had some really good experiences recently.

We started with wine and my friend vouches for their bread being good.  We had the Carpaccio (thinly sliced rare beef tenderloin with capers & arugula) for an appetizer which had great flavor.

They have a separate gluten free menu with several options and also have gluten free pasta.  I had the Pollo al Mattone for my entree which is half a roasted chicken with rosemary red potatoes and roasted peppers.  Yes, I took leftovers home! 

Then we had TWO desserts because why not?  My favorite was the Budino (thick caramel pudding with chocolate on top and whipped cream.  I just had a taste of the chocolate since I’m still recovering from allergies.  (I only had a teensy reaction but took a couple epinephrine pills just to be safe after). 

The other dessert was the Panna Cotta which was light and fluffy – really good also.

The service was great and it had a fun ambience for Saturday night.  They let us relax and didn’t rush us out although they were busy.

The gluten free menu is also on Yelp which made it easy to pick options in advance.  Great experience and will definitely go back as my friend lives inland so it’s halfway between us.  There’s also a cute place nearby that sells cupcakes & french macarons but I was too full already.  

My friends are being SO AWESOME and understanding about dining out with the whole gluten free thing and tell me to stop apologizing, LOL.  They’re super excited to see all the great changes to my health, too! 

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