Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 18, 2005

I still have that weird chest pain on the days that I take the B6 complex from the naturopath. If I stop taking it, I don’t have the pain. If I start taking it again, it comes back. I’ll stop taking it and mention this to the naturopath. Weird that she didn’t mention anything about side effects.

Today I had a different kind of symptom. I felt a sharp pinch on the right-side front of my temple followed by flush. This scared me and I decided to call Ontario’s Telehealth service. I couldn’t justify going to the emergency because other than the pinch, I felt fine.

I called the Telehealth number. The lady took down my information and said a nurse would call me back.

Thirty minutes later, the phone rang and it was Telehealth. I told the nurse about my weird pinch and mentioned that I’d been dealing with a doctor for several months now regarding my internal vibrations that seem to go away when I eat pears. Listening to myself, I sounded like a raving lunatic.

She asks me a bunch of their generic questions and asks if I’ve had any head injuries in the past month. She said nothing was showing in their system and that I should follow up with my doctor. Whatever I had was gone now and it’s probably nothing to worry about.

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Entry for August 15, 2005

First day back at work on the Candida diet. Usually I buy my lunch from the cafeteria but not this week. I can’t have most of the stuff on the menu so I went down to Shoppers Drug Mart and discovered they had a very small health food section and I could have the soups.

It was a very quiet day in terms of my symptoms and I left for the day at five o’clock like I do every day. I was standing waiting for the streetcar when all of a sudden I feel this weird pain in my chest. It felt like heart palpatations. It lasted for a few seconds and disapeared as quickly as it came. I checked my pulse and it seemed normal and then I checked my beats per minute. It was eighty and again, within normal range. I spent the next twenty minutes wondering if I should go to a walk in clinic? We’ve been down this road before…

Was it the diet? I’d barely started! I felt okay now and I decided to make it home.

I’ve been taking the B6 complex for a couple of days now and for some reason I get a mild chest pain when I take it.

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Entry for August 13, 2005

The start of the Candida Diet…

Went shopping today at Sobeys. With the restrictions for the candida diet in hand, my wife and I scour over every label checking the ingredients. It was hard as almost all of our regular groceries were banned! We managed to find enough selection and we head home.

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Entry for August 12, 2005

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Went to the naturopath for my follow up appointment. I gave her my basal temperature readings for the past six days:

Monday – 36.05

Tuesday- 36.12

Wednesday- 36.01

Thursday- 35.98

Friday- 35.75

Saturday- 36.04

With the target range being 36.5 to 36.7, I am well under the normal reading so does this indicate thyroid? The doctor said my thyroid was fine.

She asked if the ultra flora was making a difference and it’s really hard to say because the bloating is so inconsistent. I think it’s too early to tell. She then pulled out the results from the urine test. (I’ve already had two of these that showed normal so let’s see if she finds anything different.)

She said it showed a high level of free radicals and told me about how it can effect the body. On a scale of zero to three, three being the highest, I scored four. She also pointed out that my adrenals were stressed. Adrenals? Never heard of them… On a scale of 17 to 25 as the normal range, I scored 29. My malabsorption was high as well scoring a 3-4 in the moderate/severe range but everything else looked okay.

Free radicals and stressed adrenals. We talked more about the types of foods I eat and she suggested I try a yeast free Candida diet for three weeks and see if there is any improvement.

Candida is believed to contribute to many troubling and vague health problems including:

Chronic vaginal yeast infections, with classic symptoms of itchiness, burning, and abnormal discharge, Digestive symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or heartburn, Respiratory allergies, such as sneezing, congestion and/or wheezing, Food allergies, Chronic fatigue, Nervous system symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, irritability, poor memory and/or poor concentration, Menstrual irregularities, such as severe premenstrual tension and/or irregular menstruation and Skin rashes

That’s a lot of symptoms! It included digestive and nervous system symptoms so I was willing to give it a try. Why didn’t any other doctor mention this?

She gave me an outline of the diet and listed the different types of food that is allowed and not allowed. After reading the list, I knew it was going to be an uphill battle.

Candida Diet: Foods to Consume

These include: onions and garlic, fresh vegetables (eg. cabbage, broccoli, turnips, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi), rice cakes, oat cakes, corn tortillas, tacos, Ryvita (sesame/original), soy milks, butter, cottage cheese and yogurt, freshly cracked nuts, seeds, water, fruit and herb teas, cold pressed oils, brown rice and brown flours, oats (eg. porridge), meats (chicken, lamb or veal), fresh fish (esp. oily fish), shellfish, eggs, lentils, peas and beans. Choose organic varieties where possible.

Candida Diet: Foods to Eliminate

1. All Types of Sugar
Brown, white, syrup, molasses, turbinado, demerrara, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, amisake, rice syrup, sorghum. This includes “hidden sugars” such as: sucrose, dextrose, maltose, lactose, glycogen, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, monosaccharides, polysaccharides. Fruit sugars (fructose) also feed Candida, so avoid all frozen, canned, and dried fruit, and fruit juices. Alcoholic drinks like wine, beer, cider, whiskey, brandy, gin, scotch, any fermented liquor, vodka, rum, and all liqueurs.

2. All Yeast-Containing Foods
Baker’s yeast, Brewer’s yeast, Engevita, Torula, bakery products raised with yeast like breads, rolls, crackers, bagels, pastries, muffins, ready to eat cereals (excepting Shredded Wheat and Kashi), white flour or white flour foods like cakes, cookies, pasta. Vinegar is made using yeast culture. Vinegar-containing foods include: pickles, pickled foods, relishes, mayonnaise, salad dressing, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, mustard, horseradish, chili sauce, to name but a few.

She wanted me to go on the diet for three weeks and take my basal temperature reading again the week before my next appointment. She gave a supplement called B6 Complex and I was to take it twice a day.

The one thing I’ve learned today? Sugar and wheat are in EVERYTHING!!!

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Entry for August 10, 2005

EGGS IN MY STOOL!!!! AGAIN!!!

A few days ago I noticed the little tiny tapeworm eggs in my stool. Holy cow…I thought we killed it!! A closer inspection this time and boy do I feel stupid. They look like watermelon seeds and yes I had watermelon yesterday. That is probably what it was the first time too.

I’m such an idiot.

Back to my regular doctor for the ultrasound results. Feeling slightly embarrassed about the tapeworm fiasco I tell him the Praziquantel had no effect and I mention the watermelon seeds.

I still have all of the weird symptoms. I feel tired and weak all of the time, don’t feel hungry, my muscles feel stiff, weird pressure pokes in my chest, head pinching with a flush sensation, a light tingling that feels like nerve endings and of course the internal vibrations.

I’ve lost even more weight now so he decides to look further and refers me to a gastro specialist.

I thought it was weird that he was sending me to a gastro doctor when my main consistant symptom was an internal vibration. Wouldn’t it make more sense to send me to a Neurologist? I guess he figures there is something in my intestines causing the vibrations. Who cares, at least it’s a specialist.

He said he would have the ultrasound results in another week. The receptionist made the specialist appointment for Sept 12th. Another month away! Oh well, at least I can follow up on Friday with the Naturopath.

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Entry for August 4, 2005

As I walk into the office of the Naturopath, she starts telling me about how doctors are seeing more younger patients with problems and diseases that are normally associated with adults. One of her patients is a seven year old with gallstones.

So we get started and I tell her my main symptom is the internal vibrations. Over the next ninety minutes she goes through a long series of questions and it’s almost like a job interview. I’m impressed. We review my complete medical history and talk about my appendicitis as a child and more recently, mitral valve prolapse. We discuss my current issues and I mention the tapeworms, suspected thyroid, sympathy pregnancy and stress.

She’s interested in the thyroid opinion and tells me about a simple way to check. Every morning before I get out of bed, she wants me to record my basal temperature reading with the target range being 97.8 to 98.2.

We talk about everything including my sinusitis that I’ve had since 1991 and I explain my timeline of symptoms and review my diet diary report. Only two things effect my allergies: Cigarette smoke and carbonated drinks. I’ve always mentioned these two things to every doctor and no-one can ever understand why these have an effect on my allergies.

As she reviews the diet diary she circles certain foods.

“Pizza, Philly Steak Sub, Tuna Sandwich, Chicken Pot Pie, Bagel, Cheeseburger, Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Noodle Soup, Egg Salad Sandwich, Steak Sandwich, Veggie Burger, Chocolate Croissant, Grilled Veggie Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich”

Almost one item for every day of the diary. She talks about how every item she circled contains wheat and mentions how she sees a lot of people with gastrointesinal symptoms that turns out to be wheat intolerance.

She told me to reduce my wheat intake and drink more water.

She also did a physical exam checking my abdominal area and everything appeared normal. She then did a blood type test and I am blood type A. She also did a blood sugar blood test and it was in the high end of normal. I think it was around 5.9?

She asked if I was a big meat eater and of course I was. She told me that blood type A people are usually vegetarians and should be eating 30 percent meat in their diet. Type O people were the big meat eaters. Well as it turns out, my mother is type A and a vegetarian and my father is type O. He’s a huge meat eater so all of this was starting to make sense.

After the appointment, I was very happy with the new knowledge and she gave me two tablets of Calc Carb and told me to take Ultra flora suppliment twice a day and gave me some digestive enzymes. She recommened taking something called Chromium.

She also requested a urine sample for analysis. She wants me to follow up in a week for the test results and to see how things are progressing.

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Entry for August 2, 2005

I call a number of Naturopaths in the area and I get mostly answering machines. I finally get a hold of a live person and I ask for the soonest appointment. Her weekends were booked until late August but she did have an opening this Friday morning. I’d have to take the day off work but it will be worth it.

She wants me to download a diet diary form from her website. I tell her I already have a database and was tracking my food intake and symptoms. The following is posted on her web site:

What to Expect On Your First Visit: 

The goal of the naturopathic doctor is to understand the patient and all the factors which impact on his/her health. This is why the first consultation takes 1 ½ hours – in order to have enough time to go through a health history, perform a physical exam and various testings such as blood typing, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, urinalysis and zinc tally test.

All this information assists the Naturopathic Doctor in making a thourough assessment and diagnosis. A personal treatment plan is then proposed to help facilitate your healing process.

WOW! I’m impressed. 1 ½ hours on my first visit. She’ll need it with the story I have.

I create a report outlining the timeline of events with my doctor.

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Entry for August 1, 2005

Day One: Felt slightly bloated early in the morning, fine by the afternoon

Day Two: Felt slightly bloated early in the morning, fine by the afternoon

Day Three: Today is the end of my three day pineapple diet and I feel great. I had a veggie burger for dinner so what made me feel better? The pineapple diet or the veggie burger?

So after two months I’m still vibrating and my doctor is no closer to solving the puzzle. So far I’ve discovered that pears and pineapples make me feel good so maybe it’s time to visit a Naturopath. I check my work coverage and they will pay eighty percent.

It’s not thyroid, it’s not a tapeworm. Could it be sympathy pregnancy?

Who knows…??? Back to Google. I spend most of the evening looking for something else to match my symptoms. I come across a web site that explains the importance of maintaining the balance of your PH level in your body. The body is normally alkaline and a poor diet can change the PH level to acidic making you prone to illness and disease. I find another web site that list the different types of foods that can have an effect on your PH level. On the list for Alkaline foods is Pineapple and Pears. WOW! The two things that make me feel better. I wonder if I can get a PH home testing kit to find out if my body is acidic.

I’m back in Shoppers Drug Mart and I spend a long time in each isle looking for a PH tester and I can’t find anything. I go to the back and ask the Pharmacist if they have a home testing Blood PH kit. She says they don’t carry them. Weird…if the PH balance of the body is so important, why don’t they sell it?

Around this time my wife and I are starting to buy things for the baby and for a while now I’ve noticed that I feel sick everytime we go into the Toys R Us store on Thickson Road. I didn’t think much of it before now but it seems to happen everytime we are in the store.

Sounds like sympathy pregnancy…

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Entry for July 29, 2005

Two days after killing the worm and I’m still vibrating and I’m feeling bloated again. Back to Google to see how longs it takes to kill the worm and if there are side effects.

Well, the medication is supposed to work immediately and feeling bloated is a known side effect of Praziquantel.

In my googling, I turn up a web site that mentions a natural way to cleanse your intestines from tapeworms. At this point I’m thinking maybe the variation of my tapeworm is immune to Praziquantel. The site mentioned a three day diet of eating only pineapples.

Here’s what it says:

The pineapple fast is excellent for anyone with any sort of intestinal worm, since the enzyme Bromelin, promenent in pineapple, destroys tapeworms and most other worms. It even destroys worm larvae, before they can hatch.

Great! Let’s try something natural. Tomorrow is the start of a long weekend so this is perfect timing. I’ll start my food diary again to record the progress.

Ernie is alive and well…

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Entry for July 27, 2005

Morning of the ultrasound and I’ve followed the prep instructions and drank two litres of water. Part of the prep work is not going to the washroom before the ultrasound. Unfortunately for me it’s raining…

I leave the house and I’m uncomfortable because I need to go but I figure I can wait until my appointment. Onto the 401 westbound.

Around Pickering I’m starting to get really uncomfortable with stomach pains. These are not my regular symptoms… I HAVE TO GO TO THE WASHROOM!!

By the time I get to Morningside, I can barely drive. I HAVE TO GO NOW!! The pain is now unbearable so I decide to pull over at the Markham Road exit.

Pulling into the industrial section area of Milner Ave I drive around the back of one unit and find a dark corner and I’m standing there in the rain. I sure hope the ultrasound people don’t notice!

I get to the office and they start the ultrasound. Because of the positions the technician put me in, I couldn’t get a good clear view of the screen. I wanted to see the worm! After about thirty minutes it was over. I asked the technician if she saw anything good and she said they weren’t allowed to discuss the results. DAMN! I’ll have to wait until I see the doctor.

Down in the lobby, I take the pill to kill the worm once and for all. It’s over.

ERNIE IS DEAD!

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Entry for July 27, 2005

Morning of the ultrasound and I’ve followed the prep instructions and drank two litres of water. Part of the prep work is not going to the washroom before the ultrasound. Unfortunately for me it’s raining…

I leave the house and I’m uncomfortable because I need to go but I figure I can wait until my appointment. Onto the 401 westbound.

Around Pickering I’m starting to get really uncomfortable with stomach pains. These are not my regular symptoms… I HAVE TO GO TO THE WASHROOM!!

By the time I get to Morningside, I can barely drive. I HAVE TO GO NOW!! The pain is now unbearable so I decide to pull over at the Markham Road exit.

Pulling into the industrial section area of Milner Ave I drive around the back of one unit and find a dark corner and I’m standing there in the rain. I sure hope the ultrasound people don’t notice!

I get to the office and they start the ultrasound. Because of the positions the technician put me in, I couldn’t get a good clear view of the screen. I wanted to see the worm! After about thirty minutes it was over. I asked the technician if she saw anything good and she said they weren’t allowed to discuss the results. DAMN! I’ll have to wait until I see the doctor.

Down in the lobby, I take the pill to kill the worm once and for all. It’s over.

ERNIE IS DEAD!

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Entry for July 26, 2005

The doctor walks into the room with the results from my stool sample. Everything was normal. IMPOSSIBLE… I’VE SEEN THE EGGS!!

Explained the tapeworm theory to the doctor and because of the timeline with the cats, he agrees that I’m probably right. Tomorrow is the ultrasound and he said to have it done anyway. He checks my weight and I’ve lost another five pounds.

He flips through a couple of his medical books looking for the medication for a tapeworm. He then percribes a drug called Praziquantel. Yes that’s the one I tell him!! I reconize the unusual name from my googling.

I go straight to the pharmacy in his building and after I drop off the prescription and I wait around for about 10-15 minutes. The pharmacist calls me over and says they don’t have the medication and that she’d have to order it. No thanks, I want this today! My work is close to a Shopper’s Drug Mart so I’ll try there when I get to work.

I get to Shoppers and drop off my perscription. The pharmacist tells me the same thing but they could have it by the afternoon. Great, I’ll pick it up after work.

Because I ‘m having the ultrasound tomorrow, I didn’t want to kill the worm before I had some evidence that it actually existed. I’ll take it after my appointment.

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Entry for July 26, 2005

The doctor walks into the room with the results from my stool sample. Everything was normal. IMPOSSIBLE… I’VE SEEN THE EGGS!!

Explained the tapeworm theory to the doctor and because of the timeline with the cats, he agrees that I’m probably right. Tomorrow is the ultrasound and he said to have it done anyway. He checks my weight and I’ve lost another five pounds.

He flips through a couple of his medical books looking for the medication for a tapeworm. He then percribes a drug called Praziquantel. Yes that’s the one I tell him!! I reconize the unusual name from my googling.

I go straight to the pharmacy in his building and after I drop off the prescription and I wait around for about 10-15 minutes. The pharmacist calls me over and says they don’t have the medication and that she’d have to order it. No thanks, I want this today! My work is close to a Shopper’s Drug Mart so I’ll try there when I get to work.

I get to Shoppers and drop off my perscription. The pharmacist tells me the same thing but they could have it by the afternoon. Great, I’ll pick it up after work.

Because I ‘m having the ultrasound tomorrow, I didn’t want to kill the worm before I had some evidence that it actually existed. I’ll take it after my appointment.

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Entry for July 21, 2005

Eggs in my stool!! Eggs in my stool!!

I couldn’t believe it. After checking for the eggs for the past few days, I finally found them. Holy cow! They look exactly like it said on the web sites. They look like little tiny seeds. I was so excited, I called my wife in to have a look and get her opinion. We both agreed it was eggs and the suspected tapeworm was all but confirmed.

The unfortunate thing was in the excitement of the moment, I flushed it away. My knew my appointment with the doctor was next Tuesday so I’d better get a sample and drop it off to the lab right away.

The following morning I managed to get a sample into the specimen bag and I wasn’t sure but I thought it contained one of the eggs. I dropped it off at the lab on the way to work.

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Entry for July 21, 2005

Eggs in my stool!! Eggs in my stool!!

I couldn’t believe it. After checking for the eggs for the past few days, I finally found them. Holy cow! They look exactly like it said on the web sites. They look like little tiny seeds. I was so excited, I called my wife in to have a look and get her opinion. We both agreed it was eggs and the suspected tapeworm was all but confirmed.

The unfortunate thing was in the excitement of the moment, I flushed it away. My knew my appointment with the doctor was next Tuesday so I’d better get a sample and drop it off to the lab right away.

The following morning I managed to get a sample into the specimen bag and I wasn’t sure but I thought it contained one of the eggs. I dropped it off at the lab on the way to work.

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Entry for July 19, 2005

Made the appointment for the ultrasound. The earliest I could have it done was July 27th.

I also wanted to figure out the timeline for the tapeworms. We figured it was March 1st as the date we treated both of our cats for fleas. They are both indoor cats so we figured they must have gotten it from the previous owner of the house. They had a cat and dog and both were outdoor pets. It wasn’t until March 28th that we realized they had tapeworms.

I checked into the first walk in clinic on May 12th and I had already been vibrating for a couple of weeks so this made perfect sense! 

The people at work knew I was having a lot of doctor appointments so I thought I should tell them what was going on. I told them the timeline history and how I thought I had a tapeworm. I named the problem “Ernie” as a code word at work. I didn’t want people yelling “HOW’S THE TAPEWORM?!!” So every now and again they’d say “How’s Ernie?” in casual conversation and that sounded much better.

With my suspicion of a tapeworm, I figure I should go back to the doctor as soon as I can to let him know of this new development and maybe start looking for eggs in my stool.

Made my next appointment for July 26th.

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Entry for July 19, 2005

Made the appointment for the ultrasound. The earliest I could have it done was July 27th.

I also wanted to figure out the time-line for the tapeworms. We figured it was March 1st as the date we treated both of our cats for fleas. They are both indoor cats so we figured they must have gotten it from the previous owner of the house. They had a cat and dog and both were outdoor pets. It wasn’t until March 28th that we realized they had tapeworms.

I checked into the first walk in clinic on May 12th and I had already been vibrating for a couple of weeks so this made perfect sense!

The people at work knew I was having a lot of doctor appointments so I thought I should tell them what was going on. I told them the time-line history and how I thought I had a tapeworm. I named the problem “Ernie” as a code word at work. I didn’t want people yelling “HOW’S THE TAPEWORM?!!” So every now and again they’d say “How’s Ernie?” in casual conversation and that sounded much better.

With my suspicion of a tapeworm, I figure I should go back to the doctor as soon as I can to let him know of this new development and maybe start looking for eggs in my stool.

Made my next appointment for July 26th.

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