Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 24, 2006

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Here comes the sun…

I take my regular dosage of vitamins but this time without B2 and have my usual breakfast. I start the day by doing some yard work outside and it’s a great bright sunny day and not a single cloud in the sky. After a couple of hours being outside, I realize that my eyes aren’t itchy like they have usually been and in fact, my eyes don’t seem to be as sensitive to light anymore. I walk around in the bright sun looking at the sky and there is definitely a difference.

I ask Doctor Google about the effects of B6:

What is the function of vitamin B6?

Much of the body’s chemistry depends upon enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that help chemical reactions take place. Because vitamin B6 is involved with more than 100 enzymatic reactions, its function in the body is diverse and far-reaching.

Support of nervous system activity

The role of vitamin B6 in our nervous system is very broad, and involves many aspects of neurological activity. One aspect focuses on the creation of an important group of messaging molecules called amines. The nervous system relies on formation of these molecules for transmission of messages from one nerve to the next. (The molecules can be classified as “neurotransmitters” for this reason.) Amines are one type of neurotransmitter in the nervous system. They are often made from parts of protein called amino acids, and the key nutrient for making this process happen is vitamin B6. Some of the amine-derived neurotransmitters that require vitamin B6 for their production include serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and GABA.

Deficiency symptoms for vitamin B6

The key role of vitamin B6 in the nervous system also results in many nerve-related symptoms when B6 is deficient. These symptoms can include convulsions and seizures in the case of severe deficiency. The critical role of vitamin B6 in the formation of red blood cells means that B6 deficiency can also result in symptoms of anemia, malaise, and fatigue. When anemia is exclusively related to B6 deficiency, it is usually classified as hypochromic, microcytic (pernicious) anemia.

Nutrient Interactions

How do other nutrients interact with vitamin B6? As a member of the B vitamin family, B6 has key interactions with many of its family members. B6 is essential for making vitamin B3 (niacin) from the amino acid tryptophan. In Down’s syndrome, for example, some of the problems related to vitamin B3 deficiency appear to be lessened by intake of vitamin B6. Vitamins B2 and B3 are both needed to convert vitamin B6 into its various chemical forms, and imbalances in vitamin B1 metabolism create imbalances in vitamin B6 metabolism. B6 deficiency can also reduce the body’s absorption of vitamin B12.

Could I have a deficiency in B6 AND B12? I do another search on the effects of B12:

What is the function of vitamin B-12?

Forming red blood cells

Perhaps the most well-known function of B-12 involves its role in the development of red blood cells. As red blood cells mature, they require information provided by molecules of DNA. (DNA, or deoxyribose nucleic acid, is the substance in the nucleus of our cells which contains genetic information.) Without B-12, synthesis of DNA becomes defective, and so does the information needed for red blood cell formation. The cells become oversized and poorly shaped, and begin to function ineffectively, a condition called pernicious anemia. More often than not, pernicious anemia isn’t caused by a lack of B-12 itself, but by a lack of intrinsic factor — the stomach-made protein required for the absorption of B-12.

Developing nerve cells

A second major function of B-12, less clearly understood than the first, involves its participation in the development of nerve cells. A coating which encloses the nerves — called the myelin sheath — forms less successfully whenever B-12 is deficient. Although the vitamin plays an indirect role in this process, supplementation of B-12 has been shown to be effective in relieving pain and other symptoms in a variety of nervous system disorders.

What factors might contribute to a deficiency of B-12?

Stomach problems can contribute to a B-12 deficiency in two ways.

First, irritation and inflammation of the stomach can prevent the stomach cells from functioning properly. When functioning improperly, the cells may stop producing a substance required for B-12 absorption called intrinsic factor (IF). Without IF, B-12 cannot be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the body’s cells.

A second way for stomach problems to create B-12 deficiency is through inadequate secretion of stomach acids. Lack of stomach acids (a condition called called hypochlorhydria) gets in the way of B-12 absorption since most B-12 in food is attached to proteins in the food, and stomach acids are necessary to release the B-12 from these proteins.

The above stomach problems that can contribute to B-12 deficiency have a wide variety of causes. These causes include abuse of over-the-counter antacids, abuse of prescription medicines used to control stomach acidity, and stomach ulcers (also called gastric ulcers), which may themselves be due to infection with the bacteria, helicobacter pylori.

Stomach problems can create B-12 deficiency through inadequate secretion of stomach acids. That’s exactly what I had!! Niacin seems to have fixed my symptoms of low stomach acids but what about the twelve months I had low stomach acid? Do I have a B-12 deficiency as well? B6 is involved with more than 100 enzymatic reactions and I know I’m low on enzymes. I ‘m still talking an enzyme supplement with every meal.

I check for the daily doses of B6 and B12.

  • RDA for vitamin B6 = Males 14-50 years: 1.3 mg
  • RDA for vitamin B12 = Males 14 years and older: 2.4 mcg
  • My multivitamin dosage: B6 = 10 mg & B12 = 15 mcg

I take a look at the B complex that the naturalpath gave me back on January 14th and the two vitamins with the highest dosage are B6 & B12.

  • B1 = 50 mg
  • B2 = 25 mg
  • B3 = 80 mg
  • B5 = 50 mg
  • B6 = 250 mg
  • B12 = 100 mcg

Her instructions back then were to take it twice a day! I stopped taking the B6 complex pills because I had a weird chest pain whenever I took them. Let ‘s see what it does this time. I’ll add it to my morning pills and take it once a day to start. I’ll also add the calcium/magnesium suppliment as well.

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Entry for January 20, 2006

After the first few days of the vitamin diet I have the weird mild pinch in my chest again so I stop taking the B6 complex and the pain goes away.

By the end of the first week I am feeling worse. Nothing specific just an overall feeling of being ill. Why do I have a sick feeling from taking vitamins? I decide to stop taking the vitamins and minerals all together.

My father in law is seventy years old this year and he was recently diagnosed with Celiac which means a gluten-free diet. Maybe that’s what I have? I try to avoid wheat and gluten foods for one week and again, the symptoms are no different.

I give up. Every doctor I’ve seen doesn’t seem to think there is anything wrong with me and the Naturopath is sympathetic but can’t seem to find the root cause of my symptoms. I understand it can be a long process to do the testing but it’s coming up to a year and I’m really fed up with not making any progress.

Acidophilus and Vitamin C are the only two things that work but no one seems to know why. I decide to keep doing the things that make me feel well, and stop doing google research. I’ve spent a lot of time researching my symptoms and I keep finding bits here and bits there that have turned up false leads but there is nothing that I’ve come across that seem to put every symptom together.

I GIVE UP!!

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Entry for Nov 11, 2005

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I’ve been taking B6 Complex for a couple of days now and I have a mild pinch in my chest so I stop taking the pills and the pain goes away. Did some googling again to find out if there are any side effects. Most of what I find says B6 is very beneficial to the system so I don’t understand what the problem is. Last year I was diagnosed with RBBB or Right Branch Bundle Block. It’s a fancy term for a leaky mitral heart valve. It’s a similar type of pain so I wonder if it’s related? I’ve had it checked out by a cardioligist and it’s considered a normal variation with nothing to worry about.

No sign of the baby the natural way so we call the hospital, they have the room to take us in and want us there by nine o’clock. We scramble to get our suitcase, camera and video camera.

They start by showing us to the Outpatient Fetal Monitoring room. It’s a small room with about four beds. They hook my wife up to the fetal monitor and a printer is printing out the baby’s heartbeat. This goes on for about an hour and now we have to wait until the doctor comes in to make an analysis.

She finally comes in and begins the induction process and recommends using Prostaglandin Gel to get things going. About five minutes after using the gel, my wife starts having contractions and almost immediately has a huge contraction. Each dose is given six hours apart, depending on the contractions and what changes have occurred.

Usually they send people home but the contractions are strong enough that they told us to wait the six hours and the doctor will do another check to see how things are progressing. They told us do walk around the floor and get some exercise. That will often speed things up. I called my parents to give them the update: No sign of the baby yet.

During the afternoon they move us to a private room and after six hours the doctor come in to check the progress. She’s only one centimeter. Not enough progress so they recommend oxytocin. They start her on the oxytocin. As we are watching the fetal monitor, the contractions were very strong, close together and very painful for about an hour. To ease the pain, they suggested taking morphine. The effect was almost instant and she feels so much better that we start playing cards.

They check her again and she’s now 5 centimeters. At this point the water hasn’t broken yet and there is still not the progress they need to start the birth so they recommend an epidural. Originally she didn’t want one and was going to try natural birth. I wasn’t keen on the side effects either but we decide to have the epidural. The page goes over the intercom for the anesthesiologist to come to the birthing suite. He was taking so long they paged him three times. After about an hour he finally shows up and he’s extremely quick.

The doctor now decides that with the epidural, and little progress made so far, that it’s time to break the water. She breaks it and she can’t believe the amount of water. She comments on the fact that it’s the most water she has ever seen with a birthing patient. Two litres of water! With the water now gone, she told her to rest and they’ll check the progress again first thing in the morning.

What a stressful day. All of this drama and still no sign of the baby.

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Entry for November 09, 2005

I’ve tried foods high in fibre and even bought a fibre supplement from the health food store. It had no effect and I’m still vibrating. It must be something else in the pear that makes it stop. But what is it?

I tried googling again about the effects of stress. I discover that a B6 Complex is highly recommended for relieving stress. What the heck? I make another trip to Shoppers Drug Mart and look for B6 Complex. As I’m looking in the vitamin section, on the top shelf is two different brands of Acidophilus. They had it all along! Weird that the pharmacist didn’t know that? They even have it in Shopper’s very own Life brand. Then I realize that I still had the B6 complex from the naturopath so I’ll start taking it again.

The due date of November 4th has come and gone. My wife still hasn’t delivered yet but they have now scheduled her for induction on Friday November 11th. Unless it happens before then.

We call the hospital to make the arrangements. They want us to call back on Friday morning and if they have the space, they’ll start the induction process.

Still vibrating…

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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 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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