Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 16, 2006

Cupping 

 

I decide to place the pictures side by side to view a weekly progress comparison. Fourth treatment shows noticeable improvement and six shows a relapse then mild progress through to today.

Lately I’ve noticed a muscle weakness and it’s been slowly getting worse. I notice it the most when I am holding my daughter. She only weighs about 15 lbs but I can’t hold her any longer than a couple of minutes before my arms get tired and sore. Muscle aches are a symptom of a Niacin deficiency so I’ll have to wait and see if it gets any better.

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May 16, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 16, 2006

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Tenth acupuncture appointment and it’s time to review. I’m not entirely convinced that the actual acupuncture made a difference to my condition but I do think that the best thing that happened was the doctor’s ability to step back when things weren’t working. That was the turning point for me. It wasn’t what the doctor was doing, it was the ability to review the symptoms once again and reassess the direction of treatment. None of my other doctors did this.

I would’ve thought that with all of the testing done by my regular doctor, he had ample opportunity to step back and reassess and didn’t. His attitude was that he was finding nothing in his testing so there must be nothing wrong.

She does the regular needles in my back and starts the cupping. There is improvement but there are still signs of poor circulation. After 15 minutes she places the needles in and around my stomach, legs and hands.

She recommends that we take a two week break and watch to see if there is any changes with my symptoms. She also recommended that I see a Osteopath.

May 16, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 09, 2006

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Acupuncture appointment number nine. I tell her about the naturopath and the low dose of Niacin and she says to keep eating the foods with natural Niacin. I tell her that I’ve been eating turkey and tuna all week and she’s quite happy to hear that. She takes my blood pressure and it’s 127/95. It’s the lowest reading of the systolic pressure so far.

Today she works on my allergies and starts with the regular needles in my back and the cupping. In the middle of the cupping she comments on how the brusing is noticeably better.

I flip over and she starts on the stomach. I ask her to touch my feet and she notices they aren’t cold and clammy like they usually are. With all of these small successes, the Niacin is working wonders.

As I am leaving, she gives me another chinese herb called “Bimingan Wan” for my allergies.

Extensive testing looking for all kinds of disease and it appears to be a simple vitamin deficiency.

May 9, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for May 02, 2006

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Armed with four pages of my printed research, I head to my eighth acupuncture appointment. I go into her office and she welcomes me in and asks me if I did any research on the Parasympathetic Nervous system. I show her the four pages and we sit down and carefully go through it. I explain each page and we talk about Niacin deficiency. She said this was extremely rare to get from a normal western diet and somehow the EMF had something to do with it.

We both agree that the EMF had an effect on the normal function of my stomach and created an environment where the Niacin conversion process was blocked by EMF intereference. This fits in with the fact that the internal vibration came first with no other symptoms. From that, the hydrochloric acid production was reduced causing the Alkaline base in my stomach and the onset of the other symptoms.

This explains why I needed high amounts of vitamin C. I needed the acid to neutralize the stomach and the chest pain? Probably heartburn. She takes my blood pressure and it’s 138/95 pulse: 76. She tells me that the high blood pressure is probably related to the overactive Parasympathetic Nervous system and not any direct problem with my heart. She suggested taking Apple Cider Vinegar.

She starts the acupuncture with a different approach. She focuses on the normal functions of the stomach and places a few needles in new places. She places something hot in both of my hands and tells me to rest. After 15 minutes she starts the cupping on my back.

She takes my blood pressure again and it’s lowered to 129/76 pulse: 66

She’s very happy about my research and asks me if she can share the information with the other doctor. Of course! I walked out very proud and excited that she agrees with the diagnosis.

May 3, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for April 05, 2006

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Yesterday I decided to try an experiment.  With the Vitamin C playing a role in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, I discover that Bananas are a good source of tryptophan (10.6 mg). So everytime I take my vitamin C pill, I will eat it with a Banana.

Fourth acupuncture appointment and it’s been a quiet week for my symptoms. I tell her about the test results from the walk in clinic and she takes my blood pressure. It’s 148/98. Still a little high but it’s a little lower than usual. Today she wants to continue with more cupping and she will place needles in my back for the first time as well as the regular ones on the front. I mention about a wart on my hand and she treats that as well. She checks out my tongue and comments on how the overall colour is better and there is noticeable improvement. I ask her for some acupuncture needles as a souvenir and she gives me three different types.

She asks me if the herbal supplement made a difference and if there was any change to the mysterious interal vibrations. Nope. Still the same fine tremor. No effect what so ever.

I’ve felt better the past week but was it from the supplement or was it because I went back to 2500 mg for Vitamin C? Who knows!

Still vibrating….

April 4, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 28, 2006

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Yesterday we were out shopping and I started to get a very weird feeling over my body and I start feeling very hot. I leave the store for some fresh air and purchase some bottled water. I splash some on my face, drink the rest and I feel a little better. This kind of feeling has happened before but there’s no pain or any sysmptoms that I can describe. Nothing seems to trigger them either. I just know that something is wrong.

Third acupuncture appointment. I tell her about the weird symptoms from the past week and my experience with the walk in clinic. I mention about the increase in Vitamin C and she tells me it’s bad for my liver but agrees to the dosage if it will make me feel better. She takes my blood pressure. 143/103 pulse: 86. It’s still in the high normal range.

She starts again with the cupping technique and says I still have poor blood circulation. She explains that the brusing on my back will improve with the number of treatments. After the cupping, we start the acupuncture in the same pressure points as last week.

After resting for twenty minutes, she takes my blood pressure again: 136/81 pulse: 68

She recommends taking a herbal supplement called “Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian” It will help maintain cardiovascular function and a healthy circulatory system. Two tablets, three times a day. She asks me if I am still eating oats and apple for breakfast and she explains that it builds up the strength of the intestinal wall.

I get the feeling that she thinks the internal vibration is from my high blood pressure. I really disagree but what do I know. The doctor back in May thought it was high blood pressure too and he prescribed medication. It didn’t make any difference and in fact, made it worse!

I’ll follow up with the walk in clinic tomorrow for the test results.

Still vibrating…

March 28, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 22, 2006

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A very interesting day to say the least…

Mornings are usually very tough for me but today was completely different. I woke up around five o’clock and felt like I could run in a race. I had a glass of warm water, a bowl of oats and it was off to work. I was so happy about the way I was feeling because I’ve never felt this good.

For lunch I had a tuna sandwich with apple juice. It’s something I’ve had on a regular basis from the Coffee Time downstairs. Around two o’clock I start feeling lightheaded, I feel “weird” like something is going to happen and the internal vibrations are a bit stronger. I have a burning sensation in my chest and I notice that my mouth is dry. The only thing I’ve done differently is I didn’t drink as much water in the morning and I forgot to take my Vitamin C.

So I take the Vitamin C and start drinking lots of water and splashing it on my face. With the acupuncture doctor saying I should follow up with my regular doctor for the high blood pressure, I really don’t like the feeling so I leave work to go to a walk in clinic.

I take a taxi to the nearest one and I fill out their patient form and wait. I have my water with me so I make sure I’m still drinking. I go to the bathroom three times before he sees me and I don’t appear to have any of the strange feelings I had earlier in the day. I tell him about the high blood pressure and that I’ve been monitoring it and he talks a reading. 130/80 Normal range. He listens to my lungs and says everything sounds normal. He offers to have an ECG done if I’m concerned about it so I agree. It’s been eight months since I had my last one and back then the only symptom was the internal vibration.

The nurse takes a reading and after a while the doctor comes back with the chart. He shows it to me and it has a small variation in the rhythm. I tell him about my right bundle branch block and he agrees that it’s probably the case and says he is only trained to know what a normal ECG looks like so he’ll send this to a specialist to get his opinion. He also says he wants a blood test just to make sure. If the heart is in any kind of distress, it will release traceable enzymes. He said to follow up with him next Wednesday the 29th for the results.

I’m looking at the blood test form and he’s written the letters “CK, TSH, LDL and HDL”

Because I’m in the same area as the acupuncture doctor, I drop in to see if there are any side effects from the cupping procedure. My doctor doesn’t start until five o’clock so I start talking to another lady. I tell her my story and she explains how the treatment of acupuncture and cupping could not cause my chest pain. She explained things very thoroughly and I’m happy with what I am hearing.

I’ll die another day.

March 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 21, 2006

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Today is my second appointment for acupuncture and I’m very eager to get started. She checks my tongue and says there is no improvement. She asks me if any of her recommendations have made any difference.

  1. Drink one glass of warm water every morning.
  2. Drink eight glasses of water a day.
  3. For breakfast eat a bowl of oatmeal with sliced apple.
  4. Soak my feet in really hot water for five minutes before going to bed.

I told her that I have been doing her suggestions and I don’t feel any different with the exception of the blockage in my nose and I’m going to the washroom a lot more. She’s very happy to hear about the progress and says it’s a good sign because the first treatment of acupuncture is very mild to see how the body reacts. She asks about the blood pressure and I tell her I have been doing the readings and getting varied results. Sometimes it’s normal, other times it’s high and I start to panic. I’ve been drinking lots of water lately so she says she wants to take a reading before the treatment and again at the end. The first reading is 141/98 pulse: 88. It’s still high and recommends that I go to my family doctor as a precaution. I haven’t seen my regular doctor since I’ve made the EMF discovery so it’s a good time to follow up with him.

I tell her that I’ve recently had a complete physical and nothing was ever mentioned and that high blood pressure is a symptom of EMF exposure. She agrees and tells me she did some research about electromagnetic sensitivity.

Not only do I have a doctor that actually agrees with what I have, she does her own research and I have results after one appointment. Now that’s what I expect from a very good doctor.

We get started with the treatment and she said she’ll expand the treatment to help me with my high blood pressure and bowel movements. She notices my hands and feet are still cold. They’ve always been like that and she thinks part of my problem is poor blood circulation. She says the allergies have effected my lung capacity. I’m not breathing deep enough and it’s affecting the pumping of the heart. WOW! This is making a lot of sense. Why has no one else has mentioned this? I’m really starting to think western medicine is such a joke.

I start telling her about the sharp pain in my chest two years ago and that I had checked out by a cardiologist. I had an ECG, heart echo and stress test. I know I’ve had this sharp pain for a very long time but I never did anything about because it always went away and there were no other symptoms. She said it was probably caused by my lungs and my allergies. She asks me if I had any other symptoms when I felt the sharp pain. Nope, just a sharp pain and I wasn’t able to take a deep breath until it went away. It probably wasn’t the heart then. This makes so much sense it’s truly amazing. I know I’ve had the allergies since I lived in Orangeville and if I had to guess, it started around 1990. I also know I’ve had the sharp pinch for a very long time but don’t recall when it started because I never went to a doctor about it. The only thing I remember was telling my dad about it and he thought it was gas. So it was forgotten. It happens about once a year or maybe longer so I never thought anything of it.

She starts with a new technique called cupping to draw the heat out from my lungs. She has a bunch of small round glass jars and asks me to lie down on my back. She applies them to my skin one by one for about ten minutes. It doesn’t hurt and there is a lot of pulling and suction. She tells me that this procedure will cause my skin to bruise and it might go red, yellow, blue or purple and this is quite normal. One of her patients actually refers to it as the pepperoni treatment. (See picture)

Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.  In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle.

After the Cupping, she starts with the needles in the exact same places as last week and she asks me if I can feel my internal vibrations as I’m lying down. Nope nothing. So she tells me to relax and to call her if I feel any internal temors. A few minutes later, I start feeling the internal vibrations with a dead feeling in my arms and then it goes away. A few minutes later, I feel them again. I call her back into the room and she says the vibrations are a normal sensation from the acupuncture and she uses tiger balm to massage my arms.

Finished with another treatment and I am feeling good. She takes my blood pressure again and it’s come down.  134/80 pulse: 76 So either I’m more relaxed now or the acupuncture is working.

Still vibrating but making progress with my allergies…

March 22, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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