Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 06, 2007

This morning I thought I would skip the fruit and have a cheese and broccoli croissant instead. All morning I start noticing the yellow colour of my hands against the other people at work. I keep it to myself but I’m starting to get really concerned about it. I can feel myself getting more stressed out and I am taking the homeopathic magnesium once every hour. I can feel the vibration and I get the occasional mild chest pain with cold hands and cold feet. The classic symptoms that I’ve had so many times before.

I look up the symptoms of a weak liver and jaundice is the only symptom I have. I’m still a little freaked out so I decide to go to a walk-in clinic after work. I’m feeling better by the late afternoon but I’m still going to see a doctor. I’d also like to see if I can get the doctor to agree to a zinc test.

The doctor’s office was full of coughing, pale looking children who looked like they had been waiting for hours. I seemed like the odd person out. After about an hour of waiting, I was called into the office. The doctor was a very young Chinese man and looked no more than 18 years old.

I start by explaining about the colour of my skin and how yellow it looks. I suggested that I may have a problem with my liver. He checks the whites of my eyes and doesn’t seem concerned. He asked me why I thought I had a problem with my liver. So I explain briefly that it may have been caused by ongoing magnesium deficiency. His response? And I quote: “A magnesium deficiency? What is that?” Okay, now I’m in deep trouble. I shouldn’t have mentioned it.

I explain that I’ve had a variety of symptoms over the past two years and I’ve discovered that they are all related to magnesium. I continue by saying I’ve recently suspected that it may be caused by a zinc deficiency and would like a blood test to confirm this.

He got defensive right away…His response: “First of all, I have never ordered a zinc blood test and this is not a standard test. You would have to pay for something like that. Secondly, I’m not even sure if the lab would be able to do a test like that and even if they could do the test and the results were abnormal, I wouldn’t even know how to treat it.”

He continues by asking me if I have a family doctor. I answer yes and I’ve clearly written his name and address on the patient form that he has in his hands. He said that if this problem has been ongoing for two years, then I should follow up with my family doctor. He continues by saying that my problem is beyond the scope of a walk in clinic.

Somewhat shocked but not really surprised, I tell him to forget the magnesium deficiency and the zinc test. Back to my yellow skin…

Again, he looks into my eyes and asks me to look down. He asks me if I have any other symptoms and offers some: Nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, visited a foreign country and a few others. I said no to all of them and he doesn’t ask me anything about my diet.

He said he didn’t think I had anything to worry about but if I wanted a test, he would order one. Yes, I want the test…that’s what I came in for. He tells me that a copy of the results will be sent to my family doctor as well.

I take a look at his lab request form. He has checked off Creatinine, AST (SGOT), Alk. Phosphatase and Bilirubin. I have no idea what any of these things are so I look them up.

Creatinine

Endogenous creatinine is excreted by filtration through the glomerulus and by tubular secretion. Clinically, creatinine clearance is an acceptable measure of glomerular filtration rate but sometimes overestimates GFR. For each 50% reduction in GFR, serum creatinine approximately doubles.

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST, SGOT, GOT)

U/LIntracellular enzyme involved in amino acid and carbohydrate metabolism. Present in large concentrations in liver, skeletal muscle, brain, red cells, and heart. Released into the bloodstream when tissue is damaged.

Alkaline Phosphatase

Alkaline phosphatases are found in liver, bone, intestine, placenta.

Bilirubin

Bilirubin, a product of hemoglobin metabolism, is conjugated in the liver to the mono- and diglucuronides and excreted in bile. Some conjugated bilirubin is bound to serum albumin, so-called D (delta) bilirubin. Elevated serum bilirubin occurs in liver disease, biliary obstruction, or hemolysis.

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March 7, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 04, 2007

Still a little concerned about my “yellow” skin colour, I went to the health food store to see what I could find. I looked at all of the supplements that can help the liver and settled on a Milk Thistle complex that also contains Dandelion.

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

Milk thistle is believed to have protective effects on the liver and improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders.

Milk thistle seeds contain silymarin, a powerful antioxidant that has been found effective against free-radical producing toxins in the liver. Silymarin increases the amount present of one of the liver’s most important detoxification enzymes, glutathione. Silymarin also inhibits the action of the enzyme lipoxygenase, which triggers the release of damaging leukotrienes. Finally, silymarin actually appears to stimulate protein synthesis in the liver, leading to an increase in the number of new liver cells to replace old, damaged cells. There have been more than 300 studies of silymarin. In one double-blind clinical trial, silymarin demonstrated impressive results in 129 patients suffering from various kinds of liver damage after 35 days of treatment, as compared with a control group of 56 patients. In a follow-up study lasting seven weeks, biopsies showed a remarkable return to normal cell structure, even in severely damaged livers. Other studies have supported the efficacy of silymarin in treating individuals with liver damage due to long-term exposure to toxic chemicals, alcohol-related cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

Dandelion has been used effectively for jaundice and inflammation of the liver. Like the globe artichoke, dandelion may help curtail the development of gallstones.

March 4, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 03, 2007

I don’t appear to have any other symptoms of liver disease other than the yellow skin. So a bit more research and I uncover some new things…

WEAK LIVER

A weak liver can be the cause of many chronic health problems. Pain, constant fatigue, sleep disorders, heart palpitations, poor memory, skin problems, allergies, arthritis, thyroid problems, frequent urination, fainting and poor eyesight are a few examples of what may result when the liver is stressed.

The liver is the most emotion sensitive organ and its weakness is often connected to emotional sensitivity. Individuals who are emotionally sensitive are more prone to weak liver even if they do not have a poor diet or are not taken medication regularly.

Liver congestion and stagnation are common problems. Yet conventional medicine does not understand them and has no test to detect them. In hepatitis or liver inflammation, liver enzyme levels in the blood are elevated because of the ruptured liver cells which contain high contents of liver enzymes. However, in liver congestion or stagnation, liver cells are still intact and liver enzyme levels in blood are normal. Therefore normal clinical tests which rely on liverr enzyme levels as a measure of liver condition cannot detect liver congestion or stagnation.

LIVER CLEANSING

Chinese Gentian (Lung-tanTsao) has been known for thousands of years to be useful in the treatment of fever, rheumatism and general debility. It is also said to benefit the liver, aid digestion, strengthen the memory and give lightness and elasticity to the body. It is primarily used in the treatment of acute hepatitis, acute conjunctivitis, acute tonsillitis, jaundice and most liver disorders. It is also helpful in alleviating “sluggish liver” which can be caused by hormone therapy, medications or other problems such as stress or poor diets.

Nutritional deficiency is a common problem for individuals with liver disorders. Most nutrients pass through the body without being assimilated if the liver is weak. Supplements taken by individuals with weak livers may end up as waste products for the body to dispose because the supplements cannot be digested or assimilated.

I’ve mentioned the long term supplementation without any results to every doctor and how many mentioned liver function? You guessed it…not one. The nutrionist suggested a liver cleanse so I guess with my diet history it makes a lot of sense.

March 3, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 03, 2007

I went to the health food store to pick up some magnesium. They also had NuLife’s brand of potassium so I picked that up as well. When I went to pay at the cash, the guy behind the counter starting talking about supplements and asked us about our health. We talked about a bunch of things and then he asked me about the colour of my skin.

I wasn’t sure what he was talking about at first because I know my skin is slightly pale and one lady mentioned my pale complexion as an indication of mineral deficiencies.

He continued by saying that he thought my skin had a yellow cast to it and mentioned liver function. He continued by saying that the liver is most effected by stress and your emotional state. So I asked if something like Milk Thistle would help. He suggested drinking something called dandelion tea to help support the liver.

I’ve known about the possibility of a weak liver a while back based on the Chinese tongue analysis and it’s always bothered me because I’m always checking my tongue. More recently, the nutritionist suggested a liver flush to help with my adrenals.

My wife did actually notice my yellow skin a while back and it was just after we moved into our new house. The city of Markham is very high on using the new kind of energy effecient lightbulbs and our new house has them in almost every room. If you have ever used them, you may have notice that they have no constant colour cast so when my wife mentioned the yellow cast on my skin, I thought it was because of the new different kind of lighting.

I started taking supplements for candida at the begining of November just before the move so could it be possible that fighting candida was releasing toxins into my bloodstream causing stress on an already weak liver?

I always brush off any suggestion that my problems are stress related because I don’t have any stress except for dealing with the doctors with my health issues. I’ve never been a person to be effected by stress or to be in any kind of stressful situations whether it be at home or my work environments.

After we left the store, I was a little freaked out. My hands were cold and I felt kind of sick. I started thinking about what he said about the stress. If my body is in a state of nervous exhaustion, then any kind of stress would effect me in a way that wouldn’t be a problem in a normal, healthy person. I think he’s right, but not based on the actual stress, but the state of my body and I’ve been dealing with this state of nervous exhaustion for almost two years and I can’t imagine that not having an effect on the other parts of my body.

Two years ago during my doctor’s first appointment, he said that a vibration is usually caused by stress. Having to deal with him appointment after appointment, he never once showed any concern for this “stress” effecting my liver.

An interesting development but I’ll need to do more research.

March 3, 2007 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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