Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

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….

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April 4, 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

Entry for March 14, 2006

Book in hand, I leave work early and go to my Acupuncture appointment. I walk inside and they offer me a warm glass of water while I’m waiting. It’s freezing cold and windy outside so it’s a great way to start.

I meet the doctor and she asks me to fill out a patient form with my medical history. I write down the key symptoms including my foot pain and we begin. We talk about my timeline along with the successes and failures and she presses down on my wrist. I thought she was taking my pulse but then she tells me she is listening to my lungs via Chinese pulse diagnosis.

Then she asks to see my tongue… Huh? She looks at it closely and says based on the shape, I have problems with my digestive system and heart and she asks me if I have high blood pressure. Nope! I’ve had it checked on numerous occasions during this past year and I am in perfect shape and she asks me if it’s okay to take a reading.

She tells me that the tongue diagnosis is one of the most important forms of diagnosis used in Chinese medicine. She takes a reading and tells me my blood pressure is in the high range of 138/113. That sounded high but my regular doctor never mentioned it before and he takes a reading before every appointment. She says it’s high enough that I should be monitoring it every few days. I didn’t mention my mitral valve heart problem on the form so I tell her about that.  I’m starting to wonder if my mild chest pain and shortness of breath has been high blood pressure all along?

After the examination she tells me more about Traditional Chinese Healing and how the body is one complex system and all connected. She explains in detail how acupuncture works and the effects. She explains that my allergies that I’ve had for so long has weakened my body and may be the root cause of my other problems. She suggests a treatment that starts with clearing the allergy symptoms and the digestive system. Over time, she’ll expand the treatment and we’ll monitor if it has any effect on the other symptoms. Sounds good. Let’s get started!

I lay down on the bed and she begins poking with the needles. When I say needles, they actually look like small toothpics and they don’t hurt at all. She gives me a full head massage, adds more needles and asks me to relax.

After the treatment she makes four suggestions to my lifestyle:

  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.

Okay. This isn’t so bad…I can do this.

She also says my Vitamin C intake of 1500-2500 is too much. She recommends a different type called Redoxon that disolves in water.

When I get home, I do some reading on the symptoms of EMF and increased blood pressure is one of the symptoms. After some googling I discover that oatmeal is a natural way to lower blood pressure and the site displays a chart for blood pressure and divides a range into five zones. My blood pressure of 138/113 is shown as “Normal High” for the Systolic pressure and “Severe Stage Three” for my Diastolic pressure. So is it high because I’m nervous or is it because of my current symptoms? I’ll take a reading over the next few days to find out.

Heart trouble? For a 35 year old? I had my heart checked out two years ago by a cardiologist when they discovered the RBBB (Right Branch Bundle Block) and I’ve also had a recent ECG with my phsyical.

It was now late in the day and the only train left was the all stops to Oshawa. It will take FOREVER to get home. I’ve got my new book so I’ll start reading. I manage to finish the first two chapters and I’m hooked. 

I can’t believe what I am reading…

March 14, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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