An Interesting Story And Introduction
Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:39 AM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:57 AM
This is something I've taken before a couple of years ago and I had assumed this wasn't the issue since nothing changed. However I have noticed over the years that antibiotics made the node in my neck smaller and did so pretty quickly. Now the more and more I've learnt about how the eosonphilia levels and the neck node size are directly related to my eosonphil count. I've also noted that the more protein I eat the more the eosonphil, this part must be related to small intestine damage and leaky gut.
Now in theory antibiotics can not change your white cell count, it even says so on the pamplet, this leads me to believe and I can't see any other option than I have a persistent bacterial infection.. which I've already more or less proven since my tongue which is continuously white cleared up one day into this treatment. I'm not confident this course of antibiotics will work as it's only 7 days and 7 days is only JUST enough time for your eosonphil count to drop, no matter how much protein I eat it drops and drops totally, pity it's not long enough for your gut to heal and I figure I'm getting reinfected before I can tolerate the bacteria either from an external source (I don't have the best water quality as it's from a tank) or from residue bacteria that hasn't been 100% killed off. It would be quite amazing if all my health problems have been caused by this little pain in the ass bacteria all along. The only other thing could the SIBO Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth which they say almost everyone with irritable bowel and allergies etc has. Which causes which I don't know. My neck absolutely shrinks every time my wife makes her famous green juice with a ton of ginger in it for a couple of days in a row, I never put the two and two together before (the ginger component that is), suspicious.....
On October 29th I got this Helicobacter pylori kit and took it for one day until my wife reminded me I've already taken that. So I got off it as I was trying to build my intestinal flora, I've got enough antibiotics to replace the missing pills from the course so that's ok. Anyway it was on November 5th that my node started rapidly shrinking for no apparent reason and on about November 10th I received a decent WBC with lowish eosonphilia for the first time in at least 6 years. At the time I thought my simple potato diet was curing me...
By late November My count was back up to very high levels.....
Now I can't say this is definitely a case of Helicobacter pylori but it seems definitely bacterial and given my food intolerences and stomach/small intestine burning on eating sugar or salt you would almost have to say it's highly likely. I've not so long ago had a stool test and thought they would have tested for that, maybe they only looked for true parasites. It will be awesome if that's the problem and if it is that might be of considerable interest to a lot of people on here. If my immune system wasn't so reactive to this and developed the neck "tumour" I would have had ZERO idea at all because I wouldn't have even had a WBC count done and would have just figured I had ever worsening food intolerances.
The diflucan seemed to improve my overall health so I figure I had some mild Candida problem at the same time.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:18 AM
The antibiotics seem to induce a "pause" in my problems, not sure why but think it's a side effect because of having bacterial imbalance in my damaged gut. Anything thing I've noted, sauerkraut is probiotic wise, much more powerful than Yoghurt, especailly when you are a bit dodgy on milk protiens, get that stuff into you. It's cheap, good, powerful, way cheaper than capsules etc.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:03 PM
I will have results of all three in a week or so. In the meantime I've been taking Zyrtec daily for about a week. This is some pretty amazing stuff... It's really limited the allergy reaction I have to foods, so much that I've gained 3kg in the last week!. I can still make myself sick by doing as I did today.. eating handfulls of nuts for a test to see how far I could push it. I certainly found the limit.... ouch. The node in my neck is only about 1/4 the size it was pre Zyrtec already. Bad news is my white tongue returned but that's just a side effect of a dodgy gut, I'll deal with that later.
It seems to me that eating the normal foods that keeps me stable at 30% eosonphillia, well with the Zyrtec I believe I'm running at about %15 esonphillia but the test will prove exactly what difference it makes. I plan I taking Zyrtec for several months and also once I gain enough weight going back on a very very low allergy diet. If I can keep that up for a few months, possibly 6 months I should be able to get myself into a position where my IgE levels have come down enough that I'm about half as allergic to foods as I was.. and with the Zrytec cutting the reactions from that point on I should be able to cure all my allergys quite soon after that.
I have an appointment with a specialist on jan 31st where I expect I'll have the immunocap antibody test and then I'll know my major allergies printed out in real numbers in black and white and then I'll know what to especailly avoid so I can heal my gut. Another effect of the Zyrtec is that I no longer have crazy itchy skin! first time in at least 20 years I haven't been tearing myself apart... I said to my Father.. if this is how it feels to be a normal Human, I've really been missing out..... Hope I get a hit on the Helicobacter antibodies really as that would make life easier if these a common root cause to all this.
Anyway if you want some relief I would highly recommend an antihistamine and especailly Zyrtec or something else with Cetirizine in it as I've thought back in time it's been the high levels of Histamine that have been giving me pain ever since I was a small kid
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:02 AM
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:31 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:01 PM
Thyrotropin : 2.14 mU/L reference range (.30-4.00)
Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:17 AM
I am not an expert on thyroid issues but it seems your thyrotropin (TSH) level is good, it is in range.
I am kind of a skeptic on the alkaline/acid idea myself. Our stomachs have hydrocloric acid in them to help digest the food we eat. That acidic food mixture gets dumped into the small intestine. The liver (gall bladder) injects chemicals into the small intestine to nuetralize the acid. I think it is somewhat common for people to have too little or low stomach acid. One treatment for that is Betaine HCL.
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and hard work. have a good day! :-) Paul
Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:32 AM
I'm making pro biotic Soy yoghurt now because I'm sure Milk protein is a major issue for me, I have been able to digest yoghurt but I still think I have considerable antibodies against and I'm sure I have less (but still some) against soy protein so choose between to evils, I'm going with the soy, I've not been able to find another way to culture biotics yet but am about to try Rice milk which if it works will be even better. Other than that I'm eating TONS of cabbage which I can tell is a really really a good thing. I'm still taking a daily Zyrtec and still having next to no itching and my skin everywhere is quite smooth and healed up as a result. I haven't had any antibody level test since I've been on the Zyrtec but I will have one in the beginning of February to see if I've made some improvement.
I'm going to see the immunologist/allergist in a week for his opinion, apparently there will be no testing done at first, I'm just presenting him with all my history and paperwork for him to consider things first. Hopefully soon I'll be able to find the root cause of my problems, whether it's permeable gut, chromosome error, parasite or all three ?? I'm reasonably sure there are no (common) parasites unless you count candida and other yeasts which I'm sure are a major part of the story. Until I can seen the result of an IgE test that shows huge amounts of antibodies to some food/s I'll always be suspect there's a mystery non gut parasite but until then I can't do anything more about that so will continue to run a tight diet food allergy wise.
So my good things of the month are Mebendazole, Cabbage, Ginger, Soy probiotics and Coconut oil which is amazing stuff against whatever it is I'm fighting against lol, because my best least allergic high calorie food seems to be potato soaked in oil, I'm going through half a litre of coconut oil a week :/ . Red meat is good, fish so-so, Chicken I think is a failure. Red meat seems to do a couple of things other meats don't 1) digest very easily, 2) increase my stomach acids power ALOT. Other than the soy milk based yoghurt, the only grain I've eaten the last couple weeks was a little rice because I went out for dinner and vindaloo seemed the safer option of anything on the menu.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:52 AM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:34 AM
Interestng "mystery non-gut parasite" would seem to connect to eosinophils that you mentioned "eosinophilic folliculitus". Eosinophils are usually reserved to fight parsites and the egg stage is free roaming in the host.
Keep me informed if you find something out!
Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:03 PM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:50 PM
He's asked me to do the following tests and then come back. In the order he thought of them, they are.
1)Genotype for Celiac
2)IgG, IgG to Gliadin
3)Endomysial and Transglutaminase Ab antibody
4)Helicobacter breath test
9) Faeces + ova+ cysts + C. difficile
10) Thyroid antibodies + Thyroid function
11) RAST for staph enteroctopus A+B
I guess this is some very extensive diagnostics ! hopefully it gets me closer to seeing what is going on
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