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allison

Member Since 09 Nov 2006
Offline Last Active Mar 04 2007 01:17 PM
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Topics I've Started

Mindfulness Meditation

07 January 2007 - 11:13 AM

Hi everyone,

A little backgroud:
I have been gluten-free for a year now, and my tummy and fatigue problems are doing better but I've had a whole load of new things come up recently. Really ad GERD, dizziness (recently diagnosed as vertigo, not sure if they are right), TMJ, tremors in my legs, and general shakiness.

Emotionally this is throwing me for a huge loop because I was so sick before I went gluten-free, and then after a year of feeling great I thought my problems were over. I'm finding it really difficult to feel like I"m back where I was (I'm not really, but I am in the sense that doctors still don't know what's making me feel ill--every test comes back NORMAL--which is an awful repeat of four years pre-gluten-free) and I am also in a time of my life with great change right now (moved cities, left best friends/boyfriend behind), new job etc.

So on the mindfulness meditation. I'm reading this book right now by Jon Kabat-Zinn called "Full Catastrophe Living." I'm sure many of you have heard of it (or at least now that you are hearing the name of it you are thinking to yourself, "oh, yes, full catastrophe, that sounds like my life." The book is about a program for people with chronic illness and/or stress issues who undergo an 8 week meditation program at a university hospital in Boston. It is full of incredible proclamations of how much better this program makes people feel, and to me it sounds to good to be true. It is basically just a program of doing body scans and meditation in which one focuses on the breath (I am a yoga practitioner, but I'm just not sure if I see this changing my life). So I'm wondering if anyone else has had any experience with using this coping mechanism in the past and what it was like.

Thanks!
Allison

What Is Pming And How Do I Do It?

01 January 2007 - 10:46 AM

Hi,

People say sometimes to "PM" them to speak personally (is this "personal message"?) How do you do this, or is there another way? People don't seem to post email addresses on the site if someone else wants to contac...

Thanks!
Allison

Help Against The Gerd! (reflux)

18 November 2006 - 01:50 PM

Please guys, it's so bad! I went to the ER last night b/c my chest hurt so bad--and it was the GERD again. (Apparently both acid from my stomach and bile from my small intestine).

I'm on prevacid--it's OK.

But what do you take over the counter for immediate relief? (Opinions on the best ones are welcome!)

And I know there are all these foods that you are supposed to avoid, but I'm having trouble doing that given a)my lack of an appetite and b)the fact that I'm already on a celiac diet. Does anyone know what the worst triggers are (other than alcohol, caffeine, chocolate)--like is cheese really all that bad?

Heeeeelp.
Allison

Stomach Motility/bile In Stomach?

14 November 2006 - 12:32 PM

Hi--

My endoscopy yesterday revealed that I had a whole bunch of bile in my tummy. My poking around on the web indicates that it could be more GERD, except coming from lower down.

I'm getting a gastic emptying scan and a upper GI/small bowel xray to see what the heck is going on.


But has anyone else experienced this?

I'm wondering if it could be what's currently making me feel like poo.

Thanks again guys!

Allison

Carrying On With Your Daily Life When You Feel Like Poo!

12 November 2006 - 02:41 PM

the message pretty much says it all...

are you a one-day-at-a-time person? (i find it hard to keep that going)

how do you convince yourself to go out or go to work when you feel this way?!

let's hear it..i know we all have jobs, school etc (i found it to be easier when i was in school)

thanks!