03-07-2006, 08:26 AM
I've been about 90% raw for almost two months now (vegan for over two years), and I feel wonderful. I haven't had any problems or even experienced any detoxing discomfort. I eat the right foods, don't over-indulge in fruits, and drink over two pints of freshly extracted vegetable juice every day. Now, here's the problem: on friday, in the middle of the day, I suddenly began having some discomfort in my chest, on the upper left, closer to my shoulder than my abdomen. It's a very sharp, piercing pain, not like the pain you feel after exercising. It gets more intense when I breethe deeply, which I'v read may be a sign of pneumonia, but I'm not coughing or anything like that at all. The pain has been off and on for the last few days, and is generally more intense in the evening and almost disappears when I wake up. Last night, however, I woke up around 5:00 am, and the pain was the worst it's ever been. I couldn't go to sleep until about thirty minutes later, at which point it got a little better. Right now the pain is moderate, not terrible, but not nonexistent like it has been in the mornings. So, I was wondering if any of you know whether this could be diet related or not. It may be worth pointing out that on Wednesday (two days before this happened), I began taking a zinc supplement (15mg a day), and begining Friday night through Sunday I was out of town and therefore wasn't drinking the juice or eating quite like I should. And last night I had a terrible meal that I completely regret having of pasta with those artichoke hearts that are marinated in vinegar and who knows what else, and some other things I shoudn't have eaten. Any help would be appreciated. I'm wondering if I should see a doctor, which I suppose I will if it doesn't get better soon, but it would be as a last resort.