View Full Version : At my wit's end health-wise
06-26-2006, 08:26 PM
Ok, let me start by saying that I prefer eating as much raw as possible, and try to employ this in my home and with my hubby and kids.
My health is by all rights and means very nice, according to blood work, etc.
But several years ago I was put on some meds that I reacted terribly to, and was taken off them, only to suffer withdrawal, etc. and terrible detox.
I am currently sitting here with parasthesia (surface numbness) in my leg and arm, sometimes my cheek. (It's NOT a stroke, this has been happening off and on for 4 years since the meds fiasco.) I have migraines with aura, fibromyalgia and I am very overweight (BMI is quite high), and just generally feel bad.
My blood pressure is very low, average 102/65, and my resting body temp is 96.7 degrees.
I'm not looking for a diagnosis. I just need some help. :(
I am miserable, and am simply looking to know if going to 100% raw will change these things. I am at the point where I am simply afraid to eat. I've had some water today, some frozen mango and some blue berries. I am truly at my wit's end. I am afraid that if I don't find something that will heal my body, that it will shut down. I'm too young to shut down! :(
I have a food dehydrator (not the best quality, but it's all I've got), a juicer, a small blender... All the things I need to make a good go of this. But I also have frozen dinners and things that I can't just toss out (we're kinda on the broke side of life and can't afford the waste).
Any help will be appreciated, and I thank anyone in advance for your replies~
06-26-2006, 08:42 PM
Well, obviously there are no guarantees... but many people have overcome/cured illnesses and various ailments through eating raw. Raw doesn't have to be fancy... you can have whole fruits and vegetables most of the time and be just fine. Have salads or green smoothies to incorporate greens and you're good to go. If you prefer raw "gourmet", that's when the dehyrator, juicer, etc. come into play. If you don't want you or your family eating the frozen dinners and other SAD food that you have around the house, then perhaps you can trade those things to neighbors for produce or other raw goods?
06-26-2006, 08:47 PM
My guess is that eating balance and raw can do nothing but help your overall health and well being.
Lymphedema therapy may also benefit the numbness and various symptoms related to fibromyalgia.
Ever consider accupuncture, herbology or alternative therapies?
06-26-2006, 08:54 PM
-You obviously recognize that eating well will help you. Pursue it with passion and gusto. All you can do is what you can do. Reasearch....choose the things YOU think are highest and healthy...and pursue them with motivation and vigor. Don't let others talk you out of your dreams. You can't solve problems permanently by working within the problem....but only by instituting a higher and joyful law in your life.
06-26-2006, 08:57 PM
Ever consider accupuncture, herbology or alternative therapies?
Yeah, I've used aromatherapy, which I love. Also some homeopathics that I've liked. It's kind of hard to find an accupuncturist where I live, but I have a good chiropractor, and I'm not too bad at reflexology (though I'd rather have someone to do it for me, rather than to work on my own feet, lol)
It just seems that I've tried and tried to get my body to do what it ought to, and it's just one thing after the other. I'm going to lay really low on food for a few days and see if I don't see at least a little relief from the numb-ness/dizzy stuff.
Thanks for the advice and info so far guys :)
06-26-2006, 08:59 PM
Chances are with a body temp. that low and being overweight, you have a thryoid problem. This might not show up on the blood work if you had only your TSH checked. Yes, I know Fibro. can cause low body temp. But I have Fibro. too and it's usually kept in check so long as my thyroid is in range.
I do understand being broke and not wanting to waste food. I presume you are not alone in the house since you said "we". Could the other people or person in the house eat the frozen meals while you eat the raw stuff?
When my daughter was diagnosed with food allergies, I got rid of every speck of food she could no longer eat, except for a few things my husband or I would eat. I gave the food to a friend who was going through a rough time financially and has a teen grandson who lives with her and tends to bring friends over that eat up all her food. I couldn't really afford to do it, plus replace it all with different foods, but I felt I had no choice.
Then some time went by. My friend got a new job with less pay per hour but more hours and eventually plenty over overtime. She sent me a check in the mail. I was rather shocked because I wasn't expecting it! But I find generally that's the way things work in life. Things like this just have a way of working themselves out.
Is it possible for you to plant any sort of garden? Even a tomato plant or some herbs in pots can help save a bit of money.
As for the parasthesia, I'm a bit surprised that it didn't go away after you got the meds out of your system. My friend has suffered from this same thing caused by meds but in his case it usually goes away after a couple of weeks. Not sure what to tell you about that/
06-27-2006, 09:18 AM
Have faith that if you provide your body the conditions it needs (a simple, raw foods diet, lots of rest, sunlight, etc..) it will do the work of healing to its best ability. I healed from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions. You are on the right path.
These websites might help:
Best to you!
06-27-2006, 11:03 AM
To me, throwing out the frozen processed "food" might just be the least wasteful thing to do with it. If you're suffering from issues, is eating it yourself to get through it really any better than throwing it out? OK, maybe that's extreme and you should give it to someone else in the household as suggested (especially if they're not interested in improving their diet right now), but I say don't you eat it because of fear of waste because it's not doing that much for you anyway, the price of eating it might even be higher than the price of the lost amount of "food" (and those are HEAVY quotations on the word "food" :cool: ).
Sprouting is a fantastic way to get some food fer cheep. Raw doesn't have to be expensive (though it can be). Is it possible for you to grow a little food too, I think that is very good for your health and your soul (and the planet).
BTW, I'd throw out the chiropractor if money is tight, and put a priority on better food. If it's hard to find an acupuncturist and also hard financially, you could try to increase your endorphins by other means yourself.
I have two close friends for whom major weight losses have resolved a plethora of health problems, g'luck.
06-27-2006, 11:07 AM
Hi! You dont even NEED appliances. Get yourself familiar with good ole' juicy fresh fruits & vegetables!! Just watch how you combine them.
Through my experience, I think mono eating would be the most gentle on your system since you've been through so much! Then your body will let you know when it's ready to spread it's wings.
I'm so glad to see you. I'm excited for you as well because many great things will be happening in your life.
06-27-2006, 04:32 PM
Thanks for all the info guys, I truly appreciate it. I ate fairly light yesterday, and feel a little better today. I am likely going to have some warm tea, and I bought some lemons and limes to juice, so I could have homemade lemon/lime-ade. (Couldn't get my hands on organic, so the regular ones will have to do.)
About the thyroid: I agree that it's off a bit. I had it tested a couple years ago and they said I was a little low, but that it was no big deal. The nurse didn't even seem to care that my body temp and blood pressure are SO low.
Will weight loss cause my blood pressure to drop even further? I worry about that alot...
On the garden issue: I would LOVE to plant a garden. But it will have to wait until hubby and I get moved out of our apartment complex. We ARE allowed to have small flowering plants, but I doubt they'll approve a garden, lol. Our lease is up soon, and we are looking for something a little bit out of town, so we can grow our own things and raise some animals.
(We went to the local feed and seed to get baby formula for a bunny I am rehabilitating, and I just fell in LOVE with all the little bitty animals there, lol. And now I must have one of each! ) :D
Ok, thanks again everyone, I truly appreciate that you took the time to send info and help my way!
06-27-2006, 04:40 PM
howdy, hope you make the raw trails. It completing made my life 100% better. My health is sooooo on the way to recovery and so can yours! Look forward to seeing you around the forum.
06-27-2006, 04:46 PM
the ONE thing that I know about eating raw food, is that it will cleanse your body, and allow you body to do it's work to heal itself.
So, eating raw food is the very best thing you could ever do for your health.
06-27-2006, 10:33 PM
Tomatoes can be planted in pots and they have the cutiest little yellow flowers.....
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