I think people will forgive the fact that I didn't rush back to finish part two of this story. I mean, it isn't exactly the most fun topic, is it? And really, the most important part was the cleanse, because really, the procedure was a breeze.
Arrived at the clinic. They did a few heart tests on me (to make sure I was ok to be put under), and then I was brought up to the recovery room.
There's a lot of information online about what happens during a colonoscopy, but what I wanted to find - before I had mine - was a personal account. I never found one, and I believe it would have helped me prepare for it better. So here I am, sharing my own experience just in case it helps other people.
Recently I've been having a problem with cramps. Not the same cramps I usually have after consuming a food trigger, but a totally new unrelenting painful cramp that feels completely different from those I associate with digestion problems.
There is some speculation from my family doctor that it might be endometriosis or something having to do with the female plumbing.
In 2001, the UK tightened hygiene protocols and lengthened pasteurization (heat-treatment times) on dairy farms. This was in response to scientific studies that suggests exposure to a bacterium called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (MAP) (which is also called Johne's disease) may play some role in chronic illness, which causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea and fatigue.
I've been trying out the concept of using enzymes therapeutically which basically means between meals. I am using a protease blend which has peptizyde/DPP IV.
I've waited to post about this because I wanted an accurate account to report. For the last 3 weeks, I've incorporated digestive enzymes into my routine. Before I talk about it, let me preface the story with a little history.
*WARNING* To anyone who may know me personally, this might be more in depth than you care to delve.
As I stated in my last blog, people with Candidiasis are encouraged to get off the pill. The pill can cause yeast infections (which we are prone to as it is) and also upsets your hormonal balance.
"It's called Nuva Ring", my doctor said as he held the square box in front of me. "Do you know were it goes?"
I fought a grin and said "Well...I'm assuming....(lifted eyebrows and random hand gestures)".
Great. Neither my doctor or I can say vagina in front of each other.
I can quit coffee.
I can stay away from bread if I have to and I can even skip that gorgeous piece of cheesecake. But give up my birth control pills?
For all those other sins, there is an alternative. But what do you replace birth control pills with? If I slip up and accidentally eat something with yeast in it, I'll be sick for a day or two. If I slip up off the pill, I'll be sick and bloated ...except it will last for 9 months. And then manifest itself into a screaming, living, needy thing.
It can be difficult to find programs and establishments meant to help you. Doctors don't know every place that is available in the area that you live in which you could benefit from. It's not their fault. In fact, I think it would make sense that doctors recieve updates on programs and organizations in the area that could help their patients. When I am Empress of the Universe, I will make sure I organize a panel of individuals whose job it is to do so.
I find many of the medical technicians I encounter (as a patient) are friendly, informative and helpful.
Is this because they don't have to deal with as many headaches as doctors do?