It is amazing how much my health has changed within the last few weeks. Last time I posted about my test results, we talked about delayed onset sensitivities. This post won’t be as scientific, but I still felt it important enough to share my test results with others since there is a good chance that these issues have been overlooked by your doctor. I am only speaking from my own experiences, of course. It only took me over 7 years of pain, suffering, seeing many different doctors from all over the country (and Germany), many MANY hours of researching on my own, and finally seeing the RIGHT doctor to figure this out.…
Okay. What else did my doc find??
I had two parasites, an H. pylori infection (bacterial), and an intestinal fungal infection. Sounds like fun, eh? So, even though I had cut out almost every offending food from my diet (FODMAPS, grains, legumes, dairy, etc.), I was still having digestive issues, fatigue, etc. because of this. You can’t heal your gut if you have infections that are constantly reeking havoc on your body. You need to take care of these things before you can start to heal.
Why did I have all these infections? Since, I was eating foods that were causing my body to attack itself for pretty much my entire life, it left my digestive system open for infection. And inflammation. And therefore more damage.
Also, the standard stool testing for these infections is flawed. The normal tests that are performed take a sample from your stool, and look at it under the microscope. If they didn’t happen to grab a section that contained the actual parasite, you may get a false negative result. The testing that I had done, tests for DNA so it is much more accurate.
My ANA levels were very high possibly indicating an autoimmune disorder. I still don’t know what autoimmune disorder. I still have MANY questions regarding this test that happened to come to me after my last visit with my doc. All I know is that my body is attacking itself instead of invaders. More testing is needed, but this definitely somewhat explains why my inflammatory markers were incredibly high.
My amino acids and neurotransmitters were VERY low. I had been telling my doctors for years that I was suffering from anxiety and some mild depression. The only thing they wanted to do for me was prescribe an anti-anxiety drug or anti-depressant. I didn’t want to be medicated, so I stopped mentioning it. I always knew SOMETHING was off with my body, and the drugs seemed like they would be just “treating the symptoms.” The way Dr. Myers described her thoughts on this was: If someone has ADHD, they are not Ritalin deficient. They are not missing Ritalin in their brain, and therefore they need to take Ritalin. I believe she nailed it right on the head there.
Dr. Myers looked at my lab results regarding my amino acids and neurotransmitter levels, and told me that she sees these values in people who are vegans (and I’m guessing she meant vegans who don’t know how to get their protein in), and she was not surprised at all that I was having anxiety and depression issues. Not only do amino acids contribute to muscle growth (just in case you didn’t know, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins), but they also contribute to formation of neurotransmitters which are responsible for mood, concentrating, memory, and many other important functions within the body. The testing that I had done came back with very specific amino acid deficiencies.
I’m currently taking a custom amino acid blend, and I feel like a completely different person. The smile that I used to have all the time is back, my energy levels are getting much better, and I’m actually leaning out to my old body. I honestly thought that I was going crazy, and it turns out that my body wasn’t able to break down the proteins that I was eating. I didn’t need Prozac. haha. This probably could open up a conundrum for all of you to ponder now concerning antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
This also may explain why I was having such a hard time building muscle especially within the last year. Everyone just kept saying that I was getting older, but something just didn’t seem right!! I know that I keep saying that, but the older I get, the more I just need to listen to my own judgement!
So, what was causing my amino acids and neurotransmitters to be low? I have no idea. It could be my leaky gut that is preventing me from breaking down protein into amino acids and absorbing them. We aren’t sure right now. Currently, we are focusing on taking care of the infections, healing my gut, then we will retest to see what is up.
Our immune system is so complex! My Immunology professor shared with us that probably 1/4 of what was in our text books last semester was not known 5 years ago. What does that mean for you? If you think something is going on healthwise, and you aren’t getting the response you think you should from the doc, change doctors or start doing your research! Doctors work so much that it is impossible for them to keep up with all the new studies that are coming out.
Anyway, those were the majority of my test results. Interesting stuff for sure. Let me know what you think.
Have you had testing like this before??