Saturday, May 3, 2008

I have a lot of new readers to my blog. Most do not know what kind of health issues I have. I have started detoxing again, and felt before talking about it I should let my new readers know some of the health issues I am dealing with.

I have been diagnosed with three main health issues.

1. Lead Poisoning: What is lead poisoning? Lead is a neurotoxic metallic element that can be absorbed by the body, primarily through the lungs and stomach. Lead poisoning occurs only when too much lead accumulates in the body. Generally, lead poisoning occurs slowly, resulting from the gradual accumulation of lead in bone and tissue after repeated exposure.

2. Von Willebrand disease:

What is von Willebrand Disease? Von Willebrand Disease is a bleeding disorder caused by a defect or deficiency of a blood clotting protein, called von Willebrand Factor. The disease is estimated to occur in 1% to 2% of the population. The disease was first described by Erik von Willebrand, a Finnish physician who reported a new type of bleeding disorder among island people in Sweden and Finland.

Von Willebrand Factor is a protein critical to the initial stages of blood clotting. This glue-like protein, produced by the cells that line the blood vessel walls, interacts with blood cells called platelets to form a plug which prevents the blood from flowing at the site of injury. People with von Willebrand Disease are unable to make this plug because they do not have enough von Willebrand Factor or their factor is abnormal.

Usually, people with VWD bruise easily, have recurrent nosebleeds, or bleed after tooth extraction, tonsillectomy or other surgery. Recurrent nosebleeds are also a hallmark of VWD. Women can have increased menstrual bleeding. Aspirin and many of the drugs used for pain can aggravate bleeding because they interfere with platelet function.

3. Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a clinical syndrome defined by chronic widespread muscular pain, fatigue and tenderness. Many people with fibromyalgia also experience additional symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, cognitive and memory problems (often called “fibro fog”), temporomandibular joint disorder, pelvic pain, restless leg syndrome, sensitivity to noise and temperature, and anxiety and depression. These symptoms can vary in intensity and, like the pain of fibromyalgia, wax and wane over time.

I have high levels of lead in my body. We are not entirely sure why. Although recently a news article came out saying that people who were raised in Los Angels in the late 60s and early 70s are turning up in their later years of having lead poisoning. The reason is because of smog. Leaded Gas fumes were the cause. I was born and raised in that area during that time.

My doctor feels that i have fibromyalgia and bleeding issues because of the lead in my body. We are hoping that detoxing as much lead as i can out of my body will turn those problems around and make them a non issue.

However the detoxing has been very hard on my body, and I tend to only be able to detox a little bit at a time.

I started detoxing once again a few days ago. I need to detox for a solid month. I am already feeling sick while doing it. I tend to become very tired, and have a lot of irritable bowel problems along with a pretty upset stomach. Fibromyalgia issues also seem to be worse. Probably because the lead is being flushed out, and my body is trying to keep up with it.

This should be the last time i have to detox for some time. In about two months my doctor will be doing more tests to see if the lead levels in my body are lower. I am praying that they will be. :)

I wanted to let everyone know I probably will not blog as often during the detox. I will blog as I am able to keep every one updated. If I post anything it most likely will be words of positivity and uplifting songs and poems. They help me feel better. :)

The good news is when i did the detox program a few months ago i felt so much better after it was over. I had less bleeding issues, and more energy. I am going to keep this in mind during this process.

I will try to remember that every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.



Awake In Rochester said...

I was not aware of your health issues. I hope that the detox works well. I will say a prayer for you.

Concerning the lead poisoning, did it start when you were a child?

Feel free to use the meme if you want. The more the merrier. ;o)

Mike Golch said...

Mysti,I can relate to the fibro fog,that appens when I have a seizure as well.
Hope the detox works for you.
I'll make you a dael that you cannot refuse you hang in there I will always have an "ear" for me when ever you need to and I'll do the same if I need and "ear' as

Jo said...

Mysti, I will be keeping you in my prayers while you are detoxing. I have you on my google reader so I won't miss any of your posts.

Mimi said...

I knew you had the fibro mylagia...but I had no idea you had other health issues as well..
I already had you on my prayer journal for the I will add the other issues...and pray diligently for you while you are going through the detox...
Be Encouraged,

'Tart said...

I hope the detox goes well. It seems like you have been having such good days lately, so it seemed to me, and I'm sure those days will be back. I hope you feel better soon.

MYSTI said...

Hi Awake, I was not diagnosed with lead poisoning until about 6 years ago. We had no idea i had any issues in that area until my doctor thinking i might have mercury poisoning did some tests. He figured that we might as well check for it all while we were at it. It turned out i had no mercury poisoning at all, but lead!
:) blessings

Thank you so much Mike! Its a deal! Ty for being so kind and thoughtful.

Thank you Jo. :) blessings!

Mimi i so appreciate the prayers. Thank you so much. Knowing others are praying for me helps. Hugs

Tart ty. I did not have bad days until the last few days. The moment i went on the detox i started getting sick again. I shall talk with you soon. Hugs!