I had written a blog about Adrenal Fatigue and exercise and was just about ready to post it when I started having chest pains. I guess it really started a couple of months ago when I went to the dentist to get a filling. I had a very strong reaction to the shot they gave me to numb my mouth. I started shaking and my heart started pounding and it didn’t stop pounding for 2 days. I called the dentist and he said “yes, I probably had a reaction to the epinephrine, but it would have been out of my system in minutes, not days”. I later found out that B’s have trouble with epinephrine so I just chalked it all up to my blood type and of course being an explorer and a non-secretor.
Then I noticed that I was having trouble breathing when I lay down in bed and my heart would beat hard and fast from time to time. Sometimes when I exerted myself and sometimes when I just lay still. Then on a Sunday morning while making myself some lentils my heart started pounding pretty hard. I sat down on the couch to see if it would calm down. I suddenly felt very dizzy and weak and I told my spouse to call 911. Then my heart really started to pound. I was given aspirin by my spouse and nitro when the paramedics arrived. The nitro worked, but I kept having “episodes”. I was taken to the hospital where they ran blood tests and EKG tests. Everything looked fine, so the next day they sent me home.
I stayed home from work for a couple of days, resting. Then I tried to go back to work. I was at work for about an hour and a half when it hit again, another ambulance ride to the hospital. Everything looked good, to them again, so they sent me home after a few hours. I didn’t even make it home before we turned around and I was back in the emergency room again. This time I stayed for about a week.
Every test they made on my heart looked fine. Blood tests, EKG, Echocardiogram, CT Angiogram, Chest X-rays, and treadmill all looked ok. My cholesterol is great and I eat so well on the GTD that they just wouldn’t believe anything was wrong with me! There was just nothing to point to. I had a number of “episodes” while in the hospital; I had three emergency teams respond to my room one night. They put me on Beta blockers and Calcium channel blockers, shrugged their shoulders and sent me home again. Here I waited, very quietly, for more test results to come in.
Last Monday we were so happy, I had finally failed a test! My epinephrine and metanephrine levels were high, which point to a problem with the Adrenal glands. So off I went to an Endocrinologist. I told her my symptoms and she told me she didn’t think the problem was with my Adrenals, but that she would run a few more tests. The Adrenal gland tests take a week to run. In the meantime I failed a Pancreas enzyme level test, which sent me to a Gastroenterologist! He ran another blood test on my liver enzymes, which have come out fine, and ordered a CT scan of my Pancreas (and hopefully my Adrenals). Meanwhile my Endocrinologist went on vacation!
Then last night my sister called. We rarely speak but she had talked to my dad and he told her what was going on with me. She called me immediately to tell me she had the same symptoms ten years ago and they found (after much digging) that she had a condition called Hyperaldosteronism and she had to have one of her Adrenal glands removed.
So that brings us up to the present moment. I’m waiting for the CT scan to be scheduled and I’m laying down - a lot. Wish me luck!
Since my 20’s I’ve been interested in health. I found out in my teens, much to my young surprise, that doctors don’t always have the answers. I was sure that if I paid attention to all my symptoms and told the doctor (in great detail mind you) what I was experiencing, out would pop the answer to all my complaints. So, for a while, I kept trying the doctors, medicine, and surgery. At the same time I started reading health magazines and books, eating “better”, and taking vitamins. I tried different types of diets, the worst of which was when I tried to eat vegetarian for two months. I felt awful.
My health kept getting worse. I had a hysterectomy in my early 30’s and continued to have migraines, sinus problems, and small infections. Medicine made me feel worse then my original symptoms, so I felt hopeless. Shortly after “Eat Right 4 Your Type” came out I ran across a small article discussing it in a magazine. I was immediately intrigued because I’m a B and my spouse is an O and while I couldn’t be a vegetarian I sure couldn’t consume the vast quantities of beef that my partner could “pack away”. So I ran to the book store and picked up a copy and it literally changed my life. I felt so much better within a very short time. I seldom got migraines any more, the infections stopped and my overall health was greatly improved. I was hooked!
Around five years ago I started having hot flashes and, like many others in this country, my financial health started to plummet along with my emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I never got as sick as I was before I started the BTD so I thought “well I’m just getting old, this is to be expected”. Then I found this website and the new genotype diet and I thought “why not give it a try”. Well, I found out I am an Explorer – um, duh! I also found out I’m a non-secretor (could have used that info five years ago!). Within a week of starting the diet I felt so much better that I cleaned out my cupboards and dove in whole heartedly.
Many things have changed since I started the GTD a year ago. I’ve lost 10 lbs. and 2 dress sizes. My skin looks better, nails are thicker, eyes are clearer, and my hair is thicker and grows faster. I have more energy and I can think clearer. My brother and sister in law visited us for Christmas and they really noticed the difference. I’m still getting hot flashes, but they’ve decreased in frequency and intensity in the last few months. I’m still dealing with Adrenal Fatigue and healing my intestines. But with the continued help I get from the wonderful people on this forum (including Dr. D of course!) I know I’ll continue to feel better and better.
If you’d like to share my journey to better health I’ll be blogging around once a month with stories, questions, and just maybe some answers.
I’m a B+ non-secretor Explorer who’s been on the BTD since 1999, the GTD and then my swami in 2010. I love learning about food, cooking, health, and personality types. I love movies, books, yoga, and walking.