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jlockwood
Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 8:53am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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We think that my husband, Ben,  is a Type A (We are currently awaiting his test in the mail, but his dad is an A and his mom doesn't know what she is. We don't know his secretor status yet).  He has been eating as a type A for a few weeks now.  He has been experiencing some strange symptoms over the last week.  

The right side of his neck in between his ear and collar bone has been aching constantly.  He says that it does not feel muscular.  He says the pain increases in cold air, when he breathes deep or heavily, when his heart beat increases, and when he bends over.  Ben rarely complains about pain, but this has really been a bother to him.  At some points, he says that the pain travels from his neck, behind his ear, and up to the top of his head. He this pain has stayed consistently between a 3 and 5 on the pain scale for 4-5 days now.  I made him see a doctor, but after some ex rays and a heap of questions, the doc had no idea what the problem is.

The doc's plan is for Ben to have an utlra sound of his neck and chest and then an Echo.

The pain has moved into the front middle of his neck and has been travelling down his chest and to his lungs.  He says that sometimes it feels really cold when he breaths.

Any ideas?  We are wondering if any of this could be due to stress?   We work and live at a boarding high school for Alaskan Native students and have had a very difficult year with many of the new staff.  Ben said that these symptoms started coming on after he started thinking about getting back to work (as our Christmas break has just ended).  He's never known his stress to manifest itself in him in such an obvious physical way.  He has had a similar neck pain a couple times before also, but it always just went away in a day or two.   This is by far the longest and worst it's been.
The temperature outside has also just recently dropped to 40 below, but, we've been out and about in 60 below temperatures without these symptoms.

Thank you in advance for your input.  

Sincerely,
Jenn-- an O Pos concerned for her newlywed hubby.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 11:19am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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jlockwood, welcome to BTD and the forum
Certainly your husbands symptoms could be from stress. As you may know, stress creates many and varied symptoms
One thing that came to mind was dental. Any toothaches lately. Another was sinus.
Could also be the change in weather you mentioned.
Glad to hear you are looking into it further.
You may also find that once he becomes compliant w/ BTD, the symptoms will subside, but in the meantime, it's good you are following up w/ a couple more tests. Just, please, don't put ALL of your stock in the MDs.  
I have recently had a really bad relapse of my shoulder pain, initially brought on by a fall. I have come to believe it is from sugar. Not white or even raw sugar, but fruit/fruit juice sugar. So no more of that for now.  I also have hypoglycemia and adrenal exhaustion/failure. In theory, there are some very yummy beneficial (bennies) fruits I should be able to eat, but w/ my adrenals as they are, I guess I just can't tolerate it. So my point is, in time, your hubby may see lots of aches, pains, etc disappear, the more compliant he is.
Let us know how things go. When are his tests scheduled?




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Could be vascular in nature.....If he is an A which tend to have thick blood and more prone to platelet aggregation...I would recommend some fresh lemon squeezed in warm water a few times a day in between meals especially first thing in the morning.

You also want to increase foods that inhibit platelet aggregation....onions and garlic

Avoid cheese, chocolate, beer, shellfish and wine which stimulates release of vasoactive compounds by blood platelets worsening pain.

We just went through Christmas and maybe your husband had a bit too much chocolate and wine over the holidays

might want to try some magnesium and B6 tablets as directed on label for 4 weeks

good luck


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Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 4:36pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Ben hasn't complained of any toothaches lately.  His first two tests are scheduled for Friday the 19th.  He is supposed to call today to try and arrange it earlier since his condition is feeling worse.  

Ben also doesn't drink alcohol at all.  He didn't eat much chocolate and began shortly after Christmas being compliant.  He has been very consistent about eating bennies for what we currently think is his blood type.  He has also been drinking warm lemon water in the mornings, I will have him drink more and try the magnesium and B6 tabs.

Thanks for your input so far!
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also, wondering if he is having any vision problems. If I'm not mistaken, the area he is having pain is where the carotid artery is. Do you know if they plan to scan that area? Here is a link to some info on it:
http://www.google.com/search?h.....d+artery&spell=1
Sorry to hear he is feeling worse and hope he finds an answer (a good one ) soon.
Please go to the Emergency Room if he gets too much worse!!

In rereading your original post, I tend to agree w/ mikeo that it could be vascular. JMHO.




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Welcome aboard to our community, jlockwood.

Has your husband been eating any avoids within the past week when the symptoms have been surfacing?  Occasionally, wheat and dairy, as well as other common 'A' avoids can aggrevate or instigate flairups in your one's body through displaying symptoms of pain, lethargy, fatigue, moodiness.

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Quoted from jlockwood
Ben hasn't complained of any toothaches lately.  His first two tests are scheduled for Friday the 19th.  He is supposed to call today to try and arrange it earlier since his condition is feeling worse.  

Ben also doesn't drink alcohol at all.  He didn't eat much chocolate and began shortly after Christmas being compliant.  He has been very consistent about eating bennies for what we currently think is his blood type.  He has also been drinking warm lemon water in the mornings, I will have him drink more and try the magnesium and B6 tabs.

Thanks for your input so far!


he might have deep dental root systems like I do and this may be the cause of his pain in his neck


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Just a little note. I have been having similar symptoms - found out there is a bug going around that ends up in pneumonia. My neck started hurting terribly but I figured I had thrown my back out or I was developing a tension headache. After that the cough began. Three weeks later my neck is still slightly tender.
 One other thing, does he have a history or heart problems? Heart attacks can manifest themselves in many forms and not always on the left side.
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Ben has not had any vision issues.  We are due to see the dentist, so we'll make appointments soon.  He did have dental x-rays at his last visit with no noticed problems.  He's never had a cavity either.  

Ben has no known family history of heart problems, has recently acheived his 8th grade speed of the 6 minute mile, and is just shy of 27 years old.

He has confirmed that his blood type is A Pos, and has been very consistent in following the diet for about 3 weeks now.  He has been careful to not eat any avoids.  

Ben has been taking magnesium and B6 for the past 3 days now.  He said that his ache has been a bit less today than it's been for days.  We have the next two days off and plan to have a relaxing day at a hotsprings tomorrow.  I'm hoping that it will continue to improve.  

Thank you everyone that has given so much wonderful input.  It has been great to have more minds involved to help solve this puzzle.

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Has he had his gall bladder checked- that is where I had my pain, neck, inside right shoulderblade area
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Jenn, you might also go to google and type in all his symptoms. Leave out "'and, but, in" and things like that.  It will prob bring up several articles pertaining to what it 'might' be.



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What about TMJ (can't spell but it means Jaw problems) I have terrible trouble with my Sinuses plus my Jaw gets out of wack. This is very painful in the whole area you have mentioned. When stressed I tend to grind my teeth when I sleep so I have a splint  (night guard) to protect my teeth and help keep my jaw relaxed.   Does warm or cold help with the pain?

I remember reading something about A types having more ear infections, esp as children. This was one of my A-ha moments.  I still have ear trouble  and it can be horrible pain.

Also I do remember a virus last year that effected my neck. But I never got a cold with it.
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I'll have him mention the gall bladder thing to the doctor.  He's not previously had trouble with it, though.  

He's presented no ear, jaw, or sinus pain (has never had TMJ).  

Warm doesn't do anything, and cold makes the ache worse.

However, the pain had shifted from the right side of his neck to the front base and was radiating down his chest a bit.  He said that when he breathed it ached, but it didn't feel like his lungs.  He said it almost felt as if their was extremely cold air getting sucked into his bronchial tubes.  He was never outside in the cold for more than a couple of minutes, though.

Oddly, the temperature shot up on Wednesday from a frigid 45 below to 20 below.  By Thursday it was about 2 above, the ache happened to be less noticeable to Ben.  As of Friday the ache had subsided.  Two things happened over those two days... we had two days off of work, and the weather warmed up.  We will still keep his appointment for the ultra sound and echo on Friday the 19th, it will be interesting to see if the condition returns today when we start work again.

Thanks again everyone for all of your thoughts!  It has been helpful.
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