Getting Worse to Get Better

It is officially the ninth day of me being on my supplement plan.  Things have definitely not been easy.  On Saturday morning I woke up with crazy hives and my bottom lip was swollen.  That is the first time anything has been swollen in awhile, so it made me pretty concerned.  I emailed Dr. Rosinski right away and asked him if it was possible that I could get worse before I get better.  He assured me that it is very common for people to get worse before they get better.  He also mentioned that the increase in B vitamins could be assisting my methylation pathway (yeah I have no idea what that really means either) and thereby see an increase in histamine until it clears correctly.  I popped some more antihistamines and tried to relax, because that’s all I could really do.  Basically ever since Saturday though I have been super hivey and itchy and my nighttime flare ups have been ridiculous.  I haven’t had any more swollen parts since Saturday though, so I guess that is progress.  It definitely freaked me out when it first happened though, because I wasn’t expecting things to get worse.

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Seriously Struggling

Yesterday I was pretty optimistic.  Then again, yesterday was only my first day taking supplements and doing my new eating routine, including the 3 “C”s of eating.  The idea of having this be my life for the next 30 days (at least) is highly depressing.  I would say the absolute worst part are the changes I am having to make surrounding my eating.  I hate gargling before meals and I really hate not having something to do while I am eating.  I have always just ate while doing whatever else without really focusing on my eating and making sure I chew everything thoroughly.  It takes FOREVER for me to chew everything thoroughly.  So long, in fact, that I get bored with it really quick and want to stop eating.

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Adding Supplements

Yesterday I met with Dr. Rosinski again to go over my blood test results and really start to dig in to what I need to do to fix this besides just being on the elimination diet.  I feel like there is so much to remember and I actually was awake super early this morning because I couldn’t fall back asleep due to stress.  All I could think about was all of these new routines I need to add into my day.  It is a bit daunting I have to say, but I do have a lot of faith in Dr. Rosinski and I am willing to do what I need to do in order to get better.  I am tired of being hivey all day every day and having it interfere with my life.

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AIP/Low Histamine Diet

So it seems like it has been forever since I have posted on here.  I have been having a hard time dealing with things emotionally and really just haven’t had much of an update to give, but I guess it is time I get back to writing.

This week I went in to Quest Diagnostics and got what seemed like a ridiculous amount of blood taken for testing for my functional medicine doctor.  I also have started restricting my diet again.  Dr. Rosinski, my functional medicine doctor, wants me to limit my foods to low histamine foods only while also trying to follow an autoimmune paleo diet (AIP).  Essentially, this makes the super strict AIP diet even more strict by eliminating things like bananas and spinach (just two examples that I was particularly disappointed about), which are both high in histamines.  The idea is to limit the amount of histamine I am adding in to my body, since histamine is what causes the hives.  This is also why I have basically been living off of anti-histamines to get by.  I am happy to report that I haven’t taken a steroid in quite some time now though.  I think a couple of weeks.

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