Doctor, Doctor, gimme the news…

1 May

So this morning I went to see my doctor, which was the pain in the ASS it always is.

I mentioned wanting to raise my Wellbutrin dose. He did so. We’ll try that for 2 months, and see where I stand. I’m hoping that this, in concert with me upping the Trileptal to 900mg a day, will help curb the swings and the rage. The awful, awful rage.

Although the appointment was worth the look on his face when I told him my fit of breaking all my favorite dishes scared my family.

I then also mentioned that I was concerned that the bloating, dermographism and tight chest/can’t get enough air or yawn feelings might be a food allergy of some sort.

“Try a high fibre diet” is all he said.

I eat fibre. I loves me some All Bran bars. I eat fibre cereals, veggies, fruits, things with “bulk”.

And last time I checked, a diet low in fibre wouldn’t case an allergic reaction, right? And the sudden itching accompanying the dermographism wouldn’t happen because of a lack of fibre. It doesn’t make sense.

Ever get the feeling that your doctor doesn’t really care about your well being? Welcome to the dark side of the Canadian Health Care system. Dude doesn’t have the time to even think about getting into the subject with me.

So I’m gonna start cutting stuff out of my diet, and it’s gonna SUCK. I love dairy, but it’s painfully (literally-the reaction to the small amount of Parmesan on my salad 20 mins ago is killing me) obvious to me that I need to give it up. I’m gonna try to give up wheat products, or at the very least, refined wheat/sugars. Something is hurting me, and since he can’t be bothered to help me, I’ll do it myself.

A friend suggested trying to get to see a nutritionist, and I just might. Something is off, and it’s painful, not to mention frustrating in terms of my self esteem.

Or maybe I’ll just be fat and gross forever!

Anyone dealt with food allergies? Nutritionists? Idiot doctors?

17 Responses to “Doctor, Doctor, gimme the news…”

  1. Jennnifer May 1, 2007 at 6:41 pm #

    The trouble breathing, is it like someone is sitting on your chest? Like a physical pain?

  2. thordora May 1, 2007 at 6:45 pm #

    it’s like my lungs are bound together, and I can’t yawn or get in enough air. Technically, I’m ok, and breathing, but it’s like I feel like i can get that big gulp of air. Happens when I exercise, or lie down, or sit here FFS.

  3. Estella May 1, 2007 at 6:45 pm #

    Dr. Sears has a fabulous elimination diet on his website. It’s directed towards breastfeeding mothers but works well for everyone. It will specifically point out which foods you have sensitivies to. But it aint easy and it aint pretty.

  4. Heather May 1, 2007 at 8:00 pm #

    Idiot doctors, oh yes. Fuckers. I hope the elimination diet pinpoints something useful!

  5. HeatherKae May 1, 2007 at 9:12 pm #

    I’d bet a big ole buck that the culprit is glutens. A couple of years ago my dad was so bad off he wouldn’t go to the store a couple of blocks from home without an inhaler. I did an elimination diet with him (took the poor man off almost everything for 2 months and slowly, oh so slowly added shit back in) and he’s cured. Hasn’t used any of his breathing meds in 2 years. No glutens for him at all any more. He reacts almost immediatly now (he turns a bright shade of red).

    And you may be right about the health care system up there, but trust me it is better than nothing which is what we have here — NOTHING. You guys have so much right that we have so damn wrong. Complain, sure. But remember, it could be worse.

    Take care and hang in there. And cut out the glutens! All glutens.

  6. Jenny R May 1, 2007 at 9:33 pm #

    My mother in law – has some serious medical issues. She went to allergist and began elminating and is now a new woman. Good luck – it is a tough road to change all that but you will probably feel so much better.

  7. Caitlin May 1, 2007 at 9:36 pm #

    As far as the nutrition thing goes for me, I start having problems if I get the wrong proportions of things like protein, fiber, and fat, as well as the source. If I eat say.. a burger and a milkshake, it makes me pretty sick. But if I have a slice of pizza with one meat topping, I’m fine. There’s no rhyme or reason, but the proportions, it seems.

    I agree with visiting the nutritionist might be a good thing, along with trying an elimination diet. I had a pretty bad egg allergy when I was a kid and I would get the whole itchy skin thing and awful stomach cramps whenever the school cafeteria snuck egg into some casserole. The nutritionist might be able to point out some non-obvious foods that might have an allergen.

    Hopefully it won’t take too long to figure out what’s causing it.

  8. Carin May 1, 2007 at 11:33 pm #

    That sucks about the doctor. I had a hell of a time a couple years ago when I was practically dying and my doctor and specialist kept playing pass the patient until finally I screamed blue murder at my specialist that this *was* his problem. But after my brief encounter with the Californian medical system, I’m glad we’ve got what we’ve got. Good luck sloothing out what’s causing this crap.

  9. bine May 2, 2007 at 4:58 am #

    ugh, i hate that thing about doctors. many of them just don’t bother to take the time and ask the right questions. i was lucky to have really good doctors in the last two places i lived, now i’ll have to find a new one, not really looking forward to it.
    an eliminiation diet is always a good way to find out what’s not doing you good, but i know it can take forever until you hit on the right thing (and you’re quite pissed off about your troubles already) so seeing a nutritionist in the meantime sounds like a good idea.
    when i had that really bad atopic dermatitis thing in my twenties, i started reacting to some foods like tomatos, sweet peppers, apples and oranges, i wasn’t really allergic to the stuff, they were just kind of triggers for the eczema. after that stressed-out phase was over and my organism had calmed down some, i could eat the stuff again.
    it would have taken me much too long too find out what was triggering the eczema by leaving stuff out, since i reacted very badly to something obviously. a friend of mine has learned diagnostic kinesiology and she found out for me what foods i reacted to. i left those out, and it worked. i don’t know if it’s humbug, sounded pretty esoteric to me, but it worked for me.

  10. mercurial scribe May 2, 2007 at 5:39 am #

    Yes, yes, and yes.

    That sucks. You have, as always, my sympathies. i could never give up dairy… i’d soon try to eat my left arm.

    Try the nutritionist, it definitely can’t hurt. That’s my twopence for the day.

  11. thordora May 2, 2007 at 7:08 am #

    I’m gonna call today…

    and I am NOT looking forward to limiting what I eat, but the gas is gonna kill everyone… 🙂

  12. karriew May 2, 2007 at 7:12 am #

    That sucks. I know Kat has a lot of experience with food allergies, so maybe she’ll have some ideas?

    I love my doctor, but she is the only one I have ever liked.

  13. thordora May 2, 2007 at 7:16 am #

    this is going to suck-just thought I’d point that out…

  14. Eden May 3, 2007 at 11:41 am #

    I deal with an idiot doctor all the time. Just not professionally. Well, kind of.

  15. thordora May 3, 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    *snort* poor hawk…

  16. misspudding May 9, 2007 at 8:36 pm #

    Hey Thor, I eliminated all of the good stuff while nursing a real sick baby for about a year.

    It’s really hard for about three weeks. After that, you get occasional pangs of feeling for foods you miss, but no cravings. Once a few months pass, you hardly notice…

    Give up wheat/gluten and dairy/casein for a while. Hell, it might help your moods, too, since gluten and dairy have proteins in ’em that act as triggers in the brain (I wanna say some kind of opiate receptors or something). A lot of autistic-spectrum kids recover 100% when they go off of the gluten/casein.

  17. thordora May 10, 2007 at 10:54 am #

    I lasted about a day.

    I have no impulse control, and it’s driving me insane. I’m still keeping the white flour/sugar to a limit, as much as I can. I’m also waiting for my Dad to leave so I can cook my “weird hippy food” without dealing with the inevitable…

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