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hot flash, anxiety attack or the flu?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 11, 2007
  • 04:11 PM

This morning I was awakened suddenly and had to spring into action quickly. After about 10 minutes of rushing around, I am talking to one of our customers (live at place of business) outside in the sun (i'm in south florida) and suddenly feel hot, flu-ish and like i'm going to pass out. After coming inside and lying down for just a few moments, I feel a ton better. This almost exact scenario happened to me last month - at that time though my throat hurt and so i gargled with salt water and nothing came of it. I am 45.

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  • well- I wonder if it could be some form of delayed food allergy. Think about what you had for dinner. Also, is your room well ventilated? Maybe something in your room is bothering you while you sleep.Do you skip meals?- some people feel like that when they don't eat for long periods of time. If you do feel like you work better with an empty stomach- that might also be a sign of food intolerance.I hope this help you track what's bothering you- or give you some ideas.Take Care.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 04:57 PM
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  • You may be on to something. I definitely work better on an empty stomach. I often don't eat until 3 in the afternoon, after work slows down. I then easily eat a light breakfast - often goat cheese with multi-grain crackers and continue to function alright until dinner. Often after dinner though, it's all over...I get bloated, constipated (with mucous in stool) and don't want to move. I often sleep quite a long time at night (9-10 hours) due to meds I'm on - neurontin (600 mgs a day), ambien (5 mgs) - otherwise i would NOT be able to sleep at all, lipitor (20 mgs), and proxac (20 mgs). I take the neurontin due to Restless leg syndrome and anxiety. I also have sinus pressure and headaches at the drop of a hat and had been taking nasacort for a few months - now i just take sudafed. I also have developed various skin and eye allergies to things I never used to - like ficus (I have a plant nursery) and cosmetics. On a different note, I am constantly fighting functional ovarian cysts that are quite painful, but i am afraid to take birth control pills due to the breast cancer risk due to my age. I also have resorted to taking white vinegar baths due to itching skin on my calves - I live in a very humid environment and don't believe it could be dry skin - in fact, aveena, etc., never helped -that's why the vinegar. Also, I am feeling coldness differently - more as pain, rather than just feeling cold. I guess that's why the flashing flu-ish, nausea, fainting symptoms worry me - seems like my whole system is trying to tell me something. All my blood tests (except for cholesterol), echocardiogram, vaginal ultrasounds, etc are normal - and, why I thought maybe this could be peri-menopausal, anxiety or unrealted to everything els - i.e., the flu.Any input much appreciated - thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 05:44 PM
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  • me again...another thing just occurred to me - i also have foggy brain type symptoms - pretty bad short term memory loss and verbal issues - like using the wrong word when speaking. I also think I'm just not as smart as I used to be - like my brain is fried....maybe I have that intoxication/invisible disease syndrome I'm reading a ton about on here?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 06:11 PM
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  • You may be on to something. I definitely work better on an empty stomach. I often don't eat until 3 in the afternoon, after work slows down. I then easily eat a light breakfast - often goat cheese with multi-grain crackers and continue to function alright until dinner. Often after dinner though, it's all over...I get bloated, constipated (with mucous in stool) and don't want to move. I often sleep quite a long time at night (9-10 hours) due to meds I'm on - neurontin (600 mgs a day), ambien (5 mgs) - otherwise i would NOT be able to sleep at all, lipitor (20 mgs), and proxac (20 mgs). I take the neurontin due to Restless leg syndrome and anxiety. I also have sinus pressure and headaches at the drop of a hat and had been taking nasacort for a few months - now i just take sudafed. I also have developed various skin and eye allergies to things I never used to - like ficus (I have a plant nursery) and cosmetics. On a different note, I am constantly fighting functional ovarian cysts that are quite painful, but i am afraid to take birth control pills due to the breast cancer risk due to my age. I also have resorted to taking white vinegar baths due to itching skin on my calves - I live in a very humid environment and don't believe it could be dry skin - in fact, aveena, etc., never helped -that's why the vinegar. Also, I am feeling coldness differently - more as pain, rather than just feeling cold. I guess that's why the flashing flu-ish, nausea, fainting symptoms worry me - seems like my whole system is trying to tell me something. All my blood tests (except for cholesterol), echocardiogram, vaginal ultrasounds, etc are normal - and, why I thought maybe this could be peri-menopausal, anxiety or unrealted to everything els - i.e., the flu.Any input much appreciated - thanks!Oh my gash-----Friend- you have a toxic overload!And I am afraid you are mixing too many drugs in dangerous ways. I am so sorry to tell you- but I don't even think there is restless leg syndrome- I think that you can not sleep because your cells are trying to take the rubbish out but they can't- because you make your liver work too hard. That leg sensation is telling you that you don't have the nutrients and that you are saturated with toxins.Those drugs can easily allow funky stuff overpopulate your guts, and that's why you don't eat and digest food properly. The drugs also cause filtration from your gastric track into your blood- that's why you feel flu like symptoms and you feel jumpy.You probably are "addicted" to sugar, wheat, and milk. Addicted because if you have intestinal permeability, they easily get to your blood and you love it and your body fights it with an agressive- that's why you go in such a "rush".If you actually crave a particular food, that means your body got it in the blood stream and now you are allergic. One thing set the clock in motion for your other conditions- it does not matter to care what happened first. The important thing is that with the proper changes you can live a life drug free.Research your drug interaction, Candida albicans, Multiple chemical sensitivity, leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability.Take Care :)BTW- the vinegar bath is a great great way to detox- you started on the right path already! Take care of that liver.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 06:14 PM
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  • me again...another thing just occurred to me - i also have foggy brain type symptoms - pretty bad short term memory loss and verbal issues - like using the wrong word when speaking. I also think I'm just not as smart as I used to be - like my brain is fried....maybe I have that intoxication/invisible disease syndrome I'm reading a ton about on here?That's what I am talking about! The invisible disease got me- but I am recovering. I had the foggy brain as well, and I only felt good when an empty stomach. I still confuse the words, but I am getting better.The sad thing is lots of doctors will prescribe xanax and tough drugs on the liver and the brain- when panic attacks don't even exists.Take Care!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 06:19 PM
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  • That's what I am talking about! The invisible disease got me- but I am recovering. I had the foggy brain as well, and I only felt good when an empty stomach. I still confuse the words, but I am getting better.The sad thing is lots of doctors will prescribe xanax and tough drugs on the liver and the brain- when panic attacks don't even exists.Take Care!My treatment:high quality PERQUE/Beyondhealth. com multi vitamin and mineralLiva Guard (PERQUE) a load of antioxidants ad vitamin E.probioticsgrapefruit seed extractdetox baths and body masks with clay (calcium bentonite)flax seed oil (for omega 3)I eat lots of roots and greensalso eat fish, lambspices.good amount of fruits.for now, i am not eating nuts or legumes, egg or rice.I quit wheat, dairy, and sugar.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
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  • My treatment:high quality PERQUE/Beyondhealth. com multi vitamin and mineralLiva Guard (PERQUE) a load of antioxidants ad vitamin E.probioticsgrapefruit seed extractdetox baths and body masks with clay (calcium bentonite)flax seed oil (for omega 3)I eat lots of roots and greensalso eat fish, lambspices.good amount of fruits.for now, i am not eating nuts or legumes, egg or rice.I quit wheat, dairy, and sugar.thank you! That was going to be my next question - how do I detox (book rec?), because I know from trying that I won't be able to quit neurontin, prozac or ambien till the underlying symptoms go away. I was actually reading about the Lemonade - Master Cleansing detox diet with some interest, but I don't want to try something so drastic and keep up the meds along with it. I didn't even mention all of the naproxen/aleve I take too coz of numerous back pain, etc. I'm just a mess - lol. I just started taking natural multi-vitamin and calcium plus D supplements and Dannon probiotic yogurt. The no wheat/dairy/sugar/nuts/beans/rice thing sounds almost impossible - where do you go for guidance for ideas on what TO eat? Do you eat brown rice? Gluten free pasta? What symptoms caused you to make such drastic changes? Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 07:31 PM
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  • thank you! That was going to be my next question - how do I detox (book rec?), because I know from trying that I won't be able to quit neurontin, prozac or ambien till the underlying symptoms go away. I was actually reading about the Lemonade - Master Cleansing detox diet with some interest, but I don't want to try something so drastic and keep up the meds along with it. I didn't even mention all of the naproxen/aleve I take too coz of numerous back pain, etc. I'm just a mess - lol. I just started taking natural multi-vitamin and calcium plus D supplements and Dannon probiotic yogurt. The no wheat/dairy/sugar/nuts/beans/rice thing sounds almost impossible - where do you go for guidance for ideas on what TO eat? Do you eat brown rice? Gluten free pasta? What symptoms caused you to make such drastic changes? ThanksHaha- yes, it was very drastic. But at some point I was becoming allergic to everything. I had throat spasm just by sniffing my Tide Laundry detergent. Food was giving me "panic attack states".I discovered that by quiting milk and rice ( food I ate often)- many of my symptoms would go away w/o the need of drugs.I used the diet prescribed by Dr. Cranton on his website. He gives a caveman approach to diet in order to figure out what are the real "offending " food to your body. It is call exclusion diet. It works as an allergy test- partial accuracy just like the tests available. It also work on "leaky gut syndrome" and people with wacky immune systems (me).Basically you don't eat very allergenic food and then you add a new food once a week. Actually I added a lot already- I am also rotating.Some people have criticized Dr. Cranton- but I have use some of his observations as part of my quest for health.http://www.drcranton.com/elimination_diet.htmSo I went clean slate- started by just eating fruits and certain greens, and I gradually started to add everything back in my diet. I tried to add bread on Tuesday, and that was unsuccessful. I am still feeling bloated and gassy. That is a red flag. I might have celliac disease. I have been doing this diet for a month almost- and I have been pain free and drug free for the most part (until I ate the stupid bread on tuesday).Part of it is that one has to suspect from the food that one eats regularly- I did drank lots of milk, ate rice everyday, ate bread twice a day, etc, so those were the prime suspects.My doctors was going out of the country, so she made me read "Never Be Sick Again"- that gave me nutrition guidance. Besides I was reading dozens of research papers from my University library consortium- that helped me to start getting familiar with high quality foods. I am eating foods that I could not even ID without a color picture. White rice, pasta, sugar , milk and bread were the cornerstone of my health- if they are so darn healthy- why did I became so ill? :p I am only 28.I was feeling more like a beaten 65.I had all the weird symptoms on freaking earth- and the doctors could not find a thing- except for one thing...my liver almost burst in toxins.The leg restlessness, leg pain, back pain, felt drunk for no reason, lost of balance, throat spasm which would not allow me speak my native language, palpitation, could not sleep, all internal gas, cramps, nausea, rash, migrane, lost all the energy, bad breath, I was hyper, excited, cried for no reason, I had strawberry tongue with inflammation of the papillae, a white lining on my tongue, pus on the back of my throat, tested positive for UTI w/o symptoms, flue like symptoms at night, involuntary jerks, extreme painful thirst, sporadic rash, swelling of the eyes, ears, lips, etc,eat, etc. all came gradually and then one day I could not go out to school because I was in a brain fog.So the first thing was for the sexists doctors to tell me that I needed a psychiatrist- but I did not buy it. I look for a doctor and this one is just perfect for me.I know that when I go see her next I'll tell her I want to be tested for a few things- and that bread has been isolated as a possible trigger. I don't know if people with celliac get this sick- but I won't discard it.I also threw all my household chemicals and cosmetics- I am going the natural way and all the weird asthma and weird sudden hives ( I forgot to mention) with the palpitation went away.I was so sick, I had to almost be carried to my last doctor appointment on Dec. 15. Some days I could not lift my head from the pillow.Try roots like Name and Yucca, lots of yams (yams are anti inflammatory), chayote squash, all squashes, lamb chops, Tillapia, cabbage, carrots, stuff like that. French Beans and Yams were my first meal towards health.Try another type of probiotic, like tables, and try Udo's Choice Oil (from wholefoods) and coconut oil-Now when I crave pastries, I eat a banana covered on coconut flakes. :)Sorry to make it long- or a Pina or Peach shake. Yummmm.Take Care!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
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  • one more thing- I had the pin and needles feeling and my veins could not be found. I only felt normal after not eating for more than 6 hours.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
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  • Wow..........to both your story and to the website link you posted. This really does sound like me. Thank you SO very much for sharing. Will take me a little bit to get organized, but I really actually look forward to starting. It would be so great to feel well. As I sit here writing this I have a heating pad on my lower back instead of popping the usual naproxen...I really have most every symptom...thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll repost under this thread when I have something new to report - in the meantime, I have no doubt it will help others, And, please do report on your progress - maybe it's gluten for you afterall? Amazing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
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  • Wow..........to both your story and to the website link you posted. This really does sound like me. Thank you SO very much for sharing. Will take me a little bit to get organized, but I really actually look forward to starting. It would be so great to feel well. As I sit here writing this I have a heating pad on my lower back instead of popping the usual naproxen...I really have most every symptom...thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll repost under this thread when I have something new to report - in the meantime, I have no doubt it will help others, And, please do report on your progress - maybe it's gluten for you afterall? Amazing.You are very welcome- I was treated so bad at the hospital and by many different doctors and nurses- I was feeling hopeless- thanks God for inner strength!Make sure you are supervised by the doctor who prescribed your meds, as they are a delicate matter.I was also seating around at night with a bag of ice on my migraine and drinking a bizarre concussion of onion ginger cinnamon clove tea to relieve my stabbing pain and jerks at night.Some free articleshttp://www.beyondhealth.com/articles.htmAnd some food ideashttp://whfoods.org/index.htmlI'll keep you posted!
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  • Hello Original Poster-I was wondering who you are feeling today.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 07:36 PM
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  • Hi,Thanks for asking! I'm currently sitting out in the sun getting my vitamin D. I haven't taken the neurontin since my original posts, did not take ambien last night and am planning on going every other night on the prozac and lipitor for the time being, until I get my diet under control, although I am already making massive strides in that department. I've been having some intense menstrual cramps without actually getting my period, and at some point it dawned on me that there might be a 4th possibility - I could possibly even be pregnant. I stopped taking seasonale (the 3 month birth control pill) in early December after only having used it for one "season". After the loingest period of my life - I think it lasted 15 days, I decided enough was enough. This was also after that report came out about reduced HRT use being linked to the lower breast cancer rates. Because of cyst issues, I figured the possibility of pregnancy at this point was pretty much a non-issue and it may be, but there is even a greater suspicion becoz of one simple reason.I have not been able to go a day without neurontin over the past year without intense anxiety and RLS. I have now gone longer than 48 hours with almost no anxiety and no rls. When I was pregnant 15 years ago, the thing that amazed me most was the lifting of depression and anxiety and general sense of extreme well-being. Well, I have that now, and I'm not even detoxed yet! We'll see. Either way, no ambien and neurontin would be essential if I am pregnant and is a huge step forward and I feel like I am waking up. I am taking my Michael's all natural vitamins and am researching better concoctions - I didn't know what choline or inositol or hesperidin were until last night. I still have a huge amount to learn, but the future is looking bright pregnant or not (and I say that with my sunglasses on).Also, I have this board to thank. Thanks to all who contribute. I am reading every word.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 08:20 PM
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  • Wow! Amazing- I am happy for you- :) - the last thing I imagined is that you might be pregnant lol! But I have seen it happen! My mom was pregnant and the doctor said she had a "psychosis" - that psychosis was born in 1980- haha- my baby brother. Thanks God my mom did not take the meds she was given at that time.You know- my menstrual cramps lasted a whole week until I finally had my period. But I am not surprised, because hormonal problems, and constipation can also arise when people have a hyper active livers, like I do.I could not get any sunlight today- up here on Washington DC, there was no sunlight today.By the way- I forgot to mention before that I hyperventilated twice and I was told at the ER that I needed a psychiatrist for depression, anxiety and panics. Today I saw a post here of a girl with some bogus Hyperventilation Syndrome. Yikes...I just have to say "Welcome to the Club" when I read those posts.I am feeling better than before I got sick. I am sleeping w/o Hay fever, coughs or pains. I am continuing my new discipline and I started Yoga yesterday.My only complain now is partial constipation- I am positive it will resolve soon.Enjoy the weekend and a toss of Spring Water to your health!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
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  • Please make sure that you are not in a home with toxic mold. I have many of the symptoms described- all due to long-term mycotoxin exposure. If you are in an environment with mold you need to seek medical care asap. I am all for homeopathic solutions, they simply are not enough alone if you have an invasive infection. The progressive list of symptoms that increase in severity over time mimic those of many people with toxic mold illnesses. Unfortunately, this cycle will continue without proper treatment, weaking the immune system along the way opening the door for numerous life-threatening diseases. I hope that this is not the case and wish you luck.
    jeff88 15 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
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  • Please make sure that you are not in a home with toxic mold. I have many of the symptoms described- all due to long-term mycotoxin exposure. If you are in an environment with mold you need to seek medical care asap. I am all for homeopathic solutions, they simply are not enough alone if you have an invasive infection. The progressive list of symptoms that increase in severity over time mimic those of many people with toxic mold illnesses. Unfortunately, this cycle will continue without proper treatment, weaking the immune system along the way opening the door for numerous life-threatening diseases. I hope that this is not the case and wish you luck.Thank you for bringing that up! I do have a mold problem in my bedroom.The management keeps replacing the dry wall and the mold keeps growing back. I bed there is mold under the carpet-- yikes. Thanks again- I'll be on top of it.Best.
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    • January 14, 2007
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  • Hi!I skimmed through this whole post, and didn't come across any discussion of Candida overload - did I miss it? If not, then I would suggest you visit the following websites:www.wholeapproach.com and www.candidasupport.org They have great suggestions and information about candida overload and the varying symptoms associated with it. There is an excellent food list on the first website that I print out and give to my patients. Also, I think acupuncture would really help your problem. I agree there is liver toxicity due to the meds and know that acupuncture can get you back in balance. To find one near you please visit www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. Hope this helps and please check out the websites listed.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
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  • Hi!I skimmed through this whole post, and didn't come across any discussion of Candida overload - did I miss it? If not, then I would suggest you visit the following websites:www.wholeapproach.com and www.candidasupport.org They have great suggestions and information about candida overload and the varying symptoms associated with it. There is an excellent food list on the first website that I print out and give to my patients. Also, I think acupuncture would really help your problem. I agree there is liver toxicity due to the meds and know that acupuncture can get you back in balance. To find one near you please visit www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. Hope this helps and please check out the websites listed.Doctor of Oriental MedicineYes- I posted the link from Dr. Cranton for the Original Poster, but I did not mention Candida. Personally, I think that Candida is just one of the factors that ganged up on me (hehe)- together with my diet, my silent intolerance to milk and sugar, the mold growing on the wall, my hectic schedule, and my addiction to cosmetics and scented home accessories. Next thing I need to do is to visit a Doctor of Oriental Medicine to see how is my wind and my fire... :p
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
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  • Hello, Original Post.I wanted to give you an update. I have been in pretty good shape for the last week. Of course, I micromanaged everything I eat so I would not mistakenly eat something I suspect will trigger allergies.I went to my first allergist appointment yesterday. The doctor showed a lot of interests about my 2 months ordeal. He wanted to run a scratch test so I could have an idea of what to avoid and maybe to reassure me about the safety of those foods that I have been eating so far.Everything was going well. They scratched me and place 3 panels of foods.I had no skin reactions. Except for the "Histamine" sample- I forgot to ask why they put a drop of histamine on my skin, haha- since I was not planning to eat that. Suddenly I got a lump in my throat and red patches on my face!I did not freak out, but I was grounded there for hours! They game me adrenaline shots to avoid anaphylaxis. Later in the day, I was released- the doctor told me that we need to test slowly. The test covered 21 foods, most of them proteins such as seafood, beef, chicken, milk, and egg.The interesting thing is, that the only panel that burned on my skin was the shellfish panel. I was not told what was placed on my skin until the time I was going home, as part as the experiment. Both my siblings have allergies to shellfish, which can turn fatal. I avoid it at all cost- at the same time I crave shrimp and lobster. So today I am still feeling a bit tired from yesterday- the scratch test messed me up a bit. It was the first time someone gets a lump in the throat with out actually having any rash or significant external swelling.I have such a freak nature! I told him how I never have a rash with food, only with some medicines. My food allergy skin reaction is like a couple of mosquito bites in a few random places. Usually underneath my clothes.After the allergic reaction, I start having GERD symptoms.What causes GERD is unknown- but many people with GERD have asthma- therefore there might be a connection!After the epinefrin and all that- I tried to eat, but I threw up later. How creepy. I don't have any difficulty breathing or passing food or fluid, but my I have some throat symptoms that are so much like GERD.I have been fasting on water, and vitamins, and supplements.I have to go get to Epi-pens today and keep them with me at all times!So far I think I am allergic to beef, soy, seafood (but not white fish), and garlic. In other words, to everything I crave.I am going shopping for a book on allergies "Allergy Free" perhaps tonite.Ciao!
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    • January 26, 2007
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