hello, i just joined in hopes of getting some ideas about whats happening to me....
ive been sick since feb 8th, so almost 4 months now.
first an overview of my diet: 16 months ago i decided to become vegan. this was a big change for me, not only bc i cut all animal products out of my diet completely, but bc it led me to eating more vegetables and fruits, and just more real food in general.
before i became vegan i lived on total junk. fast food was big for me, id eat wendys, jack in the box, sonic... all of that stuff. and i loved sweets, like ice cream and little debbies snacks, or just a nice big bowl of frosted flakes. other than sweets and fast food, all i really ate was lunch meat and bread, or canned soups, like those campbells chunky soups that are so popular. not exactly a well balanced diet. all the stuff i mentioned is pretty much what i grew up on. VERY few fruits and veggies during the first 24 years of my life (im 25).
i should also mention that i was a pretty heavy drinker for 5 years or so, and a pack a day cigarette smoker as well.
im not overweight, never really have been, but thats not to say i was ever fit. i DID run cross country in high school, and became pretty good at it (not THAT good, my best 5k was 17flat), but i was never happy with my physique, which was basically fat on breastplate, flabby arms.. fat, but not fat. no definition whatsoever, i had no muscles at all.
oh, and i should also mention that ive been a daily marijuana smoker for 7 years or so. i was also into other drugs, mostly perscriptions(i was addicted to xanax from 05 to may 07), during my late teens early 20s. i had plenty of issues back then, but thats all behind me now. i DO still use marijuana, but not everyday since all this, and i use a vaporizer to administer it since about 2 years ago, which is a godsend. smoke seems really harsh after vaporizing. i dont smoke anything anymore, nor do i use any drugs at all other than pot. no alcohol in over a year, no cigaretts, no pills.
thats an overview of what led me to mid 2007, when i started to consider veganism. i decided i wanted get healthy, but i also came to the conclusion that eating meat is wrong. its not something i EVER thought about, but when i did begin to think about it, the choice was easy.
so in early 08 i started eating right. there was a lot of experimintation, but after i figured it out i was(am) very happy with it. one thing that gives me confidence is using a nutrition tracker, which ive been doing for about 8 months now. FITDAY is what i use, and it basically tells me exactly what im getting out of my diet.
not only did i get my diet straight, but i got back into exercising. after highschool i spiraled into drugs and depression and general couch potatoness, so i had a lot of catching up to do, but i started slow. by july of 08 i was able to run 8 miles, which was very cool, but i wanted to build muscles, so i started to ease up on the running and get into calesthenics. when i started, i could not complete 10 pushups. by jan 0f 09 i could eek out 30 or so, with proper form. i would also do things like pullups(i was only able to do 4 at my best) and dips.
i started to get really motivated, and by january i was going crazy with pushups. i was getting results, and i still have muscles in my chest that were not there before i started all this. id watch my chest and triceps grow, and pretty soon i was doing 100 pushups in the morning(sets of 20), and 100 at night, 5 days a week. i was working 2 jobs, so i found myself coming up short on sleep. but i felt SO good and strong. i felt great.
UNTIL I GOT SICK
the first week of feb 09 was like the weeks before it, 200-300 pushups a day. on 2/8 i started feeling SICK. i left work early, rested, but didnt improve. by 2/14 i could barely stand up. i dont have health insurance(due to a less than ideal job situation) so i put off goingt o get checked out. by 2/21, i couldnt put it off any longer.
i went to a doctor. by this time i was experiencing the most intense fatigue you could imagine. i could barely walk.
at first he thought mono. tests were negative. then he thought PNEUMONIA. they did xrays and conlcuded it was pneumonia. he gave me 5 days of factive, an antibitic. i took the following 5 days off of work, took the meds, but didnt feel better. i continued going to work, but by 2/25 i had to go back to the doctor. i wasnt feeling ANY better. id go to work and just want to lay my head down on the desk. the tiredness was scary, and my chest ached in a weird way. it even hurt to push on the skin lightly. i knew something was wrong with my lungs
so i go back to the same clinic, a carenow center, but saw a different doctor. they took xrays and administered some kind of breathing treatment which didnt seem to do much. they xrays DID show some kind of abstraction in one lung. so he gave me more antibiotics, this time a 5 day course of 'zpak'. 5 more days off work, and i took the meds. during the time off i layed in bed all day. it was all i could do. i did have to get out for groceries from time to time, and it was ***l. i basically laid in bed most of the time for two months. btw I NEVER coughed. i never felt the need to cough. no mucus. my lung just hurt.
on 3/7 i was at work, feeling tired and sick, and my lung started to hurt. bad. each time i drew in a breath, my right lung would hurt, like a sharp stabbing pain. i was breathing really fast and shallow to avoid the pain, and escalated to the pont of really scareing me, so i called an ambulance and went to er. they gave me oxygen, and some kind of IV and the pain subsided.
more xrays, more blood work. the doctor said after looking at the xray that the pneumonia was gone. he listened to my lungs and said he didnt hear anything. no friction rub. he gave me 800mg iburprofens and said i had PLEURISY.
so i took another 3 days off and went back to work. my chest ached, and i still felt sick. and tired. really tired.
a month later on 4/8 i went back to the doctor, a different clinic than before, where doctors volunteer bc this one is for ppl with no insurance. i brought all the paper work from all the previous doctors. he read it all and concluded that maybe i never had pleurisy. he didnt listen to me much, but he basically said give it more time.
at this point, on 4/8, the fatigue wasnt NEARLY as bad as before. i did feel like i was improving, but (and this is why i agreed that i had pleurisy after researching it)my right lung didnt(doesnt)feel right. it feels like its not inflating all the way, like i cant draw as much air into it as my left lung.
so he pushed around on my back muscles some, gave me some muscle relaxors and sent me home, said give it more time.
2 weeks later, i still dont feel right. i GUESS ive improved. i can actually go to work now without getting tired and nautious. but my back hurts, right on top of my lung. its not even just my back, its the area surronding my lung, i think/. i just dont know. when i thought i had pleurisy, i though the pain was my lung. but since this last doc said no pleurisy, it feels more like my muslces.
could the pain be from working out so much and then abrubtly stopping, lying in bed for a month?? obviously i stopped working out feb 8th, and havent dont anything since.
the last few days i have been doing very light pushup work, and stretching out my back muscles a lot, which seems to help, but its just SOO achey back there. my back upper back/shoulder blade feels really btender. is this normal in a person recovering from pneumonoia?
of course, a lot of people think im sick because i dont eat meat, which is really frustrating. i keep track of ever single thing i eat, and bc of that i know im getting all of my nutrients.
TODAY i went back and averaged out the last 8 months.
these are daily averages, over the last 250 days or so...
86 grams of protein is low for my size 6'2' 165
but that isnt due to a lack of meat, its due to poor diet planning during the first 3 months or so. once i got the diet straightned out, started eating the right stuff, i started getting more, and for jan feb abnd march i averaged like 150g a day of protein, easlily. ALL of my vitamins and minerals are over 100%of the requirements. i take a really good supplement. i DONT think my diet is the problem here.
BUT i dont understand, even with 85g/protein a day, how this diet could have done this to me. i felt/feel great on this diet. no more fast food, no more ben and jerrys 20 minutes before bed. i used to overeat or sometimes not eat at all for a day or two. id have 2 pieces of toast for breakfast and panda express rice and chicken for lunch, cereal for dinner.
sure, the diet was poorly planned in the beginning, but i had tons of energy, felt great.
HOW could this diet be any worse than what i ate for so many years before
do you think i couldve caused this by overtraining/ not recovering enough?
maybe that combined with only 85g.day of protein weakended me and made me prone to illness??
im stumped. im going back to the doctor tommorow. same clinic, but a different doctor, but i dont think theyll do any good.
ive come to the point where i dont even want to use marijuana anymore, bc im scared of drawing anything into my lungs, even though theyre supposedly clear. clear or not, this lung feels injured. i cant workout(or should i start trying??) and im going insane with boredom. : (
i dont even know if its my lung. could it just be the tissue surrounding it?
thanks for reading, i know its a long post. please help me, im desperate for some solid answers here. ive spent hours scouring the internet and no cases of pneumonia or pleurisy seem to fit my case.
i do want to stress that i have imroved since day one, but 4 months????
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