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Decisions, Decisions...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I know most people write about weight loss on these blogs but my overall goal of being on Spark is not to lose weight. I am rather trying to make myself more healthy both physically & mentally. So the tone of my blog may be a bit different.

I am doing my very best to stay as positive emoticon as I can but I cannot express how incredibly frustrating emoticon it is to know there's something seriously not okay with you (just not knowing exactly what).

I finally got in to see a Neurologist and it is yet to be determined as to why I had a seizure. (If you want to know the history of my situation, feel free to read my profile or other blog posts). The Neurologist is speculating at this point that it's either a) I have a very rare condition that causes me to seize only a couple times in my life or b) a form of epilepsy that causes me to seize only in my sleep. Pretty scary things to think about.

I am battling a couple of things in my head...

1. This is something I definately cannot control. Although, I am a FIRM believer that being good to your body (ie: eating well, excercising, taking care of yourself) does more good than harm. I'm also a VERY FIRM believer in POSITIVE THINKING!!! With all that in mind, at the end of the day- I can't stop these seizures from happening. I have no control over it and have to learn to not let my anxiety get the better of me...which leads me to my next point...

2. While I like to think I take pretty good care of myself- I do live alone. What if I seize again when I'm by myself? What if I hit my head again; only this time not being so lucky and really hurting myself? These are things that give me constant anxiety. That, and every time my eye twitches (which is usually due to being tired) I have a mini panic attack. I certainly don't want a condition I can't even control take control over me.

3. I have been offered medication which would guarantee (99.9%) that I won't seize BUT is the same grade they give to epileptic patients. Unfortunately, this medication has some side effects such as: dizziness, slowness, amplifies depression or moodiness (can make you snappy). These are all things I certainly do not want in my life. I have done extensive research via internet & books about this medication and it seems like pretty scary stuff. This is also coming from the girl who doesn't even like taking anything when I have a headache.

The decision of: peace of mind OR possibly altering my personality. What's a girl to do?

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STARSMIT 5/25/2011 4:33PM

  That's some good advice! I will do a bit of research to find out if it's a drug that's easy to just stop taking (because some of them are not!). I appreciate your advice & support. THANK YOU :)

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TYME2BME 5/24/2011 5:53PM

    Not everyone gets the side effects. Ask your doctor if you can try the drug to see how you do on it. Some medication once you go on them you are on them. If you can try it to see how you do on it, then try it and maybe you won't have any side effects with the drug.
It is a tough decision but if it is a drug you can try and get off if you have the side effects, that might be the better option. You will make the decision that is right for you.

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Vitamins, Supplements, Minerals: OH MY! (part 2)

Monday, April 25, 2011

It's been awhile since I've written. I was away on VACATION in sunny Barbados!! emoticon Just what the Dr. ordered :) It's amazing how when you're fully removed from situations how much more clarity you gain. I have some actions in place to ease the stress/tension from my life and make everyday even more amazing. I also have my appointment with the Neurologist this week (finally) so hopefully he/she can offer some insight into the seizures. emoticon

Even though it's only been about a month- I've already learned a lot about vitamins/Supplements so I thought I would share some of my findings.

I was taking the "Be Wholesome" multivitamin pack from GNC and have learned it's just okay. Nothing super. I feel you can get more "bang for your buck" with just a multi vitamin as these are quite expensive for what they are. I also find there's almost too much stuff in them. I like being able to pick & choose specific things my body actually needs. I will continue to take the "Be Beautiful" vitamin individually as it has helped with strengthening my nails & hair.

Still taking PASSION FLOWER to help with anxiety and I cannot express how much these really do help!

I'm trying a new multi-vitamin WITH a probiotic called Multibionta. If you go to their website they have a $10 off coupon! It's a well rounded multi so I look forward to sharing my findings with this one.

Taking an Omega supplement (from Genuine health, you can get this at any drug store). I'm also anxious to share my findings with this one. My aunt (aka the vitamin know-it-all) says Omega is a good thing to focus on as it's good for energy & immune system.

Still taking iron Supplements but not daily. Unfortunately, they have really messed with my system. I am now on a steady diet of Metamucil to go along with. I must say, they have some less gross flavors now though. I currently am using raspberry lemonade and it's not THAT bad. The iron really does help with my energy though. I'm always amazed and if I take more around/during my period- it helps immensely.

All in all, I have found that taking vitamins/Supplements in general have improved my energy levels. Food these days simply do not have all of the nutrients our body needs. I also find drinking mineral water emoticon (i usually have 2 bottles a week as it's high in sodium so you don't want to over do it). I highly recommend going to your family dr. and getting blood work done to determine a good vitamin regime for you!

That's the progress on my vitamins so far :)
Have a great day everyone!
Annette

  


Vitamins, Supplements & Minerals- Oh My!

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's been a couple of days since my last blog. I was feeling really under the weather. I had a UTI (urinary tract infection) at the beginning of the week so my Dr. had put me on antibotics. They were a DOOZY and made me super dizzy and nauseous. I went back to the Dr. yesterday and I was having a reaction to them so he told me to stop. Today I am feeling MUCH better!

My blogs are really going to be heavy on vitamins/supplements & nutrition as these are my focus points.

Onto the good stuff. My aunt who is the most knowledgeable person I know about supplements & vitamins sent me a 4 page email with a bunch of advice and couldn't be more pleased at my new found information.

On top of my new, healthy diet plan...here are the vitamins/supplements I have started taking. I will continue to track my progress on here in hopes that I can help others with this amazing knowledge that I am obtaining along the way.

Iron- this is assisiting with my anemia. I have been taking iron supplements for about a month and while I'm still feeling quite exhausted- these have certainly made a difference. I am on a low dosage (35mg) and found that by taking 1 every other day has helped significantly. Everyone I talked to said that taking iron would constipate me but I have found these to gentle enough they haven't been a huge bother. A little bother but not as drastic as everyone made them out to be.

Probiotic- I've been taking a pro-biotic for about 2 years now. This helps lessen UTI's, yeast infections and helps with stomach digestion. I use the Life Brand Pro-biotic for women with cranberry. It is AMAZING!

Passion Flower- I went to see a naturopath about a year ago and she got me on these. They help greatly with anxiety. I HIGHLY recommend these after taking what seemed like a million different things (both natural & prescription). These work like a charm and you can even take up to 2 a day.

I have now begun taking a line from GNC called BE WHOLESOME. You get a multi pack of vitamins to take everyday (so it's super convenient). Here's what it has:

Multi Vitamin- Be Whole. It has vitamin C (which is good for immune and absorption of iron), Vitamin D (which is good for well being), Vitamin K (which a lot of multi's don't have- I was impressed to find this one had K!), B-12, Biotin...which are all things that were recommended to me by my nutritionist (aka aunt). There are tonnes of other vitamins & minerals in this one too. Just started this one so I will keep you up to date on how this one is working out. If you go to GNC.com they list all of the ingredients on there. The other thing I love about this line is that there isn't a whole lot of filler in them either. They also have no wheat, gluten or yeast. If you want a good multi and don't want to go as crazy as I did- this one alone seems like a goody!

Be Beautiful which has Horsetail Rush Stems in them. This is to help with my hair loss. There is also Boron, Pantethine, MSM and much more. This has also significantly helped with my nail strength. I was develping deep grooves in my nails (an unfortunate side effect of alopecia) and these suppliments have really helped. I have been taking this one for just over a month on it's own. I would HIGHLY recommend this suppliement for anyone experiencing any issues with hair, skin or nails as a result of poor diet.

***As a side note, I am also seeing a Dermatologist for my alopecia and getting Triamcinolone injections in my scalp to promote hair growth on top of taking supplements. This has been incredibly successful. I have had 3 spots to date and 2 have grown in for the most part. I wanted to be clear that supplements will not fix this issue but are great to use along with Dr. treatments to assist hair growing more quickly and healthy.

Be Protected which has triple strength fish oil & omega 3 awesome for your heart & immune!

There is also Be Balanced a bone strenghening formula with calcium & D3 and Be Flexible to help with joint structure & function.

I probably won't take this crazy multi pack from GNC forever. Just until my body has regained strength. I will then pull out and continue to take what works for me but this is a great way to start & experiement. After neglecting my body for so long, not eating properly (not eating sometimes all day) this is exactly the boost my body needed. I have been taking the pack for 3 days and already feel more refreshed!

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New to Spark People :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hello There

I have been using the Spark People app on my iphone for the last 3 months and never realized there's this whole amazing website until last week!

Let me give some background. I have always been a healthy & active person. Sept-Dec of last year (2010) I under went some life altering changes in my life that unfortunately put a lot of pressure & stress on me. I am now suffering post-stress & burnout symptoms as a result.

The end of January I suffered from a major seizure (in the middle of a shoppers drug mart here in Toronto-so embarassing)! Since then have been in & out of doctors offices trying to get to the root cause of everything. I have also been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata (my hair falls out in patches) also due to stress. I am also currently hypo-glycemic (blood sugar drops dramatically) and anemic (iron deficient).

One thing is for certain I needed to make some drastic changes to my eating habits and suppliment intake.

I also am learning how to cope & deal with stress. Finding calm for me has been incredibly challenging to date but I am hopeful that one day I will have this mastered. I have begun journaling, trying to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, deep breathing excersies & meditation.

That's a little about me. Looking to buddy up with anyone else that is or has experienced any of the same issues and looking for motivational, positive influences to share & build each other up with.

I'm so excited to be a part of Spark People and I hope one day, my blogs & information can help someone else.

xo Annette

  
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SUZWARNR 3/23/2011 7:02PM

    Welcome to sparkpeople. I hope you like it here. This community is wonderful. I hope you can get to the bottom of your health issues soon. I can't imagine what that's like. Good luck and welcome aboard. :)

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STARSMIT 3/23/2011 3:06PM

  It's crazy how much our bodies react to us not treating it well. ABAKER thank you for posting your comment. Have or are you trying anything to reduce your stress that you have found works? Did you only have the 1 seizure? I find I have been prone to panic a bit since my seizure for fear it will happen again. Any advice on how to cope would be extremely helpful & appreciated.
I am so amazed and thankful for the responses I have received already. I'm feeling so motivated & inspired. Thank you ladies for making my day :)

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STARSMIT 3/23/2011 1:07PM

  Hi Kathi
Thank you so much for the message & support! I have added you as a friend and thank you for welcoming me!! emoticon

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ABAKER34 3/23/2011 1:05PM

    I can really relate, I am trying to take control of my life and work some "me" time in. I suffered a major seizure years ago at work, and alot of was caused from me running myself down. So, as I say this to you, I say it to myself...we must make time for ourselves!

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KATHI214 3/23/2011 1:04PM

    Hi Annette and welcome! You will find a never ending amount of information on this site and alot of support also. You are not alone in having alot of stress and unfortunately it does effect your health. I am still trying to master handling it better myself, but the tools and support here have been a help. Would love to be a friend, please visit my sparkpage! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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