When Your Symptoms Argue with Each Other Over Treatment

Written By: JoJoisms - Jun• 05•17

Remember how your kids used to argue over a toy? Mine! Mine!  Well, as you gather more and more chronic conditions, your symptoms don’t work and play well with others.  Just to list a few examples…

Years ago, my Hashimoto’s Disease and adrenal issues had my doctor put me on the Everything Diet.  That’s where your down to bread and water only you can’t eat the bread.  I was to cut out all dairy, all carbs, all artificial anything…blah blah blah…and even the water was ideally to be filtered by God.  However, years later, my parathyroids developed growths and leached all the calcium out of my bones.  My new bone specialist said to eat a bunch of dairy.  Seeing as eating nothing didn’t seem to help my Hashi’s any, I happily complied.

After my hysterectomy, I was thrust head first into full menopause and started gaining weight. I decided to cut down again on the carbs and sugar, but several of the diets I saw getting rave reviews called for eating certain fruits as snacks.  Well, I have Reactive Hypoglycemia so if I eat something with sugar, even natural sugar, and don’t have any protein, I get shaky.

My 18 year battle with insomnia and Fibro forced me into taking muscle relaxers, Melatonin and magnesium before bedtime.  I was told to take the magnesium with a meal.  Meals after 8pm tend to contribute to the delinquency of my hind quarters so I am straddling a fine line between heartburn and obesity by eating a slice of turkey or cheese and half a banana right before bed.

The last two to three months have been spent walking to the point of jogging daily M-F.  It’s supposed to be great for weight loss (I’ll believe that when I see it) and for my osteoporosis as well as my fibro.  On the other hand, it makes me tired and increases my pain so…whadaya gonna do?

I was taking Black Cohosh for my hot flashes, but my Oncologist advised against it due to the fact that even plant estrogen reacted with my biopsy so ANY type of hormone (HRT) is contraindicated.  Isn’t that special?!

Speaking of the hot flashes, my body is in a permanent state of “WHAH?” Most of the time I’m freezing. My hands and feet are like icicles and I’m often found under the blankets on the couch where the heat vent blows up through the cushions.  HOWEVER, when I get a hot flash, WATCH OUT! I could melt the paint off a Buick!

Somewhere in my head, I have a picture of a flame with an evil grin battling an ice cube wearing a parka…where all my symptoms choose up sides and Dueling Banjos is playing in the background.

How’s by you?  Have you got arguing symptoms?  Is there a battle field inside you?  Spill.  I’d love to hear I’m not alone in this…

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  1. Dana says:

    How fun. I’m not there, yet. My only related issue would be that I know some of my hip problems would be alleviated if I lost a little weight, but it’s hard to lose weight when you’re in pain. You kind of need your hip to walk or run or do any of those squat type things. And if you sit too much, you get kind of bored and munchy and eat too much, too!

  2. Tanya says:

    I have cut out dairy,gluten, most veggies, and limited soy plus a whole lot of other foods because they cause health problems in my body…. so yeah what is left? Bread and water? Yes, only if it’s gluten free bread and filtered water

  3. JoJoisms says:

    I hear ya, Tanya!

  4. JoJoisms says:

    I so agree, Dana. I need to lose weight so I started on the treadmill despite the pain and found I sprained my ankle. I’m in phys therapy now not only for my ankle, but my lower back which apparently was the cause. After a hysterectomy, your stomach muscles are weak and without exercises to strengthen them, your spine curves more and causes problems when you walk. Great, huh?

  5. Laurie says:

    JoJo, you know you’re. It alone in this one! I could go on for days about conflicting medications, conflicting advise, professional and not so professional. As for what contradicts what, Diabetic here. Been eating the junk food junkie, processed food, sugar is all good, carbs as long as they’re not complex thank you very much, don’t like protein, meat or veggies, fruit! Oh no, stay away from the ones you like because their’s too much sugar in those, eat the ones you don’t like, generation of my day!!

    That’s just food for starters. Don’t get me going on my peri-menopause symptoms that I’ve had since about age 39!! Hot head warm body and feet that can’t heat themselves naturally. So, I bought electric booties last week and they weee lovely!! Got my feet all nice and toasty. Wore them 2 nights in a row not realizing that I was Burning on fire 🔥 my feet!! I have walked around for days now with swollen feet that don’t even want a sock on them let alone a shoe. I’ve been using my comfy cozy slippers but my feet hurt so bad that I can only where those when trying to walk! That’s all the venting I can stand for now. I’ve got to try and finish today’s race without crying!!

  6. Laurie says:

    What is left? Is the question! Isn’t it? You’ve accomplished something by cutting these foods out!! WoW!

    So, what do you eat?? 😊

  7. JoJoisms says:

    (((Laurie))) I hear ya. I’ve had peri since I was 37. Didn’t get out of peri til I had my hysterectomy at 54. Yes, that’s almost 18yrs of peri. Now I begin full meno. I hear ya. It can be quite overwhelming to deal with so many things, especially when they overlap and contradict each other.

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    You’re welcome.

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    Thank you, Ivette.