Autoimmune Diseases and Your Health Breakdown

Health TipsThis site deals with certain autoimmune diseases: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia, among other chronic illnesses. What I’ve noticed is that when your body has to struggle with one illness, it opens the door for more. This is why it’s so important to not just treat the symptoms of a disease, but to find out its cause/root and take care of that.

I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist and herbalist, Dr. Henry Lee, for about seven years now and he has definitely helped me with each of the illnesses listed above.

When I was first diagnosed with MS and for a few years thereafter, my doctors, including Dr. Brian Apatoff (a neurologist and MS specialist in NYC) wanted me to go on interferon. Because of my multiple chemical sensitivities I kept holding off. But,then after a year of acupuncture the need for the interferon diminished.

This is not to say I’m MS or CFS free, but I’m not as bad as I was seven years ago.

My most recent health scare was from a splenic artery aneurysm that according to a ultrasound grew from 1.2cm to 1.6cm to 1.9cm, which is considered serious and needs to be taken care of.

This in itself is a concern, but the fact that I’m allergic to all antibiotics, but one, and dangerously sensitive to CT Scan dye and even prednisone, going for surgery is dangerous, even if done interventionally. To add to this, I have a tendency to get celulitis from an IV, this along with the aneurysm is indicative of weak veins and arteries according to Ayurvedic medicine. This is a serious issue if the procedure is done interventionally.

When a splenic artery aneurysm is taken care of interventionally, the specialist goes in through the groin on both sides and puts something like a net over the aneurysm to protect the artery. This is less invasive than open surgery.

I have since gone for a non-contrast CT Scan and the aneurysm is still at around 1.2cm, thank God. But, I didn’t find out for over two weeks from when I thought I’d have to go for surgery. The stress affected the multiple sclerosis.

So, there are four important tips to take away from this experience:

1. Ultrasounds/sonograms are not as effective a measuring tool as a CT Scan for an aneurysm.

2. Try not to panic until all the medical tests are in. Doctors do make mistakes.

3. Don’t wait for an emergency to have a top-notch team of doctors in place if you know you have potentially dangerous health issues. Knowing I had this aneurysm for around 10 years, and knowing the severity of my chemical sensitivity, I should have had a a protocol in place in case the aneurysm had grown. Always be prepared.

4. The cup is always half full. This scare got me in gear. I have appointments with three doctors (a vascular surgeon, an interventional radiologist, and an allergist). Hopefully, they will be willing to be part of the top-notch doctor team I’ll need in place in case of an emergency.

Interestingly, most people don’t realize how dangerous and life-limiting multiple chemical sensitivity is. This is something I hope to change.

All of this goes back to the beginning of this article: autoimmune illnesses have a tendency to breakdown the body, weakening it so that it is vulnerable to a slew of other illnesses.  Knowledge and proper ‘health’ actions are the best ways to fight back.




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