The Year of Living Dangerously & Bonus Dr. House Mystery
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Well, the blog feature of BGG hasn't been reinstated yet, so I had to stop my monthly updates about my bicycle commute experiment after about 4 months. Rather than wait for blogs, I'll use my favorite BGG tool, a geeklist to tell the tale.

But it's not just about riding a bike. A lot more has happened this year.
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1. Board Game: Bicycle Race: A Game for the Wheelmen [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
 
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On August 6, 2007, I purchased a bicycle for the purpose of riding to and from work. This was only partly due to the fact that gasoline was skyrocketing in price; it was also a way to sneak in some exercise as I don't get a chance to do anything active at home, what with little kids and such to deal with. So, I bought a barely used EZ Racer recumbent bicycle for $450 and somehow fit it into the minivan and brought it home.

Now, I hadn't ridden in many years, so the first week, I'd get up bright and early in the morning and ride it partway to work and back, finding out just how much pushing and walking would be involved in my less-than-three-mile (one way) ride. Being habitually out of shape, it wasn't pretty. But after a week of test runs, I made my first official commute to work on August 14. It was a sunny 76 degrees (felt like 84 according to AccuWeather) and I made the 2.86 mile trip in 15:20 (11.19 MPH).

That's not so good from an athletic standpoint, particularly since the ride to work is more downhill than up, but it was only about six minutes longer than driving in the car. So I was on my way. I bike-commuted only two days that first week, but I had begun.
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2. Board Game: Cutthroat [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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So, here I was, starting to try to get healthier and along came August 22. I had a doctor appointment with the new guy who took my long-time doctor's place. I had been experiencing a sensation of a swollen throat. They irrigated my ears, x-rayed my chest, and tested my breathing and told me to start taking DuraHist twice a day to see how that goes. That night, I had a strange dizzy spell while cleaning toilets that Wednesday evening. Heart palpitations, clamminess, dizziness. The next day, still dizzy, I went to see a doctor at the Urgent Care facility. He did standard blood work, urine testing, and an EKG. All normal. So he said to "stay the course."

So, a couple of weeks into my new "get healthy" routine and setbacks occur. Little did I know...

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For the doctor wannabe out there, what would have been your diagnosis given my symptoms of throat swelling sensation, dizziness, palpitations, and clamminess, given the x-ray, blood work, urinalysis, and EKG showed no noticeable abnormalities?
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3. Board Game: No Stress Chess [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:6419]
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Well, the urgent care doctor scheduled a consultation with a cardiologist who scheduled a stress/echocardiogram for August 27. No drink or food after midnight and the test was to happen at 11:15 a.m. Didn't occur until 12:08. It took the technician 40 minutes to take the 4 "before" images of my heart. Then my cardiologist came in and commenced the stress test.

I had one of these back about 8 years ago and after two or three steps on the treadmill, I almost reached my theoretical maximum heart rate. This time was much better. It took 8 minutes to reach my maximum of 147 beats per minute. The test gets tougher in three-minute increments, so I figured I'd be done at the 9-minute mark. The doctor tells the other tech "let him go to 10." At the 10-minute mark, he says to me, "Only two more." Finally, at that point, with a pulse rate of 160, I was done.

At that point, I'm told to immediately lie back down in "exactly the same position" I was in for the original images. And they took two more images of my racing heart. Then, as I lay there sweating, the cardiologist and first technician discussed images for a long time, switching back and forth from one to another, with the tech saying things that made me think there was a problem.

Finally, the doctor spoke to me saying only, "You heart's healthy." And then I asked if I could bike to work and he said, "Yes."

I then had a follow-up with the urgent care doctor. He said, "I think you're OK." He also said to stay away from doctors because, "they'll kill you." He's not a fan of testing when one is healthy, which explains why he's 52 and still hasn't had a colonoscopy. Anyway, his words may have been prophetic.
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4. Board Game: The Birthday Game [Average Rating:5.17 Unranked]
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So, I'm cleared for takeoff again, a month after purchasing the bike. After Labor Day, I rode the bike to work three of the next four days. The ride in was taking a little over 14 minutes and the ride home (uphill and hot) about 21 minutes. I could just imagine the lean and taut body in the making.

But that weekend, at a kid birthday party, I had some abdominal pain. Blood work and x-rays from an urgent care doctor in another town were inconclusive. He said not to let anyone take a gall bladder out without due cause, including a Hydascan. Well, I got worse in his parking lot and he said to go to the emergency room. There, I had more blood letting, a CT scan, and an ultrasound.

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Your prognosis:
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Gall bladder
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5. Board Game: Eye To Eye [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:5396]
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The verdict at the ER was that I had a "bad gall bladder." The surgeon's words were something like "classic, textbook case of a diseased gall bladder." No stones, just "sand" and pain. So I was scheduled for much more blood work and prep work for surgery that Friday (six days after the pain). In the mean time, I got to ride the bike to work one more time. Note that there never was a Hydascan, yet I let them take it out anyway.

As far as the doctor says, all went well and I was able to start back to riding after two weeks, which would be the very end of September, 2007. At that point, I went on a tear, hardly missing a commute for 10 solid weeks. By then, the commute was 12 minutes in and 16 minutes back for the round trip of 5 1/3 miles.

But there were a couple of missed days in there due to other medical issues. I had a strange occurrence which had happened a few times before over the past few years. I saw flashing lights in my field of vision, much like if you looked into a flash bulb when it went off and you saw the "ghost" image for awhile in your field view.

When I have these things, it lasts exactly 20 minutes, during which time the little short "nick" in my vision grows until it goes from edge to edge and then gets bigger still until it's gone. And that's it. I have had two of these back-to-back before. But this time, I had some sinus problems too, so back to urgent care, where I was put on a seven-day course of antibiotics.

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How would you minister to this patient?
Tell him to "man up"
Refer him to a neurologist
Refer him to an ophthalmologist
Refer him to a pulmonologist
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6. Board Game: Aura Poku [Average Rating:4.59 Overall Rank:13874]
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Well, the urgent care doctor referred me to both an ophthalmologist and a neurologist. The eye doctor came first. He checked my eyes and deemed this to be an "ocular migraine." He even said I should cancel my appointment with the local neurologist as he would likely confirm the diagnosis.

Well, in for a penny, in for a pound I say, so I still met with the neurologist. He was once a chiropractor before going back to medical school, though I didn't know this at the time. But I did like the guy. He was all for natural remedies when available and suggested things like drinking a glass of water before getting out of bed every morning to stay hydrated. But he did confirm "migraine aura." He even had me go get a carotid ultrasound to rule out anything worse; that came out just fine.
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7. Board Game: Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:14084]
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So there I was, humming along feeling so superior to all those people with the big carbon footprint as November ended. On that last day of November, temperatures were in the 40s on the way into work and 50s on the way home--not too bad.

But on December 2, things got stranger. I got dizzy in a grocery store and my knees buckled. So, I pretty much lay on the sofa the rest of the night, alternately cold, shaky, or light-headed. This went on for a few days while I drove to work in case I needed to go to the doctor. Finally, by Wednesday of that week, I got back on the bike and, wouldn't you know, that was the day my spaciness/out-of-phase/dizziness condition got me to head over to the doctor, which I did on the bike (and that wasn't so bad).

He did blood tests to rule out anemia, infection, and blood sugar issues. One theory the doctor came up with was cold air getting into my ears during the commute, but not much thought was given to that. In the end, he diagnosed "positional vertigo," gave me some home remedy instructions and a prescription for AntiVert.
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8. Board Game: The Monitor and the Merrimack [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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Well, one week after the initial episode, I had another fainting spell, while making a grilled cheese sandwich for one of the kids. My wife said, "You look like you're going to..." and my knees buckled. Again, I didn't hit the floor, just a momentary, very momentary, presyncope. That was enough to get me back to urgent care where I saw yet another doctor. He said to get off AntiVert because "that stuff'll make you wacky". He also said to see my primary care doctor and get him to order a glucose tolerance test and that he'd set up a consult with the neurologist.

During this time, I was still riding to work whenever I didn't have a doctor appointment.

I saw my primary care physician and told him all the symptoms plus the fact that I sometimes felt better after eating something (like a slice of bread). As he often does, he considered these symptoms to be somewhat vague. I think I even asked him what's vague about keeling over in the paper towels aisle.

Anyway, he ordered bloodwork to check electrolyte balance, Lyme disease, and kidney function. Since it was almost time for my yearly bloodwork (cholesterol), he scheduled that, too. On top of all that, he ordered a Holter monitor for me to wear for 24 hours to track my heart function. The tests showed nothing abnormal.

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Your conclusion?
Randy really is a whack job
Vasovagal syncope
Blocked arteries
Anxiety
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9. Board Game: Clash of Empires: Magnesia 190BC [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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By this point, it was getting very close to New Year's Day and the jitteriness/shakiness/light-headedness was all too common. One thing that does help it, as you'd expect, is to take Klonopin (0.25 mg once in awhile). Well, the doctor was stumped. He couldn't figure out what was going on so he decided to have me see the neurologist again and treat me for Bell's Palsy (with an anti-viral drug and steroids).

Oh, yeah, that's another symptom I was having... a very, very mild facial paralysis and tingling in my right cheek. Not enough to cause "face droop," but enough to keep one side of my fabulous smile from being equal in height to the other. And my right eye doesn't completely close when sleeping, but again, you'd have to look hard to see it.

The PCP also changed my blood pressure medicine in case that was a problem (it was changed twice more and eventually cut in half to boot). Also, there was good news in the lipid tests and he took me off my statin. Woo hoo! Then he was off to the Phillipines for six weeks.

So, I saw the neurologist/chiropractor again. He said to ditch the antiviral drug, as that's no longer standard protocol, but to continue the steroid. He also says that this could be seizures because as a child I was diagnosed with petit mal epilepsy. Apparently 30-40% of childhood cases re-emerge with some seizure-type activity in middle-age, though not usually stronger than the earlier episodes. Who knew? He also prescribed magnesium, twice a day, as it increases the threshold of seizure onset, if that's what it is. He also said this could be "Todd's Syndrome," a facial paralysis post seizure by a few days. Hmmm.

Which brings me to an interesting aside. In 1967, when I was sent to a neurologist with expected epilepsy, my great aunt Lessie came running to my mom with a block of magnesium and an article from Prevention magazine (as my mother recalls it). It said that magnesium was the way to go with epilepsy treatment. Lessie said, "Don't let them put him on barbiturates."

Well, the Vintage 1967 Neurologist read the article as my mother sat there, handed it back to her, and said, "These are some dangerous people who write these articles." I was on Phenobarbital for 11 years. Now, they're saying to go the magnesium route. To Lessie: You go girl.
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10. Board Game: Operation Brain Surgery [Average Rating:5.05 Unranked]
 
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So, things kept going as usual. Lightheadedness didn't go away, so I had to go back to urgent care due to a sinus infection anyway and mentioned the symptoms. The doctor prescribed antibiotics, decongestant, and expectorant for the sinuses and said he'd try to get an EEG in under the wire (before January 1) so my insurance would pay the brunt of the cost.

And on December 29, I had a sleep-deprived EEG. The neurologist read it and said he saw seizure tendencies.

Meanwhile, the urgent care doctor said about the only thing not done was a CT scan of my head and that he'd try to get it before year-end and suggested a second neurological opinion.

So, on December 31, I had a CT scan.

And that ended the year of multi-thousands of dollars in medical tests and, other than one doctor believing it could be seizure related, no answer.
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11. Board Game: Brainsweat [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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In mid-January, I saw the second neurologist who said things like "tumor." He ordered 5 MRIs and wanted the results of the EEG, but those were on paper, not digital, so he never got them. His final analysis: "No neurological or seizure disorders." So, we have two neurologists with differing opinions and many general practitioners who don't know what it is. I had also reached the family medical deductible of $3600 on January 18, meaning everything else for the year would be paid at 80%.

So, I kept on riding and taking the occasional half-Klonipin. But later in January, on the ride home, I got extremely winded (riding a different route, due to a detour by the eye doctor’s office) and was shaky when I got home. It didn't go away for quite awhile. In fact, my wife even called her brother-in-law who is a doctor (dermatologist) and he came up with some of the same ideas about blood sugar and medications.

Oh, and the sinuses were still hurting and I was tired.

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Diagnosis:
Sleep apnea
Hypochondria
Anxiety
Lyme disease
Vasovagal Syncope
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12. Board Game: Tilt [Average Rating:5.83 Unranked]
 
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Well, with my PCP back from holiday, he confirmed that the Lyme test was negative. He said something about moving forward to a "secondary medical facility" (Emory University) as he was running out of "front line" options to go with. I mentioned that he had once mentioned a tilt table test and he ordered that as a last resort. It could find vasovagal syncope.

At this point, riding the bike was on hold.

So, I went to have the Tilt Table test done on January 31. It's not like on House. They just check you lying down, then tilted up at about 85 degrees. Then they put adrenaline in you and do it again. The results were "as negative as could possibly be," so no vasovagal syncope.

By now, the symptoms continued and the doctor said it had to be anxiety, so he put me on Lexapro. He also changed around my blood pressure medicine which caused some itching and a few other discomforts we'll get to later, so that I'm now on HCTZ.

Meanwhile, a woman my wife knows heard of my tale of woe and said it mirrored her husband's symptoms and diagnosis. He even went the step further to go to Emery University, where he also got the "nothing is wrong with you" (other than today's hot solution: anxiety). But he then went to an integrated medical practitioner (alternative healing plus M.D.) and got a lot better. My wife’s friend gave us the number of this integrative medical specialist.

I gave her a call and was told I could have an appointment around the end of May/start of June. Wow! Oh, and it isn't covered under insurance and you pay $320 plus tests for the first visit.

Penny, Pound, Integrative Medicine.

Let me say that my Primary Care Physician isn't at all interested in the workings of "witch doctors" but the neurologist is very interested.
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13. Board Game: Alternative Games for the Family [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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In February, I commuted on the bike only a couple of times. The lapse was due to, well feeling like crap, plus it was cold. And I'm lazy.

I got a call on a Friday in mid-March saying that an opening had come up and could I be at the alternative medicine clinic the following Monday. I said yes, filled out the 7-page history and such, and drove 90 miles that morning to see what my very own Dr. House would come up with.

After going through the family medical history and all my symptoms and doing an exam, I learned something: you don't need Ketoconozol for persistent foot fungus--Vics VapoRub will do the trick. I also learned of lots of newfangled testing that "regular" doctors wouldn't consider to be kosher because their insurance companies don't want to pay for them.

In the end, I had lots of blood taken for tests and I was there for four and a half hours to do a Glucose and Insulin Tolerance Test (not a simple glucose tolerance test, as this measures insulin secretion as well as the sugar level response to said). It was grueling by my standards.

In total, I found out that I had some very high counts for antibodies that typically indicate mercury toxicity. I was also very low in Vitamin D (which she suspected), and that can lead to higher blood pressure. I also learned that I am mildly glucose intolerant and that my triglycerides were too high. Reducing sugar would help both of those issues. Most importantly, she did some simple TSH, FreeT3, FreeT4 (and maybe even T7) blood tests and discovered that I have Hashimoto Thyroiditis. That could well be the cause of all the problems I had been having.

However, being a holistic doctor, she wants to know why my thyroid was crapping out and, more importantly, to save it from destruction. She ordered some red blood cell element tests and an iodine challenge test.

In the meantime, she put me on Vitamin D supplements.

And I rode the bike a lot in March.
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14. Board Game: Neck and Neck [Average Rating:5.26 Unranked]
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Meanwhile, back in the world of conventional medicine, my neurologist was ecstatic. He said, "I think she is onto something."

My PCP (Primary Care Physician) wasn't so positive. He said, "We need to do a thyroid test (two days and radiation) and then probably kill the thyroid." Mind you, he said all this while flipping frantically through his charts to see why he never ordered a thyroid test. He even scheduled the thyroid uptake test.

But my alternative doctor said No. She said that if and when it was merited, she'd order the same test but that getting the contaminants out of my body and thyroid back in balance would be sufficient.

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So, what should Randy do?
Go the conventional route; after all, it's covered by insurance
Stick with the alternative practitioner
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15. Board Game: Stone Soup [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:13089]
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So, I told the conventional Western doctor I wasn't going to do the thyroid uptake test. He insisted that I probably had Grave's Disease, not Hashimoto's and that I needed to burn it out and take thyroid medicine for the rest of my life. When I get hot flashes of dizzy, they would just adjust the meds.

Now it was April and I had a convention to go to. In the lead-up to and cool-down from that 9-day vacation, I took a biking hiatus, so April saw me ride only 4 of 15 days I could have. Bad Randy. But I did have some reasons...

At that convention, in the midst of the ever-changing blood pressure meds, I got a kidney stone. Another CT scan and Flomax and it came on out. In addition, I had some abdominal pain and saw my primary care physician about that. He prescribed antibiotics for a possible testicular infection (?) and stressed that I get the thyroid uptake test. I said if the other doctor did nothing in a month, I'd do it. He was happy about that.

But when the pain didn't go away, he did an x-ray and saw nothing but a lot of gas. Then he got the results of all the abdominal CT scans I'd had over the past year (3, I think) and discovered that I have cysts on the liver (which he seems to think are fine, since they're always there) and diverticulae in the bowels. So I get another diagnosis--diverticulitis--to explain the abdominal pains.
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16. Board Game: Operation Mercury [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:5638]
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May was the month of the alternative doctor. I had a lot of appointments (not all with her) and rode exactly ZERO times this month.

The red blood testing showed deficiencies in Boron, Copper, and Calcium in the cells, which doesn't mean I'm calcium deficient, just not getting through the cell wall. That requires mega levels of omega fats. So, she put me on 5000 mg of fish oil/primrose oil, 2 mg of Boron, and 1 mg of Copper each day. The iodine challenge showed that I am only mildly deficient there, so I was put on 1 mg per day of that.

She also questions being on HCTZ (diuretic) for blood pressure, as that can lead to kidney stones, but hopes I'll be off blood pressure medicine when my Vitamin D goes up. Sadly, it didn't go up enough, so she bumped me up to an extra dose of that every other day.

And then she said I really needed to get rid of the Mercury from my body. That, being the most toxic metal other than uranium, isn't a good thing to have in your body. It attaches to whatever it can find--liver, thyroid, whatever is nearby and receptive to a +2 charge. And given my 16 fillings in my mouth from long ago, she figures I have a lot right there, primed for attaching to my thyroid (or brain).

So, I scheduled an appointment with a biological dentist. The first visit was what they consider a "routine" checkup. But it was far more thorough than any I had ever had. It included individual digital color pictures of each tooth along with lots of evaluation. Oh, and I got a cleaning and x-ray, too. He then worked up a quote for replacing all my amalgam fillings and my bad root canal, which has hurt for the past 20 years.

And on two separate visits in mid and late May, he did all that, except for any bridgework for the removed tooth. That has to wait until next year and scraping together another $4000. At this point, I was mercury-free.

And that means a Vitamin C infusion at the alternative doctor's clinic. Plus a heavy metals challenge test, which shows how much mercury I have in my body.

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You make the call. Should I:
Be happy with my corrected teeth, take the iodine, and shut up
Go get my thyroid burned out and take hormones forever
Try to get the mercury out of my body
Get off the Lexapro
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17. Board Game: EleMental [Average Rating:4.04 Unranked]
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Turns out that I did two of the options above. I tried to get off the Lexapro, but had severe headaches and held off on that one. I also had a little problem with asthma, or at least that's what we think it is.

At my follow-up with the neurologist, he suggested a sleep apnea test (something the alternative doctor had mentioned, too). So I took him up on it and went to a pulmonologist for the study. Surprise! It showed mild apnea, but not obstructive (central nervous system). In the follow-up exam at that doctor, they noted my wheezing, which had flared up for the first time in many years. That meant rounds of prednisone and inhalers and, ultimately, a methacholine challenge to determine if I really do have asthma.

But it was not to be. My breathing was too shallow to even do that test. So to this day, we don't know if it is asthma, but it is strongly suspected.

Anyhoo, all this prednisone and antibiotics cause problems with natural healing, so the heavy metal challenge (which does stress the system) was held off until I was a-OK again. And that's why I rode only one day in June.

But finally, I took the pills and chelating agent and pissed for 10 hours and mailed in my sample. It told the doctor something, as she then prescribed a new "nutriceutical" for me to take for three months.

In the past, they'd have their patients chelate (suck the heavy metals out of their bodies) with FDA drugs for that. But they are tough on the kidneys. Turns out that there is a new chelating agent, though not marketed as such, called OSR. In the mind of my doctor (and other integrative medical practitioners), it is a fine supplement that adds anti-oxidants and removes metals, only through the bowels rather than kidneys. This can cause pain in the intestines if you get constipated, but that's about it for side effects.

Or is it? The drug (hoped to be the miracle drug for parents of autistic children) gets plenty of negative press from "Big Pharma" supporters. And I understand that. No one in the Inner Circle wants to take away the pharmaceutical gravy train in favor of a simpler drug that some chemist will make a killing from. On the other hand, having the chemist dole it out as a supplement to only a few practitioners (mine included) seems to skirt the whole "clinical trial" thing (which isn't required for supplements anyway). So, I'm of mixed opinion. I don't have a problem with field testing this compound on me, but I don't want the manufacturer to benefit from my trial unless they pay for the drug and subsequent testing to prove or disprove its effectiveness.

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So, what should I do:
Ask for the tried-and-true drug
Go with the new OSR thing about which little is known
Go have the damn thyroid burned out Randy and stop the alternative stuff
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18. Board Game: Heavy Metal Mayhem [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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For the low, low price of $270, I was sent 18 grams of this powder. I was instructed to take 1/8 teaspoon each day. It tastes nasty (sulphur) so they suggest mixing it in peanut butter. I purchased a capsule loader and made mine into capsules.

And that's where we stand. I've been taking OSR for three months and the only negative side effect seemed to be some bowel tenderness at the two month mark (so the doctor said to lay off the stuff for a few days to let my abdomen rebound). I have been far less dizzy for the most part.

My alternative doctor tested my TSH, T3, and T4 levels again and they were back in the normal range, but that was before the chelating began. That was simply from the Iodine supplements. So, my guess is that my T3/T4/TSH must be out of whack again. Could be on a downward spiral that will eventually kill itself off or it may rebound with removal of mercury. Only time will tell. I'll keep you posted.
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19. Board Game: Saddle Up! [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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And with July, taking my new wonder drug (tee hee), I'm back in the saddle again. I rode 11 of the 13 days I could in July. And then in August, I rode 7 of the 12 available days. Why so few days available? Rain!!! We had rain.

I've kept a log of all the days, whether or not I rode, and I marked any days I couldn't ride due to appointments and/or rain. Prior to August 13, 2008, there had been 1 day--1 day--in the past 12 months where rain or threat of rain kept me off the bike. Since then, we've had 11 such days.

That means I'm back willing and able to ride, but the fates aren't with me. Stinkin' rain.
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20. Board Game: Don't Catch A Cold [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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And now for September. Rain has continued, so I rode the bike only 7 of the 15 possible days. As to my health…

Well, a couple of weeks ago, someone had a nasty cold in the office and I caught it, complete with wheezing. I didn’t want to do the conventional antibiotics/steroids thing. So, I contacted the alternative doctor and discovered her recommendations for combating colds. In the end, I purchased my next three-month supply of OSR plus a bunch of other stuff (Transfer Factor, Baicalin, Bronchaleve, etc). At one point, I was taking 1000 mg of Vitamin C every hour.

But you know what? It knocked out the cold and wheezing in a hurry. I now have my standard disease fighter cocktail components in the cupboard.
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21. Board Game: Futbowel [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Update...

While taking my second round of OSR (Oxidative Stress Relief, the chelator), I started feeling like there was a raquetball shoved under my left ribcage. I had felt this discomfort before many times, dating back at least 15 years. But now it was constant and approaching true "pain" level. In addition, I had another "visual migraine" and was having some other abdominal side pain. So, I headed up to Asheville to see the integrative doctor.

She figures the side/ribcage pain and discomfort is from gas from the splenic flexor (where your colon bends and goes transverse, just under your spleen). So, she said to start back on the OSR at lower dosage and take Molybdenum with it. In addition, she suggests lots of probiotics, as that helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome issues (which many doctors put the splenic flexor problem in).

I also mentioned that a knot formed where I have had a lipoma on my arm for years. It went away in one day (though it returned one time since). She suspects this is mercury collecting in the fatty deposit, as some research on removed lipoma show large levels of toxic metals in those tissues. Interesting.

In addition, I had gained 16 poinds in four months. This is attributed to the SSRI (Lexapro) that they gave me when my regular doctor couldn't figure out that my problem was thyroid related. She is going to ween me from Lexapro and substitute a neurotransmitter cocktail (called "Serene Plus").

Afterwards, I saw the biological dentist for my regular checkup. So there you go--all caught up on my medical adventure.

Edit: Counterpoint (3 weeks later)--

I had my regular six-month check-in with my conventional doctor today. He was somewhat mystified that the thyroid hormones and "normalized." He asked a couple of times if I took anything other than supplements and iodine. I asked if he agreed now that it was Hashimoto's rather than Grave's, but he said I never had the nuclear bloodwork to prove either way.

Anyway, he thinks the weight could be from all the fish oil I take. But he did say I should take 4000 mg per day. I informed him that I already do (per the alternative doctor) and he said that "Well, that stuff isn't as pure, so it's not the equivalent of 4000" or something like that. I am pretty sure that the costly fish oil I take is plenty pure enough.

His theory on the side pain (which is getting better with probiotics) is an acid problem and that I could take Prilosec (double the over-the-counter dosage). I told him I'd think about that after trying the probiotics longer.

And finally, he noted my 150/100 blood pressure (which it's been for awhile). He suggests doubling my diuretic (HTCZ) to 25 mg/day and I'll do that. I don't like waiting until I finally get to a reasonable level of Vitamin D and then staying there six months to find out if my BP goes down.

So, while the two have different approaches, I would say that he may be gaining some (a little) respect for the alternative view.
 
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