|Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 1:14 pm: || |
I would like to give you a summary of how I arrived here.
When I turned 35 ten years ago I began to feel periodically the sensation of a lump in the throat, kind of like when you push against your Adams apple.
I was told by the doctors I had GERD, had an endoscope which was normal except for the lesions at the top of my throat which were considered to be normal for someone with GERD. I was then put on the usual acid suppressants. I never believed this diagnosis fully because the sensation didn’t seem to follow the nature of acid reflux I was reading other people experienced, plus the tablets which progressed to proton inhibitors did not have any effect whatsoever.
Something changed dramatically when I turned 40. I had my first migraine and panic attacks which were not frequent, however the throat sensation began to feel ‘glandular’ and my fatigue increased. My sleep was never good. At this point I began to force the issue with my doctor who suggested I was not handling life’s pressures and perhaps needed to see a shrink.
I refused this and instead went to a specialist who recognized the lump in the throat (I had scans and there was no ‘lump’) as something one of his colleagues was studying. I went to see this specialist who basically diagnosed a condition Known as ‘globus pharyngeus’ and assured me it was a benign condition. He did however, through two separate 24 hour ph and monometer tests assure me that I was not a reflux patient.
I then moved to suspecting pre-diabetes, thyroid and mosquito viruses.
This was because of the burning discomfort in my throat, glands and face as I thought I had a virus or a problem with endocrine system.
All of these tests confirmed I was ‘Healthy’.
Two weeks ago, I went to a conference on friday and ate conference food, went shopping on saturday and had a sub at the mall, had take out chinese that night, had left over chinese on sunday lunch and then made savoury meatballs on sunday night made with some packet soup mix. I dont always eat like this, which is what made it a bit of a freak situatuion. At any time I may have eaten these foods but not altogether and my system freaked.
My throat in the Gland area up under my jaw burned for the next 3 to 4 days and I had little sleep. The Burning in my chest was transient from centre to right. I then remembered i'd had a bad turn like this once before after eating chinese food.
I did some google on MSG and was shocked when I discovered the widespread and underhanded way free glutamates are added to food. I went through the pantry and out of about 30 items I found various 621's that I knew I had eaten before in times when I felt bad ( I had kept a food diary for a while). Out of the 30 items there were only 2 that I would eat now.
Dear MSG Buddies, I have no doubt whatsoever that free glutamate additives are the cause of the conditions I have described. I have lost nearly all faith in the medical system, with doctors who, with a brief wave of the hand will dismiss any possibilty that the symptoms I was describing to them could be caused by food. In 10 years I saw 4 medical doctors and 4 specialist doctors, and not one of them eagerly pursued food intolerence (or poisoning!) as a cause of my complaints.
Yet on this discussion forum there are lots of people with similar sounding conditions to mine.
This poses a question.
Who else is out there, lost in the medical wilderness, with no clue that the food they are consuming is causing them ill health.
I am quite sure that a good portion of people who suffer migraine, reflux, CFS and energy-depletion symptoms are our friends who we need to throw a line to.
Good, good work MSG Myth.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 11:36 am: || |
Thank you, thank you! Adding our stories here makes a difference for other visitors who are looking for that life line. They are able to relate and make changes in their health as a result. Your story sounds similar to mine and I'm sure to many more...the way we are so confused by our chronic and changing condition, the way our doctors dismiss us or at the very least, are clueless. I know that my father died early as a result of MSG toxicity. Unfortunately, at the time, I was unaware of the dangers, being only a teen and then through my early twenties when he was suffering so. He adored Chinese food and ate it often along with Skippers Fish and Chips...and McDonald's...my Mom was not a cook and was very grateful for fast food to help her feed her brood of 5. But I watched my dad decline rather quickly over the years. He would cough up food that would often lodge in his swollen throat, swollen I'm sure due to MSG. He would eat Excedrin like candy for headaches, and he had huge dark bags under his eyes. His back itched terribly all the time, and I remember him begging my mom to scratch it so hard, it would bleed sometimes. He didn't smoke, and eventually he developed esophageal cancer that was treated successfully, but the bloating stomach and face continued and so did the acid reflux type symptoms and changing nature...rageful and loud speech and depression...so unlike his early years. Finally he had a stroke that left him unable to speak at all and he died in 1992 when he was 71...that may seem old, but not in his family. His Dad was 98, his mom was 89, his sister died last year at 100, and his two remaining brothers are 93 and 98. His one sister, who stuggled with the same symptoms, died at age 70 with colon cancer. There is no record of anyone in his family in remembered history ever having cancer before those two. And those two are the only members in his family who subsisted mainly on processed and restaurant foods. I've never shared his story before, because the memory of all his years of suffering still haunt me and the fact that I was not able to help him during that time....nor my dear aunt who was like a mother to me. They, my children and grandchildren gave me the impetus to keep trying to reach others, who as you say, still need to be thrown a line to save their health and lives.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 5:49 am: || |
Thank you for sharing your story, Deb, it is heartwrenching to see someone you love suffer. The comfort is in knowing that you're helping thousands of people get well and reclaim their lives. I tell my family: I wish I knew 20 years ago what I know now....but we all need to live for today and tomorrow. We are all so grateful for you and this board.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 8:35 pm: || |
Thank you, Dianne...a big hug for you if I could! Yes, it is a comfort and a blessing in my life and in Mike's too. It's THRILLING to hear your stories of recovery.