Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bacteria Infection

I call it a bacteria infection despite the doctors saying all the tests for known bacteria infections and overgrowths are negative, because it's an introduced bacteria, not normal in the digestive tract, and it has adverse symptoms and effects. But that's my take on it.

What I've learned this month is that one of the effect is weight. As I wrote earlier, for reasons I didn't know then was that over a 4 day period I lost 4 lbs, from 150 to 146 lbs and a few days later lost another pound to get to 145 lbs, which I kept for a week.

That followed a complete loss of the symptoms, heaviness and tiredness in the legs, lower back pain, fatique, and mental effects, feeling tired and occasionally mildly depressed. All those went away and I was almost normal again, compared when I feel my best.

But then I noticed the symptoms of the bacteria came back the last two weeks. First, the weight gain which fluctuated between 145-147 lbs as the body flused the bacteria out (yes, it's obvious and numerous) and then didn't.

And then over a 3 day period I gained 3 lbs to 149-150 lbs again, back to where I was at the beginning of December. It was a Deja vu, all over again as Yogi Berra is credited with saying. This is followed with bloating and a distended abdomen, and tells me there is 4 lbs of bacteria in my digestive tract.

Yes, 4 lbs of it (since I weigh myself the same time every day). Sometimes the body can flush some of it out for some relief - the 4-5 lb loss in early December was a fluke - which I notice happens when I recover from a cold, the body seems to fight both simultaneously.

Now the issue is for the Primary Care Physician (PCP) and gastroenterologists to find an answer and a treatment, something they haven't done for the former and refuse to do for the latter. They won't prescribe antibiotics since they haven't identified it and the labs (two different ones) on call it "aggregate bacteria", meaning they don't know.

And as of now it's been a year and a month since it started, but a year when it took over the body and became a resident persistent bacterial infection. It's been worse, and better on rare occasions, but it's not going away, not without help.

And yes, I've tried 4 different probiotics, all of which were disasters as they made the symptoms and effects worse. They simply added more bacteria to an already overloaded digestive tract of bacteria. It turned into a war of bacteria for 1-2 weeks. Not fun.

So that's the story to date. I know more, and have some more tests to go through, but clearly the body needs help fighting it, and it's up to the PCP and gastroenterologist to act than just over words, which is the point about the medical profession.

They don't always know or have answers, and will leave you without any help. So, it's, "Good luck, next patient please."

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