Sickly. That is a word that sticks out in my mind from childhood. I was the kid who got sick with everything. Sick often, and for long periods of time. Sometimes there was a diagnosable condition and sometimes not. There was a sense of feeling weak. I started to question myself and maybe others did too, is it all in my head?
In my late 20’s, I experienced infertility in the form of miscarriages, 3 in a row. After careful research and testing, I discovered my immune system struggled with pregnancy. Somehow this didn’t surprise me. My immediate and extended family have many immunological diseases. I was eventually able to have children with help, but not without risks, difficulties and another loss.
I turned heavily to physical fitness in my early 30’s as a way to control what I could with regard to my health. I cleaned up my eating habits and vices, and focused intently on my overall health. Although I also battled intense nerve pain for many of these years, deep down I knew I needed to be as strong and healthy as possible.
Soon after I turned 40, I became so ill that I was mostly bedridden. I was in the best physical shape of my life and yet I could hardly get out of bed to raise my kids. Seemingly out of the blue, I started having debilitating migraines that lasted for months. I began to lose weight rapidly, my heart would race, my hair was falling out, I had weird rashes appear and disappear and I suffered from dizziness and confusion. Even with all the doctors visits, exams, imaging and bloodwork, nothing was apparent. I was once again questioning myself. Is this real? But it was impossible to ignore.
My husband, seeking answers on my behalf, discovered a Functional Neurologist, treating the body as a whole. Someone who would finally take a step back and look at the big picture. This was where I finally began the journey of healing and putting all the pieces together, both current and lifelong, regarding my health. As it turns out, I have several genetic mutations. Although they are not uncommon, when triggered, the combination I carry can cause all of the problems that I suffered from throughout my life. It wasn’t all in my head, it was in my genetics.
Now that I have been at my healthiest for many years, by using a combination of diet and lifestyle methods, I want to encourage others who may be experiencing long term or ‘unexplainable’ health problems. Find a functional doctor, nutritionist, or counselor to help you find and address the underlying causes of your symptoms. Keep digging, it’s worth it!