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More Whipworm for Ulcerative Colitis Flare

My gut has been doing incredibly well ever since starting helminthic therapy back in late April, 2011. On August 8th I had to take Levaquin antibiotics for 7 days, and this “stunned” my worms enough that they no longer were providing anti-inflammatory benefits. Three days ago I noticed the first hint of an ulcerative colitis flare: a little mucous, some heat in my left abdomen around the descending colon. Sure enough, a day later I had a slight bit of blood on the TP. Those who suffer from UC know all about this. It’s when you start trying to decide how best to get rid of the inflammation.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

In my case, I’ve had good luck with dietary changes, but only for maintenance. The “big gun” of a decadron IV in the hospital works, as does Imuran, but each of these meds have horrid side effects. And with “dysautonomia” now affecting me, who knows how I would react, even if taking a small dose of prednisone.

So I started thinking about that 1500 whipworm top off dose in my fridge. Trichiura Trichuris to my rescue? I downed all 1500 in one gulp. If my immune system needs a “suitable target” for a distraction, I’ve certainly given it that. Speaking of, over the last 10 years, the luckiest I ever got was catching a cold of some sort while I was flaring. It was enough to take the immune attack off my gut, and focus it on the “bug” instead. Here it is almost week 20 after my first inoculation, and I’m aiming for a similar response with this 2nd dose of helminthic therapy.

In an ideal world I would have had a spare vial of Necator Americanus hookworm, and inoculated with those instead. I think my body tends to get along with them a bit better than the TT whipworm, but I have no solid proof of that, only a hunch. Anyway, so it goes — we work with what we’ve got. Now I’m pondering the coming wave of side effects. Since my body already knows these critters, having taken 500 of them in late April, I don’t anticipate the same intense reaction, but time will tell.

I’m hoping this latest batch of “old friends” keeps me healthy until the initial round (55 hookworm and 500 whipworm) perk up from the antibiotics. It usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks, so they should all be “online” and laying their eggs again by October 15th. Meanwhile, goooo, worms. 🙂

TMJ, by the way!

My helminth express seems to be off the rails for a moment. Allergies are returning, anxiety is back, so are restricted airways, both in my chest and head. My neti pot offers scant relief for this strange congestion, as there appears to be no mucous, only inflamed tissues. You don’t realize how horrid asthma is until it’s been bannished for 60 days, and then suddenly returns.

Since it’s no fun to go from feeling good and carefree to fairly awful, I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure this out. Why did I suddenly start having blood sugar issues again? Was it that one fateful night I had a tiny sip of scotch (no irony, it was only half a shot) with friends, and stayed up way too late? Were my adrenals already hanging by a thread, and that slight nudge was enough to upset the whole apple cart?

Or did this frustrating turn of events happen when my jaw slipped out of joint? Seriously! TMJ,  or has cropped up occasionally in the past. It’s annoying because it’s impossible to chew anything without pain, and then there’s the fear of further dislocating the joint. It was about a week ago when my overall health began to backslide, and the TMJ happened first. Is there a connection? Quite possibly, and it’s a strange one.

Apparently, trauma to the nerve near this joint can stimulate the release of ““, which . There seems to be no limit to the odd sensations and behaviors provoked by “substance P”, according to one article i read, including . $%@#!! No wonder. What resonates for me in the reading I did tonight are symptoms of tinnitus, and autoimmune issues — specifically, lots of . And let’s not forget … or .

So is substance P actually the culprit, and is it capable of upstaging the helminth harmony? Or is this combination of factors, like adrenal fatigue from years of prednisone use, inattention to an optimal diet, lack of sleep from too much (half-caf half-decaf!) coffee, and bandwagonhost stress from work — did these factors collectively take me off the HT track? Probably “all of the above” and it’s going to be a slow, steady road back. But I would love to think “Hey, man, it wasn’t me — it was the substance P.”

Histamines and Helminths

Here’s a bit of a recap after some observation: due to its impact on my adrenals in the past, and other wide ranging side effects, I have chosen to avoid taking prednisone, or limit its use as much as possible, during the side effects phase of HT. In its place, I’m using benadryl to cope with the worst attacks, but otherwise am relying on fairly large doses of vitamin C (up to 10K mg per episode), which I’ve found to be a safe and very effective antihistamine. Guess what? In my opinion, vitamin C is actually more effective than prednisone for “worm flu”. Here’s why:

When I have an allergic response to the HT, it is transitory, almost as if the attack is triggered by one or more of the helminths moving from one “site” to another in my gut. I can think of no other reason why I’ve had a total of 6 such episodes in the last 50 days, at fairly random intervals. Several days ago I was convinced Lamb was the trigger, now I wonder if it may just be the HT on its own. Whatever the cause, vitamin C acts quickly and has no lingering effects, so it is tailor made to address the 2 or 3 hour bouts I’ve had with allergic response to helminths.

Secondly, and I can only suggest this based on an intuition, the effectiveness of HT may very well be built up over time, as our bodies react. In other words, mounting an immune response may be what provokes the immune-modulatory action from the helminths, so by blunting this, for an extended duration with a drug like prednisone, do we ultimately reduce the benefits of the helminthic therapy? I can’t say for sure, but this is yet another reason I’m using the more benign vitamin C to deal with acute worm flu. Perhaps it will allow a more open “conversation” between worm and host.

I’m also drinking plenty of water, to flush my body of histamines. Here are some clues: since eating foods with high levels of histidine (which converts to histamine) seems to make me feel worse, I’m guessing my histamine levels are high, overall, and most likely due to the HT itself. Since too much water without electrolytes can be unhealthy, I make a point of adding a potassium/magnesium/calcium formula a few times daily, to fortify these fluids.

The results? Well, today I had the least amount of GI disturbance since the side effects began, which felt like a fantastic achievement, but suffered a smaller scale 2 hour allergic reaction this afternoon. I’ll call this yet another example of nonlinear progress.

Day 34 — Tinkering.

So I woke up late again, with pretty intense fatigue, but discovered something unexpected — symptoms of a sinus infection. I thought I had banished it weeks ago, using my neti pot, but it appears to have been smoldering away, dormant, and is now flaring up again.

I’m not surprised — allergy season is still going full bore, predisone (even the small doses I took) may have weakened my immunity some, and the helminths themselves have a reputation for giving those of us with hyper-vigilant immune systems the vulnerability of mere mortals.

I’m back using my neti pot, twice so far today, with a pinch of salt and baking soda. It’s a simple solution that worked before, and this time around I plan to stick with it for maintenance after the “all clear” is sounded.

Again, I’m a witness to this process, and willing to be encouraged by things that aren’t altogether positive. It’s comforting to actually have a low-grade infection, whether it’s viral or bacterial, simply because the “sick” me never got them for the last 10 years. I think my defenses were always too reactive to let it happen.

And I’m realizing that if it weren’t for my sinus issues, I might actually be bouncing out of bed by now. My body feels pretty good, otherwise — no real GI issues anymore, more clarity in my head, and a brighter mood.

Let’s go, sinuses. Stop your sniveling. Onward!

Day 28 — Tug-O-Worm.

I hadn’t planned to post again until events warranted it, but since things are changing rapidly, here goes.

Today, like yesterday, I woke up feeling fairly good and as the afternoon approached had another reaction. It was a bit more muted this time, eventually coming on strong, then suddenly it would reverse and I would phentermine feel incredibly good. This push and pull continued for a while: body and mind, oscillating between harmony and dischord. Sleepy and relaxed, breathing freely, then I’d get hit with a stuffy nose and general unease.

At times the troughs were bad enough I decided to take more vitamin C, but there was no need for predinsone today, and for that I’m very thankful. My gut has been feeling really good most of the time, too, so if all goes according to plan, I hope to ditch the pills and lean on the worms, from here on out.

So what’s happening, why the back and forth? All I can think is the helminths are training my immune system to not harm them, by reacting when I react, and sending out the good vibes to calm everything down. It may sound a bit strange, but I’m really enjoying this process.

In moments I get glimpses of how I felt during the initial 5 day “bounce”, so maybe, just maybe, I can recapture that as my longer term benefit. Fingers crossed.

Hookworm Day 15 – Glorious sleep.

More than two weeks after dosing with helminths, I’m no longer on the natural high of a “bounce”. Instead, my body feels like it’s adjusting — sometimes awkwardly, or uncomfortably — then I’ll have a moment where I feel a sudden and startling improvement, reminiscent of the honeymoon phase.

It’s worth noting that none of the negatives I’ve experienced thus far come anywhere close to side effects I’ve endured in the past, from medications like prednisone, Imuran, 6-mp, etc. At the worst, I’ve felt a generalized tenderness in my mouth, and have noticed it’s a shade redder than usual. The solution was fairly simple: switch from an electric to a manual toothbrush. My gut also feels a bit off, but this is tame compared to an ulcerative colitis flare.

On the net positive side of the ledger, I’m finding I get wonderfully drowsy at night, exactly at a time when I’d like to be sleeping. Even if I push beyond this first sleep cycle, I still fall asleep with ease when I finally decide to turn in for the night. This is no small feat, since part of my immune dysfunction has been insomnia, for the last two or three years. Typically, if I miss the boat at 10:00PM, I’ll be up until 4:30AM until I get another window of drowsiness, and then sleep comes on like a coma. Not so anymore. I feel, well… normal.

And tinnitus, which as been a growing problem for the last 5 years, is also nearly gone. I’ve read articles suggesting that “buzzing” we hear is really the sound of our nervous system. When the acoustic nerve becomes hyper-attenuated, we tune in to those frequencies. This may be promoted by a high-adrenaline state, because I’ve noticed tinnitus getting worse when I’ve had a stressful experience at work. Anyway, no more of that, or at least I can barely notice. Combined with the normalizing internal clock, I feel as if I’ve stepped into a new body that’s acting stereotypically human. I could get used to this.

Update: flash forward a few years, and here’s another great way to heal insomnia.

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