I've been 100% raw for 7 days. My story is kinda long and drawn out and it's probably similar to a lot of people who have gone raw so I'll try to keep it short. I need support because all day today I've been crying because I feel so crappy and I'm so frusterated.
Here are the cliff notes:
I've been very unhealthy from my toxic lifestyle growing up and in my early 20's. I was sick all the time as a child and I had chronic stomach issues. I think I lived on Tums, Rolaids and Mylanta through highschool and it makes sense because I ate processed EVERYTHING, was a total sugar addict and I did not eat green food period. I wouldn't touch a salad until I was in my early 20's! My mom didn't know better...she just fed me what she fed herself. She's been obese almost her whole life. My grandmother became diabetic later in life and my mom now is battling colon cancer and is a borderline diabetic now.
I've been on the path to get well for the last 3 years. I was sick all the time and had been to doctors which always gave me a clean bill of health. My bloodwork always came out perfect!
About 2 years ago I was ill constantly. I had no energy, was nauseous constantly, headaches, dizzy spells, light headedness, couldn't concentrate etc etc. The list goes on. I started doing some mega research and removed dairy from my diet...I also started drinking green smoothies. I felt better! BUT I still would have these spells that would last a week or 2 where I would get tired again, lightheaded and sick, but I my stomach problems were gone. I then became a vegetarian and felt even better, but still not good enough. Last summer I started to get this wierd joint pain. It started in my left foot and my right thumb. Wierd??
That's when I started to consider a raw diet. About 5 months ago I became vegan and started eating about 50% raw. I try to stay away from sugar and wheat too.
I've been feeling pretty good lately...better than I've felt in years. I did a raw diet cleanse in Janurary and that was really helpful.
The week before Easter I fell off the band wagon a bit and was eating some gluten free brownies and some other tasty sugary crap that was not vegan and also a lot of processed chips and such. I also had some wheat on Easter weekend. Monday came around and I felt tired and off...by Wedneday I was full on sick (not virus sick, but just unhealthy sick) and had to call in to work. I was having one of my spells....tired, lightheaded, achy etc.
SO we are up to date:
On Wednesday I started a cleanse...I was juicing in the morning and having raw dinners at night.
On Saturday I started a short Juice Feast. I went 3 days (I wanted to go longer, but wasn't prepared enough) and boy did I detox. I felt achy and tired and my joints!? They flared up a lot.
On Sunday night my joints were REALLY hurting. I had a large amount of yellow mucus coming up that I was coughing out. I also got yellow streaks in my eyes. My ears were popping like crazy too! I was starting to feel better by Sunday night though...my energy level was up and I thought I was seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
Tuesday I started eating again...I came off the fast gently and I felt so so. I was still very tired.
Today I feel super sick. I am totally congested and the whole left side of my face is swollen with pressure. I have lots of drainage happening. I have the chills and body aches. My joints hurt.
I'm sooo frusterated. I'm actually going to a doctor tomorrow to try and get a diagnosis for the joint pain. I'm pretty sure it's arthritis, but who knows. Unfortunately we have no naturopathic or alternative docs around here so I am going to a traditional doc. eek! I'm a bit nervous, but I would like to at least know that YES I do have arthritis and not MS or something else. It's not like I will take medications for it, but I would like to know.
My question for all of you is this...
Is it possible that I'm still detoxing? It's been 7 days completely raw and I plan to stay raw for the joint pain. Could the pressure and sinus build up be the detox? I just feel so horrible and I've never gone through a detox this severe. I guess it's possible that I am sick along with the detox, but I don't think so. I don't think I would have a bug that would slowly get worse over the course of a week and a half. Has anyone else ever experienced a detox this severe? Today I worked half a day and then I had to come home and sleep. I have a dull headache from the pressure and I feel so tired and "out of it" I'm hoping that this is detox. I have read that when you detox, issues that you've had come up and flair in the order in which you had them. It seems to be true with the joint pain. Interestingly enough about 2 years ago I had a lot of congestion in my head after the removal of some nasty wisdom teeth. I'm wondering if this might be part of that. Maybe I still have some healing to do from the wisdom teeth removal?
Am I really that toxic that my detox would be this severe?
Thanks to all who have read this and who reply. I really appreciate it. I'm just at this point of pure frustration and I'm scared. I want to feel better and I'm so tired of these spells.