A health summary of 2011:
mid-January: had some kind of flu-like bug, fever, chills, tired, headaches, sinus infection. I seemed to get over it in a matter of days.
Feb 17: came down with the 'real' bad flu (says my dr), caught from a 'friend' who had a party at her house a few days earlier when she had chills, fever, headache and vomiting that morning. I had the same symptoms except lots of nausea but no vomiting.
Feb 20: ended up in the ER/Urgent Care in the middle of the night because my head felt like it was going to explode. Worst headache EVER. Dx'ed with flu, ear infection, and severe sinus infection, went home on antibiotics, steroids, and painkillers.
March 1: still sick, went to my doctor who gave me a second round of the same antibiotic AND added a second antibiotic, a sulfa drug, because he thinks the sinus infection is staph.
March 3: broke out in thousands of itchy bright red hives all over my body. Called the dr, he said I am probably allergic to the sulfa drug so I stopped taking it and went on Benadryl 24/7. He then added another, new antibiotic (and still has be on the first antibiotic too).
Last night, March 6: still broken out in hives that are starting to blister, still taking 2 antibiotics (NOT the sulfa drug). Decided to stop all medications but Benedryl because I am going INSANE with itching!
Today: taking Benedryl, hives faded a bit, and waiting for word from my doctor. SO exhausted and have a mild headache.
So. All of this has come about after I got lenient with my eating, allowing junk back in. I screwed around a lot on December, January and February with eating sugary stuff and refined carbs and other things that seem to affect me more than they affect some people. I've mentioned before that I have always had issues with sinus infections and migraines, but when I started Medifast I stopped getting sick. I didn't get sick or have headaches for months! I started getting sick again when I began eating sugary, processed stuff. I don't think there is anything magical in Medifast food but I do think it is a good nourishing balance for my body, and low carb eating does me good. Staying on plan also meant I always got in three servings of vegetables, and that's good for the body too. When I am eating off plan the only veggie I usually see is a cheese-covered fried potato wedge.
Anyway, I am tired of being sick. I've been back on Medifast for 3 days now. I am sort of looking at this as my 'last shot' with Medifast, because I did so great with it for several months and lost 59 pounds, but lately I have struggled. If it isn't working for me anymore, I am going to try something else. Probably calorie counting again, but with some rules about carbs and junk.
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products.*
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