NOW I’M REGAINING MY HEALTH AND FITNESS ON THE CARNIVORE DIET
I had always been very active and fit growing up. I played football and basketball with the neighborhood kids as a child. I played all the sports in high school, and volleyball in college. In my twenties I played rec league sports and later on came to enjoy lifting weights as a way to stay in shape.
But at age 44 my way of life as I knew it was about to change.
February 10, 2016 is when my nightmare began. I was prescribed a popular antibiotic called Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) for a suspected urinary tract infection (my labs came back negative after I had already finished the entire course of the medicine).
Shortly after taking my first dose, my Achilles tendons and my knees started to ache. A few hours later, I couldn’t walk. I called my doctor and she said to continue taking the pills. It was a 3-day course, so I just stayed off my feet and nursed my Achilles for the next few days. Within a week the pain had gone away and I thought everything was back to normal.
A couple weeks later, I got an excruciatingly painful burning skin rash that took weeks to heal completely.
Meanwhile that summer, I started to notice some weird symptoms off and on that I didn’t think much about. I’d get dizzy and lightheaded first thing in the morning when taking my daughter’s dog outside. I just attributed it to the high heat and humidity. I also noticed swelling in my ankles and a sharp pain in my right shoulder. I figured it was just from the weather changing.
Later in the summer I started having burning stomach pain and other digestive discomfort. By late August my belly was protruding and in constant pain. It felt like my entire insides from my stomach all the way to the other end were on fire.
IT WAS THE START OF MY LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY
Despite being under the care of a functional medicine doctor, I kept getting more and more symptoms over the next months and years.
In addition to the other symptoms I already mentioned, in those first few months I also developed the following:
Over the next couple years, I started developing even more symptoms:
This is only the tip of the iceberg. There were literally dozens of symptoms that I dealt with throughout my ordeal.
I ATTRIBUTE THAT TO A FEW THINGS…
IT HAS BEEN A COMPLETE GAME CHANGER!
After only two days on the carnivore diet, I noticed the following improvements:
And over the course of the first month, I noticed more symptoms improvements:
Now I’m so much more mobile and able to be on my feet and do things that I wasn’t able to (without significant pain) a few months ago. To say that I am overjoyed by the huge decrease in symptom severity is an understatement. Perhaps even more importantly, for the first time in over 4 years I saw HOPE. Hope that one day I might actually be completely healed.
I started this blog to share my progress on this carnivore journey and to provide hope and assistance for those who may have similar chronic health issues. If my story helps even one person, it will be worth it.
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