I just turned 40. I would say i am fit, i excercise a lot, eat reasonably healthy (salads, rarely eat red meat), and i do yoga, running, and body weight excercises. I did have IBS in years gone by, but rarely if ever get it any more.
I have never had high blood pressure in my life. However, last monday night, i started a juice fast with fresh vegetable and fruits, rather too quickly and rather too intensely.
On Tuesday I continued although I had a little tuna and a couple of eggs at the end of the day, because i didnt want to be too serious. I felt great.
I continued on Wednesday too, except this time I ate a steak in the evening not to big. (Insane looking back now, but that was what my body was telling me). The next morning, i felt good until i went the toilet, and suddenly I noticed redness in the stools. From that moment, until today, I have had a continous stress response, and bowel movements, like IBS, except they were particularly noticable in the sigmoidal colon when walking. This sent me catostrophizing for 2 days about colon cancer.
That evening i went to a cardiologist because i couldn't calm down. When i got there i did calm down, and even though my heart was high 110/min my blood pressure was only 130/80. He told me there could be an inflamation, but not to take anything for the high heart rate, just relax. I did feel better shortly after.
Friday I continued juicing and was better I went to Yoga, but in the evening the stress response came flooding back.
The next day I went to see a doctor. I told him about the juice fast although forgot to mention the steak (not purposely). I had sensations all over the body by this time, especially lymph nodes and I was asking him about colon hydrotherapy to help with the fast. He found my heart rate normal but my blood pressure high now. I think 150/80 (if I remember correctly). He told me to keep monitoring both until my juice fast was ended. We discussed the redness in the stool, and he agreed this could be the litres of beetroot I had drank. He checked the anus, thoroughly, and found no problem (so presumaby no swollen prostate).
My colon continued to clean, and i could feel every movement.
I ended my juicing that afternoon, and started reintroducing fruit and vegetable a little bit at a time. This caused severe IBS reactions. That evening walking in the park (i've been walking and drinking water for 4 days non - stop in an effort to return to normal), I noticed the lymph nodes in the chest and the head started swelling. ( I put this down to the juice fast, the body was now cleaning the upper lymph system after doing the legs).
Sunday was similar with only temporary respite from the stress response. I continued to go from colon cancer panic, to every other type of panic.
When I woke up this morning, i finally felt a bit bit better. The lymph was not swollen so much.
However, it wasn't long after i had to start eating and i've had hard difficult bowel movements all day, causing more stress responses and again raising my blood pressure and lymphatic swelling from the neck lymph nodes is still there now, and i can tell my blood pressure is still high now.
This afternoon, I had a very strong sharp pain across the chest, just for a second, but it felt more like a lymphatic thing.
Right now, my blood prssure feels high, and my lymph system is still swollen. Bowel movements continue strongly and IBs pills (disputalin) won't help.
Please advise. Do you think I have an infection? bacterial?
Category: Family Physician-GP