Sunday, February 27, 2011

I've got the flu

I think I've got the "real" flu - high fever (up to 102.2 F so far) that came on suddenly, really, really bad, dry cough that hurts like hell, my bones and joints are very sore too, and no runny nose at all.

God, I am sick...
And I am glad for my tube, keeps me nourished and hydrated...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Tube Girl I love your blog and am sorry you are ill. I have two questions. I am severely histamine intolerant and am almost unable to eat anything. Are there any doctors in Europe that specialise in treating this? I am following a low histamine diet and it is not helping. Secondly if I have to be enterally fed are there histamine problems there or were you OK/ So many thanks.

Tube Girl said...

I guess Dr. Jarisch (Vienna, Austria) is one of the leading specialists here in Europe, although I have not been treated by him.
You should be feeling better on the right diet - AND - there should still be an abundance of food for you to eat even on a diet! What diet are you following? Are you also staying away from foods containing other biogenic amines (i.e. raspberries, bananas) and histamine liberators (i.e. citrus fruits...). The most important thing though is to not make yourself go crazy over it! Unfortunately there is a lot of unreliable information on the web in regards to HI, and so many people restrict themselves to a diet that is way beyond what is actually necessary. For example - when I was first diagnosed I was so afraid of histamine attacks and had heard that yeast was high in histamine and that you should stay away from bread because of the yeast content. Yes, yeast has lots of histamine but only if you eat it in large quantities like in marmite or veggiemite - not as baker's yeast in bread. I was able to tolerate bread just fine.
My histamine intolerance got better over time - or better said - I got really in tune with my body and the foods I was eating. When I was still able to eat orally, I knew for example if a yoghurt was too old (even though still technically good) for me simply by tasting it. I also knew that in times of stress (stress releases histamine bound in cells in your body) my tolerance was lower. I have also been on a daily antihistamine ever since I got diagnosed.
I am NOT enterally fed due to my histamine intolerance - the HI is the lesser evil of my many other GI problems, but this said, I have not encountered any problems with my enteral formula.
One more thing to ponder - there is a whole lot of meds that make HI worse, as they act as DAO inhibitors... any regular meds that could contribute to you not feeling better?

Anonymous said...

Hi again. Wow - you know more about HI than I do (the yeast thang) and I know a lot....where did you get your information? Or was it just trial and error? I am suffering badly - lost a load of weight etc, am on various antihistamines and steroids yet STILL reacting - very low bp, high heart rate, fatigue, dizziness etc. I think i need a doctor who knows what he is doing. In the UK NO-ONE has heard of this. I have been diagnosed with low DAO but my meds are fine. Any ideas/doctors/literature gratefully accepted. If you want to move onto email am happy to show you mine...

Tube Girl said...

Yes - lets move onto e-mail :-).

sarah.delisle12 said...

Hi - I am probably being thick but can't find a contact tube girl button? How do I email you?

Tube Girl said...

Now there is a button :-)!