Update July 5, 2018: I have found that I recover faster from my flare ups since starting Whole Foods Plant-Based oil free eating. So now I have to be smarter about physical activity so I don’t end up in a lactic acid attack on my muscles.
Dercum’s Disease you are a heartless wretched disorder, but nothing Plant Power can’t help to manage!
In painful moments of defeat I still remind myself of how much more hope and joy I have in my life since going Whole Foods Plant-Based (WFPB).
I am in tremendous pain throughout all of my tissue on my body and it’s because of the laws of Dercum’s Disease. Lactic Acid builds up in our muscles when we do anything physicial. Normally wouldn’t hurt anyone, but for those of us with Dercum’s Disease, it is extremely painful, EXTREMELY. I use to walk 3 miles a day and not know why I was getting fatter and feeling so sick after a brisk walk. I didn’t know I had Dercum’s Disease.
So I brazenly walked from my car into the mall to a close to the entrance store and then back out. For the last few years I have used a mobility scooter so that I can get out of the house and not risk the waves of lactic acid in my tissue. I wanted to see if I could enjoy the simple pleasure of being on foot for a short distance walk amongst other people. I also had left the battery of my scooter at home. I had no choice if I wanted to pick up a pair of pants that fit instead of falling off my hips. I could handle the over sized pants and skirts no more.
I had difficulty getting back to the car, I had to sit down. The pain was so bad I dreamt last night that I was in pain. The pain if I had to describe it is the feeling of something eating through your muscles, joints and connective tissue.
My husband helped me hobble to bed last night. I’ve been in bed ever since except when my husband drove me to get some CBD oil and fresh greens from Fresh Thyme.( You bet I used the mobility scooter.)
I actually heard myself whimper under my breath as I opened my purse to get my debit card to pay for it all. Just moving my arms and hands for that task put horrific pain through me. It was literally torture to just pay for my greens and CBD oil capsules.
There is no known cure for Dercum’s Disease and it is horrifically disabling as it progresses. But I am only 3 months into Whole Food Plant Based Eating. Anything is possible from here on in. I am not discouraged nor am I disheartened because I was told that I would be in the 300 pound range the rest of my life. It was just what it was. I look better than I have in a very long time. My mind is sharper most of the time. I am enjoying life no matter the pain level, much more. I am showing signs of everything being healthier in my blood work.
Am trying CBD oil capsules today for the pain. Also going to read Dr. Neal Barnard’s book on pain relief
This is really 5 steps forward one big temporary step back. I’m still better off than before by eating a whole foods plant-based diet. Blood pressure normal, off blood pressure medication, blood sugars normalized, and against all odds lost 50 pounds. My LDL cholesterol is down 57% to a normal healthy level.
As much pain as I’m in, before taking the animal products out of my diet, it was much, much worse than this. I would crying on and off while sitting at home because I wouldn’t want anyone to see me like that.
So in closing, what I want people to know is,
1) Weight loss isn’t the only thing to worry about in one’s health that matters.
2) When you see someone using a mobility device in public, don’t judge. You have no idea what their health profile is.
3) If you have a chronic illness, embrace the improvements that are found, and just roll with what problems still remain. Rome wasn’t built in a day. In the mean time, the blessings are magnificent!
4) Stay the course. Self soothing with forbidden foods like chocolate has never worked. Stick with the foods you know you need to eat. It can shorten the duration of the severe pain and by reducing the inflammation it keeps the pain from being even worse. The wrong food can just add to your problems.
Thank you to Tim, my husband extraordinaire. He is the love of my life, a wonderful father, and he takes wonderful care of me when I am like this.