the patient’s survival guide to:: syncope

Syncope, or fainting, can be one of the most terrifying symptoms you may feel while battling an illness. It is often the sign of the brain not getting enough oxygen, which results in fainting or near fainting. The tunnel vision, cold sweat and temporary paralysis can leave emotional scars. Syncope often hits suddenly and quickly, and leaves us in fear of leaving our safe spaces.

My goal as your health coach is to improve your quality of life with your illness by providing you with the right information for your bio individuality and your diagnosis. Syncope can appear differently in people but it does have a basic outline:

+a sudden loss or near loss of vision, strength in the body and ability to talk

+clamminess or a cold sweat

+pins and needle feeling in limbs or even the entire body

 

Other symptoms can present as well but these are the three usual symptoms.

If syncope or near syncope keeps rearing it’s ugly head at you, scope out this checklist and see if you can narrow in on the possible trigger. Then, email me for a consult and find out how to eliminate this issue for good! Knowing your trigger(s) is key in order to fix it. I find that doctors don’t talk often about this issue (“panic attack” anyone?) and this issue is a very common goal I work on with my clients.

possible near syncope triggers::

+as a pain response to any type of physical or emotional event (you may feel other adrenaline related symptoms if this is the case)

+hypoglycemia or ingestation of too much sugar. Balance that blood sugar!!

+DEHYDRATION. Your kidneys balance your body’s overall mineral levels. If you are chronically ill, you are in a constant state of mineral depletion. Make sure to drink your fluids and to include the proper electrolytes and minerals with them!

+a sudden change in blood volume. Were you constipated for several days and finally able to move your bowels? Did you have eat a large meal quickly? Experience loose stools or diarrhea in the past couple of days? Chug a ton of liquids? All of these events are known to trigger syncope episodes within 48 hours of happening. (fun fact:: this is the most common cause of POTS symptoms!)

+heat intolerance, too much sweating — even hours after coming inside.

+not exhaling as you change positions, allowing gravity to suck the oxygen out of your brain too quickly. Make this a habit!

I’ve had numerous syncope episodes during my years of Lyme disease and the POTS life. All of this info was gathered from my personal experience and the education of my doctors. I love teaching on this topic because the truth it, it is actually quite easy to correct this issue, but the process looks different for everyone. I encourage you to get in touch and schedule an intensive with me to come up with a plan of action for you, especially if you have POTS!

Hope this helped! Leave your comments and questions below!

 

 

 

fatigue :: the patient’s survival guide

Fatigue.

Glorious, crushing fatigue. The kind where your eyes burn around the clock, you feel like you’re floating away, and your legs are too heavy to lift to take the next step. I remember this feeling well. To decode fatigue and why you are experiencing it, it’s important to cover the 3 cornerstones of chronic illness.

 

1. Are you detoxing? — This is an area that people think they can avoid. If you have been a client of mine, you know I address this in our very first session together. It is too important to ignore! We take in toxins every day through our air, skin and mouth. But what about the toxins produced from fermenting food in our gut? The ammonia levels in our brains? The imbalance hormones whose levels sky rocket? All of this HAS to come out. If you don’t have a regular detoxing practice that address all THREE areas of the body (blood, lymph, gut/brain) then don’t bother to read further. (Tough love. As your coach, I won’t apologize for telling you the truth.)

Our body gets weighed down from exerting energy swirling those toxins around from place to place inside of us– how else can you expect it to have energy to do things like digest your food, sleep well or tolerate exercise? You can’t.

 

2. What is the air quality around you like? — Check your oxygen levels. Are you breathing properly, from your belly and diaphragm? Treating your asthma and allergies with natural options as they occur? Staying clear of dust, mold and other microbials? What about internally? Is your brain getting enough oxygen? Are you producing mycotoxins inside? If you don’t know, talk with your chronic illness doctor right away, or email me!

 

3. What are you eating? — Listen, I love you, but give up the gluten and sugar. Please. If you want the ability to live a little more normally, to have a better quality of life, you need to feed your body what it needs, not what you want. There is time for that later. Digestion takes up an enormous amount of energy, especially if it’s processed food you are ingesting. Alleviate that stress (and therefore inflammation creation!) by going back to the basics: no sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten. No eating the things you know you are intolerant of but want anyway. No excuses.

Anything you do, say (yes!), or eat has the ability to create inflammation within you. If fatigue is ruining your days, start analyzing your inflammation levels with the help of a qualified health coach or provider and take the steps needed to bring those down. You should experience an energy surge within a few days if you are doing it right.

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Still exhausted? It could be several things. Shoot me an email and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

the patient’s survival guide to:: dizziness

Dizziness can be one of the most frustrating symptoms you will ever experience as a chronically ill person. It can often be one of the first signs of illness to show up—and last to leave. Did you know that there are several types of dizziness? All of them originate from different parts of the body; brain, vestibular system, kidneys for instance. Being able to decode what type you are experiencing can help you figure out what to do to minimize or get rid of it.

Most people are familiar with the rocking, lightheaded sensation of being dizzy. Vertigo also has a few different types. But what about when dizziness comes with inner pressure or a splitting pain in your head? This list was created for those who have already ruled out the normal causes of dizziness, such as an inner ear imbalance or infection, or the crystals inside winding up outside of their vestibular curve. If an Epley maneuver just isn’t doing the trick for you, try some of the suggestions below.

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-Basil essential oil around the outside of each ear. Reapply every few hours as necessary.

-Frankincense essential oil under the tongue. Can repeat every 20 minutes and combine with the above remedy.

-Is your blood pressure lower than normal for you? Raise it! Slowly and steadily sip on cold water with a pinch of real salt (not table salt!) in it for every 8 ounces to replace lost minerals and electrolytes. Dizziness can often be the result of a kidney imbalance. The answer to any kidney stress is fluids: but what you put in those fluids can make all the difference in the world!

-Get cool. Shed some layers, open a window, put some ice under your tongue.

-Try a chiropractor adjustment. Pinch each earlobe between your pointer finger and thumb and pull up sharply into a J motion, starting from the bottom of the letter, upwards. Youtube has several videos on ear self adjustments for better direction.

-If the spinning sensation is particularly intense and worsens with even a slight movement of your head, look up vestibular migraines. These are different than regular migraines. They feel like a combination of severe dizziness AND vertigo AND a migraine. There are several triggers for those excruciating events and they are more common among the chronically ill because of our knack to be unable to retain minerals. Incorporating a lot of fish into our diets and supplements can also be a trigger, as well as sudden weather patterns. If you think you may be having one, the above remedies will still help. You may want to talk with your doctor about medication options if they occur often despite your avoiding all of the known triggers.

 

Still not finding relief? Get an autonomic and vestibular workup. This is a series of neurological tests that will help you find the root cause of your dizziness. Rule out BPPV vertigo or a viral infection. Make sure you know and understand all of your medications and supplements and any contraindications among them. Drink drink drink!

Often times, physical therapy (yes, you heard right!) is all that is needed to correct the imbalances that occur structurally when dizziness is a chronic symptom. It is well worth the effort to follow through on anything your doctor or therapist prescribe here—less kidney stress, more overall balance in the body!

As always, use your best wisdom and talk with your doctor between attempting any of these suggestions. Ask all your questions and understand each answer before trying something new.** 

 

 

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