August 2, 2009, Sunday night, when my side started to hurt a bit everytime I dance. My sister and I were trying to get some dance steps then from a music video then and I realized I can’t stretch my tummy anymore but I can still move my other body parts freely.
Next day when I woke up, some part of my tummy right under my right rib cage, started to hurt so painfully I couldn’t get up anymore. I was nearly crying trying to get help from my brother to pull me up.
The first thing that came to my mind is to consult my bestfriend Daisy, who has just recovered from appendicitis. She texted me her symptoms in the past but still strongly advised to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
There’s really no problem with me going to the doctor except that we really don’t have enough cash then to pay for consultation and laboratory in case I go directly to the doctor. That was the day I was supposed to claim my last pay check from my previous employer and I had a lot of things to do. Secondly, I will have examinations the day after and I thought missing it would cause so much hassle. Had I still been employed, I would have myself checked as soon as I felt the pain because our health card covered everything. Unfortunately, I got sick after my resignation so I have to cover all my expenses alone.
After a couple of minutes of being in pain, I realized that it subsided a bit after which still managed to take a bath and prepare to go out. I was so decided to get my check because I know I would need it in case I would need an operation.
Good thing I did. I used my money to be able to get back online and researched everything about my sickness. I know that self-diagnosis and self-medication is always not recommended. I think the same. Please don’t do as I did. I’m just so happy it worked for me.
According to my research I confirmed that I wasn’t suffering from appendicitis but gall stones. It was the pain coming from the upper right quadrant of my stomach right under the rib cage. Here are the symptoms taken from Medicinenet:
- It is a constant pain, it does not come and go, though it may vary in intensity while it is present.
- It lasts for 15 minutes to 4-5 hours. If the pain lasts more than 4-5 hours, it means that a complication – usually cholecystitis– has developed.
- The pain usually is severe, but movement does not make the pain worse. In fact, patients experiencing biliary colic often walk about or writhe (twist the body in different positions) in bed trying to find a comfortable position.
- Biliary colic often is accompanied by nausea.
- Most commonly, biliary colic is felt in the middle of the upper abdomen just below the sternum.
- The second most common location for pain is the right upper abdomen just below the margin of the ribs.
- Occasionally, the pain also may be felt in the back at the lower tip of the scapulaon the right side.
- On rare occasions, the pain may be felt beneath the sternum and be mistaken forangina or a heart attack.
- An episode of biliary colic subsides gradually once the gallstone shifts within the duct so that it is no longer obstructing.
- Gender. Gallstones form more commonly in women than men.
- Age. Gallstone prevalence increases with age.
- Obesity. Obese individuals are more likely to form gallstones than thin individuals.
- Pregnancy. Women who have beenpregnant are more likely to form gallstones than women who have not been pregnant. Pregnancy increases the risk for cholesterol gallstones because during pregnancy, bile contains more cholesterol, and the gallbladder does not contract normally.
- Birth control pills and hormone therapy The increased levels of hormones caused by either treatment mimics pregnancy.
- Rapid weight loss. Rapid weight loss by whatever means, very low calorie dietsor obesity surgery, causes cholesterol gallstones in up to 50% of individuals. Many of the gallstones will disappear after the weight is lost, but many do not. Moreover, until they are gone, they may cause problems.
- Crohn’s disease. Individuals with Crohn’s disease of the terminal ileum are more likely to develop gallstones. Gallstones form because patients with Crohn’s disease lack enough bile acids to solubilize the cholesterol in bile. Normally, bile acids that enter the small intestine from the liver and gallbladder are absorbed back into the body in the terminal ileum and are secreted again by the liver into bile. In other words, the bile acids recycle. In Crohn’s disease, the terminal ileum is diseased. Bile acids are not absorbed normally, the body becomes depleted of bile acids, and less bile acids are secreted in bile. There are not enough bile acids to keep cholesterol dissolved in bile, and gallstones form.
- Increased blood triglycerides. Gallstones occur more frequently in individuals with elevated blood triglyceride levels.
How to cure gall stones?
The standard treatment for gallstones is through Cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gall bladder).
So what happened to me?
Going back to my story, since I was so afraid of any type of operation (which by the way happened to my bossing’s father for the same illness) I decided I would try the gallbladder flush that I read from this article. After all, I realized, olive oil and grapefruit wouldn’t kill me anyway.
The following procedure is based on: Natural Liver Therapy by Christopher Hobbs, L. Ac., Botanica Press, Capitola, CA (1993).
- Eat only whle foods (un-refined foods) without fat for a whole day.
- About an hour before bedtime (on an empty stomach), drink ¼-cup of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil mixed with ¼-cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Repeat this process every 15 minutes until a total of 1 cup each of olive oil and lemon juice is finished. An alternative to this procedure is to replace lemon juice with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. ½ cup of grapefruit juice can be used each time. A total of 1½ to 2 cups of grapefruit juice is required. It works well and tastes better than lemon juice.
- Go to bed immediately and lie on your right side.
- The next morning take 1 litre (approximately 4 cups) of warm distilled or filtered water containing two level teaspoons of un-iodized sea salt. Alternatively the addition of juice from half a lemon may be used in place of the sea salt.
- Eat only softly cooked vegetables and broth the second day. The gallstones should come out some time during the second day.
The stones that come out are usually dark green or black in colour. They may also be brown, off-white, green, or rarely, red in colour. Stones crushed by Gold Coin Grass (GCG) may come out in any shape including flat pieces or sand.
To be honest with you, I didn’t count how many stones got out of me the next day. I can just tell you that I voweled five times the next day and I could still feel the olive oil whenever I washed! Wahahaha.. The only proof got was a brownish, odorless, crushed-stone-like mark on my underwear. Hahaha.. I actually thought it was poop but that never happened to me eversince I became toilet trained. Hihihi..
The next best thing that happened was I didn’t feel that severe pain anymore! Woohhhooo! It’s already been three weeks since I flushed and I am continuously monitoring my self-diagnosed illness up to now. This week I’m planning to do another flush and then have myself checked as soon as I get my Makati resident Yellow Card which I renewed. Also, I have been constantly eating lots of apples as advised by research, everytime I have the chance to go to a grocery.
I realized that health is the most important factor in life that we can nourish and control but sickness is not controllable. It attacks every person at your most unexpected timing, even those who don’t smoke, don’t drink or don’t do drugs, like me! I can feel that this is God’s way of warning me to be more responsible in taking care of my health as well as my family’s.
I thought for a second that I was actually dying. LOL. I wouldn’t want to leave my bossing too early. I have lots to share with him in life. I couldn’t give up just yet, I thought. And if I want to live longer I know that I have to be more conscious about every aspect of my life, may it be health, family, education, spirituality or sociality (Nux! Kailangan talaga di mawawala eh noh? Haha..)