Oh wow! Found something on the mucous strings right next to the article about bile deficiency. Get to a doctor quick, ideally a naturopathic one that can lead you through a BADLY NEEDED DETOX and screen you for allergies.
I have been to so many urologists it's not even funny. One of my least favorite tests was having a dozen electrodes inserted into my bladder while two people watched me urinate while propping myself up on a porta potty without doors. LOL! I'm sure one of them diagnosed me with something somewhere along the line and it does sound familiar. So... probably, and if I ever get around to reading my medical records again I will confirm it with you.
I stopped having constant bladder infections when I did a couple things. First, I delved heavily into a juicing regime, of granny smith apples with carrots, and various green juices. I began eating a lot of raw honey. Then I had 5 root canaled teeth extracted and let the abcesses heal. During this time I also used medical marijuana which brought down the inflammation in my body and also helped me to poop. I tried to turn my body from acidic to alkaline. I haven't had a bladder infection since March of 2012!
No, my stool is not pale. Poop gets its brown color from bile salts in the liver. Pale stools are indicative of a biliary issue (pancreas, gallstones, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver). Apparently another cause can be taking antacids.
It is essential for you to eat LOTS of fresh organic produce. Avoid anything greasy, your system is unable to process it, as confirmed by your description of your poop.
I frequently have long strings and clumps of strings in and around my stools. When I do an enema lots come out with the water.
I took a picture and told my doctor. I told him the "strings" looked as if there were whitish-yellowish long worms that had been split and gutted, but sometimes there would be a big clump of them. He was stumped.
Then I saw a gastroenterologist. He explained that it is normal where there is constipation. (Which I have, and I see more strings when I haven't been able to eliminate for over a week). He said it is MUCOUS lining the lower G.I. tract.
With my neice. This is two years post Accutane run #4, and two years after laser treatments. I continued to lose more weight after this picture was taken. Down to 113 and I am 5'7" (used to be 5'8"... how about that?)
Reading other people's experiences with Accutane. So this could also partially explain a sudden weight loss of 50 lbs and my face looking so gaunt in the last year, so much white hair. And here I thought it was all stress. LOL! We have done a number on our bodies, haven't we!
I also had mercury in my mouth and 5 root canals that I had removed (i.e, extracted) I also have digestive issues (could only poop hard black pebbles about once every other week) and a bladder infection every 2 weeks which became resistant to other antibiotics so I was put on an open dose of Cipro. I always got a yeast infection afterward, so I got a round of difluan. Then I tried to rebuild my gut flora before having to take the another round of Cipro. Only to do it again, and again, and again for about 7 years. Couple this with escaping an abusive marriage and the stalking seven years later, and getting sued by your abuser for three million bucks (I am not joking) being a single mom for years then supporting a family of 4 on administrative assistant's wages while carrying 4 attorneys kids in college. Yeah, I know stress. Physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially, stress has all kinds of ways degrade you.
I came back to this board 3 years after I spent thousands on some scar revisions treatments. Only to get cystic acne. Again. Then try to undo what my body has been through, and coming back to report the things that did, and didn't, for me.
Is this still the place to do that? If so... I have about 80 more pages to read of this very long thread. Secondly, I found Indigo's and Chino's posts incredibly insightful and from the heart. The two of you, and a couple other people that started this thread are BRILLIANT. Gorgeous writers.
There ARE answers. I believe I have stumbled upon a few.
Like you I feel like I have "done it all"... vegan/vegetarian for 12 years, every "cycline" known to man, every blood cleansing herb, Boiron pellet, apple cider toning, sweating, not sweating, accupuncture, liver, kidney, and parasite cleanses... then 4 rounds of Accutane. It is disparaging. But not a loss. Do you sometimes wonder if you would be half as beautiful and brilliant had you not been blessed with acne?
But right now, for the first time, I think I have stumbled upon a few things that really work. They are pretty simple.
Chino, what is the recipe you were using for juice? Tell me more about your experiences with juicing, please?
Thanks for reading.
“You are not a victim. No matter what you have been through, you're still here. You may have been challenged, hurt, betrayed, beaten, and discouraged, but nothing has defeated you. You are still here! You have been delayed but not denied. You are not a victim, you are a victor. You have a history of victory.”
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