Good news on the recovery. One of my many symptoms of mercury intoxication has been impaired kidney function. I had what amounts to stage 1 kidney disease with microalbumin and protein leaking into my urine. My body also couldn’t keep up with removing creatinine, a metablolic waste.
My visit to the nephrologist revealed music to my ears. My kidneys are fiiltering waste well now and I’m not leaking protein. Amazing! I had read several case studies that reported that chelation improves kidney function. Add me as another case. My nephrologist and neurologist both see my cases and “interesting”. They have not been trained to see my symptoms as the result of 20 years of low dose mercury poisoning.
Overall my creatinine levels trended as follows (lower is better):
May 2014 - 1.3 mg/dL July 2014 - 1.1 mg/dL March 2015 - 0.8 mg/dL
Chelation for the win!
Health and Symptom Trend
Generally the trend in health has been good. Following the 5 month mercury dump symptoms have improved continuously with the odd spike here and there. I’m still dealing with:
- Numbness and tingling - Primarily left-sided in the toes, side of the foot pad, and calf muscles.
- Muscle spasms - Still primarily in calf muscles, but can occur pretty much anywhere including the face.
- Coordination issues - Sometimes it is not automatic to walk where I have to think a little bit about how to walk. This is one of the more disconcerting aspects of mercury poisoning.
- Muscle soreness - Primarily in my left forearm and both shin muscles.
- Sporadic fatigue
- Cough - It seems like my lungs have been expelling mercury resulting in an annoying cough
- Nausea - A wierd symptom that typically shows up on the last day before I start a new round of chelation
- Thyroid Irritation - This is one of my big indicators of blood mercury levels. During chelation rounds I typically have no irritation. At the end of a rest period, my thyroid is typically swollen and irritated. Lately though the level of irritation has reduced significantly. I’m guessing that in 10-15 more rounds it will be completely gone.
Overall, I’m pretty optimistic that these will continue to diminish after each round of chelation.
Sourcing DMSA has been an issue. The FDA shut down Captomer and now Nutri-Dyn’s Nutri-DMSA leaving very few places to get over the counter DMSA. I only know of two places at this point and they both probably have google ads running on this very site.
DMSAChelation has a product called DMSA Synergy that I tried because I had run out of Nutri-DMSA and was a little desperate to chelate while I was waiting for a Living Network order. I would steer clear. It’s clearly just packaged in someone’s house and just seems a little shady. It also seems to be of poor quality compared to other DMSA that I’ve used.
On the other hand, Living Network actually seems to have the best DMSA that I’ve used. It’s probably a bit better than Nutri-DMSA. The downside is that it take 2-3 weeks to ship to the US. I will probably get the ALA there as well since they have 12.5 mg tablets.
Until next time
I’m hopeful that parts of my story get to people who are looking for some guidance or solutions to their health issues. It’s very possible that neurological, kidney and other problems are really just symptoms of heavy metal poisoning and that it is curable.