The timeline is now at early-August 2014, and I had visited a traditional MD and a holistic MD. A zinc homeopathic remedy had temporarily relieved some symptoms, but my mercury storm was still rising. At this point muscle spasms came back very strongly, I started experiencing tonsil swelling, had severe headaches, fever and chills, pain and numbness in my toes and tingling sensations on my feet. Mercury does a good job of binding into nerve tissue and distrupting nerve conduction causing neuropathies. Below is an example of a section of nerves in my feet and wrist that began tingling in early August.
Visit with a Neurologist
This escalation of symptoms caused me to immediately schedule an appointment with a neurologist. Luckily, I was able to get in fairly quickly.
Neurologists are terrifying to me. They are bearers of probably some of the worst news you can get. Unfortunately, neuropathy can often be permanent and caused by some really nasty diseases. Generally, chronic heavy metal poisoning is not one of those. It can be reversed if caught early when external symptoms are just beginning to show.
The visit with the neurologist was fraught with anxiety. My blood pressure was once again on the border of hypertensive, with systolic over 140! I gave him my history and he proceeded to conduct a physical exam that mostly covered motor function and vision.
Following the visit with my traditional MD, I had ALS on my mind. The thought of dying a slow, death and not seeing my kids grow up weighed heavily on me. My wife probably wanted to throw me out of the house because I was moping around thinking that I was dying. Add the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on facebook with people smiling and enjoying themselves while pooring buckets of ice to raise money made things worse. I’m not sure that most of the people doing the ice bucket challenge understood exactly how evil a disease ALS is.
After the neurologist finished conducting the physical, I needed a bit of closure on the subject. He obliged.
I see no signs of ALS.
It was music to my ears! My mind could rest a bit easier, although over the next several months I would still not rest completely easy. There was still much to work through and I feel that the slow escalation of symptoms don’t really compare to hardship of mercury recovery. Regardless, this was good news.
I asked the neurologist what he thought was the issue and he suggested Restless Leg Syndrome, which I thought was strange since I hadn’t really been experiencing. He also wanted to perform a nerve conduction study to see if there was anything causing my nerves to fire more slowly than normal. We would then do a follow up in 3 months.
Heavy Metal Test
Overall it was not a terrible trip to the neurologist, but I still was left without an adequate diagnois. With my curiousity still unsatisified I asked the neurologist we could do a heavy metal screening, and he said he didn’t see any signs of heavy metal poisoning but we could do a blood test. About a week later the blood test came back negative. This is expected for sufferers of amalgam illness. At very low doses, the body is effective at stashing mercury floating around in the bloodstream into fatty organ and nerve tissue. Neurology textbooks still say that the correct test for chronic mercury poisoning is a blood test, but for very low exposure it almost never shows a positive result. I’ll go into testing for mercury poisoning later on, because it is probably the most important, yet least understood aspect of mercury poisoning and by solving this problem, I’m guessing we could eradicate chronic sickness in millions of people.
Still without a diagnosis, I decided it was time to investigate amalgam illness removal more deeply, so I scheduled an appointment with a biological dentist.