I tried Oil Pulling for the first time last week. I was excited because I believe in the health benefits. I am trying to get relief for TMJ, KP and RA as well as general detox benefits. (If any of you know anything about OP helping TMJ that would be great. I can't find much about it.)
I use Takara Japanese Detox pads and have had good results with them, so I have detoxed a bit already.
I pulled one time on an empty stomach for 20 minutes last week. I used safflower oil. I had a terrible headache and sinus drip afterwards, which seem to be normal side effects. Of course I brushed my teeth and had plenty of water afterwards. I went to bed after taking pain medicine because the headache was unbearable within half an hour or so.
I also had a horrible tightness in my chest which I did not attribute to OP at that time because I hadn't heard of chest pain as a side effect. The chest pain was intense. It was difficult to swallow anything except ice cream or water. It felt like any solid food would get stuck on the way to my stomach and just hurt forever. It was scary, but I am only 34, so I waited it out. I started taking Tagamet and decided that I was going to see my Dr. if the pain wasn't gone by the 4th day. The pain went away by the 3rd day, so I didn't see a Dr.
I didn't OP again for a week because the headache had been so intense. I got the nerve up to try again yesterday morning. The headache came back, but not as strong, which is great! But the chest pain came back just as bad as before and now I realize it's from OP. I can barely swallow solid foods again. My chest is tight and very painful as I type this. The pain is located right in the middle of my chest.
I have not had any type of lung problem or gastric reflux problem. I have not been sick in months. I don't have a heart problem and I don't have a history of frequent heart burn, although I have had it once or twice. This pain is way worse than simple heart burn.
I do have Crohn's disease, but it is located way down at the end of my large intestine. It is not anywhere near my stomach/chest/esophagus. Also the Crohn's is in remission.
This chest pain is obviously from OP, but I can't find any other posts about this particular side effect. Can anyone shed light on this at all? It's a bit scary to have chest pain at 34. I'm wondering if I should stop oil pulling. I am going to do it again at least this morning and see what happens.
Thanks a lot.
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