I wanted to share my experiences with chelation. In 2003 I began experiencing severe numbness and tingling in my extremites, joint pain, anal itching, verbal memory/short term memory problems, and chemical sensitivity. In 2005 I found a good doc who diagnosed me properly: heavy metal poisoning, candida, adrenal exhaustion, hypothyroid.
I began CAL EDTA chelation in Feb 2005 - 25 injections. My first few shots would give me acute shooting pains in my head and abdomen. I experienced fatigue also. My 2nd heavy metal test showed some improvement in all my metals, but mercury stayed high.
Then I did 6 months of DMSA chelation. I really didn't experience any benefit from that healthwise, nor according to my 3rd heavy metal test.
Then I did 10 shots of DMPS, while removing an Amalgamroot canal and 8 mercury fillings. The Amalgam removal was tough on my energy levels and I felt really toxic for a week after each quadrant. My 4th heavy metal test showed the mercury had come down to moderate levels, and the others are now at low levels.
It was after this that I noticed a change in my chemical sensitivity: I am not so sensitive to chemicals in food (I avoid them but sometimes social situations prevent me from eating the chem-free). However, I still have toxic reactions to my backyard lawn and soil. The verbal memory problems have pretty much gone away, although I found a direct correlation to trans fats and eating microwaved foods. I still have numbness and tingling, although it is better.
Now I am doing 10 more shots of DMPS. I think the candida is at bay now, having changed my diet and gone through a series of 3 herxheimer episodes. I am hoping that with this round the mercury will decrease to low levels and the others non-evident.
One crucial thing to my sanity and health during this chelation is to have regular GABYs. These are injections of minerals, B vitamins, and 600 mg of glutathione. If I don't have them during a series of chelation, I get tired, weepy, angry, depressed, and stressed.
I am now researching bowel cleansing because I am pretty sure I have parasites, and I would imagine that I have alot of chemicals clinging to my intestines.
I recently added dry skin brushing and Epsom Salt baths to my routine. I notice that I occasionally have underarm smell now, which is a good thing! Haven't had that in years.
So overall, I am progressing in my search for health. But oh, the expense $!