Today marks 3 months since I’ve been on this new lifestyle diet – constantly updating as I learn new information. Inflammation levels still high (high enough for my Rhumetologist to call me), I’ve been battling mid-back, shoulder blade & upper back areas (more during the end of the week). The “big” tests have been sent & will be ready in under 3 weeks. Other tests will come sooner & by the end of April, I will understand my body better. For now, pain & inflammation consumes me, but doesn’t define me. I’ve also learned how much I’m loved by God, family and friends through this ordeal. Without them, this lonely journey would not continue.
Info for Week 12
Best type of fish (low in mercury & high in Omega 3-fatty acids DHA & EPA are: salmon, mackerel, anchovy, herring, rainbow trout, crab (body meat), sardine & cod liver oil.
- On 4/5, did a test for papaya & the Magnesium Glucomate (MG). Papaya is an inflammation reducer & MG is a muscle relaxant. In the morning, I did not take my ibuprofen and instead took these two around 10am. By noon, the pain was still there and saw very little improvement (if any). From now on, I continue to stick with the ibuprofen and keep taking the supplements as requested.
- On Friday 4/6 I went to US Healthworks in Sarasota to do the blood draw for the Cyrex Test (array 4)
- On Sunday 4/8, I completed the Metametrix, and Diagnostechs (Saliva Test) & 4/9 sent it to the labs.
- Made an appointment with Dr. Allessi in Bonita Springs on April 16th to take the cholesterol, Fruit & sugar test (glucose?), 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D Test, Th1 & Th2 (Autoimmune level) tests.
- 4/9 (Sunday) developed a leg cramp in the middle of the night along with shooting pains while trying to fix the issue (lower shoulder area & right-side rib cage). I was able to stretch it out in bed, but have found more ways to fix the issue. Since I took the tests on the same day, I couldn’t have any ibuprofen before the morning. During the day I took ibuprofen all day long due to my trip back/forth to Naples on Saturday. That trip gave me inflammation not only on my sides, but parts of my back and the entire upper half of my body was sore. In the future, I need to use seats that recline back.
My Health in Week 12
- Sleep, Pain & Inflammation: In week 9 I am seeing some improvement with my sleep. Instead of waking up 2-3 times per night, it’s usually twice – about 3 hours after I sleep and then 5-6:30am time frame. As with the previous couple of weeks, I see inflammation mainly on my sides (rib cage area). Below & sides of shoulder blades still hurt after waking up plus I always have a stiff back. On 4/6, I’ve changed my sleep number bed from 40 to 35 & it seems to help the stiffness. A week ago I was getting shooting pains from my right leg when I was in bed. As of week 9, those pains are going away (they go on & off, but more off) and I believe that is due to switching positions from the head of the bed to the foot. I’m also not sleeping diagonal anymore (I get more stiffness, but it’s worth training myself to sleep in a normal position).
- Progress: I am starting to be more productive with my workload as I’m getting more time with work without feeling the pain (I work whatever time I can, no set schedule). My parents are saying I’m looking better & I’m not as exhausted. And when I do, Ibuprofen & sleep. On 4/6, I took a 3 hour nap and it carried me through the rest of the day / evening. The latter part of the week got worse due to traveling in Naples + the forward motion that AS does to my body. As of 4/8, I’ve dealt with throbbing pain (especially when going to bed), but it’s improving each day (going to the pool & hot tub helps).
- Swollen ankles – Swelling is down to manageable levels, but still prevalent. I’m still not sure why it’s happening since this is the 1st time it’s ever happened.
- Continuing Apex Energetics Proglyco-SP 90 (regulates hypoglycemia’s blood sugar & adrenal glands). I still get the night sweats, just not as much. I have a feeling it’s because I’m in the same position all night & the heaviness of the cotton shirt. Once the bottle is done, I’ve got another one where I will reduce the dosage in half.
- Continuing to take Magnesium Glucomate (MG). On it’s own, I don’t see the benefit. But, like most stuff I’m taking, I’m getting better. So I’ll continue to take this for another month or so. When I start weening off the ibuprofen, I’ll start weeing off the Zyflamend & MG.
- Enbrel: It has been 7 1/2 weeks since my last shot.
- My lowest weight was 136 lbs. and a BMI of 19.04 (4/9).