Friday, December 07, 2012

The Treatment Plan

It's hard to know where to begin.
I saw the new doctor a few weeks ago. I drove up to Kfar Saba to see him - Yaakov joined as navigator and, you know, husband.
He said I need to make the following changes:
1. No salicylates - specifically, nothing applied to the skin that has salicylates - this affects everything from body soap to deodorant to which creams I can apply to my kids.
2. A very low-carb diet. For the first month, I'm supposed to teach my body to live without sugar as its energy source. Apparently, it's a big problem both for thyroid sufferers and for fibromyalgia sufferers.
3. Adding both Vitamin D and Iron to my list of daily supplements.
4. Taking Hydrocortisone for the next month to help with 'adrenal fatigue.'
5. Adding Guafenesin twice a day.

I've been on the Guafenesin for two days now, and I'm not feeling a big difference, but that's ok.

The thing to note now is where I'm having trouble:

  • I'm experiencing pain everywhere. Even typing and mousing hurts after a minute or two. 
  • I'm tired during the day, and jumpy at night. I have insomnia, but I can't seem to do anything with the energy I have at night. If left alone, I'll sleep very well from about 6am to 3pm. The rest of the time, it's hard for me to sleep at all.
  • It's hard for me to concentrate. 
  • Restless legs - it's hard for me to sit still and not move my legs - this also seems to be different at different times of the day.
  • Sudden chills/sweats. It seems to happen mostly when I've been standing for a while - it's better when I'm sitting, lying down, or even walking, but if I'm just standing, I'll often break into a sweat and feel lightheaded. It feels completely awful. I can feel the blood draining from my face, and sometimes I wish I'd just pass out so that maybe someone would notice that I'm having a problem. 
There's a lot more to tell, but my typing ability is limited, as is my time...

Shabbat Shalom to all