It has been about a year since test results showed that my cortisol and aldosterone levels were really low. Click for first post on symptoms and causes.
I did not wish to wait until my next doctor’s visit to test again so I found the lab they used and requested a cortisol test. If I retest aldosterone levels, it will have to wait for a regular MD visit and traditional lab work.
Something seems to be working!!
I also did an AM blood sample that showed a level within the normal range.
For a few weeks prior to the test, I was not taking any adrenal support supplements. I was still using an increased amount of salt in the form of Himalayan salt.
I had another trip to the LLMD this week. After a long discussion of everything past and present, we decided to stop the antibiotics. Hooray!!
Detox helpers I am not taking:
- Chlorella – I took it for months until my system started to reject it.
- Milk thistle – My reaction to this one was immediate. Instant bad mood in a pill.
My first steps almost every morning for the past several years have greeted me with the soreness that usually comes from plantar fasciitis. My Lyme literate doctor (LLMD) has felt that this pain along with occasional burning and tingling is likely a symptom of Bartonella (a common co-infection of Lyme). Two weeks ago, I began to have symptoms all day that became worse at night. The LLMD wanted to know if any of my symptoms changed, so I called and left a message. Through his nurse, he told me it was the Bartonella and suggested I add either another antibiotic or a herbal mixture called A-Bart. The antibiotics I am already on are supposed to battle both Bart and Lyme, so I opted for the herbal boost.
Before I received the new medicine, I noticed that wearing compression stockings helped. I ordered a pair of Tommie Copper socks that I could wear more comfortably and for longer periods of time.
The compression seems to be the trick for reducing the tingling, burning and aching. Who knew? Well, I am sure someone did, but not me.
In early January, I took a blood test called C4a. As expected, the results were not back at my last visit. He was to call me if anything unexpected came back. I believe he was using it as a general marker of my current inflammatory level and to see if anything crazy high came back. If it were crazy high, he may have wanted to investigate any mold exposure.
Turns out it was high, but not crazy high. (over 7000 with normal being 0 – 2830). C4a is NOT at all specific for Lyme. It is just another piece of the puzzle that can be monitored. I am feeling better since the test was taken so he believes that it would likely be lower at this point. This blog has some information you may find interesting if you are looking for more.
From another site: survivingmold.com
The complement system is a group of proteins that move freely through your bloodstream. The proteins work with your immune system and play a role in the development of inflammation.
These short-lived products are re-manufactured rapidly, such that an initial rise of plasma levels is seen within 12 hours of exposure to biotoxins, and sustained elevation is seen until definitive therapy is initiated.
The rest of the visit was a symptom check and deciding to stay the course a little longer.
One of the pleasures of being self-employed is that I have to purchase my own health insurance. Sorry, this post may be bit boring for my international friends.
In order for the insurance to be active by the first of next month, I had to apply by the 15th of this month.
It was easy!
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark…but heaven will direct it.
That is my Shakespeare mash-up for the week. Shakespeare seemed to enjoy connecting the health of kings with the health of their kingdoms. Towards the end of last year this seemed to be playing out at my job. The worse I felt, the worse my clinic was doing. As I started to feel better, work seemed to pick up. But, alas, it was but a short reprieve. My position had shifted from a clinical focus to a more managerial and marketing focus. As marketing is my Achilles heel, I sat across from my boss last Friday and had “the talk”:
Let’s Just be Friends
I went back to my LLMD after a month off antibiotics. Progress has been teasing, but I am not “there” yet. He is not 100% on why, so we decided to adjust the treatment and go at it another way. I am now on a Lyme/Bartonella protocol that is targeting cyst forms of the Lyme. Apparently, Lyme bacteria come in different forms and can hide out in biofilm and/or cysts. Different antibiotics and natural products tend to target different forms deferentially. After the first week, I am feeling better.
After taking 8,000 I.U. of sub-lingual D3 every day for several months my level was still only 36 (goal 60-80). So, he told to increase to 10,000 for now. I will also change brands to see if that helps at all.
As a side note, I listened to the recording of my visit and I am a bad patient. Poor guy was trying to figure out the puzzle and I answered his questions worse than a politician. He must have been wondering if I had even heard the questions.
Supportive treatment changes (by me, not ordered)
We embarked upon the 10th annual cookie bake off with the intention of dialing it back to limit our fatigue………
Well, we had a successful cookie weekend, but as for cutting back on the number of cookies, we were not as successful. It was a fabulously fun and tiring weekend. It has become one of those traditions that the bakers and the nibblers all look forward to!
I did experiment with a gluten and dairy free recipe that turned out pretty darn awesome. It still may need some tweaking because it was a little dry. Oh, but did it hit the spot! I took my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and substituted gluten free flour for the all purpose flour and coconut oil for the butter. The chocolate chips were soy, dairy, and gluten free. I accidentally put an extra 1/4 teaspoon of salt (Himalayan) in the batter, but I think I liked it that way. If I make it again, the salt will be dropped back to recipe levels, just to experiment.
Our pitiful and comical relief came from the pups. One was still recovering from surgery and had to be put in a crate to keep him from going bonkers over the kitchen action. Once he fell asleep, he was totally out of it. His brother enjoyed poaching chew toys when the patient was sleeping or out on a bathroom break. Quite the pair!
I am DONE with antibiotics! Well, for at least a month. <doing cartwheels>
After a little over 4 months, I have been told to kick the anti-life pills to the curb. The plan is to try and balance out my system and see how I feel.
Dance with me: