It has been a while since I have posted an update about my MSIDS. My last post was from my visit in December, and a lot has happened since then.
Here is a quick recap of what we tested for:
Suspected MSIDS issues:
- Adrenal Insufficiency
- Vitamin/Mineral deficiencies
- Food sensitivities
Tests to help with diagnosing these issues:
- CD-57 (done through Labcorp specifically) click here to read more about it.
- Salivary testing – helps give Cortisol readings in the body
- Basic blood work (Cholesterol, Vitamin D, CBC, Metabolic panel, Vitamin B-12, Thyroid, and Magnesium)
Results and Treatments:
Turns out that my adrenals were kaput. They were working in the opposite direction of when they should have been working, so I was up all night and trying not to fall asleep all day. My cortisol was very high in the morning (double what it should have been), and low in the afternoon.
We addressed this by going on adrenal support supplements.
Another factor contributing to my low adrenal function and cortisol issue was the level of Progesterone in my system. Oh, right – there was NONE. We need this hormone to make everything else run smoothly.
We addressed this by adding “bio-identical progesterone replacement” – which was a supplement made from wild yam extract. This is taken right before bed, and it helps with sleep, hormone balance, and leveling off all the other hormones that are being robbed due to no progesterone.
I feel so much better with these corrections! There was a short time (a week or so) that we knew we could cut the Progesterone dose in half now because of chest tenderness. Yes, the girls hurt! I felt like I needed to nurse (you moms know that feeling), but once the adjustment was made, I have felt good again.
We also added high quality multi-vitamins (I take powder vitamins mixed with water), as well as an herbal stress reducer to keep the adrenals in check. And, magically, this has all helped with headaches. No migraines since starting all this!
As for treating Lyme and co-infections, we’re holding off while we let my system enjoy having proper hormone levels again. I continue to improve my diet (organics and NO GLUTEN!), drink a daily smoothie to help balance my stomach bacterias (probiotics are good!), and I get a lot of sleep now. It is like I am catching up on all the sleep I didn’t get the last 10 years.
Will I eventually treat Lyme & Co? I am trusting my body to tell me when it is time. For now I am enjoying the fact that I have many good days of energy, productivity, and being able to take care of my family more effectively.