After weeks and weeks of my health downspiraling, it seems to have bottomed out and might be on an uptick. Yeah!
For over 20 years i have had undiagnosed chronic pain, exhaustion resulting in a pretty dim view of life. My family, faith, friends and a love of gardening and photography kept me going but each day was getting tougher.
When gardening took a hit it became very obvious to my friends and gentle questions were asked. You've seen it as well here by my declining activity in creating and maintaining blog posts.
I received the popular Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia diagnosis but the cure was worse than the ailment for me. I can not tolerate antidepressants. (They make me depressed)😣
Exercising made it worse and while meditation and yoga helped, the battle was stull being lost until today. And try as I might, i cant out my finger in what was done differently, if anything.
The overall body ache was suffocating and certain hotspots were making it difficult to walk. The two things that might, MIGHT have made a difference was scaling back on a medication prescribed for neuropathy (gabapentin), and taking some left over antibiotics.
I recently learned that gabapentin was in the same family of drugs as antidepressants. A few days of letting that sink in made me decide to start weaning that out of my system. I was never told, but read that it was not advisable to go cold turkey on this. I am down from 5 a day to 2 and next week will be before it drops out entirely.
I have noticed over the years that antibiotics always seem to make me feel better but I only received it when I had the flu or some other crud, so results were expected. But I also noticed that I felt better longer than would normally be expected.
I mentioned this to about 8 doctors over the 20+ years but no one has connected the dots so I am trying to do that myself. I had a check for Hepitius C since that was a reasonable possibility but came back negative. I have ALWAYS suspected Lyme disease since I did some time in the NE and had many tick bites over the years but for some reason the doctors just flip that off like you would a fly. It might be something i have to get firm about since many of my symptoms are textbook Lyme.
I just finished some excess antibiotics last nigh (from where I will not tell) and with my cutback of gabapentin I experienced my best night sleep in months. When i woke up, before getting out of bed, I told my wife I felt different, more rested, more flexible, less painful. I actually hated to get out of bed if my preliminary feelings were wrong.
But they weren't. I could walk down the steps almost normally, with little pain. Now, I tightened up as the day went along so it was not a on/off switch event but dramatically better.
I am writing this from my cell phone and it will be the last thing I write tonight. I have great hope for a restful sleep and another (almost) painless awakening. My plan of action for later tomorrow morning will be a visit to the doctor to research what just happened in depth AND a re-evaluation of my condition. Who knows, i might be playing football and running marathons!😎 Or at least taking the garbage out in record time.🕺🏻🏃