I’ve been playing snakes and ladders these last two months. Assuming you were lucky enough to play board and card games when you were a kid, then you are familiar with the analogy. For those who didn’t get to play games with family members and friends…
Snakes and ladders is a board game where you throw a dice to move forward. If you fall on one square (ladder) you jump forward faster or you slip back (snake) if you land on another.
Since my last post 2 months ago, when I started taking only T3 for my hypothyroidism, I was climbing up the ladder to sunny good health, only to slide back down the snakes into misery, pain and brain fog.
My nose was very sore, and irritating. I wondered if Sjögren’s Syndrome was the cause, but decided I was just being paranoid. It’s still sore. The internet says its high blood pressure so maybe I am taking too much T4.
The T3 only experiment and an general increase in various life stresses made me weepy; prone to cry if given sympathy, feeling sorry for myself far too often and with no good reason. Intellectually I was ashamed of myself, but if something set me off, I would weep for half an hour. Not the sobbing grief type of weeping but the slow tear trails and broody OCD thought spirals of depression. Pitiful!
One step at a time, each step… better.
Stress can have good as well as bad effects however. If life is normal and you are depressed, there are no bumps to climb or new events to change your course. My life stress requires action. Activity made dealing with this easier and I started to slowly tick tasks of a mental list and the tasks took my mind away from those broody gloomy thoughts.
As these were tasks like painting rooms in my house, sorting documents, data entry, gardening, cleaning out cupboards etc, I was capable. This gave me some confidence back.
As I completed these simple household tasks, many of which I had put off as I researched remedies for my illness, I gradually moved on to harder tasks I’d been putting off. I had not maintained website jobs, I went and did those tasks. I had been avoiding tackling all but personal and urgent email, and I started to tackle the spam and list emails and clean up the inbox and check on whats new.
Mengs Metta Mindfulness Meditation Benefits
As always when reading on a computer, one article led to another and I ended up watching the following video from Chade-Meng Tan (its an hour long). At around 12 minutes he talks the audience into a simple breathing meditation and as I took a deep breath with the audience, I suddenly started to feel better, to believe again that I was in control of myself. As I continued listening to his talk I remembered my zen, something I had spent a lot of time reading and practicing when I was much younger. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, east over west, in the end only kindness matters. It all came flooding back.
The stress I was in was not less than before, but I remembered that it is the way you feel about things that happen in your life that has the most effect on you. Even those few minutes meditation was enough to recall to me the mindfulness meditation benefits of breathing, being in the now and loving kindness.
Since then the weepiness has faded away with no more victim, I feel like myself again.
Thyroid replacement is not everything
I have added biotin (against candidiasis) and B12 (anemia) to my supplements list . I have gone completely away from creams and use zinc powder (like talc) to keep the skin as dry as possible. I have used acigel for the vaginal candida which changes the ph which the candida doesn’t like. The candida plaques that do appear are “smaller”, less often and its irritation is gradually receding. It helps that its not Summer and hot.
The B12 also has seemed to stabilize me almost as much as adding Iron did a few months ago.
Zinc Picolinate For Herpes HSV2 & Migraines
I ran out of the two vitamins that Dr R prescribed about 3 months ago. He prescribed Zinc Picollinate and Magnesium Glycinate. When they ran out I bought other types of zinc and magnesium but was not able to get those types, and I looked in many chemists. These types of zinc and magnesium are said to be more readily absorbed by the body.
In the last three months, since I haven’t been taking the zinc picolinate, I have had 3 herpes outbreaks, 4 migraines and my back has been unbenddownably sore. I think I thought it was the thyroid that made my back sore, but eventually I realized that my back just never got better whatever thyroid meds I was taking.
I started thinking about herpes causing sciatica and then about post herpetic neuralgia. The herpes virus does latently reside in the ganglia in the lower back. Although post herpetic neuralgia is mostly said to occur after shingles (herpes zoster), what if it occurs as often for HSV2? The more I researched this, the more convinced I became that this was what was causing my back pain.
When I was good – with no migraines or herpes outbreaks – I thought the herpes was better due to goldenseal. But goldenseal didn’t make any difference this time. I filled the script I had for zovirex and have been taking this daily for now to halt the herpes outbreaks. In a week, this has helped and the pain reduction in my back convinces me that this is caused by post herpetic neuropathy. (That and the fact that no pain medication touches the back pain – not aspirin, ibuprofine or codeine.)
After taking the different zinc ( a blend) I finally went looking for a picolinate online. Then I thought why not just ring the chemist, which I did. He agreed to make it up for me. Whew! So I’m now back taking zinc picolinate and I’m firmly convinced that it is this zinc that made all the difference then and now in reducing the pain and outbreak frequency of HSV2.
It is only three days, so I cannot be absolutely sure, but my back lets me bend for the first time in months. The lymph in the groin is now also painless and I am starting to feel better in other ways. The low grade headache I have had for months, (and put down to excess T3) is finally gone.
My head is clear and I’m getting a good nights sleep again – thanks to either the zinc or the magnesium.
So thanks to a zinc angel and mindfulness meditation benefits I’m currently back on an even keel. The black dog has hopped off my chest and is dancing around in circles wagging his tail. You can tell when I’m good, I’m writing, otherwise…no update. Hopefully this will last a while…