I sent another stool sample Monday to Genova: The Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Profile #2100 ( bit.ly/1cD5Jl5
). I understand they are changing the tests within this test and not including the parasitology starting Oct. 28th. I was in such a hurry to mail the test I sent it without the cover/box for protecting the vials! I sure hope they get it okay?! ew! The genetics counselor wanted a more recent test. I'm primarily checking dysbiosis/bacterial imbalance within the gut because I believe it and leaky gut (and low DAO enzyme) to be highly likely the culprit behind my fibromyalgia. I'll throw in that I don't methylate toxins well, ie my liver's Cytochrome P450 is off -I know this from my DNA SNPs results from 23andme - also likely due to gluten). Gluten made my gut leaky (I don't have parasites, didn't drink alcohol, nor take drugs - though I have a history of taking a bit of ibuprofen due to monthly headaches prior to my going gluten-free. Gluten-free stopped the headaches. Now I know that headaches can be a mast cell response to estrogen of which I have plenty because I'm overweight. Just "having" dysbiosis keeps it leaky (LPS or lipopolysaccharides, aka bacteria poo, increases zonulin, a protein which keeps open the tight junctions between your epethial cells). I'm still leaking after, gosh, 7 years trying to heal. I need to tighten the diet ship and work on relaxation/being happy happy happy. :) Anyway, I hope to learn more than that from the test, and expect results in about a month. My integrative GP ordered it and will suggest tx, but I also have a genetic counselor I started working with in May who'll make treatment suggestions. He said I also need to test fibrinogen and vitamin D (to also include the kidney portion or the 1,025 OHD ( bit.ly/ltovitd
) (Oy. My computer's needing a hard drive and is so slow right now. - ha! I've worn out my mac figuring out my health, so add that to my investment of money, time, energy, blood, sweat and tears!) The Genova test is $411 out of pocket. It's covered by a lot of insurances, but not "four" I was told - and mine was one of the four. Of course.
I'm doing better adhering to my low-histamine diet again. I've lost 7 lbs since last week: 215 to 207. I can always tell when I'm doing well and right for my body because there's a sense of relaxation that comes from it; I can bend with ease, there's a lack of stiffness and inner tautness, if that makes sense. I don't slog out of bed, I kinda jump w/pep and walk gingerly to the water closet. :) I think it's the greens. Greens have magnesium. I need them daily also for my Factor V Lieden gene polymorphism (I'm heterozygous, or I have one abnormal gene from one parent.) I also take 800-1000mg of magnesium as part of my supplement protocol from the genetic counselor. This is what was working for me prior to my appt with him anyway, so I did good there. :)
Yesterday I found that pomegranates are in season, and omg, I bought 4 for $2ea and ate 3! SOOOOO HAPPY! I ate that a .5 lbs of grass fed beef and 1 lb veal, and a cup of butternut squash w/chia seeds. I gained 2 lbs. It's likely because I didn't have enough pre/probiotic/good bacteria (that's how I look at food now: "Will this feed my good bacteria?") and/or fiber - soluble fiber, people - and too much sugar/carbs (nope, it couldn't be carbs as I got about 102g which is fair for me). I walked 2.5 miles and got good rest even without my CPAP which I took in for repair but it didn't need repair, so it still sits in my vehicle. I remember it when I'm getting into bed, and I'm not in love with it, so I say I'll get it tomorrow. *whistles Dixie* Anyway, incomplete and run-on sentences and I don't care. :P
My back's been sore and that's a new one on me. I've never ever had back problems. I've had sciatic in my upper honch for three weeks and I decided to seek out a massage to see if it'd help. This is iffy territory for someone with histamine (likely mast cell) disorder/fibromyalgia because pain and inflammation is already heightened. I tried it anyway. She used an almond/pecan oil I tolerated well (having multiple chemical sensitivity I was concerned of "lemon" or "lavendar" scented oils or something). I've never gotten naked in front of anyone like that before, but she gave me my dignity by having a towel over me and exposing only what she was working on. You can elect to work on areas over another and I chose to not work on my stomach or chest. She worked over my honch pretty good and it felt good. A couple of hours later it didn't feel so good at all. :( By the time I went to bed, it was okay. And I slept well and didn't wake up in pain or anything. $75 for an hour. The masseuse was wonderful, and also does acupuncture which I'm interested in. I don't know if I'd do a massage again ... I would like to take up yoga, but that'll be for after I move.
I've found I do well eating like a diabetic, ie many small meals a day, for low-histamine. It's easier for what little body DAO enzyme I have to process bits of histamine vs 3 meals a day. I kinda feel tethered to the kitchen, and sometimes I have to take the kitchen in my purse (green apple at least, and recently a previously steamed leftover artichoke while on an airplane -- who me? peanuts or pretzels? phtt!).
(That's an artichoke selfie, not a Dotslady selfie - lol)
Got new carpet installed upstairs and it's a new universe up there. It feels good. My closet's a tornado disaster and is next on my list of things to do.
Here's a funny 5-minute comic relief video re: diets/going gluten-free:
Everybody needs a laugh. :D