I Had a Burst of Energy

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I have had these “bursts of energy” as I refer to them, over the years. I have had low energy since childhood. As an adult, I would experience these “bursts of energy” that coincided with my cycle. In talking with women friends it seemed to be a “cleansing” process, similar to the nesting urge that a pregnant woman experiences before she goes into labor. When my period was due to start, I would get a burst of energy and I would tackle things that normally I didn't have the stamina for, usually some kind of major housework. That worked out pretty good through my twenties and thirties and early forties but in the last few years the bursts of energy came more sporadically, like once every three months, instead of every month. The energy spurts rarely lasted more than a day and I learned to pace myself and not become frustrated when I could only get so much done. There is always so much to do when it comes to cleaning around here that I'd need a crew of four people working with me for forty hours. Hopefully that would make more than a dent! 🙂

So today I had one of those bursts of energy and tackled the kitchen floor. I swept and mopped since it has dire need for a few weekends but I have just not had the energy to do more than cook and wash a load or two of dishes. Sometimes I think, maybe I'm just imagining that I'm this worn out. Maybe I should just push myself. But even my husband knows I have to be careful of overdoing it or I might end up in bed the next day. Today, in addition to sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor, I pulled the stove out, cleaned each side of the stove, and swept and mopped behind the stove. My husband walked into the kitchen and said, “Whoa, whoa, there lady. Be careful now we don't want you falling out or hurting yourself. Just because you have a burst of energy (see even he knows what I call them, lol) doesn't mean you need to clean behind the stove! Take it easy now.” After that I wiped one of the refrigerators down from top to bottom, and then I cleaned the back door. It's white but you would never have known it for all the fingerprints. Ah it's so frustrating, most of my adult life the way it's been is by the time I feel like doing anything the door looks like it's never been wiped down, ever.

I am beginning to be cautiously optimistic that I am gaining more energy. I'm really hoping the leptin reset works/is working… but then I think maybe I am doing more damage to myself by being on hydrocortisone for such a long time (over four months now) without treating my thyroid.

I've temporarily jammed my head in the sand over my thyroid condition. I keep thinking I should start the T3-only protocol, but first I need to get some lab work done to see if anything has changed since November 4th. My iron levels need to be at a certain point, as does my sodium and potassium and a few other things need to be “just so” before starting. I have a doctor's appointment the first week of February and he has agreed to order labwork for me I just need to email over the list of what I'd like them to put on the order. I am hoping tomorrow to come up with a list of tests that I want to have done. Maybe I should make a point to do that, and also blog about it to keep myself accountable…

But then from reading Dr. Kharrazian's book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism he says if you have Hashimoto's Disease then it's not your thyroid, it's the autoimmune disease and that needs to be addressed. I am addressing the autoimmune disease by doing GAPS. I could begin thyroid medication and hopefully I would find that I would eventually need less. Or will the leptin reset fix my thyroid? Or should I do a liver cleanse? What to do, what to do.

Sheesh, no wonder I'm confused. Well, you know at least I'm trying! I'm not just accepting that this is my life, I'm trying to help my body heal itself and that is a good thing. 🙂

OH! I forget to report back about my dental appointment! Well, last week was actually pretty difficult. I think I had a cold or some kind of virus because I was waking up every morning with a sore throat and was having trouble sleeping. My sinuses were clogged and my throat felt like it was coated with phlegm. I kept waking up with my mouth all dried out. Now that is a sensation I do not and will never miss! For years (most of my adult life to be sure) I experienced clogged sinuses and my mouth dried out while sleeping fairly regularly. It is so nice to not have to live through that and it was kind of nice to have a return of those symptoms if only to highlight to me that they are no longer occurring. I ended up staying home on Tuesday and worked for several hours, my dental appointment was on Wednesday so I knew I HAD to go in on Wednesday. Well, as it turns out when I woke up Wednesday morning I had only gotten about four hours sleep and I was a mess. It used to be when I didn't get sleep I would just brush it off, get up and force myself to get going. I can't do that right now. I called my boss and told her I couldn't come in my throat was bothering me too much. She doesn't like us to come in when we're sick anyway because our clients are elderly. I called a friend and she told me I sounded like I wasn't feeling good at all, so I decided to call the dentist office and reschedule. Thankfully they did not charge me a fee since I cancelled in less than 24 hours. Maybe I just got myself too stressed out thinking about going to the dentist, I don't know. I went back to bed and slept for about 90 minutes and then I got up and decided I needed to go to work. It was making me feel more stressed to stay at home knowing all the work that was waiting for me there. I asked my husband if he would drive me to work. He had a project he'd been holding off on completing so that worked out for him and it was very pleasant to be able to spend some time together and I also enjoyed being able to do some crocheting on the way. I got to work about 1pm and my boss was surprised to see me. I ended up staying until 7pm and on the way home one of our tires decided to separate so we stopped and my husband put on the spare and we didn't get home until after 9pm! I'm supposed to eat no later than 7pm and lights out at 10pm. I have been failing to meet these criteria, I really need to try and get back on board. If it's really true what Dr. Kruse says about setting yourself back 10-12 days I'm back to the beginning by now. LOL. Hey, I have to laugh or I'll cry. 🙂

My bursts of energy do seem to be coming closer together. This is encouraging. Let's see, the last one I had was a few weekends ago – I believe it was the weekend of December 17th, I helped my husband in our bedroom rearrange and put up some shelving. And then today. I would really like to vacuum the living room floor as well but don't want to overdo it. My husband said he would vacuum for me when he gets back home but it's driving me a little nuts looking at all the little pieces of paper and stuff all over the place. And tomorrow I would like to make a couple of batches of sauerkraut. I am running dangerously low.

I have been feeling better, so I am encouraged. Yesterday I actually felt happy for a few minutes. It is good to feel good. I am really looking forward to 2012 being the best year of my life. Even doing the two steps forward, one step backwards health jig I feel sure I am improving. 🙂

How are you doing on your GAPS journey?




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4 thoughts on “I Had a Burst of Energy

  1. I so know what you mean about “bursts” of energy. I get them every now and then as well – and they are glorious!!! Like you, I do have to be careful not to overdo it because I will spend the following days suffering for it. I also wanted to comment about your thyroid situation because I feel like I am in a similar boat. I have never taken any thyroid meds but definitely have a low-performing thyroid. My free T3 is low, T4 is low normal, and TSH is low normal. I didn’t have the reverse T3 test done because I was told it wasn’t necessary. The western doc wanted to put me on T3 only meds without checking anything else but I didn’t feel comfortable with that. Especially because my adrenals are completely spent. I have been working with a naturopath and have primarily focused on my adrenals with isocort, dessicated adrenals, and going to bed early, sea salt, etc. I feel a slight improvement. As I have gone low(er) carb with the leptin reset, my hair started falling out (never happened before), constipation has continued, and I continue to retain my spare tire among other things. BUT, I still don’t want to take the thyroid meds yet. I just want to believe that doing strict GAPS and the leptin reset will help to jump start my adrenals and thyroid. It may be wishful thinking…only time will tell, I suppose. Anyhow, my naturopath just did the iodine patch test on me and it was absorbed pretty quickly. So, I am now unsure whether to add something else (iodine) to the mix…so much to think about! All that to say, I have no idea what my next steps will be either. 🙂 I am so glad that you are feeling better (for the most part) and look forward to your continued posts.

  2. @Briana, have you had your iron levels tested? I understand the hair loss is common with low iron and hypothyroid symptoms. Have you have your thyroid antibodies tested, there are two, those will tell you if you have Hashimoto’s. If you have any antibodies (and apparently even if you don’t, which you may not if you have been off gluten for some time) Dr. Kharrazian says it’s not your thyroid but the Hashimoto’s. You are wise to not start T3 on just a low Free T3 alone. You need rT3 and Free T3 together to get the ratio to see if you need it, and then your iron levels have to be right and your sodium and potassium levels have to be spot on before you can take Cytomel (T3) by itself. At least that’s what I’ve learned in reading Stop the Thyroid Madness and another Yahoo Group I’m on.

    I would say wait on the iodine until you can rule out Hashimoto’s as apparently iodine is supposed to cause the antibodies to flare up.

    It feels good to hear that someone else is in a similar “boat”. LOL.

    How is the leptin reset going for you with regards to eating? Are you finding that your cravings are going away?

    The one thing I need the most I find the hardest to accomplish and that is going to bed early. It is difficult when one’s spouse is not on the same schedule. My husband has been very understanding and is trying to learn about all this stuff and he cooks me breakfast and tries to help me in other ways but he just can’t seem to hear that I absolutely must get to bed on time. He can’t come to bed and want to spend time with me at midnight or 4am. If I could just get him to understand the importance. I guess I will have to work on explaining it more to him. It’s so weird because a few years ago he used to go to bed at 6:30. Granted he would get up at 2:30 but at least we were going to bed really early!

    It sounds like your naturopath is pretty good and I hope you have continued healing. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Best, Starlene

  3. Thanks for the informative reply, Starlene! I did have my antibodies tested and I don’t have any. I will get the reverse T3 and T3 done again sometime…but figure I should wait until the leptin reset is done. I did join a thyroid group (and adrenals group, too), but got really overwhelmed in “following” so many groups that I just stuck with the GAPS one. I don’t really even have time for that one most days. I have been on a 3-week vacation from teaching first grade so I have been indulging in researching, reading up on blogs/groups, etc. I am in for a rude awakening when school resumes tomorrow :-).

    The leptin reset is going really well in regards to eating. All of my cravings are completely gone…and I had intense ones. I have had fungal/mold issues for years (especially after living in a moldy home for five years!) and had intense sugar/carb cravings. When I started on GAPS in March, I followed the intro protocol, but definitely was still addicted to winter squash, honey, nuts, etc. I spent a stressful summer moving from a moldy home and changing jobs and unfortunately lived off of nut butters and starchy foods. All GAPS legal…but not good for me. At the end of August, I went anti-candida GAPS and cut out everything. Since then, I have been eating only broths, grassfed meat, eggs, fat, coconut oil, zucchini or spaghetti squash, and recently sauerkraut (going slowly because fermented foods don’t agree with me). I stuck to such a simple eating plan because it was working and I managed to feel okay/functional for the first time in years. I started the leptin reset at the end of the November because it just made sense to me. The only thing I had to get used to was the huge breakfast. Once I got used to the b-fast, I loved it! One of my main concerns with it has been the low carb nature of it. I worry that it is negatively affecting my thyroid because I didn’t start losing hair until going on the reset. I am hopeful that it is just my body’s way of “shedding” and healing. Again, wishful thinking.

    Like you, I have had some issues with getting to bed on time, not using the computer past sunset, etc. I do a lot of work at home and need to work in the evenings. That being said, I really have no excuse because I am single, no kids, etc…so it’s all my fault! 🙂 I am working on being less of a workaholic and have been pretty good about going to bed by 10 on school nights. I really messed myself up over the past few weeks when I spent time with my family over vacation…stayed up late and woke up late…really messed me up! So, I set myself back a few weeks on the reset and will just continue on.

    Okay – I think that I could win awards for longest comments and that probably isn’t a good thing. Thanks again for your blog! By the way, you look great! I loved seeing your photo progression on your GAPS/health journey – way to go!

  4. @Briana, thank you for the kind words, and I hereby award you the winner of the longest comments! Haha, although I have the same problem myself. LOL. This is just a sign that you need to start your own GAPS journey blog, you know? 🙂 I am so glad your leptin reset is going well for you. Do you remember how long it took for your intense cravings to leave? Now that you mention it, I do remember it was a hurdle to get used to the BAB, but like you, now I love it and look forward to it. I know Dr. Kruse says to modify the grams of protein after the initial 6-8 weeks but when I tried to lower my protein I was starving within a couple hours so I don’t think I’m ready to cut back yet.

    Thank you again for reading my blog and commenting. Warm regards, Starlene

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