My major experiment post- baby is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), you can read about the beginning of my experiment here.
Varying information will agree on anything between 8 weeks and one year to experience the full effects of LDN. And a dose of between 3 and 4.5mg depending on the illness.
At 15 weeks into the experiment, after six months of sleep deprivation from the baby on a grand scale (read: wake ups of between 2-10 times a night), I had a flare up. My neck was so sore I was extremely nauseas and had a severe headache for days. The doctor I saw told me it was my C3 and C4 vertebra that were causing me trouble. The pain was actually spasms. He suggested a muscle relaxant and slow release Brufen.
Feeling like I was taking a lot of pills, I skipped a dose of LDN for a night. A lot of people note needing to skip a night occasionally to clear the receptors as a way to increase effectiveness. There were no changes noted.
Two nights later I went on my first date with my husband since the baby. We had a glass of wine. I decided I’d better not take the LDN (full dose Naltrexone is for alcohol and drug withdrawal, it can cause vomiting when mixed).
The next day I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. The fatigue sky rocketed. I was at 6-7/10 levels, hardly functioning, needed two rests and craved sugar like mad.
Taking my 3mg dose as usual that night I went to sleep hoping to feel better when I woke.
I did feel a bit better! The fatigue was about 3/10 and the filmy fog on my brain had descended a level or two. My neck came down a point, that could be related or not.
This is proof to me that it’s making a difference. At 3-3.5mg LDN is helping my fatigue.
I patiently continue for my maximum benefit. One woman in an LDN group told me of feeling progressively better over a year to approximately 90% function at one year! It gives me such hope. So I shall continue on for my one year experiment.
There are three little letters that are causing a craze in the world of Fibromyalgia at the moment – LDN (low dose naltrexone). This is the last (for now) major experiment I can engage in.
Research has been showing promising results. Dr Jared Younger started with a tiny study and found positive results, approximately 65% of patients included experienced clinically significant results. He’s doing a bigger study this year.
How LDN works is well explained in this article, which includes many links to research.
It is meant to help with so many issues, including Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, gastrointestinal troubles and more.
If I could experience a 30% (this is considered clinically significant and therefore as success) decrease in pain and fatigue, my life would change! I could be a mama, a wife, do my work and have some form of a life outside that and not pay with such significant levels of pain, fatigue and other side effects of the Fibromyalgia.
I can only share research and what works or doesn’t work for me. We are all unique and react differently. If you’re interested in LDN then read the research/information and then discuss it with your doctor.
Key things I learnt:
- It works best for me when taken at 9 (not earlier).
- My main side effect was vivid, crazy dreams.
- Titrating up 0.5mg at a time with four day gaps between increases, until 2.5mg when it was beneficial to wait a week or more.
I’ll update on this experiment when I’m closer to the four month mark – this is when most people I’ve read about in the LDN groups on Facebook find it shows the best effects.
Have you tried LDN? Any success?
I’m trying something new.
I’ve finally visited a naturopath. She’s taken a hair sample and given me some tonics (magnesium, iron and calcium in easily digestible forms) to take while we await the test results.
With the combination of the tonics and avoiding any foods that are concluded as allergens for me in the tests, I should be pain-free. At least, that’s the naturopath’s aim.
I am torn. My hope levels have skyrocketed. I have already imagined not having a stiff, aching neck every day, all day. Not having such an elevated pain response to exercise. Not having such bad period pain. Maybe, not even such a hard time if I were to have another baby.
A reduction in the soul-aching fatigue would be phenomenonal. The eradication of it would be a miracle.
But, hold on! I have to remind myself not to get carried away.
My little heart’s already involved.
So I’m doing my best to help myself along. I’m increasing the good foods, decreasing the bad foods, researching anything else I can do to be well and basically trying to be a health-freak.
I want this.
To be better. Even if I have to accept just an improvement.
The list of things I would do is already composed. I need to get there.
We’ll see how it goes.