CPAP-py Happy

I know my friends want to hear this. I am happy to say that after over a month on CPAP I’m starting to feel like I think I should…if that makes sense. I was beginning to wonder if it was going to work at all. I mean, I have been dragging myself through life for so long I literally don’t know what normal feels like. I am cautiously optimistic.
 
I am even experiencing less pain. My problems started more than 30 years ago when I weighed only 138lbs and walked 40 miles a week…I was really fit and did not snore. I was blacking out while driving first thing in the morning. I still don’t snore like you would think someone would who was literally blacking out in the middle of the day. I just stop breathing. Ninety-two point 5 times per hour or once every 38.91 seconds I stopped breathing. Not only was I deprived of oxygen, but I left the point I was at in the sleep cycle, and had to start over again. This means I got none of the deep rest and repair we all need to function. It was affecting every area of my life.
 
I hate wearing this mask all night but I am sleeping 8-10 hours now with few issues. You get used to it. It’s better than walking into walls and falling in the middle of the street. I have hurt myself so many times we suspected things like Multiple Sclerosis. I became stuck in a recliner for the last 5 years. It feels really weird to get out of that chair and not have the urge to sit back down immediately. It was kind of a weak feeling like my muscles are about to fail. I notice that feeling is going away.I am more alert. I don’t feel like a vampire when I go out into the sunlight.
 
I’m not ready to change the world yet. I am 130lbs overweight and really deconditioned. I need to get some strength back. Maybe for now I can just do my own laundry and clean this place up. That alone would make me so happy. I’m sure Tom will appreciate it too. God bless him. He never ever complains. He takes his vows seriously.
 
So the moral of this story is, if you feel like crap, fall down or hurt yourself a lot, go ask your doctor for a sleep study. I wouldn’t have guessed this was the answer to a painful, somewhat useless existence, but it seems to be working. 

Letters…MTHFR and the B’s…but what do they mean?

I have a genetic problem called MTHFR. 40-60% of people have this to some degree so it isn’t uncommon. It involves the inability to absorb B vitamins mainly folate and B-12. Being deficient in these two vitamins can cause all kinds of problems, as I know.
To counter this problem I take forms of these vitamins that are Methylated. It means they are broken down to a point that I absorb them. I take Methylcobalamin which is the B-12 and methyltetrahydrofolate which is the folate.
If you have this issue and take synthetic B vitamins, which are cheaper to manufacture, they can just be floating around in your bloodstream making you toxic and your serum levels of these vitamins will be normal to high according to blood tests, but you will be deficient and possibly damaging your internal organs such as your liver and making you pee neon yellow.
Folic acid, not folate, is the synthetic form wherever you see it written as folic acid. I have been taking these supplements for close to 4 months now. The changes in me have been astounding especially since I added more B-12.
My vertigo has cleared up completely. No more ear ringing. I am strangely calm and able to concentrate better. I still have ADHD but now dizziness and ringing ears are not distracting me so that is a bit better.
I deal with other health issues as well and one of the things I tend to have is a paradoxical effect when taking medications. When a drug would make most people sleepy, I am wide awake. Things like benedryl and opiates perk me up. Oh yea! Not.
According to my DNA test I cannot take NSAID pain relievers because they tear up my gut and do nothing for the pain. Did you know a DNA test can tell you that? I already knew this because of the number of times I ended up doubled up with abdominal pain while trying to get rid of a migraine or muscle pain. So no NSAID’s for me.
What works for me is a mild opiate called Tramadol or Ultram. The problem here is that I’ve been wondering the halls all night since I’ve been taking it, because of the paradoxical effect, but believe me I need it. So what to do about that?
They would give me something to put me out through the night if I asked for it but most of those drugs like Ativan have something called the anticholorginic effect for which the side effects can be worse than not sleeping all night.
Here is a short quote from Wikipedia, “Anticholinergic – Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticholinergic
Jump to Side effects – [edit]. Long term use increases the risk of both mental and physical decline. It is unclear if they affect the risk of death generally.”
Isn’t that just great? I was taking this crap and falling down stairs. In fact, there are many over the counter meds that have this effect and if you wonder why you can’t remember your middle name or tend to fall down a lot, check your meds. I have given this advise to a few people and it’s changed their lives.
So back to wandering the halls all night instead of sleeping. I have found that on the nights that I take a methyl B-12 before I go to bed, I have slept right through the night. I have done my own random trial and after trying to figure out what made the difference in my sleep I realized I had taken an extra B-12 before bed. The B’s help the nervous system and I may just be that deficient.
The reason I take Tramadol is because I have severe joint pain probably due to something called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome but that is a post for another day. I have had a few migraines since I began this regimen but they were really mild and I think caused by lack of sleep.
If anyone decides to try taking the natural B vitamins please start slowly and give it time to work. If you are deficient you have spent your entire life working yourself (unknowingly) into a bad state of health and it takes a few months to really see results but you will notice changes likely in the first week.
MTHFR is a BIG problem that may be responsible for the many cardiac deaths in my family and a number of other serious health problems. It cost me $99 plus shipping to figure out I had it via a DNA test at 23 and Me and my internist doesn’t even know what it is. People are taking charge of their own health instead of relying on Big Pharma with the facts that only their own DNA can give them. Doctors give you one med to solve a problem and then other meds to solve the problems the first med creates. I think between Big Pharma and the AMA they have a really good racket going on and their shareholders love it.
Have a great day!
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