I just wanted to put up a quick post to kinda let ya'll know what's going on....I don't know how much I'll post in the next few weeks. Things are not going well. I hope this is just withdrawal from abstaining so much from starches (which are basically sugar), but my pain levels have really taken off and I'm hurting much more now than I have in a long time. It could be partly the weather too.. I don't know. But it's really got me. I'm really kinda at the end of my rope. I'm gonna keep on with the no-starch because they say it can take up to a month before you notice any relief but in the mean time it's really doing a number on me. And I mean mentally as well as physically.
There have been a number of medical studies done lately that have shown a consistent link between chronic pain and inflammation and depression and anxiety and the link is physical; it's not just being bummed out because you hurt. You can look up any number of articles on the subject but basically, when the body produces inflammation (which usually is accompanied by pain) certain proteins are also produced by the inflamed tissues etc. These proteins use the same neural pathways that the substances serotonin, dopamine etc. use but are somehow stronger and they block the serotonin and others from reaching the brain. Basically the proteins clog up the lines. Now, it's widely known the serotonin, dopamine and other substances are responsible for mood; lack of these substances cause depression, anxiety and other issues. So, not to make excuses but that's it in a nutshell for me. I have zero motivation to do anything, except to somehow relieve my pain. The anxiety is back and an overwhelming, engulfing fatigue. I do not care about anything right now and I do not like being this way.
So, I'm doing all I can right now, or all I can think of that is within my power. All I know to do is just keep on with the no-starch stuff and all the natural anti-inflammatory stuff I can find and hope and pray that it takes hold one day. And yeah, I am taking some actual pain meds and nsaids but they don't do much or simply don't last very long.
So keep your fingers crossed for me. I'll come back and post when I can think of something lucid to say. Or maybe have some decent photos to share.