Healing from Pain, Mental Fog and Fatigue
I’m not a scientist, a nurse practitioner or a doctor, but I am a patient on a journey to discover why I went from being a once healthy, full of life and energy-driven, ambitious woman, to feeling so chronically tired, painfully inflamed, fog-headedly confused, and unable to lose any weight, no matter what diet plan I tried or exercise plan I followed. As I will further elaborate in future posts, at forty-six, I can say that I’ve tried every diet fad from every decade that’s come my way since I hit puberty, and I also exercised my way into exhaustion (visit Krav Maga blog here). To put it succinctly, my body simply broke, leaving me feeling frustrated and confused, especially when my doctors would look at me like it was all in my mind, simply because their medical protocol read that my results were well within their normal limits. Like most people who suffer from this strange enigma or as I like to call it: “It’s all in your head” syndrome, this only left me feeling more frustrated and angry, because I KNEW that this was NOT all in my head. I felt real pain. I grew overwhelmed with exhaustion. I often got tongue-tied and scatter-brained, and no one could explain why. As a writer, not being to articulate what I wanted to say, shook me to my very core the most. That is why, for me, “It’s all in my head,” just simply wouldn’t do. Getting shuffled from one specialist to another didn’t make things any better. I got tired of feeling like a number. I got tired of not having any answers. So, I did all the leg work and the research to fix myself, and after firing my physician, I made it my personal mission to find one who would listen, and I’m so glad I did.
Pain, Fog and Fatigue- Answers Needed
Doctors Didn't Have a Clue
The MTHFR GeneGratefully, I found a doctor, an actual licensed medical physician, who understood this and had me tested for a genetic mutation. It turns out, I have one that tends to affect about 40% of the world’s population. It’s called the MTHFR gene, and I will post more about that in future posts, but in a nutshell, having this mutation will keep the body from detoxifying itself. When the body reaches a high level of toxicity, symptoms like the ones I experienced will take center stage. Does this mean that all people who have this gene will have these symptoms? Based on the research I’ve done, certain conditions, nutritional habits, and lifestyles, especially those of the chronic stressful kind, can create the perfect storm for a toxic environment.
Solution to Pain Fog and Fatigue