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Old 01-11-2012, 01:53 PM   #451
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Another day of napping. I go from one extreme to the other. Maybe my body is in repair mode.

My pregnenolone showed up about 1 pm. Took one before I napped. Had some of the wildest dreams I have ever had.


BP problems again. Diastolic is staying in 70's but systolic rises from 120's to 150's throughout the day.
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Just got my Omega-3 omega-6 labs back

HS-Omega-3 Index (7.40%) Undesirable <4% - Intermediate 4-8% - Desirable >8%, so I am high intermediate.
Omega-6/3 ratio (4.2 to 1) Undesirable >10:1 - Intermediate 5-10:1 - Desirable <5.1, so I am in desirable range but optimal is close to 1:1.

Have no idea what they were a year ago or 6 month ago, but believe they are largely from diet over last 3 months. Am going to increase omega 3 to 3 capsules/day from 2. That plus coconut oil should get both to optimal.
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Pregnenolone makes great dreams. I composed music in my dream - a combination of pop and eerie. I'm sure it would be a hit if I could just remember how it goes!

Increased pregnenolone to 200 mg/day and took 50 mg dhea and 50 mg 7-keto plus saw palmetto.

Scales cooperated enough to at least get back to where they were a week ago.

Week 1 - 10 lb
Week 2 - 4 lb
Week 3 - 2 lb
Week 4 - 0 lb
Week 5 - 4 lb
Week 6 - 1 lb
Week 7 - 2 lb
Week 8 - 2 lb
Week 9 - 0 lb
Week 10 - 4 lb
Week 11 - 1 lb
Week 12 - 4 lb
Week 13 - 0 lb
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Total - - - 34 lb

271 lb - 270 is halfway to goal weight
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Happy birthday to me - 50 lbs down as of today.

Got my latest cortisol labs back. Saw small increases in cortisol so looks like adaptogens are working. I think adding pregnenolone should get the readings back to normal. Only potential problem I saw was it was increasing cortisol across the board and now it is slightly too high at night.
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Read that l-arginie would lower high blood pressure. Since I already take it, I increased dose to match what was recommended for high bp. Didn't seem to have any effect. Have to be careful about using both at same time though.

Several years ago, had an upset stomach from steamed shrimp and thought it might be an allergic reaction. Next several times, no problem. Had some last night and major stomach ache. Shrimp seemed to just sit in stomach and not digest. This has never happened with shrimp prepared in other ways, so I'll try shrimp in galric butter next time.
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Napped again today. Just realized the napping started about the time I added dhea back in. Not sure what to do. I doubt if napping is a problem since I am still sleeping at night. Guess I'll just monitor for now.

Also having a huge difference in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Just tested and reading was 150/73. I took a pill because I don't want systolic going over 140, but it might drop my diastolic too low.
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DHEA was what was causing the sleepiness and fatigue. Dr K gave me a possible reason it is happening, but I have to look up every other word before I can understand what he said. Short version is glutathione could be real low.

Now just have to figure out how to test and treat.
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I posted something from Dr K up in the Thyroid forum. Hope you have a chance to comment on it. He is writing a book and I'm guessing he is writing about thyroid disease right now.

Even though this particular post addressed hashis, it made his suggestion to me to test glutathione make sense. I looked up glutathione yesterday but didn't find a good explanation.
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Last night, about a half hour after eating dinner, my eyes suddenly started itching and I rubbed them. A few minutes later I looked at my eyes and they were almost completely swollen shut. I looked like I had been on the losing end of a fist fight.

I had eaten some tuna fish on celery, broccoli, and cod. All things I have eaten many times before, so had no idea what triggered the allergic reaction. I also received my seed order and I think I may have opened the box while fixing dinner. Didn't open any of the seed packages, so don't think it was the package that caused the problem.

Took 2 benedryl and put an ice pack on my eyes. They continued to get worse for a another hour or so. I asked for advice on another forum and everyone was telling me to go to emergency room. I figured I had about 30 minutes before it was too late to go to local urgent care facility. After that I would have to go to hospital ER.

So I rechecked my eyes after 30 minutes and the swelling had started to go down. Still had no breathing problems, so I decided the worst was over. By 10 pm, most of the swelling was gone and I had huge bags under my eyes.

This morning, right eye is fine but left eye is still puffy. No vision problems, so looks like I just wait it out.
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Last night, about a half hour after eating dinner, my eyes suddenly started itching and I rubbed them. A few minutes later I looked at my eyes and they were almost completely swollen shut. I looked like I had been on the losing end of a fist fight.

I had eaten some tuna fish on celery, broccoli, and cod. All things I have eaten many times before, so had no idea what triggered the allergic reaction. I also received my seed order and I think I may have opened the box while fixing dinner. Didn't open any of the seed packages, so don't think it was the package that caused the problem.

Took 2 benedryl and put an ice pack on my eyes. They continued to get worse for a another hour or so. I asked for advice on another forum and everyone was telling me to go to emergency room. I figured I had about 30 minutes before it was too late to go to local urgent care facility. After that I would have to go to hospital ER.

So I rechecked my eyes after 30 minutes and the swelling had started to go down. Still had no breathing problems, so I decided the worst was over. By 10 pm, most of the swelling was gone and I had huge bags under my eyes.

This morning, right eye is fine but left eye is still puffy. No vision problems, so looks like I just wait it out.
Problem solved. The pan I boiled the shrimp in wasn't cleaned properly and contaminated the iced tea.
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Wouldn't you think that in a city if 60,000 I could find free range eggs and full fat yogurt? Even Walmart doesn't carry them. I might have to get some chickens.
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Something weird last night. Was in a semi-awake state almost all night. Had headache when I got up and blood pressure was very high. I've got to figure out what is causing the blood pressure to be so high. At this weight, bp is usually under control.

Good weight loss for week. Same pattern - nothing one week and then a good loss the next. Just have to make sure I don't get too anxious about weight loss and cut back on calories too much. Got to remember body is healing.

Week 1 - 10 lb ... Week 8 - 2 lb
Week 2 - 4 lb ..... Week 9 - 0 lb
Week 3 - 2 lb ..... Week 10 - 4 lb
Week 4 - 0 lb ..... Week 11 - 1 lb
Week 5 - 4 lb ..... Week 12 - 4 lb
Week 6 - 1 lb ..... Week 13 - 0 lb
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Hi Rich,

I’ve seen you around the boards for some time and always appreciate your viewpoint so I decided to pop in on your journal. Glad to see all of your success especially in the last 10 weeks.

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I’ve seen you around the boards for some time and always appreciate your viewpoint so I decided to pop in on your journal. Glad to see all of your success especially in the last 10 weeks.

Keep up the good work!

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Thanks Alex. I am excited about the Leptin Reset and am trying to share the info without being overly obnoxious!
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High blood pressure has me totally stumped. I have checked out most of the supplements I take (over 40), and at least 10 supposedly lower blood pressure and only 1 or 2 are suspect. For those 2, there are reports of them both lowering and raising blood pressure, so I am stopping them for now.

I am at the point now where my headache lasts just about 24 hours a day. When I take a bp pill, the headache goes away for a couple of hours, but comes right back. I'm wondering if maybe a hormone has got pushed too high. The only one I can think of is dhea and the 7-keto I am taking claims it lowers blood pressure. On the other hand, I experienced severe fatigue when I took dhea even at low dosages, so I will back off the 7-keto for a few days.

Have doc appointment in about 10 days and will get new labs done, so just need to hang in for a couple more weeks.

Good news is fasting bg is coming down nicely. Last 2 mornings, it was in 90's.
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Asked over on mda for some ideas on why bp is so high and causing headaches. Suggestion to stop all supplements doesn't sound good to me.

I think the problem is the bp medication is actually causing the high blood pressure. It is tricking the adrenals the same time I am trying stimulate them and I think my brain is screaming stop it.

Will stop all adaptogens and pregnenolone and see if that helps. Would stop the bp medication but don't know what to do if bp skyrockets. Will probably have to work out with doc.
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Been thinking and researching about headache and blood pressure. In the past, I would get one of 2 kinds of headaches. One was the standard tension headache that was primarily in the back of the head and neck. An ice pack and a couple of almost any kind of headache pills could knock that out.

The other kind was a migraine like headache that felt like someone jabbed icepicks in my eyes. That usually took either an allergy or migraine type medication. Low carbing eliminates this type of headache.

The headaches I am having now are different. They are primarily in the front of my head. They first started when I was taking cortef, a hormone. Even after I stopped cortef, the headaches continued. So I looked up headaches in front of head and hormone headaches showed up. The 2 hormones I was taking when I first had the headaches were cortef and 7-keto or possibly dhea. I had been taking dhea but when I ran out I started taking 7-keto. Don't remember when that was.

So this post is to remind me that this headache is different from the headaches I have had in the past and that it may be hormone related. Now to do some more research of hormone labs.
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Spent 2 days trying to enter my medical labs into a calc spreadsheet. Stuff kept moving around. Finally gave up and redid it in write.

So far finished the steroid hormones. Just about every single one is below the bottom of the range. Makes me wonder what I pay my doctor for. No wonder I'm fat and feel like crap.

I have to get rid of this darn headache and high blood pressure before I do anything else. I'm pretty sure it is hormone caused, so the answer may be to take hormones. Hope the doc has some ideas.

I've got a few other problems that need fixing, but I think the weight loss will fix them without me having to do anything else. Cholesterol should normalize as the weight comes off. Fasting blood glucose is now in the 90's with one reading in the 80's, so I expect that to normalize in the 80's. Hemoglobin A1C is high, but weight loss and reduction in inflammation will bring that down. New labs next week should show everything moving in right direction.

I think I might have a leaky gut, which would explain why I don't absorb nutrients and supplements very well. Need to up the hcl. I know it is better because I don't burp as much after dinner as I used to. I think the pickles helped more than anything else.
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do not stop your bp meds without doctors consult and approval.

I agree with stopping those supplements. you take wayyyyyyy to many.
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I agree with stopping those supplements. you take wayyyyyyy to many.
I take my blood pressure several times a day. I would only stop the medication if my blood pressure was staying below 135/85 without medication.
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Was exhausted today. Exactly like I felt when I took dhea. Slept for a couple of hours this afternoon. BP was high when I got up.

Worked on info for doc appt. Should finish it this weekend.

Except for sleep, have most of the signs of being leptin sensitive. I think I will start weights next week. Dr K recommends just weights for 1st 3 weeks. I don't feel strong, but it's worth a shot.
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Only 1 lb loss this week. I had a baked potato last night and think that might be why I didn't have a bigger loss. Also had a higher fbg this morning than usual - 105. I was really hungry last night and meat and broccoli wasn't going to cut it. Need to experiment with sweet potato.

5 days without most supplements and no improvement in bp or headache.

Week 1 - 10 lb ... Week 8 - 2 lb . . . Week 15 - 1 lb
Week 2 - 4 lb ..... Week 9 - 0 lb
Week 3 - 2 lb ..... Week 10 - 4 lb
Week 4 - 0 lb ..... Week 11 - 1 lb
Week 5 - 4 lb ..... Week 12 - 4 lb
Week 6 - 1 lb ..... Week 13 - 0 lb
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Hey Rich, what website do you recommend for me to read about leptin?
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Leptin Prescription, The Leptin RX FAQ's, and Why is Oprah Still Obese?

Start with these 3 including comments. Don't expect to understand everything. Most are on our 3rd or 4th time reading them and still don't get everything.

If you decide to do it, it's more than just what you eat. It's also when you eat. You are going to use the sun (circadian rhythm) to help reset your leptin receptors. It is important you follow the rules for sleeping as well as eating.

You will also focus on your gut and get that healthy - no gas, no burping, no upset stomach, etc. I didn't think I had a problem, so I didn't do anything to address it the 1st 2 months. Now that I am really paying attention, I realized that I start burping right after dinner every night. Not good.

Read those and let me know if I can help with any questions. I am becoming an evangelist for the leptin reset so don't hesitate to ask.

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Another strange day. Took a bp pill about 11 am. Shortly after took 2 hour nap. Checked bp when I got up and it was 160/92. No way should it have been that high after taking a pill about 3 hours earlier. Waited 10 minutes and retested. Down to 152/85.

Worked outside for about 45 minutes trimming some trees. Started getting dizzy so stopped. Retested and now bp is down to 115/80.Thought it might be a problem with meter so got old meter out and retested. Same thing.

Now an hour later, still at 114/80.
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Blood pressure is acting better today. Not jumping all over like yesterday. Systolic and diastolic are moving together, instead of diastolic staying stable while systolic keeps going up.

Dr Kruse thinks I am ready for post reset. A little nervous to change since the reset has worked so well and killed cravings. Will start tomorrow. Weights only for 1st 3 weeks. Been a while since I did much of any exercise.
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Had my doc appointment. Mixed feelings about it. BP was about 20 points higher at doc office than at home. They rechecked it later and it was still high. I went by Walmart and checked it and it was closer to what my meter said than doc'.

Doc agreed to get me off this bp medication and try a different one. Have to phase out of this one over 6 weeks to prevent rebound hypertension.

Doc admitted she didn't know what to do about hormone problems. I have my own plan for next 3 months before my next appointment. If I can't see some improvement on my own, will probably have to find a different doc or else tell her which prescriptions I want and see if she will write them.

Just checked the paperwork and she isn't doing all the labs I thought she said she was going to do. Will have to order them on my own.

Still low in minerals even after taking supplements for several years. Something is causing a major absorption problem.

She did agree I should restart pregnenolone, 7-keto, and adaptogens.
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Doc just said I needed to wean myself off the old bp medication slowly, but didn't suggest dosages of old and new to use. So I decided to try 1/2 dose of old 3 times/day and 1/2 of new 1 time/day.

The problem is, the old wears off after a few hours and the headache comes back and fatigue sets in even if blood pressure is normal. This is a problem because if I take more of the old to get rid of headache and fatigue, bp may go too low.

I took some headache pills, but they don't seem to have any effect on this type of headache. I've got 4 hours until the next old bp pill and my head is killing me. This sucks because 4 months ago, when I was 1st on this medication, this is the dose I was taking. For some reason over the 4 months, I have had to keep increasing medication to get same result.

I looked up wean off clonidine and it's not pretty. Sounds like a lot of people are having serious problems trying to get off of it. Plus the serious fatigue and headache are reported by a lot of people as bad side effects. When I brought the headache and fatigue to my doc's attention, she never said that it was a common side effect and thought the problems were caused by something else.

Since I have plenty of pills, I think I will add 1 more of the old in each day this week, so I will take 4 half doses instead of 3. That will let me take them a couple hours closer together. If that works I will stick with it for a week before cutting back anymore. Just need to make sure bp doesn't go too low. Since it has been high for so long, when I get a low reading I almost faint.

Darn, the more I think about it the madder I get. Doc did an EKG yesterday because of the fatigue and empty feeling in my chest. Now I know both were caused by the clonidine.

ETA: BP just dropped 20 points for no reason I can think of. Decided to recheck bp first before taking additional pill. BP was down to 115/84. Good thing I hadn't taken it yet.

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Made it through 1st day with 3 1/2 doses and 1 1/4 dose, so a little more than 1/2 of usual dose plus 1/2 dose of new. BP was a little high when I went to bed which is why I added the 1/4 dose.

Pressure was OK this morning so didn't take any of old until 9 am. Felt really good until about 10, then headache started but bp is OK. Feel like I need a nap which I think is the clonidine. This happens about 3 hours after taking it. I'll be real happy to get this stuff out of my system.

Diet is going extremely well. No cravings. I'm going to change how I eat so that I have my carbs at breakfast and lunch and very few at dinner. Supposedly carbs help raise cortisol and I need to raise mine morning and early afternoon, not at night.
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