I think I might have a better chance if there wasn't the whole "it's the genes" factor. My grandfather had open heart surgery in the 80s, at least one heart attack, and died of a stroke while in the hospital for heart problems. My grandmother (his mom) has had at least one heart attack and is on statins and whatnot too. Despite her relatively poor health, she's 85 and still very lucid (I wish I had her memory, she remembers her childhood like it was yesterday, but recent events are harder for her), and probably determined to keep kicking until she sees me or my sister married.
Someone on the forums pointed me in the direction of "histamine intolerance". Some quick searching revealed that it sounds VERY much like me, with practically every symptom before I went primal, and still most of them since after. I wonder if my migraines are in fact related to my food intake? I already know my histamine levels were high, now I have to figure how to lower them since I am still clearly fighting something (congestion & post nasal drip). This is encouraging, but I am keeping in mind that I don't want to just adopt another diagnosis without plenty of information. I felt just as convinced about adrenal fatigue, though admittedly I knew I didn't fit very many of the symptoms, mostly just the fatigue.
Budget: We're nearing the end of the 3rd week of January. I took a big hit with supplements at the start of the month (specific brands of Vitamin C, Ferritin Chelate, and a 100billion strain probiotic powder), and I bought plane tickets to Maryland for Marc. If it weren't for those expenses, I would have saved up almost as much as is possible after the essentials (gas for the car, utilities that I cover for the apartment, groceries), minus a couple of medical expenses. Now I've run into a couple of problems: I just got the bill for what my insurance won't cover for the adrenal testing - ~$140. Not bad, since the full cost was closer to $500! But that's about as much money as I have for the rest of the month, and the bill is due by February 10th. Boyfriend should be able to cover groceries, and we really just need a little bit more meat (my vote is ground beef & pork) and some frozen veggies to make it through the last week and few days of the month. I think I'll wait until my first February paycheck (the 3rd), pay the bill, and continue with my strict budget plan through February. So this month ends with probably little to no savings, depending on whether I stock up on Theanine (I'm just about out) now or wait.
Symptoms: Congestion and post-nasal drip. I thought I had some deep lower abdominal pain last night and this morning and assumed it was gas. Well I definitely had the pain, but I think it's from the core exercises I did last night! My triceps are also sore from some planks. I was reminded that my left side is MUCH weaker than my right last night when I tried to do some overheard presses with the kettlebell. I managed to do two on my right and could not even do one on my left! I went through the motions using my right hand to assist anyway. Next time I start on the left and just let myself tremble until I can manage one (y'know, a few weeks later).
My landlady doesn't want me drilling holes and I don't want to go to the cold playground to do pull-ups so my pull-up challenge is not starting off well I guess I can use a broom handle and two chairs to pull myself off the floor for now, but I think I'll take a break from all exercise attempts until the soreness in my back and lower abdomen goes away. I can probably still do squats, but without swinging the KB.
Food: I was hungry but too frustrated to eat this morning (getting sick of steak, but that's all I have prepared). I will try to eat before lunchtime and that should hold me over until dinner, which should be sushi. I will start implementing any other restrictions needed to keep a low histamine diet for the rest of the month today, which sadly means no more tea, almond butter, or bananas. There may be a supplement I can take that will help with the symptoms, but I need to read more to determine if it just blocks something or helps me process higher histamine foods.
Sleep: I didn't get to bed till 11:30 last night, BUT I GOT UP AT MY ALARM AT 7:30! I woke up before it, probably close to 7 as usual, and forced myself to stare at the wall for a while. Then the alarm went off, I got up, shut it off, and went to shower without even thinking about it. It's only two days in a row, I know, but I'm very proud of myself. Of course I wasted the extra time by dinking around on the internet until 8, then I showered heh.
Mood/Focus: So far, so good, but it's early and I have a family dinner tonight. I think I'll take a GABA Calm an hour before dinner.