Omni, thank you so much for a wonderful response.
I agree on both counts. The problem is that, whereas before I treated healing my health via Primal as long-haul job, with this I may be on a timer. With a history of structural heart disease (congenital), the amount of palpitations I'm getting, which is what started all this investigative work, is potentially dangerous. I was told my whole life that my heart defect would have no appreciable effect on my life whatsoever. Then they turn round and say, "Actually, we might have been wrong, we probably should have told you not to have children, we're gonna have to break you open, stop your heart, fix some stuff, and hope like hell we can start you up again." Ok, paraphrasing, but that's pretty much what it felt like. Consequently, I am scared to death of anything involving my heart. My confidence has been rocked to the core.The symptoms you describe can be attributed to a wide variety of conditions and it sounds like a combination of auto immune and nutrient imbalances. The key things to understand is the conditions you have were developed over many years and no change of diet or anything is going to give you a quick fix, so take a breath, slow down, this is a "marathon not a sprint".
Agreed. Hey, ADD Hyperfocus comes in handy for some things!A Paleo style diet is likely the most nutritious for you, but modified for your particular case, so the GAPs & SCD are a good starting area, you will be the key figure in both the research and treatment decisions.
I have indeed started this. I think I forgot to list in my first post, my menstrual cycle has been regular to the hour for years and the last six months it is all over the place.Start a symptoms diary....
A discussion of my mental issues would take a week I know full well I am carrying some serious psychological baggage, from childhood and later years, involving food, self worth and god know what else. Before this crisis, I felt that Primal was slowly giving me back control over a broken body and mind. There is so much to tackle but at the end of a day with the kids, one of whom is pretty high needs and the other of whom is two (same thing!) I pretty much clean what has to be cleaned and fall into bed. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the situation won't change for a month or so.You will need a multi-pronged approach, diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress & emotional management, many people underestimate the mental contribution to their health, diet and exercise is great and essential to good health, but a screwed headspace can undue a vast amount of the benefit. Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation whatever suits you, but it would benefit greatly if you can find a technique that allows you to still your mind and just listen to your body without being distracted by the static of life's demands.
Again, agree completely. But unfortunately the most negative influence in my life comes from an area I can't cut out and wouldn't want to. I have tried to deal with the negative aspects of this influence and now am able only to try and ignore the worst of it. Luckily my husband is eminently sensible and very good at helping me deflect these attitudes.Understand too, there may be some people in your life that create negativity for you and just drain your energy, like all of us you have a limited amount of time, energy, love to give every day, think carefully about where you want to invest it.
Definitely an issue I need to tackle. I think it shows my mental and emotional state that I have trouble even replying to the comments on here without my eyes tearing up.Every time you have negative thoughts, fear, resentment, anger etc., there is a cascade of hormones released that stress your body.
I'm so glad for her that she is in remission. I agree your approach is key. I think I'm just in overwhelm stage at the moment. I knew all these various symptoms and problems existed individually, but the knowledge that they are linked - particularly the insight of the GAPS diet; hell, even the title Gut And Psychology is a foreheadsmack moment - is both wonderful and terrifying. No longer can I simply partite each issue and pretend it doesn't exist whilst trying to solve another.my partner...is heading towards remission, we think our approach helped her.
Thanks again for your kindness. It might should OTT but the answers I've had on here have really helped to coalesce my research at a point where I felt like giving up.
And now, I'm off to the doctor in about an hour. Here's hoping s/he is in a listening mood!