Well! I got good news at HealthNOW today!
It seems I have made it past the most intense phase of treatment into the “finding a regimen that works long-term” phase.
Here’s what is going on now on the different fronts:
General Chiropractic/Physical Therapy: I’m taking 30 days off, then going in again for a re-evaluation. If I feel the need for an adjustment, I can come in (and am encouraged to do so).
Lower Back: They’ve put a small (5mm) lift in one shoe in an effort to have gravity pull my high hip down a bit. Currently it’s making my lower back feel good. When my lower back starts hurting again, I go in for a 3mm lift to replace the 5mm one.
General Food allergies/nutrition: I got the results from a blood test for allergens. All the positive results were 1s and 2s (the highest level is 5), so that was a good sign. I’m to consume things with 2s only rarely, and things with 1s no more than twice a week. The one exception is milk and chocolate, which we know I’m really allergic to and so I didn’t consume them before the test … and they showed up anyway. So those are still in the “very very rarely if at all” column.
|Very Very Rarely If At All||Rarely||Sometimes is OK||Holding off to retest later|
|Milk, cheese, chocolate||Tofu, millet, eggs||Codfish, mustard, soy, baker’s yeast (ie, bread)||Corn, citrus|
That’s not too hideous, really.
We’re hoping that restricting those allergens/irritants and continuing to vacuum the apartment regularly will help my overall health improve the rest of the way (my intestines and urinary tract are a LOT happier now, but my energy levels.
The corn and citrus aren’t allergens, strictly speaking; they irritate my innards and trigger my IBS (yeah, ew, I know). The theory is that if we let my innards heal up eventually I’ll be ok with them again. *fingers crossed* I am planning to re-test them in December.
Supplements: I’m slowly easing off the Cymbalta still, and when I run out of most of my nutritional supplements I’m going to be replacing them with a multivitamin pack from HealthNOW. I’ll still be taking triptophan to help me sleep and going in once a week or so as needed for B-complex shots, but that’ll be about it.
Yay! No more three-times-a-week to the doctor for me! HOOOORAAAAYYYY!!!!
I’m still working hard to get plenty of sleep – eight hours a night during the week, and 9+ on weekends. I’m also trying to get plenty of exercise – that’ll be a LOT easier without thrice-weekly 1.5hr trips to Sunnyvale! HOORAY. It’s really nice to see some results from all the work I’ve been doing.