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The quest to master dopamine.. Journal for Cpt. Tired

Discussion in 'My Optimal Journal' started by Cpt.Tired, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    Hello everyone!
    I can't stay on the computer for too long since I tend to get migraines from staring at the screen but the "real" migraine inducers are the stimulants - vyvanse and coffee.
    Woke up at dawn from a growling stomach, went out on the grass and stared at the blue horizon (the sun wasn't up yet). Cooked some duck sausages and eggs in coconut oil. Took my 50mg of Vyvanse.
    Went back to bed.
    ( The dopamine boost from the vyvanse makes me feel "comfortably tired" is the best way I can describe it.) Got up at 8:30 with an instant coffee (I know its bad, I'm just lazy).
    My main problem is FATIGUE!
    I will have to come back and add to this journal later on since I am feeling the "headache warning" - some irritation in my pre-frontal cortex which is telling me to drink a bunch of water and relax for a little bit until it passes.
  2. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Hi Mike and welcome to journal land!
  3. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    Hello Mike, welcome!
  4. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    I went for a soak in the ocean by my house, about a 30 minute drive then a bit of a hike.
    Beautiful day, I was going to take a picture but I left my phone in my car by accident (doh!). It did get rid of my headache. I actually felt pretty decent and relatively energized for the rest of the day! First time I've ever done it. Considering I felt exhausted all day yesterday, this was a nice change.
    Those barnacles are nasty though!
  5. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    Had fried oysters for breakfast. Lied back down for a while because I feel headachey again.
    Then I remember Jack saying in his mitochondrial Rx Q&A webinar, " I woke up feeling like crap so I said 'It's game time'" meaning time for CT.
    He felt much better.

    So I'm going back to Belcarra Park in Port Moody for a another dip in the ocean. (Jack, are you jealous? LOL! I'm bragging a little.)
    Gonna drink a shitload of water before I go. Maybe I'll have some seaweed too for minerals

    The time spent is worth it. I got more done yesterday than I had in a while.

    People think I'm nuts, but am I really?
    No. Just educated.
  6. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    I spent a whole 29 minutes up to my chin doing CT in the ocean today!
    I actually started to feel strangely comfortable but numb all over. If I stretched my arms out to swim, I would feel a tight, zapping sensation in my for arms and hands.

    Getting myself dry afterwards was a challenge since my fingers really didn't work.

    I found a nice "private" area off of a trail in Bedwell Bay, just across from Belcarra Park,
    That way I didn't have to "explain" to anybody what I was doing.
    It really takes your full attention navigating yourself around barnacles and rocks when you are numb, shaking and stiff- at least when you are just starting out like me.

    I have to be honest - I don't feel as energized today as I did yesterday. Yesterday I was only able to handle about 4 dips of about 20 - 30 seconds each time but I kept my feet in the water the whole time - about 30 minutes.

    Maybe I went a bit overboard today. I don't know.

    I feel like I may have a bit of a cold starting. (That would mean my 4th one this year)

    Anyway, here is my lovely ASI: oie_IiFrmvNFVcwg.jpg Thyroid panel.jpg oie_IiFrmvNFVcwg.jpg Thyroid panel.jpg

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  7. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Are you going in the ocean by yourself Mike? Please be careful....
    Take a fishing rod with you and catch dinner ....multi tasking!
  8. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    I'm not sure I would eat anything around there,
    There's an oil refinery around the corner.

    But what I really noticed is - I just love the woods - I need to spend more time outside and less time researching.
    But I don't know- I'm learning so much but I think the computer EMF is getting to me. And I need to get off these stimulants! They are seriously addicting. (Vyvanse and coffee)
    (positive I'm leptin resistent!)

    My doctor kept escalating the dose (Vyvanse .. up to 250mg! and 80mg of Adderall!) because he thought I had an enzyme that was chewing it up (maybe P450 2d6?), so I needed a much higher dose than normal.
    Now I'm "very dependant" on it, even though all it is doing for me is "improve my mood" (although that is important too.)
    But it's causing way too much inflammation.
    Migraines like crazy -- but I keep taking it - Why?
  9. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    Woke up with a headache. Had to take a triptan because nothing else would work. I tried Ubiquinol- 2000mg, Acetyl-l-Carnitine (3 capsules), Mag Bisglycinate (450mg elemental mag) and D-Ribose (20 Grams) last night because I could feel one coming on. I also grounded for a half hour. It helped but I still woke up with one.
    I think I have a problem in my neck.
    When I arch my head back and really flex the back of my neck and shrug my traps hard, my headache no matter how bad it is, will disappear.
    But only as long as I hold that position. As soon as I let go, it starts to come back.
  10. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Hi Mike ...how are you doing? any questions????
  11. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    Oh I have a ton! But I don't want to overwhelm you.
    First off - where do I find the lab reference ranges that Misty mentioned she was going to post. This was in the video on how to get lab work done.
    I would like to order labs myself, that would be awesome but here in Canada I don't think we have the ability to do that unless it was a test that could be mailed to us and done at home.
  12. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    I get an ASI done thru ZRT labs in the U.S. ...they ship all over the world.

    Follow Clayton ...maybe pm him ...he is in B.C - studying to be a nuturalpath. Dr. K. is speaking at his college next month.
    Also - follow Endless ...she lives in B.C.
    her journal is - why is the neighbour wearing sunglasses
  13. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    Awesome! Thanks for the tips, you're an angel!
    Did you see my ASI? My naturopath said its "probably the worst she has ever seen."
    (uh.. what does pm mean? post message?)
  14. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    pm=private message
  15. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    Hi Mike - can you give us more health history so Dr. K. has some contest ......please and thanks.

    What is your age? where do you live? work? family health history of family?
  16. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    I'll give you the works when I get back from my naturopath appointment at 2:30PM.
    That would be absolutely awesome to get an opinion from Dr Kruse.
    Should I give the long story or short story? I don't want to bore him with unnecessary details
  17. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    This is your journal - stick in everything and anything. Details matter huge ....you need to be able to connect all the dots - maybe some one else will see something that you didn't think was important.

    But - in the long run ...it all comes down to the "three legged stool"

    Is your naturopath on board with all this?
  18. endless

    endless New Member

    Hi Mike :)
    The only way I know of to order labs yourself is through Life Extension, they will send you the forms and you have to go over the border to one of the labs they deal with (can't remember the chain name right now...) for the blood draw. Then they send you the results by mail. I was considering it but the nearest lab to me is in Idaho, a bit too far for an easy trip. I'm sure there would be one in Bellingham or nearby though. If you're interested in that route I'll see if I can dig up the info I gathered last year.

    I found out my chiropractor has an account with ZRT so I ordered a saliva test panel through him. Speaking of chiropractors, do you see one? The pain relief you describe from the position change makes mw think that it might be something to check into. Mine does decompression therapy which is great for opening up stuck areas. The other thing you might try is ice on the sides of your neck....
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  19. Josh

    Josh Gold

    www.directlabs.com and some others if you look around as long as it is not outlawed in your state.
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  20. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    I mentioned it to her and she is aware of EMF and circadian rhythms being important.
    She's quite open minded, however I got the feeling that she doesn't know just how important it is.
    She said that there is many different angles to treat the same thing and probably the best way is to cover all of it.
    I like Jacks angle because its something that is easy for me to understand because of my electricity and physics education.
    I think we as humans naturally try to find a single reason or cause for any kind of problem but in reality there are many causes, some more predominate than others at different times.

    Anyway, here is some of my history:

    I was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1968, moved with mom and dad to Vancouver, Canada
    in 69. (My dad stole my mom from Sweden. He's Canadian,)
    I was healthy as a child, no problems there. Grew up in Coquitlam, B.C. a suburb of Vancouver.

    Had an eye accident at 11 years old from smashing a pop bottle (dumb). As a result I lost approx 70% vision in my left eye.

    Had a bought of OCD/ depression when I was 16 that was undiagnosed because I never sought treatment for it because of its embarrassing nature at the time

    That was about June 1984 until sometime around Xmas in seemed to just fade when I got back into school.

    Started partying and drinking a fair amount after graduation. The drinking was just on weekends, but it was quite a bit. Had a job doing woodwork.

    Started taking a course for avionics at Vancouver International Airport in 1990.
    The OCD/depression returned in early '91 during the course, still drinking and partying on the weekends.
    (I'm sure the airport was an EMF nightmare! I would have never even thought it was an issue)

    Failed the course. Too depressed to do anything about it.
    Went back to doing woodwork.

    Started taking Fluvoxamine in October '91. After 10 days my depression was gone!
    I was so happy but now I was left with chronic fatigue that was a concern but better than the depression which was unbelievably deep.

    I stayed on Luvox (and fatigue) for years. I didn't want to chance coming of off it since without it was an absolute nightmare. Still partying and drinking this whole time.

    As time went by I started feeling a bit more 'dull' than I used to. I weight trained a lot in the '90s because I was obsessed with women, not having much interest in anything else. I knew there was a bit of a problem there.

    In the 2000's I started experimenting with different antidepressants and supplements to try and rid myself of this fatigue.
    I was just so sick and tired of having to PUSH myself through a workday when it seemed that everyone else would just breeze through it and still have energy to have a life!

    None of the meds worked for the fatigue. My doctor kept on prescribing SSRI's which were all fatiguing, especially PAXIL!!
    I started doing my own research and was eyeing up Adderall. I didn't think I had ADHD but I saw that many people said it was great for depression and energy which was exactly what I needed.
    I learned about the symptoms of low dopamine and it absolutely described me PERFECTLY!

    I asked my GP (Canadian for "MD") if I could try Adderall.
    He said "sure".
    I was very surprised.
    I had been hesitant to ask him for a long time because it was only occasionally used "off label" for depression.
    Anyway, it worked AWESOME! I felt like a kid again!

    But after about 5 hours that feeling faded.

    The next day it faded after 3hrs,
    then 1 1/2hr,
    then nothing..

    My doctor increased the dose.. same thing happened.
    I maxed out the Adderall at 60mg.

    My GP then sent me to an ADHD specialist in North Vancouver.
    He assessed me for ADHD and diagnosed me with ADHD/combined type.
    (hyperactivity and inattentive).
    I asked, "but I'm not hyperactive"
    He said, "No, but your BRAIN is."
    Yeah, that's true.
    So he started me on Vyvanse but the same thing kept happening. He said that I am a fast metabolizer and that I just need a higher dose.
    Man - my top dose was 250mg of vyvanse PLUS 3x20mg of adderall!
    The same thing kept happening.
    We tried Concerta (an extended version of Ritalin)
    ...it was garbage.
    Tried Modafinil, Intuniv,.. garbage...garbage.
    Went back to Vyvanse at 150mg because it "worked" the best but not really.
    This whole time I've been taking Cipralex (Lexapro) at 10- 20mg.
    I started seeing a naturopath earlier this year after doing tons of research and finally realizing that it is NOT quackery and the truth about health has been hidden from us because of politics, drug companies and money.
    It took a while for me to see the light but now I'm just pissed at our shitty health care system! I mean the system is good at what it does, no doubt about it.
    But the way that it promotes itself as the only thing that works and purposely belittling all other therapies as quackery has really gotten me enraged!

    I had a real situation in 2013
    My mom had some kind of pelvic floor condition that was driving her crazy.
    The doctor just kept telling her "Don't worry, It'll go away".
    Around the same time, my dad started to get quite weak, needing help out of the bathtub on occasion.
    My mom, frustrated with her condition, starts drinking and smoking quite excessively to
    mitigate the stress. (dumb)
    My dad starts becoming demented.It starts to really worry my mom and sister (My sister who is disabled with serious OCD, still lives with my parents at this time)
    They send him to the ER. They diagnosed him with parkinson's and vascular dementia.
    They put him on Zoloft.
    The next day he slits his wrist in the wash room because he thought the staff were going to execute him (He survived). My mom at this point REALLY starts escalating her drinking. My sister can't believe all this is happening, so she slits her throat and ends up in the ER too! (She survives).
    Now my mom is at home alone. Now I got to do something.
    I must have sent her to the hospital about 8- 10 times when I would drive up after work to check up on her and find her so drunk that I was afraid that she would die if I left her alone.
    I said "Mom, if you keep this up you will be dead in under 3 months"
    It was 2 weeks.
    I found her dead on Valentine's Day.
    Face down, completely stiff
    ....just heartbreaking
    At this point, I had a LOT of work to do.
    Sorry, maybe that was a bit off track
    Anyway, my naturopath found that I have extreme adrenal fatigue and thinks my mental symptoms are due to candida overgrowth. I was a milk and cereal junkie until I learned better recently.
    Now I have what I think is a stimulant addiction on top of adrenal fatigue and candidiasis.
    So I am here trying to dig up some healthy answers for myself because I HATE the side effects of this crap! (The migraines!)
    But I keep on taking it because it makes me research like crazy!
    Without it, I doubt I would have ever found this site and maintained focus long enough to absorb any information at all!

    Gotta go eat. (My wife thinks I'm ignoring her.)

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