I was getting ready for my doctor’s visit tomorrow, and I started looking at my calendar. I don’t know what’s up with my menstrual cycle. I’m not sure there’s a way to test for sure, but here’s what I’m looking at.
I started having some ovulation symptoms on June 20th. They would have been 3 days late for a 28 day menstrual cycle and mine is usually a bit longer than that, even though I’ve had a few at that length in the past 8 months. But I was never sure if I ovulated.
The next day, I put the acupressure seeds on my shen men points (in my ears). I don’t know if that could have changed anything.
Then on June 28th, I felt a pain near my left ovary that lasted about an hour. That’s what I usually associate with ovulating. But all the other symptoms (like tender breasts) were gone by then.
Menstruation started on July 6th. That’s 16 days after the ovulation symptoms but only 8 days after the ovary pain. Now, it is possible, since I have PCOS that I didn’t actually ovulate at all and my hormonal cycle found some other way to go through the motions. It’s also possible that I ovulated twice…or a second cyst erupted after the functional cyst that caused the normal hormonal cascade. I’m not really sure. But something’s up.
Of course the pain near my ovary could have been caused by a different organ system, but it definitely wasn’t gas.
I’m having a moment as I write where I question how much attention I pay to my body and all its sensations. I don’t think it’s bad, per se, but I don’t really understand what’s going on. (If you read this, let it be a way for you to ask your own questions, not a source of answers.)
Anyway, I still have many of the other symptoms of PCOS, so I don’t think that’s completely gone and I could be dealing with minor malfunctions. So I’ll keep watching and waiting.
The verdict on the shen men points is that they’re worth trying again. When I menstruated, I had abdominal and back cramps, hand and forearm pain, fatigue and loose stools. It wasn’t the full body takedown like I experienced in June. (See Surviving Vagus.) That being said, I only have those nasty periods occasionally, so I’m not sure if it would have been okay anyway. I’ll keep using them for the next several months, each time starting when I think I ovulated and ending after my new cycle starts.
I have a headache, so I didn’t bother to coil my head for Candida. Other than that, it’s a regular day.
- Babesia, chest, 10 minutes; ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes
- homeopathic support
- juiced greens (double dose)
- skin brushing
The Lyme Herx has already started from the coiling session two nights ago. Last night I couldn’t sleep very long: hard time falling asleep, hard time staying asleep, waking up early. I was in bed for 7.5 hours, but asleep for much less. I started the day with loose stools. The headache started at around noon and got progressively worse all day.
I had two big night sweats; my neck and hair were drenched, as was the running shirt. I had to change towels, too.
In addition to the Herx, I’m having muscle pain from the yoga class. We did a lot of shoulder work, which I think caused an oxygenation mini-herx in the shoulder joints. Plus all the nearby muscles hurt. My leg muscles are pretty sore, too. It was more of a workout than I realized, but all the appropriate places hurt, so I can’t complain.
My joints are really bothering me. All of them, the big and little ones, my spine and especially my neck. It feels like the Lyme is acting up even as I just killed a bunch of it. I was wondering today if I need to coil more for Lyme this summer. I’ll have to think on it, because right now, I’m still hoping to tackle Bartonella and reduce the load a lot before autumn.
I have floaters in my vision and eye pain. Earlier in the day, I had light sensitivity. I had a mild heat rash on my chest and I’ve been itchy all over. I have a tingling sensation in my ankles, on and off, just under the skin. I had rib pain for a short time in the afternoon.
I got so tired I needed to nap. I guess it was also the intensity of the headache. But I pulled myself together enough to do some paperwork, write the blog and coil tonight.
Categories: Herx reactions