I finally decided that today was the day that I needed to sit down and catch people up on my ozone therapy! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 There’s been several things over the last week or so that I definitely could have blogged about but I was busy with clients, preparing to camp Labor Day weekend….and then I promised myself that I wasn’t going to get my laptop out while camping 🤷🏼♀️….so here I am, a week and a half after my last blog. 😊 All you moms totally understand where I’m coming from!
The first thing I want to catch you up on is where I am with my ozone treatments. I had my fifth treatment today so I’m already half way done! 🙌🏼 Woo-hoo!! It really is going EXTREMELY fast!! However, it doesn’t mean that I won’t have more. I will have labs done after my 10th treatment (not looking forward to that 🙅🏼♀️) and Dr. Logan will be able to determine whether he wants me to continue with more. I did have my thyroid labs ran last week and they came back normal. There wasn’t any real reason as to why I had them done other than it was time to. About a month ago I was due for a new prescription, so I had to get my levels tested. But anyway, they came back normal, so I’m all good in the ozone and thyroid level departments! 👊🏼
Probably the biggest thing that I’ve wanted to share is some of the side affects that I have noticed throughout the weeks. Below is a list of some things I’ve experienced and I will go into more detail on some of them as well.
- Frustration 😩
- Irritability 😒
- Anger 😡
- ANNOYANCE 🙄
- Fatigue (especially right after) 😴
- Sore Throat (Strep is my highest infection) 😷
- Increased Anxiety 😰
- Late Cycle 🔴
- Acne around mouth 👄
- CRAVINGS 🍪🍿🎂🍟🍫
- Never Satiated 🍎🍉🍓🍇🥑🥥🥦🥒🍠🥕🥓🍗
First, probably the worst side affect has been how easily irritated I’ve been. Weeks one through four, my poor girls took the brunt of my bad mood 😞… I was easily frustrated, impatient, and irritated and no matter what I did to try and help, it just was what it was. I prayed about it, went to yoga three to four times a week, meditated, did some cardio at the gym, tried breathing when I got angry, etc…it just didn’t work. I tried several times to let them know what I was going through and that mommy had a short fuse, but at eight and seven, I know they didn’t fully understand. I’m very happy to say that last week was much better! 🙌🏼 I’m hoping that the pattern will continue and that this week will be even better! 🙏🏼
I talked to Dr. Logan’s office about how I was experiencing irritability and they told me that I was essentially detoxing in two different ways. Not only was the “die-off” of the infections causing me to detox, but eating an AIP diet was also putting me through a kind of detox. As “clean” as I thought I was eating prior to these treatments, I wasn’t nearly as “clean” as I should have been. So between my diet and the infection die-off, I was detoxing pretty good!
MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND ACNE
I also talked to them about (close your ears boys 👂 ) how late I was on my cycle. For several years now, I’ve been on a very short cycle of about 25-26 days. It started around the time that my training increased for the competitive CrossFit that I was doing. Prior to that, I was a healthy, 28-29 day girl. But I went beyond the 25-26 days, and beyond the 28-29 days, and I ended up at a 37 day cycle 😳. Now I realize that for some people, this is actually a normal cycle for them, but for me, that’s about 11-12 days past my normal start time. After talking to Dr. Logan’s office, I was reassured that this also is probably due to the detoxing and the affect it’s having on my hormones.
I’m going to continue to pay close attention to my hormones. I’m trying to sit tight and be patient to see if my AIP diet helps to balance them out, as well as wait to finish the ozone treatments and see if that helps too. If, after my treatments are over and I give AIP a good 12 weeks or more, I don’t see the acne disappear, my period doesn’t stay around 28 days, and I don’t see a change in my cravings (they’ve been SO bad), then I will probably ask to have labs done to see what my hormone levels look like. I will also have labs to check for candida overgrowth but that’s another story. Obviously my cycle is a pretty good indicator that some things are off but I also have a fair amount of acne around my mouth that is typically not there 😞. I’d like for that to go away as well! Deep down, I think if I’m patient and wait until I’m done with the ozone treatments and I give AIP time to work, I will see them pretty well balance out on their own.
I’ve also been experiencing some definite cravings, swinging from wanting something sweet one minute to something really salty the next. Again, this could be hormone related and possibly due to the restriction of following AIP. I’m honestly just trying to let my cravings lead the way and I’m ok with giving in to them right now…sorta 😬. If I need something sweet, I might have an apple or some berries. Sometimes I will have a piece of chocolate, 70% cacao or greater. If I am looking for salt, I’ve been going with salted plantain chips. And out of the two, sweet and salty, the salty plantain chips are the hardest to put down. I know I’m not supposed to have chocolate on AIP so I try to really limit that and when I do have it, I only have one square. It’s usually enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
But it’s not even really the cravings that are the hardest part. I find myself hungry ALL. THE. TIME. I’m trying to stay open to what’s causing this and not really blame it on any one particular thing. However, I am wondering if doing IF (intermittent fasting) has played a factor. I’ve been doing that for awhile and at first, I definitely noticed a difference in how satisfied I felt throughout the day and I didn’t feel the need to eat as much. Now, I’m to a point where once I put food in my mouth, I can’t seem to stop! I’ve done some reading about autoimmune conditions and IF and it sounds like, in plain English for those of us “not-so-sciencey” people, that possibly my “I’m hungry” and “I’m full” (leptin and grehlin) hormones have been desensitized some. I don’t know that for sure, of course, but it’s a possibility that I’m keeping in the back of my mind. So, I’m trying to get back to starting my day with a decent breakfast to see if that changes some things. I’m about six days into having breakfast and I can’t say I’ve noticed anything just yet. But I’m not sure I should expect to see a change yet anyway.
Anxiety – so this is one of those things that I never dealt with until the same time period that I found out I was hypothyroid. And it’s also one of the things that I want to go away….like 10 years ago! 😩 I usually am pretty good with anxiety. It doesn’t creep up on me all too often. But over the last week, it seems like the irritability and frustration have been replaced with a little more anxiety than normal. The good thing is, I am able to acknowledge that it’s probably another side affect of the ozone treatments, breathe deeply, and get through it. It’s probably more of an annoyance than anything and luckily none of the instances have turned into a panic attack. If you are someone that struggles with anxiety, I can’t encourage you enough to research different breathing exercises and find a yoga class that you like. It’s SO important. Deep breathing is definitely the NUMBER ONE TOOL that has helped me to cope with anxious situations when my mind is playing tricks on me.
The last thing that I’ve been experiencing is a sore throat. About two to three days after each of my treatments, I have had a sore throat. It typically starts to come on in the afternoon, gets bad at bedtime, is sore all of the next day and then is gone by that night. Luckily, just like the irritability and frustration, I didn’t notice this last week so I’m hoping this is gone as well.
So that’s a lot of stuff!! 😬 I know there is a lot here but I have to say, the only thing that has really been almost too much to handle has been the irritability. Thankfully it’s gone! I just tried to remember that my body was getting rid of the bad stuff and doing what it is supposed to be doing. I will continue to keep you all updated on how the treatments are going and definitely the end result! Until next time….