According to Dr Teitlebaum in his “From Fatigued to Fantastic” book you should know within 2-3 weeks whether D-Ribose is going to be of any benefit to you. That means that although it’s an expensive suppliment you only need buy one standard tub in order to find out if it works.
I’m not doing star jumps. I’m not suddenly feeling 10% better than I was before D-Ribose. BUT I can definately feel a benefit.
This last week I’ve felt really wiped out, like someone has wrung me out of all my energy. I wake in the morning feel more exhausted than ever. I look at my arms and wonder how I’m going to get them to do anything today. Then Growler asks if I want a cup of tea (peppermint of course) and I suddenly remember II’m about to get my first D-Ribose of the day.
WIll it work today? Surely not because my arms are so weak and I feel so utterly devoid of energy.
I reckon within half an hour of that first cuppa with my 5 mg 5g D-Ribose dose in the limp arms are doing what I ask of them and I’ve forgotten how utterly rubbish I felt when I woke up. It doesn’t give me enough energy to get up and do anything different to my normal routine but it definately lifts some of the weight pressing down on me – it definately gives my battery a little trickle of a charge.
I figure that hopefully this means it’s also giving my body a little boost to fight whatever infection, inflammation or thingymabob that ravages my body under this CFS label.
So I’ve ordered more and I plan to continue using it for the forseeable future. I’m reluctant to move the dosage down to two 5mg doses a day just yet especially as I’ve introduced additonal nutritional suppliments slowly after icky gastric problems a month ago. So I’ll bend the rules and stick with three daily doses for the next week and then go to two a day.
The only bad side effect seems to have been I’m not sleeping very well. It’s taking me around an hour on average to get off to sleep, I’m having vivid dreams and am restless through the night. then wake up feeling heavy and dozey and actuallly – ready for bed!
This could be a side effect of the D-Ribose or could be another new/revisited symptom in my ME/CFS wheel-of-symptoms. I seem to also have faulty cognitives this week (mainly showing in mixing up words and mumbling internal thoughts out loud). Plus my glands are aching for the first time in months and months. Sigh. Tender glands in my neck where one of my most prominent symptoms back when this bout of moderate/severe ME kicked in.
Anyway – good news about the D-Ribose so far. Hoping to see more progress over the coming weeks but even the tiniest of boosts feels significant to me!