Time for an update on how the D-Ribose plan is going.
I’ve been taking D-Ribose for 14 weeks, along with 200mg of Q10 and around 500mg of L-Carnitine. I started on 3 x 10g a day for the first 4 weeks and ever since 2 x 10mg.
I take the first D-Ribose dose first thing in the morning and the second dose around 3pm. Any later and it seems to add to my trouble with getting off to sleep.
After 14 weeks I can say that D-Ribose is not a miracle worker – at least it’s not an instant solution. But I certainly feel a benefit.
I’ve described before how most mornings I feel quite wiped out when I wake up (not uncommon for ME/CFS). Half an hour to an hour after that first D-Ribose dose I feel less heavy, less exhausted. Very slowly I am doing a tiny bit more as the weeks pass. It’s very hard to measure and it’s such a tiny improvement I am sure only people who have experienced debilitating fatigue will recognise it as a cause for note at all!
I’m sorry I can’t quantify the effect for you. I know that sounds like a cop out.
But on days when everything feels heavy often the D-Ribose takes the edge off that. By my second dose around 3pm on those heavy days I feel ready for the dose and it’s enough to keep the edge off until late evening.
When I have done perhaps a little too much the D-Ribose offers little respite. But the ‘payback’ for such exertions seems to last for a shorter time than before D-Ribose. Perhaps a day or two to recover from seeing a friend on a better day instead of 3 or 4 days (or longer) as before.
So I also seem to have more frequent better days. At least better in terms of feeling reasonably OK at rest during the main part of the day.
I have another 2-3 weeks of taking the high dose Q10. Or at least deciding whether I need to continue with this (rather costly!) suppliment for more than 4 months. I do not know if the current problems with IBS, constipation (and adverse reactions to foods which previously in my ME/CFS have not been a problem) are connected to taking Q10 or L-Carnitine or even my body healing – OR if these symptoms are merely a new phase of my illness that co-incide.
So, as always, I am rather inconclusive! But I thought I had better report where I am at – good, bad or difficult to quantify!
In case you did a search and arrived here other posts of mine on this that might interest you:
Around 1 month – Dangerous Days