Neither a restrictive diet or medication has been saving me from my guts these past few weeks. The flare has been particularly bad on some days – cramping, bubbling, gas and pain. I thought I’d try a new tactic and see if probiotics could help – maybe I had some kind of inbalance or infection.
After just a few days I can say it’s not perfect but it’s suddenly a hell of a lot better. I actually had 2 days gut pain free which is a massive relief after struggling with it for a while now.
Also a friend who also takes amitriptyline for ME pain relief suggested taking my nightly dose earlier in the evening. That the optimum time to take the tablets is 13 hours before you want to wake up. Maybe this might help me to sleep – something else I’ve been struggling with these past few weeks. Often not getting off to sleep until 12-2am despite being in bed at 10.30 as usual.
So this weekend I started taking my 20mg of Amitriptyline at 8pm instead of just as I get into bed. So far it’s not adjusting how long I sleep for but I’m not worried about that. I seem to have needed 10-12 hours of sleep this I got ME.
It’s also not necessarily getting me off to sleep any quicker. But a few adjustments like reading (or luxury being read to) are helping.
What it has been helping with is when I do wake up I’m not feeling groggy and foggy and heavy like I used to. I feel much lighter and brighter. Which in turn means I am feeling like getting out of bed earlier and able to think better and maybe do more.
I thought that groggy feeling was me with ME in the mornings. Seems maybe most of it was amitriptyline hanging around.
Finally the mobile hairdresser I approached emailed me back and she’s coming the day after tomorrow. I am very glad that I will soon have a hairstyle again. But I’m not quite sure what style I want her to aim for. So I have to get some ideas if I want to avoid being disappointed with the cut. I’m sure she’s very competent but not a mind reader.
Oh and it’s sunny out today. Which is an added bonus. I’m also really excited about getting on my new painting as it’s coming together well now (fingers crossed). It’s lovely to have good news.