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  1. I found the site http://msgmyth.com/ a couple years ago and swithced my diet around to avoid loading up on foods with high glutamates (hidden MSG). For me it does make a difference. I try to eat less processed foods and avoid protein powders and bars etc. which all have some version of Soy Protein Isolate or Concentrate. However, I have no problem with tofu or soy milk etc. It's important to remember that even natural foods like tomatoes especially when cooked, contain very high levels of free glutamates. Everyone reacts differently. And it may be the glutamate load in any one meal as op
  2. I only like the tinctures since I can control exactly how much I want to dose at one time .... I also can let it sit under my tongue for a LONG TIME when I want really quick absorption. I only buy online. Amazon.com has one that I've been getting recently. Its a member of the mint family and I hear really easy to grow. Susan Weed's book on menapause was the first time I heard about Motherwort and I think she has some articles on making the tincture at home ... http://www.gaias-garden.co.uk/articles/Sus...erbexpert4.html
  3. I'll second Reen's shout-out for motherwort. It's my drug of choice for the last year or so. I use it during a hyperadrenergic flaire or hot flash. Side effects caution use if you have thyroid disease <which I do> but my PCP is aware that I am taking it and it has not impacted my hashimoto at all ... by way of lab work. It also cautions lowering blood pressure ... but since I take it during a surge, i've not had any issues with that. It's my best perimenapause pal and the most effective antidote for hot flashes or palpitations.
  4. I have issues with reactive hypoglycemia and post pranial hyptension ... I can pretty much count on getting sick after eating anything before 3 in the afternoon. But I DO eat because it is much worse for me if my blood sugar drops on its own. I eat every 2-3 hours ... VERY SMALL AMOUNTS until later in the day (usually dinner) when I can eat a normal size meal. What works best for me to stabilize things is four ounces of whole milk. Low fat milk has milk solids added to it and these tend to cause an MSG like reaction (http://msgmyth.com has lots of info on hidden sources of glutamates.) I
  5. I didn't think twice about EDS because I don't have the "classic" hypermobility joints. That is I don't score very high on the brighton scale. On the other hand, I can put my foot behind my head, all three of my births were under two hours labor, my mother has fibro etc. etc. ... Then a couple months back my youngest came home and said some version of "Hey Mom can you do this?" And then proceeded to do some "strange" twisty thing with her leg. Long story short I asked each of my three children to do the Brighton test and they are all classic hypermobile. I then did the poor man's tilt t
  6. I got my wheelchair a year ago last January and I should have gotten one many years before that! I had no idea how helpful it would be on so many levels. At my worst I was able to use it from the bedroom to the bathroom -- which was the only two places I was going at the time. I use my chair now only when I leave the house, which admittedly I am still too sick to do very often. But I absolutely love doing for a stroll around the cul d'sac on my own power. My arms are strong and it feels so good to work my upper body in the chair. I found that I did far more exercise with my chair than I
  7. Thank you Ernie for posting and telling us about the amazing parts of your healing journey. It is so good to know that even after a LONG period of being down and out ... that the body can find its way back. As you said, it may not be a cure but you are so far from where you were and I know you are deeply grateful for all that you can do today. thank you for sharing. ~EM
  8. Yay you for the Paraguard. I've wanted one but I'm just not up to getting myself up and out to go and get one these days ... plus I'm only a few years away from wrapping up menapause I figure ... so why bother? As for Advil ... there were a few years when I stopped taking it after a bad reaction. But then I just started taking Junior Advil or Children's Motrin and worked my way back up to a full single dose of Adult Advil. Thank goodness because it's the only thing that helps with the menstrual cramps. I still notice that I don't need much, as I am med sensitive. So I'll take one 200 mg t
  9. My experience is the similar to MomtoGuiliana, I was diagnosed Hashi in my 20's and I've had thyroid nodules come and go over the years. I understand these to be quite common with Hashi and in fact the only treatment seems to be taking thyroid hormone .. which most of us are doing anyway. The challenge with Hashi of course is that sometimes we go high (hyper) and sometimes we crash (hypo). Despite ardent attempts to modulate my synthroid or levoxyl over the years, I've never been able to get a good handle on "controlling" this autoimmune disease. Good luck on your healing journey. ~EM
  10. I was having a problem with flushing last summer and came across http://www.msgmyth.com/ which also lists all of the foods that have high levels of free glutamates which can be a problem for people who are sensative to MSG. I now steer clear of most of these foods and I do think it has made a difference.
  11. I hear this is quite common. For me I suspect my blood volume is low so when I stand the machines have a more difficult time taking the reading. I do have a biofeedback device I have used that will show each heart beat and I know my beat-2-beat variability is MUCH higher when I am standing. So for instance, when I am laying down my pulse may be between 70-75 (70 on the exhale and 75 as I take a breath in). But when I am standing the variance is much greater ... say 100-120+ (100 on the exhale and 120 or more as I inhale.) I think machines can tend to have a rough time finding an "average"
  12. So sorry to hear the update. Keeping a good thought for you. I hope the insurance companies stay on top of this and treat you well. ~EM
  13. I am not sure I know about the powdered form of gatorade. I had a physician tell me to drink mega amounts probably a dozen years ago. I did that for perhaps a year or more drinking 32-64 ounces a day as I was able. I ended up with systemic candida -- my guess was because of the high sugar content of gatorade.
  14. Thanks Sue! Somehow in my disordered mind it felt like I was the ONLY person not attending her daughter's graduation. I also get to see her all the time and I know she understands. We often joke about hiring a celebrity look-alike who can stand in for me at these special moments. And of course I'm a whiz with Photoshop! I can BE anywhere I want to be in hindsight. ;-)
  15. No small surprise that I found myself spinning these same questions around in my head this morning ... then I came to the DINET boards and saw your post. Deep bow to you Carina for being such a pioneer and blazing this trail on your healing journey. I do believe that those of us with POTS who also have panicdisordered minds find ourselves in a unique situation. Unlike people with traditional phobias, irrational thoughts or unbased fears we have an organic component to our illness that sometimes can get caught up and intertwined with anxiety reactions. From my experience (and dozens of year
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