March Update: Health issues, race changes… life happens.

Posted by Jen on Mar 7, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Breakdown. Breakthrough.  Life just happens and you have to deal with it the best you can.  My life has hit a ceiling of sorts and I am pausing for a second to fix my broken down system.  I have been struggling with some severe insomnia issues for well, about 2 years now.  Its no secret my daughter has not been an easy sleeper, but even in the last 6 months when she is getting more routine sleep, I am unable to.  I stay up for hours or even all night just to fret over anything and everything.  My laundry, my work, races, songs in and out of my head, I think of a million things I need to do, and it just cycles over and over.  December was the worst ever and I sought help from a doctor who prescribed me Lunesta.   The problem is, this stuff is bad for you.  A New England Journal of Medicine article published  in 2011, sighted a study that showed that people who used more than a dozen pills in a year had an increased mortality rate of three times greater than those not on sleeping pills.  Now, there were many subgroups, outliers, etc, but the bottom line is, sleeping pills are not good.  Since January, there has only been about a half dozen times I have fallen asleep without one.  Yeah, this is not good.  I functioned okay in January, worse in February , where at Ray Miller 50k I witnessed a true performance decrease due to lack of sleep and since a near shooting incident about two weeks ago, I have experienced more stress than my body knows what to do with.  I got the flu last week and my body couldn’t and wouldn’t move for about three days.  Yes, body, I am listening and I’m sorry I have been pushing you so hard.

I have since seen a few doctors who have boiled down for me the following possibilities: Adrenal fatigue due to excessive cortisol stimulation- read too much dang stress, female hormonal deficiencies that are classic for extreme athletes- FAT, female athlete triad, and/or now post-traumatic stress from the shooting incident.  Training has been very little in the past two weeks and my mental and physical health concerns have come to the forefront as they should.

In the next two weeks, I am going to be undergoing labs, testing, etc to figure out how to help my body and mind back to a healthy spot.  I am confident that in part I must let go of some stressers in my life.  I must prioritize to my family, sleep, nutrition, running and work and fun.

With all of this means I must re-arrange my racing schedule to allow me some time to recover and get back into the swing of things.  Sadly, I must let go of Antelope Island 100 mile run in a few weeks.  I am optimistic that I will be able to take an extra month to get my life back in shape and hopefully toe the line at Zion 100 on April 19th.  I will wait a bit longer to make that decision to make sure my health starts to turn around.

Sleep really is the secret to good health, fast racing and a happy mental outlook.  I am learning about optimum sleep habits, routines, relaxation techniques and meditation. To train and race and work and be a mom on only a few hours of sleep a night is straight up silly.  I think this is just a bump in the road and I know I will recover.  Life’s lesson- stay flexible and always prioritize your health.

I am open to any and all suggestions for curing this bout of insomnia.  What has worked for you?

10 Comments

Olga King
Mar 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

Jen, dear. This is so timely for me, although very painful for you. It’s been 7 years since my life stress level went through the roof, and practically never settled down. The insomnia, while is not a consistent item on daily basis, is something that follows me, and the thoughts are real. Seek help. Therapy? For immediate relief I often use Melatonin, and it seems for the most part give some rest – and not that I heard of bad side effects (though I never looked). I was on it practically daily for the last 3 months since discovering it. Hang on. I hear ya on cortisol and other crap too – just clawing my own way out.


 
Jen
Mar 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

Geez, you too? Sorry Olga- it’s a tough boat to be in. A female thing moreover? I wonder about the fine line that hormones play. Thanks for the advice on melatonin!


 
Erin Earle
Mar 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I used to have terrible insomnia — throughout my 20s & early 30s– a very stressful period. I was living in Japan at the time and ended up seeing an acupuncurist weekly. sleep issue solved!! I have had great success with acupuncture, off and on throughout the years, in the treatment of my sleep issues, depression & eating disorder troubles — you might want to give it a go. It is not a quick fix but rather a mellow/gradual one. It feels wonderful though, and it is very relaxing and excellent self-care if you can find a good practioner.
I am so sorry you are struggling! SO frustrating not being able to rest.


 
Melissa
Mar 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

My DH and I have had some bouts with insomnia (he worse than me at the moment, work stress – me seems to be more hormones – thyroid/estrogen/cortisol triad is a toughie). Things that have helped: melatonin, homeopathic remedies (Boiron brand Quietude, Bach Rescue Remedy Sleep Melts (DH finds those very helpful when he wakes in middle of night). I have allergies and there are only a few meds I can take for them – the one I take in the evening is 1/2 of a 25mg tab of Benadryl (or generic) – helps w/ allergies disrupting sleep and side benefit makes me drowsy – not guaranteed every night, but mostly. Meditation and relaxation breathing audio assistance, both at other times like bedtime or first thing, and via ipod when awake and wanting to sleep. One thing that makes a big difference for me is getting off the computer 2h before desired bedtime – hard, but my circadian is affected by computer/ipad in a way it’s not by TV (where I allow an hour). I actually just purchased some orange glasses/goggles that are supposed to filter blue light and help with evening computer work sleep issues. The last hour before bed is quiet book reading. I’ve also found that I sometimes wake up more during the night if I’ve eaten late – seems like my digestion competes w/ my sleep & repair processes. I sleep with an eye mask and I didn’t think it would help but it really does, at least with falling asleep initially. If/when I wake up to use the restroom, I take it off so that my wake light can work.

I assume docs are checking your calcium/magnesium levels, those matter for sleep.

For waking, I use a Phillips wake light that starts a light coming on dimly a while before the alarm goes off (mine is 30 min). If I’m getting good sleep, I’ll wake with the light. Knowing how I react to computer light, when I want to wake myself up, I grab my ipod and start checking email and twitter (fun at 4am!).

I want to try acupuncture for injury prevention/treatment, haven’t gotten to it yet. Good to know it might help with sleep, maybe DH could get help that way.

Wishing you all the best, and answers and relief soon.


 
Jen
Mar 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thanks Melissa, That is super helpful. I really like the idea of holistic approaches and especially meditation and breathing. I’m curious what your hormones showed and if you did anything to get them at better levels. I’m testing those in a few weeks. Much peace to you!


 
Melissa
Mar 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

The research on meditation/mindfulness/breathing is very strong in terms of dealing w/ stress, insomnia and it doesn’t take a lot of time to get benefits – many books avail, let me know if you need recs. There’s some data re yoga as well, and I have friends whose insomnia was eliminated from a regular practice. (I’m just reading The Last Best Cure by Donna Jackson Nazakawa now – which covers these topics and acupuncture, all from her perspective as a patient with many severe chronic conditions trying them out – and I am nodding my head a LOT.)

I know my doc has said that balancing that triad of hormones, which all interact and are affected by stress and aging is very difficult. I’m an interesting “case” hormonally. :) Perimenopausal, on continuous bc pills, which makes the estrogen-related testing iffy, but all those (last test anyway) showed normal. I can tell when my hormones shift (PMS-type mood swings). Adrenally, my cortisol was fine but DHEA was very low which can indicate long-term stress and be an early warning sign. Doc said I could supplement w/DHEA, took once & felt so energized it scared me – isn’t that sad, I felt so good it scared me – haven’t taken since. (due to a number of health conditions and risks I try to take as little stuff as I need esp things that could affect estrogen like DHEA – there’s a lot I already have to take, and it all interacts) Thyroid – long story, but make sure they check for antithyroid antibodies, free T4 and free T3 as well as TSH, and look for a good range of 0.3-3.0 of TSH (most places say 0.5-5.0 or 5.5 but I think a clinical endo society came out w/ tighter range years ago). There is a school of thought of treating if antibodies are present even if TSH is “normal”, would definitely suggest considering. Doc suggested I could supplement w/ Phosphatidyl Serine 100 mg (evening) to help sleep (supposedly helps w/ stress, anxiety, cortisol). I did for a while but things seemed to get better. I haven’t had any of them (except thyroid) retested. One weird thing I noted – for years I used to take one of those nasal allergy sprays (like Flonase, Nasonex) and decided to stop. Well, they’re in the steroid family, and when you stop a med like that, you can go into withdrawal, which causes adrenal problems/symptoms for a while. For several months I was sure I had hypoadrenal issues (symptoms were unpleasant), but eventually it resolved as my body adjusted.

Due to other conditions/sensitivities/risks, I’m on a fair number of dietary restrictions, which may help me some also. If you have food allergies or sensitivities they can show up in all sorts of ways so you may want to check yourself out in these areas. I’m gluten-free (gluten-intolerant if not celiac), almost dairy-free (whey protein and very rare cheese), GERD diet (no coffee, chocolate, citrus/citric acid, tomatoes, spicy foods). I am not full on Paleo, but eat only a little in non-gluten grains (rice, corn), rare potatoes (tho eat sweet potatoes daily), avoid most legumes. If you have autoimmune issues, some folks suggest no nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant) and no eggs. Haven’t gone quite that far tho maybe I should. Cook most veggies and fruits I do eat at least a little.

That was probably WAY more than you wanted/needed to know, but if it helps you or anyone reading, I’d be pleased to have been of help.

My best to all.


 
Jen
Mar 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Wow- I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to go through some really possible causes and solutions. I will certainly heed your suggestions and continue my research. I am sure this is helping not just me, but so many others. Best to you as well!
Jen


 
Tina F.
Mar 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

While I don’t have insomnia, I do have trouble winding down enough to get to sleep. I asked my boyfriend, who is a Neurologist, what he would suggest. Behavioral modification like not laying in bed when you’re not tired, not reading/watching TV in bed, and limiting fluids before bedtime. I’m sure you’ve already tried those as they are pretty common sense ideas. However, I am hooked on the Spoonk (ridiculous name). It’s an accupressure mat that you lay on and it puts me out within 30 minutes. I get so relaxed that i can’t keep my eyes open. They sell them at Whole Foods but they are super pricey. I got mine from amazon a few weeks ago after a fellow ICU Nurse recommended it to me. My bf is hooked on it too, so i got very excited when i saw there is a deal on them right now on Groupon. I live in Sacramento so you may need to change your location to my region to search for it. For $35 it’s worth a shot, right? Good luck to you.


 
Jen
Mar 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

Wow thanks for the idea of the accupressure mat. I will absolutely look into that.


 
Melissa
Apr 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

Jen – was wondering how you’re doing now. Any improvement?

best,
Melissa


 

Reply

 

Copyright © 2014 A Girl’s Guide to Trail Running.

  • lpr dosage
  • dosage toenail fungus
  • venda sem receita
  • costo
  • taking during pregnancy
  • manufacturing problems
  • should be taken at night or in the morning
  • 1mg tabletten
  • quanto custa o remedio
  • resistant trichomonas
  • what is the medicine used for
  • alcohol
  • dosage for 10 year old
  • for psychotic depression
  • 1218434408
  • platelet inhibition
  • hotel 5 stelle limassol
  • buy online generic
  • same
  • w zelu
  • taper off 20mg
  • vs for cold sores
  • partir quand peut prendre
  • medication
  • directions taking otc
  • oral granules dosage
  • birth defects
  • expired
  • lawsuit
  • withdrawal length symptoms
  • 3 times
  • does cure a bladder infection
  • 9325815666
  • kremi nedir
  • armour vs cytomel
  • overdose side effects
  • addiction
  • for leg nerve pain
  • for oral infection
  • cancer lawsuit
  • directions st davids school
  • how long after drinking alcohol can i take
  • and aspergers syndrome
  • constipation
  • weight loss after stopping
  • medication
  • metropolitana roma linea a
  • is it legal to take onto a plane
  • 200 mg side effects
  • is effective for urinary tract infections
  • patent life
  • safe when pregnant
  • made horse urine
  • mood stabilizer children
  • early period after taking
  • does cause hair loss
  • interaction fda
  • wanneer zwangerschapstest na
  • mixing and ambien
  • 40 mg yan etkileri
  • enema recipe
  • can you give tylenol and together
  • dti gov za
  • lengthen your cycle
  • plus edex
  • neuropathy
  • webmd
  • how long does it take for to start working
  • does treat tooth infections
  • safe babies
  • letra da musica de jozyanne senhor
  • temps d'action
  • side effects problems
  • 99 dollars
  • coupon
  • vs review
  • safe while breastfeeding
  • antibiotic directions
  • difference between babies
  • how long does rebound effect last
  • combination
  • compare and
  • good for sore throat
  • where can i get online
  • 5mg
  • get cheaper
  • a bol glowy
  • cerave while on
  • cheap generic pills online
  • can i take with monistat
  • ospedale oftalmico via 3 roma
  • arixtra with
  • vs
  • dosage for tourettes
  • can you take with zoloft
  • in postpartum hemorrhage
  • how long wait to get pregnant after
  • hepatitis b
  • wrinkle cream
  • effetti collaterali depressione
  • hyperacusis
  • vs hair loss
  • with food
  • active pain relief patch
  • or lyrica - which is better
  • interactions
  • pharmaceutical company
  • alzheimer's dementia
  • 30 mg
  • vs
  • usar berotec juntos
  • effects endometriosis
  • what if and dont work
  • is a proton pump inhibitor
  • zubereitung
  • can make you sleepy
  • does blue cross blue shield cover
  • pension
  • sverige flashback
  • hunger pangs
  • and acid reflux
  • and interaction
  • usa today vs
  • medication australia
  • y disfuncion erectil
  • use hair loss
  • chile precio
  • liek n
  • 500mg en espanol
  • ou que choisir
  • despues de 9 semanas
  • how much does cost at cvs
  • blood thinners side effects
  • how long to get out of your system
  • 5 creme sachets cre 12
  • d rebate
  • costo las pastillas
  • sales year
  • when to take pct
  • success rates iui unexplained infertility
  • 6040078016
  • stopping after 5 years
  • for seizures reviews
  • used for depression
  • impotence
  • 5mg
  • can i take with
  • mode d'administration
  • how does work for migraines
  • dosage of for 6 month old
  • how long will take to work
  • shampoo 1 or 2 for hair loss
  • generic substitute
  • high dose side effects
  • . 5mg
  • message boards
  • qual e melhor ou
  • reaction
  • patent expire
  • for asthma
  • autism treatment
  • vyvanse interaction
  • can i carry on a plane
  • cytomel together
  • cancer higado
  • sleep
  • cost walmart
  • waalwijk nl
  • does quit working
  • how long does it take to work in infants
  • interactions with ppi
  • dosage for ds for sinus infection
  • dosage recommended
  • bula
  • para que es
  • extended release
  • taking and
  • 20 mg 30 film tablet
  • generic yet
  • cuantas pastillas necesito para abortar
  • dose for adults
  • and renal dosing
  • xr 200mg
  • for capsular contracture breast augmentation
  • is it legal to buy online in ireland
  • dosage 60 mg
  • kopen zonder voorschrift
  • oral
  • having period
  • equivalent
  • cr 25 bula
  • 0.1 solution
  • buy cold sore cream
  • typical atypical
  • shot
  • news
  • 4 fois jour
  • macrobid or
  • taking testosterone
  • safe during breastfeeding
  • relief irritation
  • interaction with vitamin d
  • can i take tramadol and together
  • instructions use spacer
  • dosage for heartburn
  • neuropathy
  • cost walgreens
  • indications therapeutiques
  • once a day
  • best substitute
  • en francais
  • compare otc
  • and potassium levels
  • o que A e para que serve
  • active pain relieving patch
  • baby
  • difference between and
  • baby reflux syrup
  • taking and drinking alcohol
  • cream dosage
  • mtf dosage
  • 1 hc in
  • otc side effects gas
  • online prescription
  • y relenza efectos secundarios
  • taking hydrocodone
  • side effects muscle cramps
  • buy jelly 2
  • tablets to buy
  • ovestin
  • price of at walgreens
  • and grapefruit juice information
  • a
  • patient teaching
  • irritability
  • dose calculator
  • children yeast
  • can take alprazolam
  • puedo tomar alcohol despues
  • 2 120ml
  • days 3-7 vs 4-8
  • epiduo
  • user comments
  • should i stop taking
  • can use yeast infection
  • dosage babies
  • para que sirve
  • reditabs children dosage
  • heartburn side effects
  • will cause you gain weight
  • 9621842755
  • chances of getting pregnant on 100mg of
  • 8 tabl
  • capsules side effects
  • compare to mirapex
  • mups 40 mg beipackzettel
  • ds instructions
  • flushing
  • cash price
  • side effects children bipolar
  • anxiety relief
  • why is my not working
  • stop nausea
  • fluoxetina y
  • is it safe to take while pregnant first trimester
  • side effects in men prostate
  • tingling fingers
  • 40 mg side effects
  • twice a week
  • high blood pressure medicine
  • can you take melatonin together
  • can get piercings while
  • wit c
  • a bolesA? v podbruA?ku
  • dawkowanie dziecko
  • taking but still not ovulating
  • sciatica
  • used bv
  • generic from cipla
  • estrogenos
  • happens if drink alcohol
  • st john's wort
  • can u drink alcohol taking
  • can cause fatigue
  • 150 how long does it last
  • is very safe
  • and prozac together
  • price usa
  • how long before eating
  • what's better or injectables
  • center staten island
  • baby 4mg preAo
  • can take 2 per day
  • many milligrams yeast infection
  • side effects
  • ilaA etkileAYimi
  • emulgel 40g preis
  • high inr
  • generic price
  • i danmark
  • weaning off for seizures
  • quantos comprimidos tomar
  • oral
  • taking and
  • taking every other day
  • can you take nitric oxide and together
  • d tylenol
  • apache pizza
  • bula
  • can i take with milk
  • ceasing
  • e anticoncepcional
  • switching et cipralex
  • better kapidex
  • surgery
  • buy online
  • patient package insert
  • effects on pregnancy
  • price comparison
  • order
  • maximum dose of
  • dosage for respiratory infection
  • kegunaan
  • does cause bleeding
  • e ate
  • vomiting
  • can cause extreme drowsiness
  • treat boils
  • para q
  • do you take with food
  • generic alternative
  • quick delivery
  • days 1-5 success
  • good acid reflux
  • avr inr goal
  • price of at costco
  • versus
  • falls theater review
  • therapy post cycle
  • 50 mg directions
  • generic drug
  • 250 mg
  • abnormal bleeding while on
  • can you take and together
  • does make your hair thin
  • flat affect
  • crohn's disease side effects
  • grapefruit
  • side effects appetite
  • compare zyclara
  • mucinex dm d together
  • interstitial cystitis
  • insertion
  • mirapex pramipexole
  • nursing
  • is a methamphetamine
  • problems taking
  • study enhance
  • and 5-htp
  • offers
  • dosage twice a day
  • 20 mg side effects
  • vs xanax medication
  • why discontinued
  • bijsluiter
  • can take while breastfeeding
  • sales
  • uk paypal
  • food empty stomach
  • 1513613734
  • duloxetina capsulas 60mg
  • how long does last during the day
  • alkohol skutki
  • adverse reactions d
  • breast cancer in men
  • indian name
  • coupon not working
  • samples
  • actor new commercial
  • treatment
  • oxal
  • de 10 o de 20 mg
  • ativan and interaction
  • maximum daily dose
  • acute otitis media
  • can you take morning benadryl night
  • otc maximum dosage
  • mups 40
  • in early pregnancy
  • short term memory loss
  • and together
  • ds food interactions
  • older men
  • effects liver
  • e tachipirina
  • less than 1 year
  • zoloft interaction
  • day 7 10
  • costo pastillas peru
  • para que sirve el