At age 36, I suddenly became ill with flu-like symptoms. Low grade fever, ear pain, swollen neck glands, chills, and aching. (Being healthy all my life.)
A few days later I was put on an antibiotic for an ear infection. From then on it was down hill. For a year or more I had chills, a stiff neck that came and went. Almost constant ear pain, with a number of ear infections and tiredness. Sensitivity to cold which eventually became painful to my muscles, irritable bowel, water retention, mental fog, & bruising, nightly sleep disruption. I felt drained of all energy constantly. Getting 10 - 12 hours sleep at night and 3 - 6 hour naps was never enough. This would not give me back the energy level that I was so used to. The almost daily 40 minute walks never energized me; I just felt more drained.
I was taking the maximum of Tylenol, Aleve, etc. for the pain, which concerned me because of the possible kidney or liver damage that can happen. I was put on 20 mg of Amytriptyline for the chronic pain and the sleep disruptions. This did help some, but I was not getting any better and the pain was becoming more constant. After 2 1/2 years I tried to stop slowly taking Amytriptyline. I thought I was doing okay until three weeks later and the pain was worse and I just felt sick. I believe I wanted to sleep a lot because when I slept I didn't feel the pain. I did wake at night many times in pain, however.
Ten years into this trial, I started taking some high-quality nutritionals as recommended. After a month I knew I was doing better, more energy and less pain. After two months, I definitely was better as our family re-roofed our home, put in two skylights and our daughter had a large wedding (that we did all the work on) right in the middle of all this. The week after the wedding I did get a lung infection that resolved quickly.
I soon added the other optimizing nutritional supplements you recommend. The stiffness I was starting to feel then also went away.
Eight months after starting this nutritional supplementation program, I bravely went off of Amytriptyline and haven't taken it since. It's been almost 3 1/2 years since I started taking this program. The longer I was on the nutritionals the better I felt. I'm able to exercise again without any pain and it's rare for me to need a nap. I haven't felt this good since my teen years, I feel young again.
I haven't had a cold in over two years or the flu (I do get a flu shot every year as I am a lab technician in a pediatric clinic). I would generally get 3 - 4 colds a year. From the bottom of my heart, I am thankful for giving my husband and my four children my life back. Thank you Dr. Strand for this very helpful and informative website.