I am still taking the "frug" Limbrel. It's been just over a week now, and I am happy to report that the worst of the stomach issues seem to have passed (OK that was a bad joke). I am still more heartburny and stomach-upsetty than normally, but -happily for my family- the toxic flatulence has relented for the most part. The remaining residuals I can blame on the dog, who is usually the most frequent offender in that regard. It helps that he habitually parks himself right beside me, anyway. Hey, if opportunity presents itself, who am I to turn it down?
I have noticed no improvement in my arthritis whatsoever.
But here's a funny thing: I bent to pick something up off the floor the other day. As I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I am um.. "limber". I pick stuff up and tie my shoes by bending at the waist and keeping my knees straight or locked (yes. there is a difference: "Locked" in my case is a ways past straight). I don't even think about it, it's just what I do and have done just about forever. I get funny looks when I tie my shoe in public.
Well, I bent to pick something up off the floor the other day and felt a funny sensation in the back of my right knee: A an unfamiliar tightness, which took me by surprise. I thought little of it at first -thought maybe I had slept funny- but it has continued for some days, In fact, it has now spread to the left leg, too.
Now, when I at the waist bend to put my palms flat on the floor... Well, I can still do it, but I feel that pull in the back of my legs that was not there before. Is this the Limbrel? I don't know. I can't think what else has changed.
Another thing that has changed, which I am NOT happy about: I have suddenly gained some weight. My weight usually fluctuates about 4 lbs from day-to-day or week-to week, depending (I assume) on whether my body is choosing to hold or flush water and sodium. However it does so within a range, and if it stays in that range I don't worry too much about it. Usually it stays in the 6-9 lb range when looking at the last number on the scale. Now those numbers have changed and the range is from 9-2, which means the middle number is also changing more often than not. I am so NOT happy about that. Again, -although it has been a holiday, and I did eat a little more than usual, I don't think it was enough to cause that much weight gain. I think I have Limbrel to thank for at least three of those four pounds.
I am seriously tempted to throw in the towel on this Limbrel business, but it is too early yet, so I will persevere.
I will keep you guys posted.