On my daily health chart, besides giving myself a daily overall health rating, I keep track of what I call my "big three" symptoms, each on a scale of 1-10: (1) flu-like inflammation & fatigue, (2) air hunger / shortness of breath, and (3) kidney-area flank pain. In 2014, only 26 days out of 365 recorded any flank pain whatsoever (7%), and no entry for flank pain was over a 4 out of 10.
So when I created a new spreadsheet for my 2015 health chart, I eliminated the "flank pain" column. Ah, but ME/CFS giveth and taketh away. I had to replace that column with a column for prostate pain, as that seems to be my new nemesis. Consistent with what many other ME/CFS patients have written online, it often seems as if the pain and inflammation associated with this disease simply migrates around the body, camping out in one area for a few years before mysteriously moving onto another area.
My 2013 year-end review, posted last January, said that maybe 2014 would be the year that I started to cut back on supplements and see which ones I truly need. Well, that hasn't happened yet, for various reasons, but I'm renewing that goal for 2015. I'll be starting work with a new doctor soon, and she has promised to help fine-tune my supplement routine.
As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I quit Dr. Yasko's program after almost two years of experimentation. I'm going to continue with a few "short route" methylation supplements for the time being, but have stopped experimenting with vitamin b12 and "long route" supplements. They simply haven't worked out no matter how slowly I titrate, or how small a dose, or how long I gave myself to push past "start-up reactions". I mean, yes, I can take a molecule of B12 and be OK, but any substantial dose whatsoever brings on nerve inflammation and brain fog. So I'm done experimenting. It doesn't seem that I really need methylation to make improvements right now, so why keep messing with it?
Overall, 2014 saw a large return of functionality for me, in ways that just weren't possible a year or two ago. I still have a long way to go, and I realize that the trend could reverse at any time, but for now I'm just trying to enjoy every day in which I don't feel like I did a few years ago.