HGH & FMS Experiment

Where Human Growth Hormone Meets Fibromyalgia


Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

I took a couple days off from swimming to give the shoulder a rest, and that helped a whole lot; I hit the pool today and did 80 laps in about 55 minutes (eh, I really should start saying “lengths” not “laps” but, mmm, whatever, right?) without my shoulder popping hard or getting that “ohmygawd this burns so much” feeling.

Last time I checked my measurements they hadn’t changed; I’m down a couple pounds on the scale (for a total of 8 pounds since I started; this is a lot of work for only 8 freaking pounds!). My jeans have gotten a little baggy around the thighs, but the waist still feels the same. And I put on a t-shirt today that’s a size smaller than I normally wear, and didn’t feel so constricted as to be self conscious about it clinging to my gut. So, that’s something. A little something, but something.

One new thing I’m trying—not using anything to aid in sleeping. For the past 6 years I’ve been using 50 mg of benedryl to help me fall asleep and stay asleep (because of the FMS.) Well, now that I no longer have to get up at a certain hour to give the dog his meds and let him out, I can stay up as late as I want; I’m thinking that if I can get back to my own natural sleep-rhythms, I might not need it.

It’s only been a few days; the first night was awful—I woke up a good 15 times. It was better the second night, though I woke a few times and had a hard time falling back asleep each time. Last night wasn’t too bad; I remember waking twice, but only once do I recall having a hard time falling back asleep. It’ll be nice if this works, but if it doesn’t … generic benedryl is cheap.

Overall, I feel terrific. Awesome. I might even venture out in public in shorts sometime soon; not because my legs look any better, but I just don’t care if people hate ‘em anymore. Though I’ve been told they’re so glaringly white I might blind someone. Heh.


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