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I took a 1/2 xanax last night before bed, and slept much better. Still woke every 2-3 hours, but went back to slept much easier. BP still remains down. Haven't had any episodes of anxiety since I started the increased dose of Zoloft until yesterday afternoon when it returned. It started slowly and eventually took 1/4 tab before it got too much out of control. For some reason my body sometimes relates having to go to the bathroom with anxiety. Before, the anxiety came first, and then the need to evacuate my bowels. Now, it is almost reversed. I get the feeling of having to go to the bathroom first, and then the anxiety comes. Maybe I'm not aware of the anxiety hormones, but my body is responding to it? Sometimes it happens with my stomach as well. Just noticed that recently. Felt it again this morning. So, I took a few bites of the nearest protein source which happened to be bacon leftover from breakfast (I know not the best choice, but it was handy). Ate a little bit and the anxiety feeling went away. I know that GERD can also cause some of the same symptoms we are having. Which leads me to something that I read yesterday that may be of interest concerning diet, hypoglycemia, and adrenaline...

As I mentioned yesterday, my neck has been starting to hurt. I remembered years ago when I had been sick with Fibromyalgia, I had to sleep on four or more pillows just to find a comfortable place to sleep because of my neck pain. So, I went thru my library of books on Fibromyalgia and did some reading. One of the chapters was on hypoglycemia and carbohydrate intolerance, and it caught my attention because I have reactive hypoglycemia.

I am paraphrasing and condensing (believe it or not). The chapter began by explaining that hypoglycemia and fibromyalgia often go hand in hand, although not always. It discussed the role insulin and adrenaline play in hypoglycemia and how the pancreas releases insulin (in response to high carbohydrate foods) and causes the big drop in blood sugar. This sudden decrease signals the adrenal gland to excrete an excessive amount of adrenaline that causes very disturbing symptoms. It also mentions estrogen and progesterone can also add to the problem.

It says that in the person with abnormal carbohydrate tolerance, these symptoms occur about 3-4 hours after eating a high carb meal and last 20- 40 min. caused by abnormally repeated releases of insulin that provoke the endocrine system glands to become hyperactive. (This is how my symptoms began- usually after a big meal) With the big surge of insulin, the body releases growth hormone, glucagon, and cortisol. When these hormones aren't able to control the insulin, the adrenal glands sense an emergency and release large amounts of adrenaline causing the blood sugar to normalize within one to two minutes. (No wonder my BS was always slightly high when I checked it afterwards.) The result of the adrenaline is a feeling of severe anxiety with heart pounding and/ or palpitations, shaking, hand tremors, drenching sweats, and frontal pressure headaches. (A beta blocker works to block some of these symptoms) It goes on to say that when this occurs at night while u r asleep, it may present itself as a nightmare and disturb your sleep. (No kidding) I know that low blood sugar causes my husband to wake in the middle of the night.

The book lists chronic symptoms of hypoglycemia as fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, depression, irritability, blurred vision, dizziness, faintness, ringing ears, gas, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, numbness/tingling of the hands, feet, and face, flushing/ sweating, foot/ leg cramps, bi- temporal or frontal headaches, and impaired memory and concentration (most of which I have, except for a few). It also says that studies have shown in certain subjects that blood sugar levels that weren't even considered that low (more than 50mcg/ dl), still were causing the adrenaline to hypersecrete.

Don't know where blood pressure fits in, other than the hypersecretion of adrenaline (and maybe all the other hormones that are dumped in response to insulin) somehow is/ are causing the spikes.

It goes on to list a strict low sugar diet and a more liberal diet for when symptoms are under control. If this is what is even causing part of my symptoms, I have the power to help that by eating right. Maybe the reason I was feeling bad the other day was because of the high fructose corn syrup in the soda I poured in my water, or the fruit, or hidden sugars. I do realize that eating makes me feel better, even when I'm not hungry. And stress can definitely mess with your body's hormone production. And your hormone production can cause more stress. (Vicious cycle)

So, I guess for some people, the right diet can certainly make the difference between illness and health. You may not be aware of all the benefits that your organic, toxic- free diet and lifestyle may be doing for you, Laurie. Now, if I could only get my husband and kids to eat their vegetables, things might be a bit more stress- free around here! lol

I know this is long, but wanted to share some of my insight. I don't know if this applies to any of you, but it certainly couldn't hurt to eat right.

Best wishes to all,

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