(For the TL;DR, scroll to the end)
I haven't been keeping terribly good track of my daily supplementation, diet or activity levels, but this is something I really need to record.
I started taking Thorne PharmaGABA at the end of last week. I noticed a bit of strange vertigo-y sensation in the evenings, when I was settling down to sleep. 'No big deal, I'm also taking a combination of x & y medication to help with sleep, this is bound to happen!', right? 'Maybe my body just needs some time to adjust to the GABA!', yeh?
Uuuhhhh, not so much. I upped the GABA to 1 cap twice a day, and on Monday after taking the 1st capsule, I was a complete and utter space cadet. I felt disassociated from my body, discombobulated, unable to focus on any one thing, and at some times, like I was floating.
It lasted pretty much the entire working day. 'Perhaps my health is declining?! What's happening.. what's the main change I've made recently??'...
I read more about the effects of GABA and came across brain-blood barrier permeability information, and bam... yerp, it's gotta be the GABA doing this. I took one last capsule before bed last night, in case it might help me sleep better (or something). And wow. Just.. wow. My brain felt like it was ... well, I don't know what it felt like, but it was deeply unpleasant and unsettling. My extremities felt a bit tingly, but that's not uncommon... the sensations happening in my skull, however. WTF.
I've had to call in sick to work today. I think I had about 4hrs of restless sleep, and most of the rest of the 10hrs lying down with my brain doing... whatever it was doing, and me being unable to do anything (because 'resting!'). My brain still feels like it's ... whatever it was doing, but after a bit of food, flaxseed capsules, magnesium, zinc, Vit B and CoQ10 supps, I'm feeling a bit more balanced.
TL;DR I tried taking GABA and whoa it made my brain feel really not-good!
I'm now hugely conscious of my weakened brain-blood barrier (BBB) permeability. I'm also even more certain I have leaky gut (when I get around to 'testing' for that). No more GABA til I figure out more about my general systemic issues with my BBB! I'm looking forward to my appointment with Discovery CFS next week too... work takes a lot of my mental energy, so I need direction and help with a treatment plan, at least to start with.
Blog entry posted by lafarfelue, Mar 6, 2017.
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