Hello all of you wonderful people!
I am a 53 year old woman. In my late 30s, I noticed that my memory was slipping (I started with an excellent memory). Since then, I have experienced increased challenges learning new things and retaining information, forgetting words, people, movie plots, and more that I can't remember! I have also experienced difficulty with mental math and spatial navigation (clumsiness) and perhaps the biggest challenge has been a total lack of motivation to be engaged in life and a loss of enjoyment in living. This "depression" has been accompanied by brain fog and fatigue and got to the point where sitting at the dinner table was too much for me and even making a committment to watch a television show would be difficult.
When I went in for my annual gyn exam a few years ago, she gave me a mental health quiz which as you can probably deduce was off the charts for depression so she prescribed me zoloft and then welbutrin. I had heard about Dr. Bredesen's work several years ago and believed it could help me but I completely lacked the motivation to follow through. Eventually I purchased a bunch of the supplements but again, lacked the follow through to take them. We are talking serious baby stepping.
Fast forward to June of this year. I'm not sure what happened, but a little spark in me told me to wake up and address the elephant! It's been really hard for me due to the complexity of the protocol and due to my scattered thinking but I am finally making some progress.
This is what I've done to date:
23 and Me health test: I am a 3/4 (My mother is 80 and is suffering from Alzheimer's disease--confirmed by PET scan)
I joined the RECODE program and had lab testing done (their basics) and got my first report. The report gave me the following suggestions:
1. resolve ongoing inflammation and prevent new inflammation (my CRP was 10 mg/l). I suffer from frequent upper respiratory infections/sinus infections
2. Optimize hormone support for your brain (I'm perimenopausal so I know this is an issue for me)
3. Achieve the most functional level of magnesium. Mine is 5.1.
4. Achieve an ideal zinc level. (Mine is 66ug/dl) and copper is 119 ug/dl
5. Minimize exposure to dementogens. I have stopped all prescription medications and only take tylenol/ibuprofen occasionally as needed.
Sleep has been an issue for me a long time and I gave up the ambien and now take an herbal drop with valarian root, melatonin and a few other proprietary herbs.
My weight is low, BP is low, and blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. are all where they should be.
I am fairly active (I'm a nurse at a medical daycare so I wrangle babies 3 days a week) but I have lacked motivation to engage in regular vigorous exercise.
My resources are limited due to family circumstances right now. If you were me, what would you pursue next?
I have loaded up on supplements and I have been been pretty good about taking them. I have been good about adding vegetables to my diet but less successful at eliminating dairy and gluten. When I have been following protocol most closely, I have felt much better (energy and enthusiasm for life) but I haven't noticed any improved cognition.
Thank you for reading this long message and for any advice/perspective you can provide. I have lurked a while and have been afraid to post because I am somewhat scattered but then I realized that this group is filed with kind and helpful people and I have nothing to be afraid of.