hi and welcome dannie
has anyone mentioned the possibility of athletic nutrient depletion to you, or referred you for nutrient testing? we get a fair number of inquiries here, from athletes dealing with neurological problems. previous inquiries and related conversation here: under-25-with-ms-f23/topic24219.html#p221356
there are a variety of well-researched nutrient problems seen in the average ms patient. while ms patient levels will come back 'low normal', healthy controls have levels in the high normal range. conventional docs are most likely to know something about vitamin b12 and vitamin d3. the rest of the nutrients of concern are less likely to be investigated.
the same nutrient issues seen in ms patients can be found in the wider population associated with a wide variety of conditions, including celiac illness. diabetes/insulin resistance, arthritis, pain, circulation, anxiety and depression.
serum nutrient levels seen in average healthy controls:
serum vitamin B12: aim for at least 500 pg/mL or 370 pmol/L.
serum vitamin 25(OH)vitaminD3: aim for at least 100 nmol/L (40 ng/mL). preferably 125-150 nmol/L (56-60 ng/mL). ...
serum zinc: aim for 18.2-18.4 umol/L. (~120 ug/dL)
serum copper: aim for 17.3-18 umol/L (or 100-114 ug/dL). ...
serum magnesium: aim for .95-1.1 mmol/L. (or 2.3-2.7 mg/dL).
serum selenium: two reference ranges found..
1..........0.90 to 2.00 µmol/L (adults)
..........< 0.3 µmol/L (in adult) - supplementation may be required
..........> 2.5 µmol/L (in adult) - possible toxicity
2..........1.02 to 1.91 µmol/L, OR 80 to 150 µg/L (molecular weight of Se is 78.96)
serum calcium: just a link to p. 11 for now, more later: regimens-f22/topic2489-150.html#p57111
serum uric acid: aim for 290-300 umol/L (about 5 mg/dL).
serum hemoglobin: at least 13
serum ferritin: i used to go for 100, now I go for 80 because some studies have shown increased disease risk at levels 80 and higher.
..........<18 probably iron deficient
..........18-40 possibly deficient
..........41-100 probably not deficient
..........101-300 not iron deficient
..........>300 possible iron overload
a personal friend of mine who in addition to our very active job would do a lot of working out on her own time, started running into some trouble and she went to the doc with a list of nutrient tests that i gave her. her results came back low normal. with diet and a supplement regimen, we pushed them to high normal, and she got better.
if you aim for healthy levels, you may see some or all of your symptoms clear up. one thing you can start on easily is an assessment of your own dietary intake of magnesium (which is easily lost via sweating). to see if your daily routine gets you up to 600mg of magnesium, you can compare against this list: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... #foodchart
if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
more info here: regimens-f22/topic2489.html#p15460
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com