My wife suffers from RA and Raynauds. Cold, aching joints, stiffness and stress constantly badger her. Large portions of each day are dedicated to warming herself, relaxing, and coping with her lack of sleep. She likes to get in the recliner in my office and crank a little electric heater up with the door closed. The room will be 83 degrees F. It bakes me, and I often, reluctantly take my office back. I can't take that temperature and I need towork in there. It's another facet of the constant quest for balance and compromise.
Others suffering the same conditions recommend Sam-e supplements. My wife began taking them. She then asked me to take them, to see what I thought.
Besides relieving aches and joint stiffness, the Sam-e supp is supposed to aid memory, mental acuity and longevity. After a week of taking it, my wife and I talked about its effects. She remained cold and suffered joint pain. She asked if I felt any different.
"Well...I don't have trouble with muscle or joint aches, and I'm not stiff. And you know that I'm rarely cold. When I am, I warm up without a problem."
She growled at me. I think she's a little jealous that I don't suffer these things. "What about being mentally sharper?"
I admitted that the daily Sudokus seemed easier this week. None took longer than fifteen minutes and I rarely needed to erase. "It could be the Sam-e."
"Are you going to continue taking it?"
"Yes, I think I will."
Partly I would continue taking it to give her hope and so we're doing it together, but there is another aspect to the daily regimen. After thinking of ways to describe the difference, I can only say, I feel lighter.
I don't know if that means anything to others but my step is quicker and easier, bouncier. I don't often struggle with sleep but this week I slept exceptionally well. I still dreamed every night.
I can't pinpoint the cause of these changes. They could be results from the efforts of examing my life but perhaps it's the weather change or the greater amount of sunshine I enjoy every day. Maybe it's the Sam-e or I could attribute it to the natural cycles that I follow, rising and falling in my moods and my physical condition. I also easily succomb to placebo effects, basically believing that things will help me.
There are too many variables to ascertain without greater study but I'll continue the Sam-e for now.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com