Sunday, August 19, 2007

Neural Switching

I finally broke down and called Dr. Cobb yesterday for the following reasons/experiences this past week:
  • I was very irritable
  • I was generally angry
  • I had incredibly poor concentration
  • I couldn't remember to do even the simplest of things--felt kinda confused/disoriented at times
  • I was having "out of body" experiences, for lack of a better term--I would be in the middle of conversations and then start having conversations with myself about those conversations: I'm not sure if this is a really accurate description, but this is a hard sensation to describe.
  • Lean Body Mass was dropping--especially in my legs, but body fat wasn't
  • I was sensing the need to eat more carbs for seretonin release
  • Neither I- nor R-Phase made my knee pain go away
There are probably some other things, but like I mentioned, my memory was failing me. So after explaining some of these things to Dr. Cobb he had me try some acupressure points on my body and my face. The body ones didn't work, the face ones did. By did, I mean that instantaneously the pain in my knees was gone and I could squat.

I asked why this worked / happened. He explained that in simplest terms, sometimes the CNS becomes confused about what it's supposed to be doing. This whole process, including the restoration of normal operations Dr. Cobb called "neural switching." Very interesting stuff.

After explaining all of my "experiences" this week, he suggested that there may be neurotransmitter imbalance (which intuitively I suspected based on my lack of mental acuity) and supplementing with acetylcholine and B5 with perhaps some 5-HTP.

Today as I write this, I am incredibly tired--almost physically exhausted from the switching exercises that I started yesterday. It'll be very interesting to see how this all turns out. I hope to return to a sense of normalcy ASAP. Also, I feel the need for a lot of carbs so I will most likely carb load all day today.


Blogger Brett Jones said...

Rest up and feel better Geoff - did you catch my blog - wondering about your thoughts - After you feel better of course.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Tim Anderson said...

Yeah man, sounds like you could use a real vacation. And/or some chocolate. Hope you start feeling better.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Mike T Nelson said...

Very interesting Geoff. The more I learn the more questions I have!
Keep us updated!
I had some weird stuff going on lately too. After last Wed heavy DL session, I collapsed into bed for 30 min, got up, showered and was in bed by 9pm. Up until about Sun AM I felt super tired and nausea--the though of food was not even remotely appealing. Not sure if the heavier weight and rehab work with eyes and vestibular was more than my CNS could handle? I did not lift until Sunday AM and feel good now.
Mike N

10:11 AM  

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