Middle-age is a mixed blessing.
At this stage of life, most of us have already barreled through the stress of continued employment, relationship angst, and the bitter-sweet joy that "Parenting For Dummies" never quite gets around to fully describing/fixing. By hook or by crook, for the most part, we've also managed to secure ourselves financially. If not to the point we'd dreamed of in our early years, we've at least hopefully thought far enough ahead to ensure that we can indeed afford the price of our late-life Depends, if not our mortgage. Of course, all of our pre-middle-aged planning was both precariously and erroneously originated at a time in our lives where we knew we would live forever. When one has the silky hair and perky breasts of a twenty-five year old, one can never imagine that one could eventually lose both to breast cancer. Along with free will, a soul, and love for fast food, God also implanted the "it'll never happen to me" gene into almost every human being. We're all players in His game of Russian Roulette. We all know the risks. We check the odds. We still play. Yes... we're that stupid.
The point of this post, you ask? Well geeze... I don't have to have a point. It's my blog...lol.
However, in a Mag-like-roundabout way, I do have a point.
Middle age brings with it so many health related issues that would have been insignificant or ignored in younger years. A stiff shoulder in your twenties meant you slept on it wrong. A rapid heart beat meant you were either sexually excited or the cops were on your ass for speeding (or worse.) Stomach aches defined too many tacos or too much tequila (or both,) Knee pain was a signal to stop going to Mass so often.
OK... that was just for affect. Knee pain is serious and shouldn't be joked about. It is the number one cause of lost blow jobs in the United States.
But once again, I've digressed. (duh)
Ok... here's the deal. I've been reading about the health advantages of adding fish oil to your diet. Research shows that the right kind can help prevent heart disease, maintain optimum blood pressure and cholesterol levels and give almost immediate relief from joint pain, migraines, depression, autoimmune diseases and many other conditions. And, by improving brain development and memory functioning, from conception through old age, certain Omega-3 oils also provide the perfect brain food.
Sign... me... up
So, last weekend I started taking fish oil capsules. The directions stated to take one, three times daily... which I did, for four days. By the second day, I started to notice changes, first in my sleep patterns, then in joint paint. However, to fully appreciate the affect, you'd have to know that I already suffer from both insomnia and joint (knee) pain. So when I noticed a PROFOUND negative difference in both ailments, and so suddenly, I could only assume that there must be some type of correlation. Google (my life, my love) showed that although most people benefit in both sleep patterns and joint pain by the addition of fish oil (omega 3) to their diets, a small percentage do suffer from negative side effects. Yup... I'm the freak... the one who screws it all up for everyone else. If a pill says it will put you to sleep, it will invariably wake me up. If it claims to calm you, I will come up swinging every time, more agitated and aggressive than what is normal for me.
I stopped taking the fish oil on Wednesday. By last night (Saturday) I was back to normal (my normal) sleep patterns. And.. today was the first day this week I didn't need to take some type of pain medication for my knee pain..
Bottom line. Even those supplements deemed "natural" or those that contain supposedly botanical or organic ingredients can be a cause of trouble to those who are intolerant freaks of nature (me.) If ONE person Googles the symptoms I had and stumbles across this blog in the process, it will be worth every hour it took to write it.