MidwestBeast in: The Case of the Mysterious Weight Gain!

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  1. Maybe we can get The Matrix in here to comment on your bloodwork and history....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    I have a friend that sleep walks. I dont know if he is as metabolically messed up as you are but I know he doesnt eat much, is pretty over weight. But his diet is REALLY crap. Takes him a while to heal as well. When he gets small injuries from playing sports at his junior high school (he's a teacher like me but at the JHS level) it takes him a LONG time to heal. I think he hurt his thumb and that took around 5months before he could actually still use it. It wasnt even broken, just a sprain... Could haev some correlation between sleep walking and your slow healing/thyroid.
    Well, I know for certain that I don't sleep walk, but the sleep issues may play more of a role than I ever paid attention. I've got a light cut on the tip of my index finger that healed up after a few days, but still hasn't gone away weeks later (never used to have that issue at all).

    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    On the whole paleo thing, try listening to Chris Kresser's podcast with Matt Lalonde on it. He goes over anyone with thyroid problems and how they have to avoid pretty much EVERYTHING. His list is VERY comprehensable as he says everything, not the "No grains, legumes, dairy". He goes over all the little stuff. And he also says that gluten contamination can have an effect for as long as 6-8months... so clearing that can take a long time.. =\
    Thanks for that advice. Any chance you have a link? I'll definitely look for it and give it a listen, otherwise. I think I'll likely go paleo again, just to be safe, as soon as I clear out everything that has an expiration date in the kitchen that doesn't currently fall into that category (I hate being wasteful, and plus, it shouldn't be that much). And I had no idea it could take that long to clear your system -- that's certainly interesting. Although, when I was doing keto a year and a half ago, I was losing fat while doing refeeds with a ton of oatmeal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Onlychevy6 View Post
    Let me speak on sleep study if I may. About 6 years or so ago i did a sleep study. I always knew I had sleeping issues just never knew how bad. At age 32 I think my sleep apnea was worse than an 85 year old mans. My tonsils were the size of golf balls. I used a Cpap machine for a while to help me sleep. After the test I had my tonsils and uvula removed. After this was done I slept alright not perfect but ok. Like you a lot of money was spent. As of today I am lucky if i get 4 hours of sleep a night. And it has been that way for as long as i can remember.

    While doing the test it showed I would go almost a solid 2 minutes without breathing and the gasp for air. This happened every few minutes. So is the sleep study worth it. In my opinion yes. Even if it is expensive it will give you an idea as to what is going on.

    Now as far as your cuts not healing that almost sounds like a diabetes issue. I really hope you get this turned around and get back into shape like in your avatar pic.
    Yeah, I managed to capture a full night's sleep last night and I've only analyzed the first 40 minutes so far, but that already has me feeling more comfortable about a sleep study. I only captured an hour from the night prior, but I didn't snore once and that made me not feel a desire to spend $700 to hear "Nope, nothing wrong here" again lol.

    I do in fact have my tonsils, still and on top of that, my tongue is thick and actually sits further back in my mouth (I believe, as I can barely stick it out past my lips), and my nasal passages are both very narrow--Whenever I'd run, I'd be breathing out of my mouth in no time because I couldn't get enough air through my nostrils, despite trying to breathe that way.

    And concerning the diabetes, my glucose readings have shown up fine, but I also haven't done a fasted test for just blood glucose to check it. Perhaps it's worth using my dad's reader to check it a few times in the morning and around some carb meals.

    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    Oh man... diebeties... I hope thats not what my friend has... He's a month older than me... and probably eats the way an aspiring diebetic does...
    My dad found out he was type 1.5, 13 years ago. He's always been thin, too (despite having a bit of extra fat around the midsection; not bad at all. I got tested on campus in grad school and was close to pre-diabetic, but not even pre-diabetic. Since then, I've only learned more about nutrition and dialed that in significantly, so I would think I don't have it, but I'm not sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by dvp View Post
    I have a similar history as you in some ways; I was diagnosed hypothyroid in 2010 but fortunately a low does of T4 has corrected that for me. I was in a nearly fatal auto accident in 2005 that really caused me to undergo wild bouts of anxiety and borderline depression. I essentially turned into a hypochondriac and from 05-10 I checked myself into the ER 18 times. Every test always came back "normal," and it got to the point where my general physician refused to see me more than 2x a year.

    My point is that when everything physiologically looks alright, how much of this could be mental for you at this point? Have you sought out therapy or anything along those lines?
    I wish T4 would have helped. I thought that would have been the case and was so excited about starting it. It didn't give me any benefit, though, and my hair was even worse and my urine was constantly dark yellow. As soon as I switched to just T3, I haven't had those issues (and I had high rT3, as well), so I'm not sure if I'll ever feel comfortable about adding T4 back in; even though it would be beneficial to have both due to the half life.

    As far as from a psychological standpoint, I obviously don't feel the same as I did when I was in better shape. I feel down on occasions, but it's never a full blown depression and I know it's just a bump in the road (albeit a longer bump than I'd ever planned on). And the fact that the scale goes up, my pants get tighter and I eat little lets me know that something is certainly physiologically wrong; not just psychologically.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDarkHalf View Post
    Maybe we can get The Matrix in here to comment on your bloodwork and history....
    That certainly wouldn't be a bad idea at all. He is a very smart man.
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    So I managed to capture an entire night's sleep on cam, last night. I've currently only analyzed the first 40 minutes, but I've already noticed some stuff that makes me more comfortable about paying for the sleep study.

    - I flipped the TV on for about 5 minutes to catch a bit of the ALCS game (I'm used to putting the TV on using the sleep timer and just falling asleep with the background noise, but I've ceased that the last 2 nights to help with sleep and also avoid any noise for the mic).
    - I know I was lying there awake for at least 5 minutes if not closer to 10 or 15.
    - That means the sleep actually started at minute 10 at the earliest; more likely minute 20-25.
    - At the 31 minute mark, I start snoring.
    - I'm currently at minute 40 and I'm still snoring.
    - There are bouts of no snoring in between, but I can't determine if it's not breathing or just breathing clear.
    - I haven't seen/heard any gasping or choking, yet, but I have 8 more hours of video to watch.
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    10-11-11 Sleep Observations

    00:31 started snoring
    00:45 snorted/moved around
    00:48 started snoring
    00:56 scratched my head
    00:58 scratched my head
    01:03 start snoring
    01:06 phone chirped (text message) / woke & looked toward the phone
    01:09 scratched my head
    01:10 rolled over*
    01:17 started snoring
    01:27 started snoring
    01:44 rolled over
    01:47 completely propped myself up / readjusted
    01:57 readjusted / rolled over
    02:52 woke up / looked at computer / rolled over
    03:39 propped up / rolled over
    03:41 started snoring
    03:54 rolled over
    04:20 rolled over / readjusted
    04:36 rolled over / readjusted
    04:55 rolled over / readjusted
    05:25 rolled over / readjusted
    05:59 completely sat up, brushed my nose, looked at computer
    06:05 adjusted covers / readjusted my arms
    06:37 started snoring
    06:38 stopped snoring / brushed nose / half rolled over and then rolled back
    06:39 readjusted my arm
    06:52 propped up / brushed face / rolled over
    07:06 brushed face / rolled over
    07:09 snorted / rolled over / readjusted
    07:38 readjusted
    08:02 readjusted
    08:05 readjusted
    08:21 readjusted
    08:29 readjusted / rolled over
    08:34 readjusted
    08:40 readjusted ( / looked at phone?)
    08:45 readjusted
    08:47 alarm went off / got up


    *The one time I knew I woke up last night; and I motioned at the camera so I wouldn't forget



    I also recalled one time overnight waking up when I heard a strange noise and sitting half up / staring at the doorway, but I didn't notice it on the video. I know I looked at my phone at 6:54 or 6:55 AM because I thought I overslept (and that would have been 6 or 5 minutes before the alarm went off).
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    Well, I've successfully analyzed 8.5 hours of sleep video (see post above). It sounds like the sleep study may be well warranted in contrast to the one-hour video I got the night before that included virtually nothing. This video had a LOT of action at the start and the snoring seemed to trickle off; though that is largely due to me sleeping on my stomach for a lot of the rest of that time.

    Thoughts?
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  6. Stomach sleeper. You my friend have some air passage blockage. With the thick tongue, tonsils. Tossing and turning, restless sleep. They will probably want to shave down your tongue and remove tonsils, atnoids, and possibly uvula. That is just my guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onlychevy6 View Post
    Stomach sleeper. You my friend have some air passage blockage. With the thick tongue, tonsils. Tossing and turning, restless sleep. They will probably want to shave down your tongue and remove tonsils, atnoids, and possibly uvula. That is just my guess.
    Sounds painful...lol

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    Subbed. Great chronicle here.
    Thanks for joining. I appreciate any extra presence I can get in all of this.
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    Okay, so tonight is the sleep study. Still not ecstatic about spending $700 out of pocket, but, since I've been off all supplements but staples for the last several months, I'll probably have made that up, anyway. I rarely go out, don't drink and don't smoke, so all in all, it sucks seeing all the money spent at once, but I can justify it.

    Every once in a while, I start thinking to myself "maybe I'm over-thinking all of this and I really don't have a problem." I think I'm just expecting too much. It's times like that, though, that I look at a transformation log like Rick's or ScottyDoc's and I see what they're able to accomplish in several months. And I realize I've been weight-training for 11+ years and specifically bodybuilding for over 2, now. There is no way in all of that time that I shouldn't have been able to cut up--not when I wasn't drinking in college, was eating healthy, was lifting 4-5 days/week and playing 2-3 hours of basketball 4-5 nights a week. It's when I look at their pictures that I realize that something is definitely wrong with me. Sleep apnea still sounds like there's no way it could cause THIS much trouble, but I'm not an expert in any of this. And I need all the help I can get.
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by Onlychevy6 View Post
    Stomach sleeper. You my friend have some air passage blockage. With the thick tongue, tonsils. Tossing and turning, restless sleep. They will probably want to shave down your tongue and remove tonsils, atnoids, and possibly uvula. That is just my guess.
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    MIDWESTBEAST! I happened upon your post while googling Indolplex and read about your struggle with weight, thyroid, etc. I swear it is my history as well as my son who is only 14. Hair loss, weight battle when practically starving, low temperatures, high reverse T 3 labs, fatigue, etc. I would encourage you to look up two things. Heavy metal toxicity which can interfere with the endocrine systems (thyroid and adrenals) as well as "mysterious invisible" chemicals which increase estrogen in the body (xenoestrogens.) Just FYI, blood tests are not accurate for detecting heavy metals except in the case of acute exposure. A urine test WITH PROVOCATION (taking about 500 mg of oral DMSA) which will provoke the metals stored in the body to be excreted in the urine. Without the provocation test, your urine test for heavy metals will probably look "normal" when your body load can be quite high. Genova Diagnostics makes a good heavy metal test, but you need to remember to use DMSA oral dose of about 500 mg for an accurate test. Testing for xenoestrogens can be done also through urine testing but, you probably should save your money and just figure you carry a fairly high load of these toxic chemicals and endocrine disruptors since everything in our world is SURROUNDED in PLASTIC! Herbicides, plastics, pesticides, etc all interfere with the endocrine system. You can only get rid of these types of chemical toxins with a far infared sauna (sadly not cheap) and sweating, avoiding these chemicals as much as possible. Heavy metals can be eliminated with chelation, rectal chelation being the cheapest and safest, although not the fastest. Normally, I never post at these sites, but found your history so similar to my own and heartbreaking, I had to write. I am using chelation and sauna, and slowly improving. Detoxify or Die by Dr. Sherry Rogers MD is a good book to start with for more information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharktopussie View Post
    MIDWESTBEAST! I happened upon your post while googling Indolplex and read about your struggle with weight, thyroid, etc. I swear it is my history as well as my son who is only 14. Hair loss, weight battle when practically starving, low temperatures, high reverse T 3 labs, fatigue, etc. I would encourage you to look up two things. Heavy metal toxicity which can interfere with the endocrine systems (thyroid and adrenals) as well as "mysterious invisible" chemicals which increase estrogen in the body (xenoestrogens.) Just FYI, blood tests are not accurate for detecting heavy metals except in the case of acute exposure. A urine test WITH PROVOCATION (taking about 500 mg of oral DMSA) which will provoke the metals stored in the body to be excreted in the urine. Without the provocation test, your urine test for heavy metals will probably look "normal" when your body load can be quite high. Genova Diagnostics makes a good heavy metal test, but you need to remember to use DMSA oral dose of about 500 mg for an accurate test. Testing for xenoestrogens can be done also through urine testing but, you probably should save your money and just figure you carry a fairly high load of these toxic chemicals and endocrine disruptors since everything in our world is SURROUNDED in PLASTIC! Herbicides, plastics, pesticides, etc all interfere with the endocrine system. You can only get rid of these types of chemical toxins with a far infared sauna (sadly not cheap) and sweating, avoiding these chemicals as much as possible. Heavy metals can be eliminated with chelation, rectal chelation being the cheapest and safest, although not the fastest. Normally, I never post at these sites, but found your history so similar to my own and heartbreaking, I had to write. I am using chelation and sauna, and slowly improving. Detoxify or Die by Dr. Sherry Rogers MD is a good book to start with for more information.
    I can't thank you enough for taking the time to join and post here; it truly means a lot. Both of those things are things I am not at all familiar with, though I have heard of heavy metals. I will do what research I can on all of this, as well. I hope you stick around the site and continue to share anything you can, since my back story (and apparently yours and your son's just has not seemed very common). I'm going in for my sleep study in 4 hours. I'll be sure to update everyone tomorrow.
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    I can't thank you enough for taking the time to join and post here; it truly means a lot. Both of those things are things I am not at all familiar with, though I have heard of heavy metals. I will do what research I can on all of this, as well. I hope you stick around the site and continue to share anything you can, since my back story (and apparently yours and your son's just has not seemed very common). I'm going in for my sleep study in 4 hours. I'll be sure to update everyone tomorrow.
    Good luck my friend!!!

    Detoxing is important, as we are in a world that is FILLED with phyto estrogens and toxins... I dont do any but I should... Im looking into more natural stuff like bathes, saunas, etc. to decrease toxins in my body and help the normal funcitons in my body get back to "normal".
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by Sharktopussie View Post
    MIDWESTBEAST! I happened upon your post while googling Indolplex and read about your struggle with weight, thyroid, etc. I swear it is my history as well as my son who is only 14. Hair loss, weight battle when practically starving, low temperatures, high reverse T 3 labs, fatigue, etc. I would encourage you to look up two things. Heavy metal toxicity which can interfere with the endocrine systems (thyroid and adrenals) as well as "mysterious invisible" chemicals which increase estrogen in the body (xenoestrogens.) Just FYI, blood tests are not accurate for detecting heavy metals except in the case of acute exposure. A urine test WITH PROVOCATION (taking about 500 mg of oral DMSA) which will provoke the metals stored in the body to be excreted in the urine. Without the provocation test, your urine test for heavy metals will probably look "normal" when your body load can be quite high. Genova Diagnostics makes a good heavy metal test, but you need to remember to use DMSA oral dose of about 500 mg for an accurate test. Testing for xenoestrogens can be done also through urine testing but, you probably should save your money and just figure you carry a fairly high load of these toxic chemicals and endocrine disruptors since everything in our world is SURROUNDED in PLASTIC! Herbicides, plastics, pesticides, etc all interfere with the endocrine system. You can only get rid of these types of chemical toxins with a far infared sauna (sadly not cheap) and sweating, avoiding these chemicals as much as possible. Heavy metals can be eliminated with chelation, rectal chelation being the cheapest and safest, although not the fastest. Normally, I never post at these sites, but found your history so similar to my own and heartbreaking, I had to write. I am using chelation and sauna, and slowly improving. Detoxify or Die by Dr. Sherry Rogers MD is a good book to start with for more information.
    Thanks for posting man, I used to just read but the ppl here are really great and there is very little flamming that happens. Not much trolling either. And when it happens most tend to just ignore it and laugh it off. Good info posted. I feel many of us in the bodybuilding/performance enhancing world lose sight of these more natural ways to clear our metabolic pathways of estrogen clearence, and mineral cascades. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say on anything and everything related to health
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    I dont quite have the same issues you do but am an insomniac, i had a sleep study done when i was 17 and will have another early Jan. I am 27 now. Ive been on at least 3 prescripion sleeping pills since I was 20, before 20 i was just on 1. I somewhat know your pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattrag View Post
    Good luck my friend!!!

    Detoxing is important, as we are in a world that is FILLED with phyto estrogens and toxins... I dont do any but I should... Im looking into more natural stuff like bathes, saunas, etc. to decrease toxins in my body and help the normal funcitons in my body get back to "normal".
    Thank you. I actually looked up the FIR saunas after reading up on the heavy metals for a brief bit. I saw some personal/portable saunas that were rated decent for under $200; which seems like a small price to pay if that in fact is playing a role in all of this. I saw some actual FIR saunas (not rated as high, oddly) for right around $1,000 which doesn't seem bad, either.

    It just seems crazy for me for something like that to cause THIS much trouble (i.e. not being able to lose any weight, but being able to gain tons of it). However, I also thought sleep apnea over a long period of time couldn't either, but perhaps it can (we'll find out soon if it's a factor, at least).

    I don't know this stuff at a molecular level, though, like some guys. I'd love to have people who know more about that to interpret my blood work and symptoms.

    I suppose I worry a lot, too, because every time I think I have it solved, it comes back a resounding slap in the face. Hypothyroidism seemed to be the answer. It wasn't. Reverse T3 Dominance seemed to be the next; it was not, either. Then I was thinking pituitary or adrenals (neither of which I've entirely ruled out with lab work that points in no real strong direction: AM and PM cortisol blood draws in range, 24-hour urine cortisol significantly high, ACTH normal) and now possibly sleep apnea. I feel like I need to constantly search for possible causes because I don't want to waste any more time like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gymrat827 View Post
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    I dont quite have the same issues you do but am an insomniac, i had a sleep study done when i was 17 and will have another early Jan. I am 27 now. Ive been on at least 3 prescripion sleeping pills since I was 20, before 20 i was just on 1. I somewhat know your pain.
    That sucks, man. I've actually never had any problems with falling asleep/staying asleep/etc. I've just always known that I snore and I've got other symptoms that point toward apnea. I actually am fine with all of it, I just don't want to weigh 270 pounds unless I look like Jay Cutler lol.

    That sucks you've had to deal with that, though. I really hope your next study provides you with some resolution. Keep me posted, bro.

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    Subbed, very interesting. Hope you can figure this out, I'm pulling for you.
    Thank you for following. It's very much appreciated.
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  19. Except Midwest your thyroid reverse T 3 is abnormal, your adrenal test is abnormal. The thyroid and the adrenals are part of the endocrine system that are quite delicate and can be drastically altered by chemicals and metals. The reason it is so confusing is that much of the damage from the chemicals and metals is happening on a cellular level for example altering enzymes or cell membranes which then effects energy and weight gain. This kind of damage is "invisible" but very real. I purchased a sauna for $1000. I would be careful with one that costs $200 as it might not be so great. You do want a FIR with ceramic panels by the way. And detoxing with a sauna is great, but it will take time to "sweat" out toxins. This is not an overnight fix.

    However, if I were you I would start with the Genova Diagnostics heavy metal test.

    If you do purchase this heavy metal test kit as I said before you need to take 500 mg of DMSA before collecting urine otherwise the test will not show you your real body load. If you need some help if you decide to evaluate your metal level I will help you as both my son and myself have done this test. My son's lead levels were high, I had high mercury, cadmium,lead all which interfere with the endocrine system causing fatigue and weight gain.

    Opps, I tried to link you the sauna I bought and the web site for the Heavy Metal Test, but I don't have the rank to do that. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharktopussie View Post
    Except Midwest your thyroid reverse T 3 is abnormal, your adrenal test is abnormal. The thyroid and the adrenals are part of the endocrine system that are quite delicate and can be drastically altered by chemicals and metals. The reason it is so confusing is that much of the damage from the chemicals and metals is happening on a cellular level for example altering enzymes or cell membranes which then effects energy and weight gain. This kind of damage is "invisible" but very real. I purchased a sauna for $1000. I would be careful with one that costs $200 as it might not be so great. You do want a FIR with ceramic panels by the way. And detoxing with a sauna is great, but it will take time to "sweat" out toxins. This is not an overnight fix.

    However, if I were you I would start with the Genova Diagnostics heavy metal test.

    If you do purchase this heavy metal test kit as I said before you need to take 500 mg of DMSA before collecting urine otherwise the test will not show you your real body load. If you need some help if you decide to evaluate your metal level I will help you as both my son and myself have done this test. My son's lead levels were high, I had high mercury, cadmium,lead all which interfere with the endocrine system causing fatigue and weight gain.

    Opps, I tried to link you the sauna I bought and the web site for the Heavy Metal Test, but I don't have the rank to do that. Sorry.
    All great points and again, I can't thank you enough for weighing in here. I'll look into that test tomorrow.

    If you want to post links before your post count is high enough, you can always paste it and put some spaces in between it, too. I truly hope you'll keep posting/following in here. I can't wait for my transformation lol.
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  21. Stop wondering what is going and one get to the core source of the problem I specialize in this stuff and deal with cases dealing with mysterious illness consulting dr's and client around the world. I am sure I can figure this out using much cheaper methods then playing guessing games as I have seen so many health professionals do. HIt me up. I have been through this merry go round many times personally with medical professionals. There is testing if you have an open minded dr willing to work with me might learn a few things which may help others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Matrix View Post
    Stop wondering what is going and one get to the core source of the problem I specialize in this stuff and deal with cases dealing with mysterious illness consulting dr's and client around the world. I am sure I can figure this out using much cheaper methods then playing guessing games as I have seen so many health professionals do. HIt me up. I have been through this merry go round many times personally with medical professionals. There is testing if you have an open minded dr willing to work with me might learn a few things which may help others.
    Thank you for dropping in, Matrix. I really appreciate it and obviously have a lot of respect for you. PM coming your way.
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    Okay, so just to give anyone who was interested a clue about the sleep study, this is how my night went:

    I showed up at 8:30 and filled out some paperwork and watched a short video (covering mostly information I was already familiar with). The tech went ahead and got me squared away and hooked up to everything after that. I can't recall the specific number of total electrodes I had on, but I had them on my calves, 2 just south of the collarbone on each side, one near my heart and some on my jawbone, under my eyes and on my neck. The weirdest part about all of it was having her part my hair in who knows how many places to measure, mark and then hook up a couple electrodes. For the boys who bic, you'll have a much easier time lol. She used two different kinds of hair glue/paste (I can't recall the names off the top of my head). It's not bad.

    The process of getting everything hooked up took at least half an hour if not a bit longer. After she hooked me up, I chilled (my choice) for about half an hour in the recliner watching the Cards/Brewers game before she came back and helped me get into the bed. Once in the bed, my finger was clipped into a pulse monitor, too. That was probably the most annoying part out of all of it, because it had to stay on all night and within about 5 minutes it was getting on my nerves because of the pressure. She said I could switch fingers, but I kept it on the same one the whole time to avoid the urge to want to continually change it. I ended up staying up to watch the rest of the game in bed, despite being tired. I should have just went to bed, but with the TV in there, I didn't pass up watching the game (and the Cards lost, which made me wish I would have just went to bed anyway lol). I was nodding off a bit during the 9th, so as soon as the Brewers got their last out, I turned the TV off, took my glasses off and went to bed pretty quickly. The good thing was that I stayed up for the game the night before, too, so I wasn't up any later than I usually would be.

    I woke up several times. They were all very brief, but I blame my recognizing/remembering them on the fact that I was hooked up to everything and couldn't just turn and roll as I please like I normally would. I managed to stay on my back the entire time (which is what they want, to see me at my worst). The tech woke me up and started unhooking me and asked if I was going to go home and go to bed. I said maybe for an hour, but I'm going to shower and go to work. The times I were told were 8:30 to 6:30. After I was unhooked and looked at my phone (which I left on, but on silent for the night), I realized it was just past 5. I have no clue what that was about and that also means they got 5-6 hours of sleep captured instead of the 7 or so I figured they would. That better not play a role in things or I'll be a bit upset.

    She told me to call today (going to shortly) to schedule a follow up, which will probably be in ~2 weeks and then they'll discuss everything from the study.
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  24. Random question, do you get cold easier than most people?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycuda View Post
    Random question, do you get cold easier than most people?
    Actually, I usually feel warmer (as far as what type of temperature/climate I want to be in). My hands, feet or skin might feel cold, and my body temp is usually around 96.5-97.5, but I love sleeping and being in cooler to cold rooms/places. A lot of times when I sit in my recliner to watch TV in the evening, I'll turn a fan on pointed toward my legs on a low setting. I keep my house at about 70 most of the time. Both of the bedrooms are upstairs, unfortunately, and it's about 5 degrees warmer upstairs than it is downstairs; so it reads 68 downstairs and 73 up there (unless it's winter). I sleep with just a sheet on unless it's really cold.
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