Sounds just like the 24 hour bug or flu! But seriously from yesterday afternoon until this morning I was intensely itchy on my neck and any scratching made my skin raw and painful. This is the first pain I have had in many many months! I don't know if this is a big flare coming on or just one of my typical mini-flares that last a few hours or a few days and go away. Either way, I am watching it closely! I think it was the first time in nearly 5 or 6 months I used an ice pack on my neck. I still went to the farm to get our raw milk and I still went to the hardware store to get the power strips as we had a storm and blew our 2 surge protectors (yes, they are definitely worth their weight in gold!!). I still helped the kids with their school work, and took care of the dogs, and cooked meals and did all the typical run of the mill things I do. So by no means was it horrendously painful or agonizing. On a scale of 0-10 for pain, the pain last night was a 4 and this morning a 2. By noon I had no more pain and have not had any since. My neck feels raw when I touch it, but its not red or swollen or oozing. It's just sensitive and dry with scratch marks. No deep sores or cuts. I was able to sleep all night without waking once. And for the most part it seemed like a typical mini-flare for me, except for the rawness and pain.
Do I think it's a dreaded flare coming on? Honestly, not at all. But I could be wrong, so I will keep posting about it until I know for sure. However last week I significantly decreased my active B's due to what I thought were over-methylation symptoms. I also cut out my MSM powder completely. But after a bigger than normal mini flare a few days ago, I added in the powder again and increased my active B's by a little. It is a balancing act with methylation. Too much is as bad as too little. So I increased again this morning. I have an appointment with my ND next week to try to get this figured out - try to see what increments I should be increasing or decreasing by.
Otherwise right this minute I feel normal. I've had a lot more energy - wondering if it's from stopping any over methylation. It is now after 11 pm and I have yet to flare any further anywhere today - no mini-flares or severe itching. I will keep posting updates either positive or negative. I know the majority believe that TSW flares cannot me correlated to anything - they are a thing of their own. But after the success I have had with the gene mutation therapy and based on many other people's testimonies, I believe there is a direct correlation here. At least for me - and this painful mini-flare that occurred the exact same week I reduced my supplements (by a lot) is no coincidence.
So far people have related worsening symptoms (not a cause of a flare) to alcohol consumption, hormones, eating foods high in refined sugars and carbs, and of course stress. My supplements have not prevented flares - but they have reduced them SIGNIFICANTLY so that my flares are mini in nature compared to how it used to be before treatment. That's why I call them mini-flares. My symptoms are reduced by over 80-90% or completely gone during the flares. My life continues onward.