I decided to take a respite from the creatine five days ago and I have steadily improved since then. While my dental problem did seem to have an effect it only lasted for 24 hours. So, five days ago I temporarily quit it to see what would happen. I had ceased to noticeably improve and saw hints of problems ahead and thought it best to regroup.
Just as I hoped, as the excess creatine has been washed out I have regained the earlier improvements. I think that I will wait another day and reintroduce it at a lower dose. It still looks very positive from here. Imark, have you tried backing off it for a while and starting again?
Here is some info from the Univ of Maryland-
"Creatine is a naturally occurring amino acid (protein building block) that's found in meat and fish, and also made by the human body in the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. It is converted into creatine phosphate or phosphocreatine and stored in the muscles, where it is used for energy. During high-intensity, short-duration exercise, such as lifting weights or sprinting, phosphocreatine is converted into ATP, a major source of energy within the human body.
However, not all human studies have shown that creatine improves athletic performance. Nor does every person seem to respond the same way to creatine supplements. For example, people who tend to have naturally high stores of creatine in their muscles don't get an energy-boosting effect from extra creatine. Preliminary clinical studies also suggest that creatine's ability to increase muscle mass and strength may help fight muscle weakness associated with illnesses such as heart failure and muscular dystrophy.
People who have muscular dystrophy may have less creatine in their muscle cells, which may contribute to muscle weakness. One study found that taking creatine led to a small improvement in muscle strength. However, other studies have found no effect.
People with Parkinson's disease have decreased muscular fitness including decreased muscle mass, muscle strength, and increased fatigue. A small clinical study found that giving creatine to people with Parkinson's disease improved their exercise ability and endurance. In another clinical study, creatine supplements boosted participants' moods and they didn' t need to increase their medicine dose as much as those who didn' t take creatine. More research is needed in this area.