As promised, I would send you an honest update on how my diagnostic diet is going. I started before I spoke to the consultant and completely ditched all processed food, so nothing came out of a packet. I lost 7 lbs in 2 weeks and felt so much better; less fatigue and reduced muscle pain.
I went into the diagnostic diet for 2 weeks to cut down my diet to a very basic bland hunter gatherer type. This basically removes all potential foods that could cause a reaction with my nervous system.
After the first 2 weeks my daily headaches disappeared, my fatigue was reduced, my muscle pain went away and the nerve sensation issues I had like tingling, itching, pain upon touching disappeared.
I was just coming out of a flare up when I started the diagnostic diet and my sleep was terrible; 7 hours over 3 nights. I asked for 5 days worth of sleeping tablets and usually they take my sleep from 3/4 hours to 4/5 but this time they worked great.
It took about a week to get over stopping the sleeping tablets (this is why I don’t like to take them)! Now I’m sleeping much better, deeper and longer 5/6.5 hours. 👍
Switching to fresh food only I lost a total of 1 stone and 7lbs in a month and never went hungry.
My moods are better, less extreme and my menstrual cycle was less severe. I haven’t had digestive issues either.
The next phase of my diet is to slowly start bringing in the rest foods not highlighted on the photo above, one by one and track symptoms.
So far I’ve been able to eat asparagus, grapes, veal, tuna steak and tomatoes.
I’m still not able to exercise until I’ve finished the next month as this could skew the symptom tracker.
I can’t wait to restart proper exercising as I’m so weak, getting out of breath walking up hill or up or down steps. I couldn’t even keep up with my 67 year old dad!
It’s not easy as you have to have willpower and you have to track everything; symptoms and weight, which will start to increase if my nervous system reacts to it.
I have a comprehensive stool analysis kit to do and send off but I need to wait till I get paid as it’s £160 for the analysis; 3 collections and I have strict guidelines to follow including mixing with liquids, dealing and posting lol. I have a list of other tests to do too that I have to pay for as the NHS has refused, simple blood tests.
I am willing to do anything to feel better and the Airedale Allergy Clinic here have done more for me than the NHS have in over 3 years. The NHS don’t have the funding or support to investigate or locate cures for conditions like Fibromyalgia. The US are way out front in this area as it’s about making money and a cure or even medications or treatments would rake in millions. GPs are trained to give us meds and there aren’t any specialists only pain or arthritic specialists available in the UK, we are sent to these for more band aid treatments for our symptoms. What we need is locating and dealing with the root cause!!
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