Airdale are a private clinic that specialise in finding out what chemicals and foods affect our immune systems and cause medical problems, treating the root cause rather than masking the symptoms with medications. You can read more about the great work the clinic do here.
When I was tracking my symptoms with a log I found a number of things that affected my symptoms of fatigue and stress:-
- Sleep deprivation
- Over doing things
- Food and drink
- Hot weather
- Injuries and other painful medical conditions
But some of these things affected each other too, for example certain foods affected my sleep, an injury affects my fatigue etc.
The first consultation was done over Skype to reduce my need to do the 1 1/2 hour round trip to Keighley which I would not have been able to manage. It was with the Co-Director Dr Apelles Econs, lovely man, very caring and understanding and very knowledgeable about autoimmune disorders and allergies. He gave me a frank explanation of how fibromyalgia works and affects the nervous system and what can be done to improve symptoms. I have attached my treatment plan for you to review below:-
I want to share my journey with you to allow you to see what I am trying and what improvements I have. There is no cure for fibromyalgia and the NHS are only interested in giving us pills and potions to band aid over our symptoms, not to treat the root cause.
The initial consultation was £175 but you can’t put a figure on good health. The GPs only know how to prescribe meds or do referrals to specialists, but in the UK there aren’t any for fibromyalgia.
I recently had a bad flare up due to injuring my knee falling off a motorbike in training, I actually fractured my knee and again it took 2 months under the creaking NHS to find this out, as I had to wear a leg brace for a month restricting my movement the immobility flared up my fibro and back pain to the worst levels I’ve ever experienced.
My healthy diet lapsed due to laziness and I put on a stone in weight and felt dreadful. You are what you eat after all. I gave myself a kick up the backside and ditched the processed foods and lost 7lbs in 3 weeks, since starting my diagnostic diet as recommended by the Airedale Clinic I’ve lost a further 3 pounds in the last 5 days. At first I felt lethargic, had bad headaches (gave up coffee), could not sleep at all and my aches and pains got worse. But I’m now on day 5 and I’m feeling a little better, I was in another mini fibro flare up due to overdoing things at work but I feel the diet is helping me recover quicker. The only problem I have right now is very bad lower back ache which is hurting every time I remain still, especially when sitting and it’s worse when I lay down. The only foods I can eat are detailed below, highlighted:-
The diet helps to detect whether food is affecting my condition to track how I react to the natural diet. It is only for 2 weeks and quite frankly I would do anything to feel better, even as one person put it yes I would sell my soul.
This is one of the pages out of my diet book:-
I have also obtained my full list of tests and results to share with the clinic from the NHS and I have a list of potential tests should I want to go ahead with them privately:-
I have ordered the stool test to start with until I know whether I have had any of these on the NHS, which I doubt as the NHS wouldn’t treat the outputs of most of the above tests.
I have a follow up consultation on the 11th to discuss how I’ve felt the diet has gone and discuss next steps. Thankfully sebsequent consultations are only £90.
I have bought a vitamin B12 spray as this vitamin can help with fatigue, aches and pains, the tablet form is not adequately digested by our systems, but the spray works best, the gold standard are vitamin B12 injections.
I will update you on my progress with honesty and complete openness. Maybe there is something I am doing that you would like to try.
Please feel free to ask me any questions, my Facebook page is updated on a more regular basis and is available through my blog.