Matthew and I started the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) on December 23, 2014. This is a quick update.
Pain & medication
When we started six months ago, Matthew (who I adore) was taking 4-8 hardcore prescription painkillers a day for psoriatic arthritis and other inflammatory pain.
Here’s the amazing news: he’s off Methotrexate and he hasn't had any Tramadol or Dilaudid for a few weeks. He’s taking just 2-4 over-the-counter ‘Tylenol Arthritis’ a day & no other pharmaceuticals.
He still has substantial pain, but he can manage it with virtually no drugs. Comparatively speaking.
A dietary deviation at the 2½ month point set him back significantly, but he has recovered the progress he’d made before the divergence and has now surpassed it.
The moral of that is: no cheating on the AIP.
Nausea & Dizziness
Six months ago Matthew was also suffering from extreme, undiagnosed nausea and dizziness.
He still is.
Despite every diagnostic test the western medical system could throw at it (he’s been biopsied & scoped every possible way) no one has any ideas. At first they thought his liver was declining. Then they thought ulcers. Then Ménière's. Though it’s good news that all of those tests came up negative, he’s still very debilitated, and still on disability leave from work.
We suspect it may be Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), which the gastroenterologist assured us does not exist. But the gastroenterologist seems to be fresh out of other ideas, so we recently found a Functional Medicine doctor who does believe in SIBO and seems to be approaching this in a rational way.
Four reasons we suspect SIBO:
- The only relief from nausea was after being on a low-FODMAP version of the AIP this Spring. When he put the FODMAPs back in, the nausea slowly returned.
- If the nausea and dizziness was autoimmune, you'd think it would have also responded to diet, given that other autoimmune symptoms have.
- Matthew had Irritable Bowel in his twenties and thirties. Until he met me, really.
- I’ve told Matthew we’ll keep trying things until we figure this out.
Hey, I’m just living in a state of peak experience all the time and I’m evangelical about how great I feel.
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