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Adam Israel
Cognitive Dissidence 
7th-Jun-2010 10:01 pm

Guess what? I feel better. Better than I have in five years or so. What changed? Interesting, that…

A couple weeks ago, I decided to do a reboot of the diet. My reading on Fibromyalgia led me to discussions of Celiac disease and how much of an overlap there is between the two. I figured that going back to a basic diet of protein, vegetable, and fruit for a week or two would be a good reset. What I didn’t expect was how much different I would feel.

The pain in my knee went away almost entirely. The fatigue went from being a daily battle is now just an occasional struggle. Instead of sleeping six fitful hours I’m now down for nine and feeling well-rested. The cognitive issues — difficulty concentrating and remembering — have improved drastically. My GI issues have also made a very welcome change for the better.

Maybe it’s not Fibromyalgia after all. Maybe it’s a combination of the two. Lupus still hasn’t officially been ruled out but I should find that out Thursday. In any case, I feel better and that’s what counts. I’ve re-introduced everything but gluten in my diet and I still feel good. The one day I did try eating gluten, well, let’s just say it wasn’t a fun day. I’m relatively sure we’re no longer on speaking terms. The only problem is that diagnosing Celiac usually requires you to be on a gluten-rich diet and, uh, hell no.

Now that my brain is getting back to normal, I’m finding that I am far behind where I’d like to be in pretty much everything. Clarion’s coming up quickly so I’m finishing what I can now and you can be sure that there will be much ass kicking and fixing of things once I return.

[Crossposted from Adam Israel. If you'd like to comment, you can do so either here or there.]

8th-Jun-2010 02:08 am (UTC)
It takes longer than a week for the gluten to clear from your system. GF diet is well worth trying, it really does help. Hang in there!
8th-Jun-2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I've heard it can take quite a while for it to fully clear. I started noticing a difference after ten days. It's been three weeks and I feel considerably better but still have lots of the tenderness that I'd associated with Fibromyalgia.

I have an appointment with the Rheumatologist this week to go over some blood work and discuss what happened with this diet. There may be follow-up tests as a result, and then another follow-up with my regular doctor after Clarion to check my vitamin levels (I was severely deficient in January).

So far, so good though!
8th-Jun-2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I still can't get over how great you looked at WisCon. You were GLOWING.

I am so so so happy that you have made this discovery; even though your health story isn't quite done being told, feeling better and knowing how to make yourself feel better is just . . . epic, really. Epic. So so happy.
8th-Jun-2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Truth be told, that was a bad fatigue day but some friends let (aka made) me borrow their room for a few hours so I could have a nap and boy was it glorious. If it weren't for that I wouldn't have been nearly as chipper that afternoon.
8th-Jun-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
I do think there's some blood test for celiac disease, although yeah it might only work if you've eaten gluten lately. When I had my gallbladder problems one of the doctors ran that test on me to rule it out as the issue.

But I'm glad to hear that the gluten free diet has really helped. Tests aside, go with what's working to make you feel and work better.
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