Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Diagnosis and Elimination Diet

Let's jump back a moment to March 2015, around the 8th month of my last pregnancy. This was the sequence of events:

  • I had a severe lay-in-the-bed-for-three-days-straight type flu
  • Within that week, my son went through open heart surgery
  • A few days post surgery, my feet began going numb again, causing a hard fall
  • Over the course of several days, the numbness ascended to my mid back (which I still remain numb from that point down, to one degree or another)
  • OBGYN sent me to neurologist who asserted I had a new lesion on my spinal cord and diagnosed me with Multiple Sclerosis, and scheduled an MRI of brain and cord to be performed postpartum
  • MRI confirmed a new lesion on my spine, right where the numbness ceased ascending, plus, it revealed (undeniably) my first significant brain lesion

I would like to point out that having the flu, in addition to an extremely high stress load, preceded this relapse. Viruses such as the flu, are thought to trigger the autoimmune process that causes attacks on the central nervous system in people with Multiple Sclerosis.

That is also the theory about eating foods our bodies are sensitive, allergic or intolerant to. The theory is that eating those foods trigger our immune system, which for those with autoimmune disease, causes your body to attack itself.

Since diagnosis, about 10 months ago, I had not forgotten about those food allergies. How could I, when my body let me know in a myriad of ways, it didn't appreciate my partaking in them?

The nagging question was, if I could improve symptoms of fatigue or possibly even lessen the possibility of more lesions, why wouldn't I?

Is eating sugar, wheat, milk or any of those other foods listed on the previous post, more important than my mobility? Sounds like an easy answer but, it has taken me 10 months to come to a conclusion.

No. It shouldn't be, and it isn't.

That brings us back up to the present. Having paid a whopping $85 for the test, you can be assured I still had the results filed away in safe keeping, just in case I might care later. Well, that time is now.

This gives us my obvious first step.

Step One: Eliminate all food allergies/intolerance from your diet.

These will be different for everyone. My daughter has food intolerance also, and we share a few, such as wheat and lettuce, but unlike me, she can have strawberries and sugar (yes, I am jealous... insanely). 

To find out your unique food intolerance, you can obtain a test through an internal medicine physician or even order testing online from various labs. My doctor used the 96 Comprehensive Food Panel from Alltess Medical Laboratory which you could purchase online and ask your family doctor to order, run, and send it in for you.

This is day three of my elimination diet and it hasn't been too difficult. I can honestly say I do have extra energy and feel more alert, instead of the constant fog of fatigue and forgetfulness I had been in (especially apparent after eating a super sized amount of homemade bread recently).

There is another key piece to this combat plan which I will address next time, but here is a sneak peek...

Keep up the fight!



  1. This may seem like a drastic diet change and of course, it really is, but if it improves the way you feel and lessens the autoimmune attacks, I say there is every reason to try this approach!! Stay positive!!!

    1. I agree! It hasn't been as dreadful doing without the sugar as I had feared. Only three days in and I can tell I'm not crashing off the sugar and pretty energized most of the day. Excited!

    2. That IS exciting, indeed!!! :)