I had eggs for breakfast yesterday, a roast beef sandwich for lunch, and a beef roast (leftovers) for dinner. This morning, I could walk the dog without taking my ibuprofen beforehand. Usually I get up and take the pills right away but I wasn't hurting as much.
So far this morning, I've had an omelet.
I was going to post yesterday when I read about eating more protein. I've found when I eat more protein, I do seem better. However , recently I got proof positive in my case. I had been reading an excellent book by a functional medicine doctor (The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman MD) in which he writes about several tests he uses to diagnose what is wrong with his chronically ill patients.
The one test that really stuck out to me was OAT (Organic Acids Test). I ask my NP for the test and she agreed. It is a 24 hour urine test that measures the amino acids in your body. Amino acids are what proteins are made up of. Organic acids are byproducts of metabolism. I am quoting from Dr. Hymans testing guide--the test"helps identify vitamin B deficiencies as well as problems with fat, carbohydrates, and energy metabolism;oxidative stress, the gut, detoxification, and even neurotransmitter function."
To make a long story short, I had the test and most of my amino acids were extremely low, or low moderate. My NP was very suprised and immediately started my on a amino acid protein powder made by Thorne called Mediclear. Within days I started feeling so much better, more energy and just basically stronger. I have been on the powder for about 3 months (I make a smoothie and add the powder) and continue to feel better. To say I am "cured of fibro" would be a big lie. There is no cure for fibro. I have had several flares since being on the amino acid powder, so they don't go away. But I do feel better and stronger most of the time.
I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth to this discussion on protein. I've had fibro for 40 years but continue to keep looking for more ways to make my quality of life better.
One thing I forgot to mention about the protein powder is that it is hypoallergenic and made with RICE protein. I am gluten sensitive and have been gluten free for over a year. I did not want to be on any protein that contained gluten.
Your post about 'something sweet' reminded me of a recipe I've used these past couple of yrs. My PM dr suggested this, but I can't remember the name of the book it was in.
Anyway, you use 2 tablespoons of Ricotta cheese, a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, a 1/2 teaspoon of unsweetened chocolate, and a little bit of a packet of Splenda. Mix it in a small bowl and enjoy. I wasn't sure if it would be good, but it was actually rather nice. I was very strict w/ my protein diet and I needed something sweet. This worked out nicely. I even made it for my mother and she enjoyed it. I didn't tell her the ingredients till she tried it - my older son is the same way. Can't tell them what is in something till after they try it.
Hope it gives you something of a sweet treat to enjoy!
God bless. Alice.
Just wanted to answer your question about being a celiac. No, not that I know of. I have ulcerative colitis along with fibro and I read a book that really impressed me. It was called "The Gluten Connection" by Sheri Lieberman who is a clinical nutritionist. I went gluten and dairy free for 2 weeks and started feeling so much better. I added back in the dairy after 2 weeks and seemed to have no problems with the dairy being back. So I've been gluten free for over a year. Can't say it helped the fibro but my belly feels less bloated and way better.
How to Calculate Your Protein Needs:
1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg2. Weight in kg x 0.8 g/kg = protein grams required
Example: 154 lb female who is sedentary154 lbs/2.2 = 70kg70kg x 0.8 = 56 g protein/day