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Counting My Blessings
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   Posted 12/12/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm just curious about this and was hoping someone could shed some light on this.
 
I am trying very hard to avoid wheat because I understand that if you have even the smallest of allergies to it, it really messes with your autoimmune system.
 
Yesterday I was VERY vigilant about it and I truly felt better this morning.  I have more energy (without concerta medication) than I've had in a long time in the mornings.  Also, I actually closed my eyes while washing my hair and didn't have major balance issues for the first time in a very long time.
 
Anyone else try removal of wheat from their diet?  It's hard because almost everything has wheat or some derivative of it (wheat flour, etc.) but if it works, it's definately worth it.
 
Karla

rhondab
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   Posted 12/12/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Karla

Wow...good for u! I haven't heard or read anything on allergies/wheat and how it can relate to u'r immune system, tho i imagine it can in some ways affect it. Given that MS is a CNS disease, i'd suspect allergies won't affect it to that degree....removal or improvement of vertigo, but then i haven't researched anything on this either. I'd certainly report this to u'r doc and see what his/her feeling is on it. There may indeed be some connection and if so, maybe other changes u can make will improve other probs for u. Best wishes on this and let us know how u'r doing.
rhonda
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 12/12/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Karla,

I have heard that many people with MS have allergies.  Being that they are both autoimmune, it seeems to me that you would want to reduce your allergic reactions as much as possible.  All allergic reactions involve inflammation.  If you know you are allergic to wheat, you are going to want to try to do the gluten free diet.  It is hard if you love bread and cereal.  I don't eat cereal much but I do love bread.  I have found a great brown rice pasta that is gluten free.  There is not one gluten free bread that is even remotely palatable in my opinion.  I can do a low gluten diet but I find it nearly impossible to go totally gluten free.  I try to do low gluten and I also do no dairy for the reason that they are known to cause inflammation.  I definitely feel better on them.  I can always tell when I am not eating well as my MS symptoms do get worse.


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
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popsie
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   Posted 12/14/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karla,
I too am trying to go gluten free & finding it almost impossible to get to zero. Identifying things with wheat flour is bad enough but manufacturers also use glucose (from wheat) in a lot of things too. Also I have read that all grain rye, oats and even spelt have gluten. I eat millet crispbread which are nice. I think that the only way to get there is to eat very little processed food which means making it all which is really hard work.

I am really excited to hear you had such good benefits with the balance cos that is a major problem area for me. Your results have made me decide that I am going to re double my efforts to be totally gluten free.

You must have a good neuro if he/she will even consider allergies impacting on MS I just work this out for myself as mine thinks anything like that is rubbish. If I find something helps I go for it and do not ask the dr. I have found diet makes a huge difference & definitely avoid fried food as it makes me weak & more spastic. :-)
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995.
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 12/14/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow popsie,

Bummer about your doc.  My doc is all over the diet stuff.  She told me from day one that the copaxone will only help so much.  She encouraged me to make total life changes and she checks on this whenever I see her.  "How much exercise are you getting?  What supplements are working for you?  Are you eating well?  Are you managing your stress?  Are you getting enough sleep?"  These are questions are part of her total exam.  She also asks when my last pap and mammo were as well as takes the usual weight and blood pressure junk.  She also works very closely with my gp and gets all my blood work faxed to her.  She goes over that with a fine tooth comb.  I feel very blessed.

Are you where you can look for another?  Health care is such a consumer situation.  It is such a nightmare to have a doctor that does not work with/for you. 


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


popsie
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Gretchen I envy you. I have tried 5 different neuros over last few years with no luck, their eyes just glaze over if I talk about anything like diet or exercise. ( I am going yo see if I can find a lady neuro as they seem to be nore open to alternate stuff) In fact I only got help with severe pain by going to the hospital, the neuros & gps said they could not help which was soooooo depressing. Thanks to hospital I now have pain pump & no pain which is miraculous.

Yes, I agree exercise is very NB & I use a stepper, cross trainer and Wii fit & feel that they have helped weakness a lot :-)
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995.
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily , merrily, merrily, life is but a dream

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