about a month ago my friend the naturopath convinced me to give up Diet Coke, sugar, and wheat products. That means no pasta, no bread, no ice cream, no Diet Coke!!!! I wondered how I'd keep from going crazy. But I did it cold turkey and within a week was feeling so much better. Now, a month later, I'm feeling like my old self again. I even went to the beauty salon and got my old haircut back. One nice side effect, other than the fact that I feel so much better, is that I've now lost 15 pounds. I still have a lot of strengh to regain and weight to lose, and I still pace myself, or as Rosie described it, hold some energy back, but I could live this way forever.
For so long I thought the quicksand I lived in was the way it was going to be forever and I was trying to accept that. But now I get out, go places with my husband, and spend more time with my granddaughters.
I've read that it's not uncommon for people with lupus and other autoimmune diseases to develop a gluten intolerance and I believe that's what happened to me.
I still have joint and muscle pain, but the unbearable, inexplicable fatigue has lifted. No one, but those of us who have experienced this kind of fatigue can possibly understand what it is, and I'm here to tell you that I can handle the pain better than I can endure the fatigue. For the first time in four years I'm back on a normal sleep cycle, have stopped taking lunesta and sleep all night.
After all these years, all these specialists, all these meds, and all this money, my friend the naturopath helps me figure out what I need to do to feel better. I feel that I owe her my life.
I'm glad I listened to her and I'm glad that I listened to my body. And I've even learned to love fresh veggies.
Lupus, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, tramadol, actonel, tri-est, imitrex, cymbalta, lunesta, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin