Finally feeling better!

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DawnRN
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Date Joined Feb 2015
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   Posted 2/2/2015 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I was sick for two years, including 3 hospitalizations and two rheumatologists, before being diagnosed with SLE. Despite prednisone, Plaquenel and methotrexate, I was bloated, rashed and so foggy I could barely function. I took naps on a daily basis, and while I was able to work, I was not able to help with any household chores. Despite all the research regarding Lupus and diet, I tried Whole30. Within a week of not eating grain, dairy or any processed foods, I was feeling better. Now (I'm on day 33!) I am down 17.5 pounds and 10 inches, and haven't taken a nap in 3 weeks. The brain fog and bloating are gone, and I am cooking and cleaning and doing other things again. I feel so much better! I still tire easily and have to balance activity and rest. Other than the fatigue, the only symptom I have left is achy foot and hand pain, but NSAIDS work well for that. I called my doctor before I started and he said it was fine, but he didn't expect it to help any. OMG, was he wrong. I can't remember when I felt this good. I have no intention of every putting that garbage in my system again. I strongly urge everyone with Lupus to try this program, but check with your doctor first and don't go off your meds, even if you feel better. I am down to 5 mg of prednisone a day, and still take methotrexate and Plaquenel. I can't wait to see my doctor in 2 weeks. He'll be so happy!

couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 2/2/2015 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad it worked for you.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

RA Info Sponge
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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 2/3/2015 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad you are finally feeling better, Dawn. I can relate. I put some New Year's resolutions in to effect January 5th. To watch our budget was one of them which led to adding to the list a lot more cooking at home and a lot less eating out. My worst enemy the past couple years has been fatigue with a few good days in there every now and then so I knew cooking at home was going to be a fight for me. I decided the best way to do this was to make many meals at one time and freeze them. I started on my next "good" day and made 12 meals and two days later made 8 more meals. We have been eating at home at least 5-6 days out of 7. And while I haven't cut out dairy, grains or processed foods completely, I have definitely incorporated a heck of a lot more fresh vegetables into our foods. I can honestly say that after the first week and a half to two weeks I started having a lot more energy and this past weekend was my first weekend without a nap in years. I can't remember the last time I felt this good this many consecutive days in a row. It was getting to the point that I was missing between 2-4 days of work per month due to exhaustion. I didn't do much on the weekend aside from sleep so we ordered out almost every night. I'm sure not having all the high fat, low nutritional meals from our local family restaurant, Hardee's, etc. have a lot to do with feeling better too.
Who knows, I may eventually start cutting out the processed foods, grains and dairy eventually.
I hope your change in diet continues to help you.
Sincerely,
Jennifer
08 - pos (1.40) ANA Screen (speckled), HLA-B27 Antigen detected, low red blood cell count, high CBC platelet count, extremely high RFactor-272, pos SCL-70 Antibody, Sed rate-14 2009 - ANA was neg (1), CBC platelet still high, RF slightly higher-279, Sed rate-6 2010 & 11 ANA Screen, HLA-B27, SLC-70 & RF not repeated and Sed Rate high-27 2013 pos Lupus Anticoagulant
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