I was just wondering if any of you experience an increase in neuropathy depending upon what you eat. I have been battling Lyme, Bart and Babesia and have terrible neuropathy all over my body. When I eat for example, gluten freeze tortilla chips, my neuropathy rages in certain body parts. It happens with other foods as well. Physiologically, it just does not add up but the increase in pain is very real. I would love to know if any of you have experienced something similar. Met with my land this am and she is stumped as am I. Thank you for your thoughts
Hi Aurora -
My Lyme-knowledgeable neurologist suggests that most neuropathy we experience is due to inflammation. I have had success with anti-inflammatories - might be something to try. You can do a search or start a new thread specifically discussing which anti-inflammatories people have tried.
The connection to the gut is that 70% of the immune system IS the mucosal lining of our GI. And when the immune system activates, one primary symptom it creates is inflammation - in a rudimentary way, the purpose of the inflammation is to "punt" anything harmful from tissues, thus the inflammation response. And of course, the mucosal lining in the GI is solely responsible for absorbing nutrition but also everything else you eat and anything that might trigger aggravation or damage to the mucosal lining will also exacerbate the immune response.
Also, if there is already damage to the mucusa likely means that this damage has created permeability in the lining, where undigested food particles, fecal matter, toxins and other debris seeps through the lining and into the bloodstream, which takes the toxins throughout the body as well as the immune system's inflammatory response! This is called "leaky gut" - there is a lot of good info online about
Also, in many "gluten-free" foods, the gluten (which is a protein binder) is simply replaced with other binders that the body can be just as reactive to... And there are SO MANY other problematic foods that are harming our GI. It might be something for you to look into as I have lost count how many people have resolved not only GI problems but many other problems like neuropathy simply by avoiding grains and non-organic produce.
Hope this is helpful.