I???ll try my best to make this as concise as possible???
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in 2006, and started medication a few weeks after (Avonex). Up to 2011 I kept at it dutifully, despite no improvement in my symptoms and a handful of new plaques on each new MRI (which was why I switched to Tysabri after 4 years). By this time I almost hated the side effects of the meds more than the disease itself.
In the summer of 2011 I watched a video with Dr. Terry Wahls. After a lot of reading I cut out dairy first, within weeks grains and refined sugars followed. I stopped the meds cold turkey too. Within months my symptoms decreased dramatically, and haven???t visited me since.
The only remnant of my symptoms is fatigue and decreased sensitivity in my fingertips due to constant tingling, a big success considering I had tingling in most of my body, severe vertigo, facial numbness and stiff and unwieldy limbs (not all at once!). For me this diet changed my life.
Though my symptoms decreased dramatically, nothing happened to the seemingly non MS related issues. It only recently dawned on me that I had none of these things listed below on a SAD diet, except acne. (Hence the inquiry here.)
Dry scalp (entire flakes coming off all the time) Dry face (which nothing seems to alleviate, not even shaving or scrubbing, or both...) Somewhat dry skin over my entire body Acne on face (back acne disappeared after removing dairy, a significant improvement in my face after removing virgin coconut oil/fat, but still it persists)
Dental caries forms easily (a teaspoon of honey for a week and my teeth object- it doesn???t take much longer before a dark splotch emerges on a tooth)
Nail fungus Athlete???s foot (these two are on my left foot solely, plus the skin on my big toe, from the base right up to the nail is hard and cracked like an elephant???s, and it itches like crazy) I also have these strange hard bumps on my soles, on both feet, little balls of hardened skin, that come off in one piece and leaves a crater.
Cuts and nicks take weeks to heal, and the mark is there for months sometimes.
I???ve been to several dermatologists about this, but the remedies they prescribed (ointments/creams) did nothing for me. I looked inwards.
Convinced I had candida, I did(summer of 2012) a pretty strict diet for about 6-8 weeks, low carb with lots of Oil of Oregano and other antifungals, with subsequent zombielike fatigue (herxheimer?) for about 2 weeks. Once that passed, I felt great. Still unsure whether it actually was a candida overgrowth???
I have tried cutting out the following to no avail, giving it at least 6 weeks each; Eggs Nightshades Nuts & Seeds
I recently discovered that coconut fat/oil does me no good (stomach gurgling), and I had been eating 1-2 tablespoons a day since I started my modified Paleo diet.
These are the supplements I take; Vitamin D (D3) around 4000IU a day Vitamin B12 1000??g a day Occasionally omega 3, and a combination of calcium-zinc-magnesium (perhaps twice a week)
digestive enzymes (13 different in one pill) probiotics (6 billion, 10 different strains) naturally fermented pickles, homemade kimchi, homemade and storebought sauerkraut
Eggshells for the calcium. Recently started eating oatmeal, either soaked or fermented with raw cocoa (the oatmeal is gluten free, and since i don't feel strange after eating it, I go for it)
What???s strange is that when I exercise (mostly with weights) I sometimes start yawning in the middle of it, and have to push myself through it as a massive fatigue comes over me. But once I???m finished, I feel great, my mind???s lucid and my whole body is happy.
I have tried figuring out the cause/causes of this, asking myself whether it might have been any of these things;
Antibiotic treatment for acne repeatedly as a teenager (from age 13-16) which damaged my gut flora
Impaired organ/organs due to the MS meds
Candida or other fungi/bacteria behind it (behind the MS?)
All thoughts are greatly appreciated, since I feel like I???m at a dead end.
Thanks for your time!
Best wishes EinHippo
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on January 14, 2013
at 04:47 PM
Welcome to PaleoHacks!
I have a hereditary seizure disorder and let me tell you neuromeds are tough stuff! Are you eating enough fat AND drinking enough water? I know when I don't drink enough water my skin suffers something awful and I have to really work to eat enough fat. Also, I do a lower carb version of Paleo because IMHO it helps those of us with neuro diseases and disorders (and other autoimmune problems - mine is a thyroid condition).
I would also recommend the addition of bone broth to your regimen. It's particularly soothing to your gut and can provide much needed nutrients when you are feeling fatigued and may not feel like cooking a big meal. Plus you can add your herbs like oregano to it and make it quite tasty!
If coconut oil is not to your bowels liking why not use it on your skin? coconut oil is a very nice moisturizer and if you are experiencing dryness, it will help hydrate immediately! Perhaps your bumps though are a reaction to a certain food sensitivity or a medication. You may want to try a process of elimination again but be very detailed and discuss your medication with your doctor if you are not happy with the side effects.
on January 15, 2013
at 07:54 AM
If your thyroid was "out of whack" before you started, you could have a nodule or something that won't go away by changing your food. Also, are you USING products that have a lot of junk in them?? (Parabens, wheat dairy gluten by products? Soy maybe?) I use a PH balanced shampoo/conditioner & lots of lotion. (Makeup artist/cosmetologist) and/or hard water with bad minerals. Just some thoughts. What about sleep?