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symptom flare up right before menstruation

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Created October 09, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Any thoughts or suggestions on things I can research on why my eczema always flares up right before menstruation? I'm fairly certain this has nothing to do with any changes in diet during this time. I have had my progesterone/estradiol tested mid cycle and prior to menstruation and according to my doctor both were within normal limits. I have pretty bad eczema although cutting out junk has helped a bunch.

Background info: I eat somewhat paleo, strict avoidance of gluten, corn, soy (I eat natto about once or twice a month). I do eat Greek yogurt and have cream with my coffee. Eat fish (usually wild salmon, mackerel, sardines) twice a week, do my best to buy pork and beef at the farmers market, lamb leg from costco, make weekly bone broth, eat kimchi/sauerkraut. I do eat white rice, or brown when I have the foresight to soak the stephan guyenet way. Things I am working up the nerve to try eliminating are dark chocolate, eggs, nightshades, dairy although I am thinking I may do these separately because doing them all at once (AI protocol) feels too complicated for my busy nursing school life right now. Supplementing with Zinc 60mg, D3 5000 units, 3 capsules of HCL with protein heavy meals (usually dinner or lunch). Was taking FCLO 1 tsp for about 2 months until I ran out and have not been able to order any more. Lab results in May of this year were Vitamin D, 25-hydroxy: 41 ng/mL, Vitamin B12: 546 pg/mL, Folate: 22.3 ng/mL. Have not rechecked D levels since taking 5000 units daily.

Any thoughts on what I can research? I know there are a bunch of things I can still tweak in terms of figuring out my eczema (dairy, sugar, eggs, nightshades, GAPS) but I am thinking I would rather just take one step at a time and not overstress myself with tackling all these items while in my last year of nursing school. Thanks in advance!

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hm, care to elaborate?

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on January 28, 2013
at 12:47 PM

It's a real condition. Autoimmune progesterone dermatitis - try browsing around, and see if the cases sound familiar. Here are a couple of things you could try for it.

  • Presently, the route to treating it involves raising progesterone before menstruation (since it's an immunosuppressant, it helps with those things). It doesn't get rid of the APD, but things become more manageable. Turmeric, high-dose vitamin C, oregano, and a bit extra vitamin B6 are all pretty effective at it. You'll know you're taking more than your body can handle if you feel waaaaaaaay too mellow.

  • The other route (which in all theory should work) is following the autoimmune protocol. With any luck, you won't need to mess with your hormones at all.

(Incidentally, you can have low/high estrogen or progesterone while remaining within normal clinical levels. You can even be showing symptoms of it. All depends on the person.)

Good luck!

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on October 09, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Track amounts? My wife gets tired at certain times of the month and drinks more coffee. If you cross-react with coffee you might never get 100% better but only are bad enough to really feel the flair wwhen you over-indulge. Same could be true of other foods if you are a PMS over-eater etc...

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on December 17, 2012
at 08:27 AM

In Chinese medicine this condition is referred to as heat in the blood chamber. Could be many different causes but if you have the opportunity try contacting an East Asian Medical Provider for a custom herbal prescription.

Full disclosure I go to school for Chinese medicine, but I have seen it work and started studying it from a very objective point of view while living in China.

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on December 17, 2012
at 08:18 AM

You asked for things to look up, not necessarily the answer to cure all that ails you. I don't know what you have or haven't looked up so I will just talk about what I would look up, maybe it will help. Fructose is causing a lot of problems for us and I think we are starting to learn more about it. A lot of people want to blame HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and don't realize regular refined table sugar is 50% fructose. It is not that bad in small amounts but the problem is that it is everywhere and in thing you wouldn't expect like bread. Aside from the diabetes and obesity one of the main things it does is increase inflammation.
The second thing I would look into is increasing omega 3 EFA and decreasing omega 6's. It is not that omega 6 is bad , it is that it is very prevalent in our diet and omega 3's are not. They need to be in a certain ratio or again you get inflammation. I would look up the possible connection of Neu5Gc found in the meats you listed. The curious link between flare ups and your monthly friend is interesting. There is an other curious link in that NAFLD (fatty liver disease) metabolic syndrome have a close association with PCOS, I don't know what or if there is a connection but Fructose is a common link. The other article I have seen recently about menstruation, was an article about when it stops completely. The author (who had credentials) suggested that in those cases it is stress usually at the root of the cause. I would like to make a quick note- when I am singling out fructose I am only referring to refined sugar, not fruit. Fruit is not a concern and eating lots of fruit is not an issue (probably a good idea). I am a big fan of EFA's (omega3 only) and COq10. I hope this helps. Cheers

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on December 17, 2012
at 02:27 AM

I've heard of citrus exacerbating eczema.

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on October 09, 2012
at 08:29 PM

You might be really sensitive to what the animal ate before you got the meat..make sure it is grass fed, are you grain free except for rice..other grains that are related to wheat, spelt and rye are possibles too and I would get of dairy for a month and see if that help, that time of the month makes me more sensitive diet wise as well..good luck and keep us posted

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on October 09, 2012
at 06:45 PM

This post reminds me of a poem.

My blood is coconut milk.

My kidneys are spirulina.

My sperm is zinc, magnesium and fructose.

My liver, ever tempermental, abhors fructose.

My breasts are white blood cells, inhibited by fennel seed.

My vagina is vinegar. With the mother.

73689d59af924127c99bab37ce42ac10

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on October 09, 2012
at 08:31 PM

hm, care to elaborate?

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