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3 weeks on Paleo - various health issues (sore tonsils, extreme head cold, chest congestion)

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Created April 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Started Paleo approx. 3 weeks ago - have had many positive outcomes such as weight loss which I had been struggling with ever since taking prednisone. To date, I've lost 6 lbs but all of my swelling and bloatng has disappeared. The bad side effects (assume from detoxing my system) are lingering for much longer than I hoped. It started with severe swollen tonsils that we're so sore I could not swallow, not to mention the fatigue was so bad I was napping 2-4 hours per day for the first week. These have now passed but I not have the most severe head/chest cold that I cannot seem to get rid of. I am eating raw garlic, gargling with red apple cider vinegar, sucking on chinese salted prunes, powering down vitamin C and NOTHING is helping. I don't want to go back on prednisone - what can I do? I am not eating sugar, any legumes or wheat, and the only dairy I have is goats milk which is about 4 tbls a day.

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:56 AM

And you should see a doc; you don't want you illness lIngering. Broth alone won't fix you if you need antibiotics. :)

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:54 AM

Agree with Meeps as well! And, Stir some puréed squash or pumpkin into your broth for added nutrition. Gently cooked egg yolks too. Feel better soon! :)

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on April 25, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I support the bone broth suggestion. It is kind of amazing stuff full of minerals, vitamins, gelatin. Not really sure what gelatin does for us but I get the impression it's good!

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on April 25, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Kellie, just remember that if you do have to go back on prednisone for a while you are supporting getting well quickier with Paleo. Just don't put off doing something if you're body needs that help right now. Then hopefully afterwards you'll be far enough along in your food healing that you won't need it again for a long time. Do what you have to, try for patience, and always remember to ask for support on here or on the other Paleo forums.

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I second that. Ditch the dairy for a while. You can come back to it when you feel better. And if you will get sick after eating dairy, you might want to consider avoiding it for a longer period of time.

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Thank you for your quick answer. The only dairy I've had is the small amt. of goats milk. No new changes introduced - I work at home so I am not introduced to alot of outside germs. I do have bronchiectasis but continue to take my Advair and my allergy+D everyday. I've not had any pneumonia since last Nov. and was doing really well until I started Paleo. I'm not going to give up - I just might have to give in and take some prednisone to keep myself out of the hospital. Thanks again for your answer.

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:15 PM

Chicken soup is a standard feel good food for when you are sick. The paleo version is bone broth. Totally agree with Meep's answer.

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C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 25, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Welcome Kellie.

It certainly sounds more extreme than the normal withdrawals from SAD. Could this be a coincidence? Perhaps you have caught a bug? The benefits of an improved immune system don't start the second you start Paleo. It could be that you're body is just having trouble fighting something off. Have you taken a break from all dairy? That in particular is recommended (by me) to reduce the head/chest cold issues since dairy produces mucous which could be exacerbating the problem. This also applies to folks with seasonal allergies.

Have you made any other changes like quitting coffee?? Have you moved into a new space? Perhaps it has mold?

My advice is to be gentle on your body. Sleep if you need to and perhaps increase your calories for a while. Up your carbs if you are VLC. You might try some Zyrtec and/or Clariton in case you're suffereing from seasonal allergies. If your mucous turns green or you feel 'sick' for more than 2 weeks consider visiting with your doctor. You may have an actual sickness that you shouldn't ignore.

I truly hope you can figure out what is wrong.

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Thank you for your quick answer. The only dairy I've had is the small amt. of goats milk. No new changes introduced - I work at home so I am not introduced to alot of outside germs. I do have bronchiectasis but continue to take my Advair and my allergy+D everyday. I've not had any pneumonia since last Nov. and was doing really well until I started Paleo. I'm not going to give up - I just might have to give in and take some prednisone to keep myself out of the hospital. Thanks again for your answer.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I second that. Ditch the dairy for a while. You can come back to it when you feel better. And if you will get sick after eating dairy, you might want to consider avoiding it for a longer period of time.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 25, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Kellie, just remember that if you do have to go back on prednisone for a while you are supporting getting well quickier with Paleo. Just don't put off doing something if you're body needs that help right now. Then hopefully afterwards you'll be far enough along in your food healing that you won't need it again for a long time. Do what you have to, try for patience, and always remember to ask for support on here or on the other Paleo forums.

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Did you see a doctor for the sore, swollen tonsils and fatigue? That sounds a lot like strep to me (I do not play a doctor on TV, so take with a grain of salt). Untreated, strep can turn into rheumatic fever, which you really don't want to mess with!

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