This is Day #3 of me eating solely paleo. I was diagnosed with Lupus 3 years ago, am super allergic to Plaquenil (the medicine usually prescribed for Lupus) so I've been playing around with my diet ever since to try to minimize my Lupus symptoms. I found out early on that I'm sensitive to nightshades and to gluten. I cut out all nightshades entirely (minus potatoes), and cut back on the gluten when I feel my stress level is rising, or when I feel like a flare-up is coming on.
Anyways...I ran my first 5K since my diagnosis this past Sunday (WAHOOOO!!) I used to run all the time, but after getting sick it's been a rough battle to get back into decent shape.
So onto my question....I have this ridiculous headache (which I figure comes from the LC flu), I'm kinda dizzy, and I am drinking an INSANE amount of water.
Part of the Lupus is I also have sjodren's syndrome (constant dry mouth), so I drink a lot anyways...but I've literally doubled my water intake since starting this thing. Is this insane thirst and dizziness normal?
asked byAmanda_23 (0)
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on October 23, 2012
at 09:02 PM
Reducing carbohydrates has a diuretic effect. You need salt and potassium--broth is a good way to get them and some people find sprinkling a little potassium containing salt substitute on their veggies helps, too.
It could also be a lupus flare up, so pay attention. Especially if the broth doesn't help and you're feeling worse. In that case, the change or stress could be causin a flareup and you need to consult with your physician about the best way to nip it in the bud.
Are you taking any blood pressure medications? If so, you need to watch your blood pressure carefully. The diuretic effect of the diet will also lower your blood pressure, and most people have to have their medications adjusted almost immediately.
on October 23, 2012
at 11:19 PM
Gluten should not be consumed EVER for someone with an autoimmune disease. I would get off that (and all other grains) STAT!
You should also look into the autoimmune protocol - at the very least use it as an elimination diet for a couple of months and then add things back in to see how they affect you. I wouldn't hold back on the carbs, if you have been low-carb for a few days that could definitely do it with the dizziness.
Good luck, and I'd be interested to know how your progress goes. I have Hashimoto's and Celiac and Autoimmune Paleo has been nothing short of a miracle for me.