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start of Lupus flare or LC flu?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

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?

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:49 AM

No, there's no particular reason why I'm avoiding carbs. I came across some studies online saying that Paleo diet helps Lupus, so I decided to try it out. I'm just slightly confused as to what foods have carbs in them that I can eat? Potatoes are part of the night shade family...so I'm not 100% positive if I can/should do sweet potatoes. Mambo--the only thing on your list I like is white rice. lol. What other things have carbs in them?

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:45 AM

Thanks for explaining that! I'll definitely try the electrolyte water.

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:39 AM

Besides sweet potatoes, what other foods have carbs in it?

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on October 24, 2012
at 04:41 AM

If ur autoimmune with no blood surgar issues, I wouldn't avoid carbs. U can sub yuca/cassava, taro, plantains, and white rice for potatoes. To close the loop, avoiding dairy can help reduce flares. Low carb flus strike usually strike prediabetics and go away in due time. If it lingers, listen to your body; it's glucose deficiency which manifests itself in dried out eyes, throat, mouth, colon walls, causing constipation, dry skin, weakness/dizzyness as you crouch, stand up. It could also be Sjogren's but add 100g of carbs: if it disappears, u've found the real culprit.

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on October 24, 2012
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Diuretic effect means that it causes you to lose water. When you reduce carbs, the glycogen stores deplete and glycogen holds a lot of fluid in your tissues. You have to be careful to avoid dehydration. Electrolyte water tastes like regular water and has potassium and magnesium in it--WF and places like that carry it and it's not too expensive.

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on October 23, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Is there a reason you are avoiding carbs?

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That would explain why I've been craving bananas. I have been adding salt onto my food (sea salt and garlic salt). But no--I am currently medication free. Now when you say "diuretic effect", what exactly do you mean by that?

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on October 23, 2012
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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.

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:45 AM

Thanks for explaining that! I'll definitely try the electrolyte water.

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on October 23, 2012
at 09:16 PM

That would explain why I've been craving bananas. I have been adding salt onto my food (sea salt and garlic salt). But no--I am currently medication free. Now when you say "diuretic effect", what exactly do you mean by that?

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Diuretic effect means that it causes you to lose water. When you reduce carbs, the glycogen stores deplete and glycogen holds a lot of fluid in your tissues. You have to be careful to avoid dehydration. Electrolyte water tastes like regular water and has potassium and magnesium in it--WF and places like that carry it and it's not too expensive.

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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.

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:39 AM

Besides sweet potatoes, what other foods have carbs in it?

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