I tend to be skeptical about many treatment options for fibromyalgia and, more generally, autoimmune diseases. In dealing specifically with fibromyalgia, we know there are no drugs that can “cure” the illness, just different ones to deal with the symptoms. Also, no other treatments address the illness itself; all are symptomatic only.
So when I go see one of the seemingly never-ending line of doctors who deal with this or that aspect of my fibro, and they suggest a treatment, I never jump for joy. For one thing, I’ve probably already heard of it. I’ve already researched it and rejected it as something I believe would help me. But I’m not a doctor, so despite my reservations, I’ve agreed to try some of the treatments.
Right now I’ve got a dilemma. My neurologist wants me to try a gluten-free diet. I know all about leaky gut syndrome, but it’s one of those things that doesn’t appear to have any correlation to my fibro. That’s why I’ve never gone gluten-free before.
Gluten-free can be a slippery slope. It’s difficult for someone like me who is often on the go to avoid all foods with gluten. The diet can actually harm you or create symptoms you never had before. But would it help me? Perhaps.
What are your experiences with going gluten-free? Tell me in the comments!
I’ve seen several people suggest to try going gluten-free for two weeks. In fact, anyone I know who has had favorable results usually figured it out by doing South Beach Diet Phase I. They felt so good then, and then they felt crappy when doing Phase II which adds it back in. I actually feel worse without some sort of gluten in my diet because of the meds I’m on. Everyone is different. I say to try it and see if it works. If it does, worry about living that life then. If it doesn’t, you haven’t hurt anything. 🙂