In my last post, I wrote about starting out on my health journey. Today, I’m going to share the changes that I’ve made to live with my chronic illness.
I had lived with my health issues for several years until something happened that I couldn’t ignore. I went to work one morning, and as the day progressed, my legs stiffened up, and I was having significant trouble walking. It also hurt to stand for any period. With the job that I was working at the time, being on my feet and walking around was a key part of every day. What I later realized is that I had an autoimmune flare.
I left work and made an appointment to see a functional doctor the next day. The meeting with the functional doctor changed my life for the better. I met my functional doctor in her office, and we sat and talked for nearly two hours. She listened to my health history, and we talked about next steps.
The first thing that my doctor did was to put me on an elimination diet to see what my food allergies and intolerances were. After completing the elimination, I had to remove gluten, grains, dairy, soy, yeast, and eggs from my diet. I started eating an AIP diet and continue to do so almost four years later. It wasn’t easy to make such a drastic change, but there are multiple resources out there that gave me alternatives for what I was eating previously. My hubby played a significant role in this. He cooks for our family, and we both researched ways that I could eat with my food allergies and intolerances.
I had various tests done to help to give her an overall picture of where my health was. Blood testing was key in getting the diagnosis that I had waited for forty-five years to get.
The doctor also placed me on multiple supplements, as well. Each day, I take about twenty-five medications and supplements so that I can function each day. It seems like a lot, but I notice a definite difference when I miss taking them.
That flare was just the first of many that I would deal with over the course of the next few years. It was my doctor told me at an appointment just over a year ago that would change the way that I looked at my approach to my chronic illness and how I lived my life.
Until next time,