I've been trialling a new eating plan for about three months and have been holding off posting my results to you all because I know diets can be a contentious subject in Lupus land. (so please don't shoot me!)
I've got Lupus and have been on Azathiaprine, Prednisalone (30mg), and Hydrochloraquine for nearly a year now. My symptoms and blood results have been getting gradually worse so I decided to take 3 months off work this summer to try and halt the progression of this disease and save my career. I've always considered a vegan diet to be helpful in alleviating the god awful symptoms until my attention was drawn to the GAPS plan.
I've been on it now for three months. Its a difficult plan to follow at first and the change to eating meat was a bit of a task, but now I'm well and truly into the swing of it.
I sat in my consultants office two weeks ago to be told that my ESR has dropped rapidly to only 28 (the lowest its ever been) and my aneamia has improved from 9.6HB to 11.6HB. She waffled on about my compliments improving too but its usually at this point that she loses me! I feel amazing well. I have energy to walk the dogs for miles, my mind is so clear that I've actuallly started to read again. I feel quite well, so much so that my consultant has taken me off Azathiaprine and I've dropped my steroids with a view to coming off them completely. Its important to state that my consultant believes it was the Azathiaprine that has made me feel well and she has disregarded my change in diet. I have no scientific proof to back up my belief that this GAPS plan is working for me but I just wanted to share my experience with you. Of course there are other factors that may have improved my symptoms such as me not stressing about work or the end of the warmer weather so I'm keeping an open mind there.
I want to advise anyone who thinks they might take up this plan not to lower your meds without your doctors say-so or to expect it to cure you. We all know that Lupus is unpredictable and what works for some may not work for others but I'm sure it's working for me and just thought I'd pass it on.