The last time I went to my new rheumatologist I told him about my dietary change and its apparent effect on my joint issues. He is a nice guy and allowed that I should keep track of trigger foods and avoid them, but he did present an alarming (to me) hypothesis about why my joints improved so quickly.
I was on an immune suppressant that I began having dangerous side effects from during the same week I started MacDougalling, and so my other doctor took me off of it for two weeks (still haven't been back on it). The new MD said it was possible that the meds were suppressing my bone marrow production and that when I went off a new surge of healthy bone marrow and immune doo-dads (? I only know so much as much as I try to seem well-informed
) that would then be replaced eventually by my *bad* psoriatic arthritis immune haywire-ness.
This is basically what he believed happened, I think. I am not sure that he was convinced about the diet and I forgive him for that. From what I understand, he has not been educated to look for that type of cure and he didn't yell or bully me about anything so he is a great improvement.
BUT I was worried about it - he planted the seed of doubt in my already fertile, pessimistic and skeptical brain.
When I went off diet the returned symptoms were more than I expected (who knows why I even had expectations - I had never tried this before) and I feared that it was as he supposed.
BUT now that I have been good to the nth degree for more than a week, the symptoms are subsiding exponentially each day.
It is actually very like the experience I had the first time I started eating this way a month ago. A couple of days into it, my joint pains go *kablooey*, and travel from place to place, from old joints to new and back again. It seems like things are getting worse, I despair, and then! I wake up one morning refreshed and feeling much much better. Not 100% yet, but SO much better.
Yay. Today is that day