I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and Fiber Myalgia towards the end of last year. I also suffered from psoriasis and IBS. After battling with body pain in the latter half of 2021 the doctors came up with those diagnoses.
On October 31st, 2021 my back flared up and by November my back was so bad I couldn’t walk properly. I got TPI injections (trigger point injections) to help deal with the pain. And in December the body went into full inflammation… there was barely a joint or part of my body that didn’t hurt. The fire in my skin over parts of my body raged for days and then weeks. It didn’t matter if I was moving or staying still, I just hurt all the time.
The MRI didn’t uncover anything worth noting.
January came with the first diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. I tested positive for HLA B27. In the next few weeks, I got the next diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
They suggested Mycophenolate which is an immune suppressant medication and a high dose of vitamin K.
The next few days I researched both diagnoses and the medication. It was now mid-February. Everything I could grab off the web… podcasts… YouTube… there wasn’t a document I didn’t brush against but I got bogged down. The same message kept echoing in my mind, you’re done. Your dreams of retirement holidays, playing hockey or riding my motorcycle… all seem impossible now. I might be able to postpone the main event of the diagnosis but this might be the best I am.
On one of my YouTube marathons, I stumbled upon a TedX talk about a woman that had her knee and hip replaced by age seventeen because of an autoimmune illness. At around 20ish she tried the “carnivore” diet and within a relatively short period of time, she recovered from a lot of the pain and joint discomfort. She also was able to stop her medication for depression and anxiety. And a host of other amazingly positive things. I listened to Dr. Sawn Baker, Dr. Ken Barry, Dr. Anthony Chaffee, and Dr. Paul Saladino these guys I listen to and started to learn more about the carnivore diet and its pros and cons.
March 3rd, I went all in.
Recovery is like a stock market graph going up. With every climb, there is also a slide backwards.
Day 18. I woke up and my system was quiet. Nothing, no pressure to go. No heartburn… it was eerie. I made notes so as to remember this moment. My pain level was about 7 which feels crazy low from the 10s I was rolling in for 4 months previous.
By April, the pain level was 4/5.
· No more IBS. Suffered for 40+ years
· Cleared 95% of my psoriasis which I had since 10.
· Lost 35lbs
· Played my first hockey game.
Now 220 days in…