This is the end of week 9 of the GAPS diet for me. Weeks and and 9 were like night and day. Week 8 I felt better than I have in a very long time. My symptom scoring spreadsheet confirmed that I was experiencing about half the symptom severity than I have been on average. It was amazing.
This week I had some intense relapses. Full on shortness of breath, too weak to stand up, lying on the floor, hard time coordinating my speech, brought to tears trying to accomplish simple tasks, relapses. My digestive system is suddenly a mess again. The symptoms come in waves. I’ll feel pretty crappy for most of the day, and then a numbness will descend over my face and shoulders and it will take everything I have to sit up. A little while later, I’ll think I’m fine, and then it happens again. My appetite comes and goes, but in general, I’m not eating much.
Oddly enough, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the diet that the GAPS diet is based on, mentions that people often have a relapse 2 or 3 months in. It doesn’t mention why, but says to not get discouraged. After that hurdle, it tends to be slow steady progress with minor set backs here and there.
That’s what I’m hoping for. I’m hoping I can go to work this week. If I can make it through the ne2 weeks, I’ll have a break for Christmas. I also had a Thai massage on Friday, and they always make me sick for a few days after, although never this sick.
The good news is that I’m feeling much stronger than I was when I originally got sick. I’m only getting waves of debilitating symptoms that last a few hours at most, as opposed to days. I’m feeling pretty optimistic.