Now into the middle of the third week on my low starch diet (LSD) to manage my Ankylosing Spondolitis and things have been going reasonably well. When I say well what I mean is that my joints have eased up and while my neck is still stiff it is somewhat more bearable, until yesterday that is.
I decided to see if I could add Greek yogurt to my diet as something to add to my breakfast menu, all seemed OK up until about 4pm when I started to get some stomach cramps. That evening my back had become a noticeably stiffer! Later in the evening in bed was the first time my sleep had become broken in almost a week and both my upper back, neck and knees were giving me hell! I hate this f$%*ing disease, its so energy sapping when your symptoms are flaring!!
So back to the base diet again and I will now look to introduce some new foods in a couple of weeks when things have settled, although somewhat gutted that I can’t have yogurt.
The one treat that I am enjoying with no issues is dark chocolate (80%+ Coco) dipped into Coconut Oil, just like a Bounty Bar and stops me from going mad and kills a few cravings!!!
I have managed to get out on my push bike a few times now and have been pleased with the overall progress. I have also joined the gym at Selby Leisure Centre and when working out of my local office try and get a swim in first thing.
The one thing that seems to be taking a while to shift is the pain around my ribs where they join my spine, this I am sure is what is causing most of my neck stiffness.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints in your spine. Spondylitis simply means inflammation of the spine. As part of the body’s reaction to inflammation, calcium is laid down where the ligaments attach to the bones that make up the spine (vertebrae). This reduces the flexibility of your back and causes new bone to grow at the sides of the vertebrae. Eventually the individual bones of the spine may link up (fuse). This is called ankylosis and can be seen on x-rays and is often referred to as ‘Bamboo Back’!