Hi there, This is my first question on here, so please forgive me for any shortcomings in wording, content, redundancy, or anything else.
I read a few other posts that were about how people have noticed decreased frequency of canker sores (aka mouth ulcers / aphthous ulcers / aphthous stomatitis... NOT herpes cold sores) while on paleo or after going gluten free. My problem is that I seem to be getting them a lot MORE frequently these days, and I am trying to figure out whether it's something I'm eating, ie, something paleo-related, or something else.
I went fairly strict (Nora Gedgaudas-style) primal/paleo about 8 months ago. I've had a few interludes of relapse in my adherence, but in general my diet has been ketogenic and clean for most of that time. Last month, I started getting semi-frequent canker sores that are extremely painful and distracting. They are always in the same place, which is the underside of the tip of my tongue. Some probably relevant tidbits:
- I have a dental appliance on the inside of my front lower teeth (like, right where that part of my tongue hits), kinda like braces. It doesn't seem to ever actually break the skin on my tongue, but it sure exacerbates the irritation once I already have a sore there.
- my toothpaste DOES NOT contain SLS
- I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, so hormonal imbalance/insulin resistance are pretty big for me. I've only had one period since I noticed the canker sores, but it's possible they're corresponding with my hormonal cycles (or lack thereof?)
- I've never identified as someone who gets frequent canker sores, but I remember that when I used to get them as a kid, it always seemed to correspond with sugar binges
- I saw one study that linked canker sores to cow dairy intolerance, which I have, but am not super strict about avoiding it (like, if a friend is eating something awesome I'll try a bite... but it's not a regular part of my diet)
- I just started a super intensive nursing program and am generally pretty stressed and probably not sleeping enough (like 6-7 hours a night)
... so basically, it could be any or all of these things, or none of them, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight, or if anyone else has had the same experience and wants to illuminate me on whether we share any other 'risk' factors besides eating paleo.