Been having problems on an off for about 5 years (I’m 32 now – 5’-11, 150 lbs, male). Mainly with a rash on my face (doctors finally determined it is seborrheic dermatitis), a pain in my right hip (comes and goes, gets pretty bad at times), and digestion problems. Been to the doctors numerous times… they have tested me for everything under the sun with no answers. I’ve had 2 xrays on my hip which show no bone damage or anything abnormal. They want to do an MRI, but I’m not sure I want to shell out the $500 or so it will cost me because I doubt they will give me any real answers either. I have been told I have a high sed rate (24 at last testing… should be between 0 and 15) which is a marker of general inflammation.
I’ve done tons of research online and really think I might have leaky gut syndrome. I ate a standard American diet for years... lots of beer too. I was also taking a good bit of advil for the hip pain (as directed by my doctor) and was given prednisone a couple of times for the rash.. both of which I now know can contribute to leaky gut. When the doctors failed to help me, I stated experimenting with my diet. I went gluten free for a month or so with no real change in symptoms. Then I cut our all sugars (except stevia) and processed foods for a week or two.. noticed some improvement in the rash. I've also been taking probiotics, flax oil, zinc, vit. D, and a multivitamin. For the last week or so I have been eating pretty strict paleo and also applying coconut oil to the rash… which has almost cleared up. My hip is still hurting though… do I just need to give it more time, or do I need to try something else? I’ve read about the GAPS introduction diet, but not sure if that is what I need to do or not.
Thoughts? Does leaky gut even exist? Does that sound like what I have? Should I make any changes in my diet?