I will try and make this as clear and concise as possible...=) I have been eating paleo/primal for about 2 years now. I was diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis about 8 years ago (when I was 18, I'm 26 now).
I've had 3 flare ups so far; the original one, which was numbness on my left side, which cleared up on its own after a month or so. Then I was on interferon drugs for about 5 years which made me feel super crappy and sick and depressed, but no noticeable flare ups during this time. I switched to copaxone, which I eventually had a bad allergic reaction to, so I had to go off of that. I was eating a typical SAD diet at this time.
Once I went off of the copaxone, about 3 years ago, I started researching diet and MS. I started eating "traditional foods" WAPF style, lots of dairy (raw) and grains (wheat and rice and oats etc), eggs, some meat and veggies, lots of fruit. I was off of all meds for a few months, when I had a second flare up, which was numbness in the lower half of my body. This cleared up after a few weeks, about the time I started taking low dose-naltrexone (LDN).
Slowly over the next year or so, I transitioned to a fairly paleo/primal diet--grass fed meat, eggs, some fish, veggies, fruits, coconut, nuts. I occasionally had cheat meals which were mainly either eating out at a restaurant but getting "paleo" type food (some sort of meat and veggie) or ice cream. I was more focused on lower-carb at first, because that is the info that was out there, and for weight-loss for my husband. I tried eliminating nuts, nightshades, raw goats milk cheese, and eggs at certain points but never really felt much of a difference either way because I don't have frequent flare ups or any symptoms to base it on. I supposed I could have gone off of the LDN but that just didn't seem smart since I've only been at this for a couple years. Lately I have been eating more carbs (in the form of fruits--apples, pears, bananas--and yams) and I guess having more "cheat" meals (mainly when I go out to eat, having rice, probably O-6's, and ice cream).
Now, starting a few days ago, I'm having my third flare up. Basically the left side of my face feels cold-ish randomly, and my right hand feels a little clumsy randomly. I also have a sore, scratchy throat and some congestion. I haven't been sick in a LONG time!!! =(
But now I am trying to figure out what I should do...I am probably going to do Robb Wolf's autoimmune protocol, which I believe is just meat, veggies, coconut and a little fruit (right?). But I am not quite sure what caused my flare up...was it the cheat meals? too much fruit? yams? raw goats milk cheese? Also, I live in WI and its been chilly for the past few weeks so I haven't been getting as much vit D. I did supplement last winter with fermented cod liver oil and went tanning every week or so. So maybe lack of vitamin D, too? sigh I just don't know anymore!! What would you all suggest?