These two conditions seem pretty similar and I’m having trouble distinguishing between them… but think I may have one (or both) of them. Doctors haven’t been much help, so I need some input from you guys.
I am a 32yo male, about 150 lbs. For the last 4-5 years I’ve gotten strange rashes (mostly on my face.. diagnosed as seborrheic dermatitis), but occasionally rashes on my chest and abdomen also. They seemed to be caused by sunlight or sweating because they tend to come out in the springtime. Originally it would go away on its own, but this year it lasted for 6+ months before I was able to shake it. Doctors gave me countless creams which didn’t help at all. I was eventually able to get it under control with a Paleo diet, washing it twice a day with tea tree oil soap, and applying apple cider vinegar and coconut oil to it.
I’ve also had some a bad pain in my right hip that started around the same time the rash did this year (late February) and has not gone away. This is the second year I have had the hip pain… it went away within a couple of months the first time. Now it will sometime subside on its own, but usually comes back within a few days. Sometimes it gets really bad, and I have trouble walking or going up stairs. It seems to be worse when I stand up and start walking after sitting for a long period of time. I have had an xray on the hip which showed nothing abnormal in the bones. They want to do an MRI also, but I’m delaying that because it will cost me about $500 and I’m not convinced I’ll get much useful information out of it. My doctors (general practitioner, dermatologist, and rheumatologist) haven’t been very helpful. I also had digestion problems, but those went away pretty quickly with the diet.
I assume this hip pain is rheumatoid arthritis (even though I am pretty young for that)… possibly caused by leaky gut or candida overgrowth. Am I on the right track here? Doctors gave me prednisone (low dose for 10 days) for the rash earlier this year. The other year I had the hip pain, they had also given me prednisone. They were also telling me to take advil for the hip pain. As I started doing my own research, I see that prednisone and advil both contribute to leaky gut and could be contributing to my problem. :( My blood work shows I have an elevated sed rate (inflammation). Mine was 24 and should be between 0 and 15 they said.
I ate a standard American diet for years… started gluten free about two months ago and went paleo about a month after that. I am currently pretty strictly paleo (although all of my meats aren’t grassfed, still working on that). Also avoiding eggs (just for 5 days now), nightshades, and nuts. Supplementing with fish oil, vitamin D, zinc, and probiotics. I was eating greek yogurt, but stopped… not sure if it is damaging (dairy) or doing good (probiotics). I’ve also ordered some glutamine which should be here by the end of the week.
Any thoughts on what my condition could be, or the best diet/supplements for it would be appreciated. Thanks.
It honestly sounds to me like you have some autoimmune processes going on. (has anyone checked for lupus?) many autoimmune problems are caused by one of two things. Either a toxic allergy (dairy, gluten, soy, and preservatives are the most common foods, but it could also be environmental...new carpet, for example, or some people are very sensitive to fire retardants in some new clothes...etc) the other is a stress overload. I find in my practice that lots of people who have undiagnosed symptoms such as yours are overloaded with something. Your job is to seek the cause. Treating symptoms, in this case, doesn't usually do much but cause problems elsewhere as toxins continue to try to get out. Address the cause, and u should find that over time the symptoms disappear. And, by the way, inflammation of the joints can also be related to this. If the Paleo diet is helping with the gut, it could be that your body is still cleansing by bringing the junk to the surface of the skin to eliminate it. (it can take up to a year for gluten, in particular to completely be released from the body). I most often recommend digestive enzymes, a good multivitamin and dairy free probiotics from a company called klaire labs (you can only get it through a healthcare practitioner) as a start. Some people also benefit from zinc for chelation (how many mercury dental fillings do you have?) check out YouTube video called smoking teeth for more info on that. Just the first things off the top of my head. Does this sound anything like you?
It sounds like you're on the right track as far as eating goes. You may want to consider that you may also be toxic with metals as well as parasites. When I started detoxing from metals, I got a rash on my hands as well as really bad dandruff & dry skin overall. If you have an overgrowth of parasites, those can cause all kinds of issues and your leaky gut won't heal. Something to consider looking in to..
Are you sure it is not just a problem with the muscle? I had pain in my right hip for a while and a physio diagnosed me with a weak gluteaus medius muscle. I performed all of the exercises she set me and the pain went away. I think my muscles were under used because I sit down all day and they don't get used that often.
Sounds like a gluten intolerance accompanied with inflammation. It would be a good idea to eliminate any toiletries with totem. The gluten is easily absorbed through the skin. Regarding metal toxicity, fillings, deodorants containing aluminum, dishes containing lead, etc. Can all be culprits.
My mother is celiac and yes Gluten toiletries can cause severe reactions. I have recently gone gluten free, and on a paleo diet am feeling better. But I am fruit intolerant and having a very difficult time finding skin lotion.
As soon as I read "chest rash", I wanted to grab the yeast prescriptions. That one symptom has alerted me to the fact that I was infected with candida, for decades. Ask your doctor about ketoconazole. You also could have some pus in your intestines, so Cipro might be the answer to what may be secondary gunk. I wonder if you have hot, traveling pain that nags at the pelvis, muscle, skin, and gut, agony that's unfortunately all too familiar. My best advice for the time after you're cured is to get off of carbs and sugars (they promote yeast infections), and take lots of various probiotics without fail. Good luck.
I had a similar situation. My hip hurt so badly that I could not turn over in bed easily...I don't sleep well anyway and this also kept me up. I saw a chiropracter and that helped a little but not really. Then I cut gluten out of my diet and within a couple of months I realized that my hip was not bothering me anymore! I thought that was pretty amazing and became sold on paleo. I also had a rash on my chest and abdomen that I couldn't figure out what it was caused by. I used hydrocortisone cream on it to keep it under control. Well, that's disappeared too since cutting out the gluten. I did come back once when I think I accidently ate something with wheat in it but generally no more problems with that now. I also had some eczema clear up. I'd guess your problem is with the gluten and maybe with a little more time you'll find that your pain and rash clear up. Good luck!
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