So I've had this one confounding issue alongside this nearly year-long paleo experiement, and it's been the group of symptoms described in a previous post of mine: http://paleohacks.com/questions/74585/looked-better-on-sad#axzz1mgvXziPq. In fact, nearly all my posts have something to do with it.
Mainly, a consistently red nose (doesn't really look like a lupus rash), flushing, puffy face (especially in the first half of the day), swollen/fluid retentive right hand, zero sex drive. It's sometimes worse after meals, but I'll have weeks on end where it disappears. Other seemingly random things I tend to lump in with this: numb big toe on my right foot (been this way for months), lightheadedness, vertigo when I close my eyes to sleep, intermittent hair loss. I've been eating a low-histamine diet without noticeable improvement. My thyroid is fine.
I just got an autoimmune panel back, and I tested a high/positive on my ANA, and they say it suggests a systemic autoimmune reaction. I don't really know what to do next. I got this test without the help of my primary physician, as he dismissed all of my symptoms and insinuated I was making it up. This does nudge me towards some clarity about a group of somewhat baffling symptoms that are intermittent and don't strongly correlate with food experiements. In the wake of this, some ideas I've heard: a supplement to help with glutathione recycling, bioavailable milk peptides for glutathione, and LDN. I feel wary about going down another treatment's rabbit hole without being sure. Another possibility is a false-positive, which isn't too rare with ANA as I understand. Which would mean I'd be back at square one and it's some shockingly banal thing like my toothpaste brand which I'll never be able to figure out. I just don't have the money or mental energy to pursue this thing for much longer, and it's making me suspicious of everything I eat. Could something else trigger a positive ANA result? Does anyone have experience with this?
So I saw a rheumatologist who specializes in SLE. We had a very long appointment where she asked me about the nature of each symptom, did a full physical examination, and surveyed my whole medical record, every blood test, and my family history. It was her professional opinion that I did not have lupus or any autoimmune condition, and did not reccomend further testing. I'm in an asymptomatic bubble right now, which happens every once and a while. This made the appointment a little odd, since I couldn't show her exactly what was going on. It started when I eliminated all supplements besides D3 and added iodine back into my diet. I'm eating simple foods, mainly pork (to test for beef intolerance), eggs, root vegetables, sauerkraut, and plently of ghee. Very satisfying. Cautiously creeping along without symptoms.