Advancing of condition + Gluten-free diet?
Hi everyone, I have a couple of questions:
1. I have idiopathic SFN. I've been having a bad pain flare the past couple of weeks where my pain seems to have advanced from a manageable level in my feet (tingling, comparatively mild pain) to full-on shooting pain in the soles. I thought it was a temporary thing but unfortunately it seems to be staying. Lidocaine patches helped the first night I tried it but since then it has actually kinda made the pain worse? That seems strange to me. Also, is this considered a progression or worsening of my SFN? The 10mg amitryptiline I was taking helped take the edge off the pain for the past few months but clearly it's not really doing anything for this new level of pain. Is this a sign I should consider an increased dose? I'm seeing my neurologist in a few weeks so I'll definitely ask him.
2. Out of desperation I decided to start a gluten-free diet a week ago. I'm curious if this has helped anyone, and how long before you see results? My impression is that I have to maintain it for at least 3 months to see. My celiac antibodies blood test was negative, and I don't really have digestive symptoms so I don't think I'm gluten sensitive… I tried gf for a month a few years ago and noticed no difference. This is just out of desperation for pain reduction! I was vegan for 10+ years so I'm already dairy-free. I've been on the candida diet in the past so I'm no stranger to cutting sugar. I've been adding fish back in my diet to make things easier (I won't consider eating meat).
I would love to hear any of your insights or experiences, thanks in advance!