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I went gluten-free about six weeks ago and have experienced positive benefits. In particular, there is a marked decrease in lower back pain, flatulence has virtually disappeared and urgency issues have more or less disappeared.

A year after adopting the OMS diet & supplement regime I am felling much better in lots of ways and am hugely grateful to the wonderful OMS team and to all the supportive and inspirational members of this forum. BUT the one thing that has continued to deteriorate is my walking. I was also experiencing tedious urgency issues. In the interests of living by the OMS slogan of 'Whatever It Takes' I continue to conduct DIY experiments (my MS journey has been marked by quite staggering medical incompetence and indifference so I am going it alone and take no DMT - disease modifying treatment).

My experiments so far include
- supplements of N. Acetyl Glucosamine: made a remarkable difference to banishing brain-fog;
- LDN: experiment still ongoing but probably worth continuing. Currently on 2.25 ml;
- High-Dose Biotin: trial underway but the indications are promising. Energy levels are certainly much improved.
- Ionic Boron: boron is considered by some to be a natural cure for both osteoarthritis (which I have) and candida. The latter is, of course, a fungal infection and there have been suggestions in the research literature that there could be links between fungal infections and MS. So I am using a tiny "smidgeon" spoon to give myself 1/32 of a teaspoon of ionic boron a day.

My latest venture is to be good to my gut. Apparently 60% of our nervous system is controlled by the gut and there is growing evidence of the gut-brain connection (see recent post by KeithjVaz under the Microbiome heading.

Exploring gut health quickly leads to functional medicine and according to this school of thought humans are not designed to eat gluten and it disagrees with a great many of us, even if we do not actually have coeliac disease. It dawned on me that gluten is is one thing I had probably eaten every day of my life since I was weaned as a baby, so I decided to go gluten-free for a trial period.

The first three days were fine. Then things became quite unsettled for 10 days or so. I experienced bloating, discomfort, gas etc. etc. A quick internet search revealed that it's not at all uncommon to experience some upset while the gut microbes readjust to the new situation. In my case it took about two weeks for things to settle down.

The first positive benefit I noticed was that I felt 'taller'. It took a little while before I realised that the almost constant ache on my lower back had abated so my posture had improved. There seems to be less stiffness - it is easier to get uptight again after bending down. My husband, who is joining me in the gluten-free experiment, has also noticed an easing of the lower back pain he has had for decades. For me, flatulence (a common complaint on this forum) has almost disappeared and the troublesome urgency issues have pretty well disappeared. So I doubt I shall be returning to gluten any time soon.

Interestingly, a small pilot study from the University of Iowa into the effect of 3 1/2 months on the Paleo diet - which excludes dairy and gluten - on people with Relapsing-Remitting MS showed very promising benefits.

https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/ ... lot-study/

Full article:
https://www.dovepress.com/randomized-co ... ticle-DNND
The Gut Microbiome is KEY to optimal health.
The OMS site & forum are brilliant! Thanks, everyone! :D
I'm pleased you have seen benefit from such a simple change. Have a look at my chickpeas flatbread recipe theses are a staple at lunchtime for us.
I am glad you posted this. I when starting OMS have also tried to stear clear of gluten or at limit it as much as was practical. I definitely felt better, much clearer if you know what I mean. No sluggishness or fogginess. Unfortunately I slipped back to eating more and more of bread pasta etc I suppose for practicality and easy access while I was on maternity leave (had a very demanding little one :) ) bread was the easy to go foods for me.
I am planning to go back to limiting these foods again and stick to at least rye (low gluten) and slowly get off that as well and see what happens.
Hi Jette,
I went gluten free the day after my diagnosis, almost one year ago. Although I didn't go through the same transitional side effects, as you experienced, i have to say that I'm also experiencing the same benefits.
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