Chronic illness

The fatigue conundrum

Whenever I experience changes in pain and fatigue levels  I wonder what I did to cause it (if anything). When the changes are for the better I would very much like to know how to keep it going.

It feels like the fog has somewhat cleared from my head now and I can think straight again. For the past few days I’ve had lower fatigue levels than usual, which is entirely a good thing, of course. I just wonder if it’s because:

  • I cut all flour-based foods from my diet again
  • I replace much of that food with fruits and veggies
  • I started taking vitamin D supplements again a month ago
  • Or maybe it’s just a coincidence 

Could be a combination, of course. I hope it lasts for a while whatever the reason!

So, why would I cut flour-based foods in the first place, you might wonder. I know from experience that my stomach gets upset by some food stuffs. Flour is one of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s gluten-free or not. My stomach doesn’t want flour. Whole grains are OK in very small doses.

I’ve cut flour from my diet a number of times over the years, after one of my doctors suggested it might help with my recurring stomach problems. She suspected IBS.Other things I have to stay away from include onions, garlic, oranges, bell pepper and a few other vegetables. This is based purely on trial and error on my part. I hardly ever eat pasta, but I do have one weakness: bread.

I really like bread! In Norway we do eat a lot of whole wheat bread. What usually happens is, I cut flour-based foods from my diet for a few months. Then I feel better and think it won’t hurt to eat bread once a day, and then it snowballs over the weeks. Which is stupid of me. I do always feel better when I don’t include flour-based foods. Not just in my stomach. It’s the first time I see a very clear (possible) correlation with fatigue levels though.

I’ll talk to my current doctor about this the next time I see her. I think communicating with the doctor about any changes in lifestyle and the effect it has or may have on the body is important. Especially when it comes to chronic illness.