Elimination diet - how do we know what triggers?

I have just been dx with MV and wondered about the elimination/reintroduction diet. I have been told to work out what my triggers are. How do people go about this? Is it a case of cutting all the likely triggers out for a certain period of time or is it a case of just noting the syptoms in a diary, It is so difficult when you suffer with MV all of the time, although I do get worse periods. I also have MS and the stress of not being able to do much walking and pushing myself doesn’t help but I can’t just do nothing!

What a mindfield of things to work out!

Hi there,

Sorry to hear you are battling with both VM and MS at the same time… i can only imagine what it is like combined :frowning:

I also suffer constantly with symptoms, but from what I understand you should follow the elimination diet for a matter months to see if it affects you for the better in any way. If you start to feel better then you can try re-introducing particular foods 1 at a time and see how that affects you.

Where are you from? who diagnosed you?

Rich

Thanks, I am from Selby North Yorkshire and I still belong to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield from when I used to live in West Yorkshire. I saw Dr Lewis who is a Dizzy specialist, think he is a neuro too. I haven’t started the meds yet but have started eating little an often which has made a huge difference (if you don’t include yesterday lol) but I suppose I’ll have to do one thing at a time to work out if the drugs work and then look at the food maybe? Such a difficult thing to try and resolve!
Thanks for your help x

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Hi there,

Sorry to hear you are battling with both VM and MS at the same time… i can only imagine what it is like combined :frowning:

I also suffer constantly with symptoms, but from what I understand you should follow the elimination diet for a matter months to see if it affects you for the better in any way. If you start to feel better then you can try re-introducing particular foods 1 at a time and see how that affects you.

Where are you from? who diagnosed you?

Rich

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Just a thought how quickly does a trigger food affect you?

Sorry to read how poorly you are, it must be a huge struggle with all your symptoms each day :?

I have 24/7 off balance from MAV and i find it very hard to find definate food triggers.
I think though that it depends where your threshold is at any one given time, for example if you are already stressed and the weather is bad, then eating a chocolate cake may throw you right off, but if you ate the same cake on a day when the weather was stable and you were not stressed it might not seem to affect you if you get what i mean.

Also to make it even more complicated, i find that sometimes i can eat a few of the wrong things for a day or two and feel the same but if i keep it up for several days/weeks i gradually get worse and worse, almost like the toxins are slowly building up though i don’t know how accurate this idea is?

I ‘think’ that caffeine is my biggest trigger, it makes me feel worse the next day/few days but i also think that nuts,cheese, msg, sweetners, aged fruits and yoghurts do have an affect on me too.

I try not to obsess toooo much over the diet or you become so restricted, i try to stick to it best i can but if the odd thing slips through i try not to worry about it, we have to have the occasional treat/slip up!

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but I suppose I’ll have to do one thing at a time to work out if the drugs work and then look at the food maybe?

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I think you should do both, the Diet and the Meds. Combined you have a better chance of success from what I understand.

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Just a thought how quickly does a trigger food affect you?

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It doesnt affect me at all that i’ve noticed. I have a constant level of dizziness that doesn’t really seem to go up or down depending on food.

I have been a bit lazy about trying the diet in the past but am really sticking solidly to it now as I want to feel better.

What meds are you on?

Thanks everyone, its really great to find out your experiences. I have started the diet to some extent and did find i was worse after cheese but i think its mainly the stress the ms puts on the body and low blood sugars that make it bad. Not got the meds yet so not sure what i’ll be on. Thanks for your advice x