Why I’m following the GAPs diet, to heal my lower back pain

I am very excited to share my journey on the GAPs diet in this post.  I want to document my story (ups and downs included), so that someone, somewhere may benefit from it.

The past 2-3 years of my life has been a complete struggle to heal my low back pain.  I have seen endless physiciens, doctors, and tried anthing under the sun.  Every time I see a new practioner I get a new diagnoses. Some o them were accurate but nothing was helping me come up with a definite cure.

HOW IT STARTED

I started experiencing some pain in my right buttock about 2-3 years ago. At first it would come and go. I found relief in anti-inflammatory pills and pain killer. I never paid attention to it. However, the periods of pain started to last longer than usual. I experienced extreme spasms and pain that would affect my ability to move my whole hip and leg.  Of course, on those days I couldn’t go to work, or do anything.

Searching my symptoms on google, showed that I may be suffering from Piriformis syndrome. The symptoms mentioned online sounded like exactly what was going on with me, so I started doing physiotherapy and massage therapy to release the muscle and spasms. I posted about my experience with Piriformis Syndrome here.  The treatment did bring me relief, but only for a short period of time.

I was doing acupuncture as well and both helped me tremendously. I switched to athletic therapy after that to also work on strengthening the muscle so that I can go back to training like I used to be (at this stage, I could barely do any leg workout, even bodyweight. Upper body workouts that involved twisting were painful as well).

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Couple months after I started feeling better, I had another bad flare-up. I could not understand what happened. I was doing all of  my exercises. I never skipped a treatment. It was driving me insane. I went back again to google university to try to find another cause for this.  At this stage I wanted to try chiropractic and see if this would help me.  I am very grateful I did give it a try because my chiropractor advised me to get an MRI scan done, as it can show more details about what can be going on.

*At this stage, I took several x-rays that showed nothing. I went ahead and scheduled an MRI with my general doctor. The wait time was very long that I asked the pain management specialist I was referred to if she can get me in sooner for an MRI scan.

I ended up with two appointments but each had different body parts (lower back, and pelvic). The first MRI showed a small disc herniation (that should not be causing me all this excruciating pain). At this point, again I was convinced that this was Piriformis syndrome and sciatica caused by a disc herniation.  As usually, the disc presses on the sciatica nerve.  I continued with all my treatments with short term relief.

My nutrition has always been super clean. I supplemented with a high quality protein, ate mostly organic whole foods and exercised (when I could). The second MRI was scheduled 8 months after and I am very thankful I did not cancel it after getting the first one’s results.  This one showed an abnormal pelvic inflammation.

Throughout this whole time, I was experiencing bloating almost everyday.  I was always feeling fatigued and would wake up feeling exhausted even after sleeping for 8 hours. I was addicted to my mid-day coffee and milk to give me the boost to carry on with my days.  Of course being in pain all the time can take a huge toll on you, but my digestive issues were just not helping.  The other thing I was noticing was that stress always made the pain worse and caused flare-ups.  When I travel or take few days off, I always felt better.

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