We Sjoggies are always trying to sort out our symptoms, diagnoses and co-morbid conditions. I recently missed a day of work due to some fairly painful and bloated G.I. issues. While uncomfortable and very much resembling a pregnant woman from the size of my bloated abdomen, I made my way to the couch where I spent most of my day in between all of the restroom exercise segments.
It’s always a treat when I get to enjoy an episode of Dr. Oz. I don’t know about you, but doesn’t what Dr. Oz says, just seem to be gospel? He is so informative and educational in his shows, that I believe it all. And I will admit to purchasing many of the supplements he features, because Dr. Oz says so. To be honest, he is one of the very few doctors that I have ever seen, that I believe. And that is saying a lot. If only we all had a Dr. Oz in our lives. With Sjogren’s Syndrome, we need a Dr. Oz.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I saw that the title of the show that day was, Leaky Gut Syndrome. But if memory serves me correctly (and if often does not) seems like I have had more than a couple of G.I. Docs mention that Leaky Gut thing to me before. But let’s face it, if Sjogren’s is affecting your gut as it is in mine, you have probably all been the recipients of of the same diagnoses I have been given through the years. Yes, I have been told that I had Sluggish Bowel; Mega Colon; Irritable Bowel Syndrome and maybe more. I’ve been told to add fiber; decrease fiber (once within an hour of each appointment with different doctors) and all of those standard G.I. Patient directives.
I love that Dr. Oz features the grossest things in such a big, colorful and visual way that even I can get it. Okay, I will admit that my symptoms match what Dr.Oz so vividly showed and explained on TV. So I found myself thinking, Gee, I wonder if Leaky Gut has anything to do with Sjogren’s? Now admittedly the Sjogren’s – Auto Immune & Leaky Gut Syndrome connections I read about, did not come from Dr. Oz. But nevertheless, it appears that there is some kind of real connection.
So what is the next logical step I asked myself? What does one do for Leaky Gut Syndrome? Here’s what I found: Take supplements; take probiotics; take vitamins; take fish oil; take antioxidants; No gluten: No alcohol; No processed foods; No dairy; No fermented products (wine, beer, sausages, yogurt, etc.); stay away from anything that causes allergic reactions, and more.
Is there anyone else besides me that can look at that list and not feel totally defeated before you’ve even begun? All I could think about was, what food group is left and can I eat it three times a day for the rest of my life. So let me get this straight? I can follow the lifelong diet I have been on and stay in Inflammation Hell or…I can follow the list above & possibly get some relief. I want to do it, I really do…but here’s the rub: I am so wiped out and fatigued from my symptoms and my full-time job, that this approach, while I am sure is very healthy, seems as overwhelming to me as the symptoms I battle each day. This type of diet takes real planning, preparation and an unwavering commitment. But I have to ask myself, as I am sure that you all do: How is your current plan of action working for you? And what would Dr. Oz say?